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Lisa Luokkala – Executive Director

Lisa started at SHTA in August 2020. With 15 years under her belt in the nonprofit and public sector, she is excited to bring her expertise in outdoor recreation infrastructure planning and management to SHTA.  Originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a “yooper,” Lisa’s life path was shaped by this abundant access and love of green space. Although she loves a good weekend getaway, Lisa rarely ventures too far from the ridgeline or the water’s edge of Lake Superior nordic skiing, trail running, hiking, paddling or being a beach bum. 

Email: [email protected]


Tamer Ibrahim – Trail Operations Director

Tamer has been with the SHTA since 2018 as the Trail Operations Director. Since then, he’s overseen the planning, construction, and maintenance of many projects along the trail. He continues to work tirelessly to help renew, enhance, and protect the SHT. He got his start in trail work in 1999 on the Superior Hiking Trail before spending many years as a Wilderness Ranger in the BWCA. It was a natural transition to return from the Boundary Waters to the SHT where it all began for him years ago. He was raised in the city but always knew that he wanted to live a life surrounded by trees instead of buildings. He enjoys doing just about anything outside, playing music, and learning traditional skills.

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Lisa Knight – Administrator

Lisa has lived in Two Harbors since 1988, when she moved here with Granite Gear as their Administrative Vice President. After 26 years with Granite Gear, she joined SHTA as the administrator in March 2018. She’s loved exploring and camping along the SHT through the years and has found it’s the best way to spend time with your friends. Lisa lives up the road from the SHT with her husband Jeff and their two sons. When she’s not balancing numbers, she’s always restless to travel and put another stamp in the passport.

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Matt Kraska – Development and Communications Director

Matt recently joined the SHTA as the Development and Communications Director. He brings over a decade of experience having worked with several outdoor education and conservation non-profits from the Northwoods to the Pacific Northwest. His love for outdoor recreation and the Superior Hiking Trail began during his years as a student at UMD. The easy access and rugged nature of the SHT drew him into the woods and onto the Trail any chance he got. His career dedication can be found at the confluence of people, place and nature. He is committed to protecting public lands for future generations as well as ensuring they are accessible for people of all backgrounds. Matt is thrilled to work collaboratively with trail users, members, volunteers, donors, and stewards of the Trail to share stories, build community, and protect the SHT! When he’s not in the office you can find him exploring the North Shore, hunting for agates, romping through the woods, and attempting to tire out his border collie, Echo.

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Jody Nonnemacher – Store Manager

Jody’s involvement with the SHTA began in 2012 as Volunteer Coordinator followed by the Communications Assistant in Cook Co. She is excited to be the manager of the Trail Information Center. The role is perfect – a few of her favorite pastimes are looking at maps, planning family adventures, and hiking the entire Trail a section at a time.

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Jo Swanson – Trail Development Director

Jo has been a SHTA volunteer since 2007 and staff since 2015. She coordinates volunteers and trail work, manages trail data and mapping, and is proud of being part of the Elite Latrine Digging Squad. After making every possible rookie backpacker mistake on the SHT, Jo went on to hike long-distance trails all over the country. But the SHT is her home trail and she has camped at every SHT campsite. If she’s not hiking on weekends, she’s probably making art maps or reading Astrid Lindgren books.

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