SHTA Welcomes Lisa Luokkala as Executive Director

July 1, 2020

The Superior Hiking Trail Association (SHTA) is pleased to announce Lisa Luokkala has been hired to lead the Association’s efforts as executive director. 

Lisa and her furry friend on the SHT in Duluth.

Lisa will join and lead the SHTA’s staff after serving as Senior Parks Planner for the City of Duluth since 2015, where she led planning of parks and trails and implementation of capital infrastructure projects throughout the 11,000 acre park and open space system in the City. 

“As a resident of Duluth for nearly 15 years and an outdoor recreation professional, the Superior Hiking Trail has been an integral part of the landscape I live in, recreate on, and steward. It is a great honor to be chosen to serve the talented and passionate staff, volunteers, and members of the SHTA,” said Lisa. “I look forward to assuring the sustainability of the Trail for future generations to experience its profound benefits.”

Prior to work at the City, Lisa led a health policy coalition that focused on creating health equity in Duluth. She holds her Master’s in Advocacy and Political Leadership from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and her Bachelor’s in Travel and Tourism from Eastern Michigan University. 

The SHTA Board of Directors reviewed more than 50 competitive applications from all over the country for the executive director position.

“We’re delighted that Lisa will be joining us, and know that she will build on the successes of past leaders, volunteers, and staff,” said Becky Loraas Zrimsek, chair of the SHTA’s Board. “Lisa brings her own skills and strategic vision to the important work to protect, renew, and enhance the Superior Hiking Trail.”

Lisa will begin work with the Association in July 2020. She takes on the position as Denny Caneff, who has served as the SHTA’s executive director since 2017, steps down to return home to Madison, Wisconsin.