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Explore Minnesota Tourism Council Members

Council members are appointed by the Governor.
Leann Kispert
Council Chair
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Carrie Ruud
Senate Representative (2024)
Susan Kent
Senate Representative (2024)
Shelly Christensen
House Representative
Matt Bliss
House Representative
VACANT POSITION
UMN Tourism Center Representative (Ex-Officio)
University of Minnesota Tourism Center
Cindy Wannarka
Northwest Region (2023)
Megan Christianson
Northeast Region (2023)
Jean Bowman
Central Region (2023)
Terry Mattson
Metro Region (2023)
VACANT POSITION
Southern Region
Bud Johnston
At Large Representative (2023)
Chuck Dougherty
Bed & Breakfast Representative (2024)
David Langhoff
Campground Representative (2023)
Maureen Scallen Failor
Chamber of Commerce Representative (2024)
Anna Tanski
Convention & Visitors Bureau Representative (2024)
Alison Fogarty
Convention Facility Representative (2024)
Nicholas Leonard Ph.D.
County Representative (2024)
Danyl Vavreck
Festivals & Events Representative (2023)
Stephan Dowling
Golf Representative (2024)
Marianna Khauv
Lodging Representative (2024)
Ben Thuringer
Resorts Representative (2023)
Tracy Boldt
Resorts Representative (2024)
Peter Mihajlov
Restaurant Representative (2023)
Molly Luther
Retail Sales Representative (2023)
Paul Larsen
Tour Operator Representative (2024)
Bob Bierscheid
Trails Representative (2024)
Jana Webster
Transportation Representative (2023)
Robert Herman
Travel Agency Representative (2023)
Cynthya Porter
Travel Media Representative (2023)
Beth Helle
Staff
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Peggy Lindquist
Staff
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