Foundation names six to board, staff positions

The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation has named a new president of its Board of Trustees, three new board members and two new staff members.

James Zastrow becomes president of the 14-member board. He retired from BMO Harris Bank in 2015 after serving 37 years in various positions with the bank and its predecessor, M&I Bank, including as president of both banks’ regional operations in Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin.

Zastrow has served on the Board since 2011 and currently chairs the Opportunity Gap Convening Committee, which seeks solutions to narrow the gap of opportunities available to low-income children and families. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Management from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and a Master’s Degree in Management from the College of St. Scholastica. He also is an alumnus of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Zastrow succeeds Claudia Scott Welty, who will remain on the board as immediate past president.

Joining the board are:

• Daniel Lew, chief public defender for the Sixth Judicial District, which covers northeast Minnesota. He is a graduate of the City University at Queens College and holds a Law Degree from Hamline University.

• Nels Ojard, chief executive officer of Krech Ojard & Associates, a consulting, engineering and architecture firm based in Duluth with offices in Minneapolis, Toronto and Eau Claire. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering, both from the University of Minnesota.

• Robin Washington, a Duluth-based journalist. He served as editorial page editor, news director and editor of the Duluth News Tribune. Previously, he was a columnist for the Boston Herald. His work has appeared in newspapers and on television and radio stations nationwide.

The foundation also recently added two new members to its staff.

• Meghan Dennison was named the foundation’s affiliate officer, based in the Bayfield regional office. She previously served in leadership roles at nonprofit organizations in Bayfield and Colorado. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Western State Colorado University.

• Kursula Harris is the program assistant, working with non-profit organizations making grant requests. She has experience in operations management and administrative support. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology, with a minor in psychology, from Pennsylvania State University.