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Christine Durand, Advancement Officer

Christine Durand joined MEP in 2014 and leads the fundraising and strategic communications work of the organization. This includes working with the Board of Directors to ensure that the organization meets revenue goals to support its mission.

Christine was previously the Marketing and Communications Director with Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and worked as Development Communications Director for Planned Parenthood. She has a B.A. in Journalism from Drake University and an M.P.A. in Public and Nonprofit Leadership from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She volunteers with numerous area nonprofits. An animal lover, Christine has two dogs and enjoys being outside with them every chance she gets.

Steve Morse, Executive Director
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Prior to joining MEP in 2006 Steve served as Senior Fellow in the College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, at the University of Minnesota. He developed and ran the Green Lands, Blue Waters initiative; a Mississippi River basin project to maintain productivity of the land while addressing the ecological impacts of agricultural practices.

Steve was Deputy Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from 1999 to 2003. He was elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 1986 and reelected three times. During most of his 12 years representing the Winona area, he was Chair of the Senate Environment and Agriculture Budget Division. Prior to his legislative work, Steve managed his family’s apple orchard and served on the Winona School Board.

Irene Folstrom, Great Lakes Program Coordinator

Irene leads MEP’s work on Great Lakes policy at the regional and national level, including oil transport, invasive species, ballast water, TMDL’s and other related policy issues. Irene brings to MEP extensive experience working with Indian tribes and tribal organizations on the state and national level in the areas of governmental affairs and environmental policy. She is a graduate of Stanford University and received her law degree from Cornell Law School. Irene is a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, born and raised in Cass Lake, and very eager to make Duluth her new home.

Abbie Plouff, Northeast Minnesota Program Coordinator

Abbie staffs the Mining and the Great Lakes Clusters, assists in capacity building, and fundraising. Prior to taking on this role, she had worked with MEP as the Legislative Session Intern. Abbie is passionate about the intersection of environmental protection and social justice. Before coming to work for MEP, Abbie worked as a community organizer with MN350, the Sierra Club, and the Whittier Alliance. She is finishing her Masters of Public Policy at the Humphrey School for Public Affairs, with an anticipated graduation date of June 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking, listening to podcasts, and reading.

Alisha Roopchand, Communications Intern 

Alisha is the Communications Intern at MEP.  She is in charge of the News Watch, which is a digest of environmental news from around the state of Minnesota.  She also compiles the Environmental Insider, a weekly newsletter of news and events happening in the Minnesota’s green community.

Alisha is currently pursuing her B.A. in American Studies at Macalester College. She has been involved in various grassroots groups in the Twin Cities and is invested in the intersections of environmental, economic, and racial justice. In her free time she likes to bike, watch movies, and play tennis.