Northwest Minnesota Foundation Selects BushCONNECT 2018 Cohort

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation has selected 20 individuals from the region to attend the Bush Foundation’s BushCONNECT conference on October 1, 2018 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

This premier event is targeted at community-minded leaders across Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.  Also known as “bushCON”, the event provides a unique space to build stronger connections, equip leaders with perspectives and tools, and inspire community builders. The event includes a bus tour, welcome reception, keynote speakers, and breakout sessions.

The following individuals will be attending the event:

  • Dan McKeon, Evergreen Youth and Family Services, Bemidji
  • Brenda Baumann, Warroad Community Partners, Warroad
  • Amanda Lien, Crookston Chamber of Commerce, Crookston
  • Sean Ranum, Northwest Regional Development Commission, Warren
  • Tim Lutz, Kelliher Schools, Kelliher
  • Andrea Kingbird, Northwoods Battered Women Shelter, Bemidji
  • Jordan May, Red Lake Homeless Shelter, Red Lake
  • Emily Finney, Innovation Hub, Halstad
  • Ashley Larson, DEKKO Center, Ada
  • Becky Kofoed, Digikey, Thief River Falls
  • Shawn Rezac, Wonderful Life Foods, Crookston
  • Tuleah Palmer, Northwest Indian Community Development Center, Bemidji
  • Malissia Jones, Northwest Indian Community Development Center, Bemidji
  • Corey Christianson, KC Country Market, Badger
  • Ketsarin Sriyota, KC Country Market, Badger
  • Karen DeVos, Little Learners Childcare, Ada
  • Alysa Tulibaski, Argyle Community Fund, Argyle
  • Ashley Johnson, Northwest Minnesota Foundation/Northwest Technical College Foundation, Bemidji
  • Nate Dorr, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Bemidji
  • Karen White, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Bemidji


The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them. They encourage individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area. The Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth. Inspired by Bush’s desire to build community and encourage innovation, the Foundation has invested nearly one billion dollars in grants to thousands of organizations and individuals.

For more information about the BushCONNECT event, visit

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation is a public, charitable foundation serving 12 counties of Northwest Minnesota by investing resources, facilitating collaboration and promoting philanthropy.