Meet the Team
Northland Arboretum Staff
Kelly is our Events Coordinator. She handles the planning and execution of the many events and educational classes that take place at the Arb.
She enjoys working at the Arb because there is never a dull moment and the staff is fun and dedicated, she also loves the gardening tips and tricks she learns from our volunteers. She is thankful for all the great people she has met because of her position at the Arb. Kelly has an eye for design. She went to school for Graphic Arts, and she loves using this passion to make marketing materials for the Arb, as well as helping decorate and plan events that are appealing to the eye. In her spare time Kelly enjoys hanging out with family & friends, shopping, gardening, crafting, and decorating.
Volunteer & Office Coordinator
Lacey is our Volunteer & Office Coordinator. She keeps track of our many volunteers and handles our social media accounts, website, and other office tasks.
Lacey is an adventure and nature enthusiast. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stout with a Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management and a minor in Speech Communication. In addition to working at the Arboretum Lacey is a yoga teacher and gymnastics coach at the Brainerd Family YMCA, a member of the Brainerd Lakes Sertoma Club, and writer for Lake Country Journal Magazine. In her spare time, she loves hiking, biking, running, cooking, snowboarding, fishing, and spending time with her family and friends. She is also an avid traveler and especially loves cross country road trips and exploring Americas National Parks.
Grounds & Maintenance
Rick is our Maintenance Supervisor. He is responsible for leading our grounds crew and keeping the grounds ready for our guests.
The Arb has always been a part of Rick’s life. He worked at the Arb when he was17 for Rudy Hillig. This turned into a friendship throughout his life. His coworker’s, plus the people he meets while on the job, have become friends and make the Arb a place he loves to go every day. He does not even consider it a job.
Rick and outdoors are one. When not working he can be found hunting, fishing, trapping, etc. In addition to his work in the outdoors he loves working on vehicles and spending time with his family.
Jane Stevens is our Education Coordinator. She handles all things Nature Camp and assists with our educational classes and community outreach. Jane enjoys working with children and having the freedom to creatively share nature with the next generations! Jane received her Associate of Applied Science in Natural Resources, as well as a Wildlife Tourism Certificate from Central Lakes College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Crown College.
She is a nature lover at heart and enjoys anything that takes her outdoors and into the woods, or onto the lake. She enjoys picking and pressing wildflowers, photography, kayaking, hiking, biking, bird watching, working in her native wildflower garden, and spending time with her family and friends
Jane is also a Master Naturalist, a member of the FocalPoint Photography Club and a member of the Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Club.
Front Desk & Volunteer