Board of Directors

Don Potter President and Operations Committee Chairperson

Mr. Potter retired from the US Forest Service in 2005 where he served as the District Biologist, Silviculturist, and acting District Ranger. Don worked as a wildlife biologist for the US Army Corp. of Engineers and as a Wildlife Technician for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and MN Department of Natural Resources. He served in the US Army. His US Forest Service career included working as a wildland firefighter. He was qualified as a Task Force Leader, Strike Team Leader, Division Boss, Field Observer, Resource Unit Leader, Prescribed Natural Fire Manager, Level 3 Incident Commander, Planning Section Chief for Prescribed Fires, and Situation Unit Leader on the Type 1 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team. Don’s education includes an AA, BA, and MA in Biology, and Certified Silviculturist. He has served as a township supervisor, youth director for hockey, member of the Rural Fire Association Board and Cook-Orr HealthCare District Board. Family includes his wife Laurie, three sons, and two daughter-in-laws.

Paul Ludlow Vice President

Paul Ludlow grew up on Lake Vermilion.  He attended the University of Minnesota, graduated with a degree in Business Communication and a minor in Studio Art.  He  became the founding partner of JM Auto Sales in Duluth, MN.  After completing the Management Program with Marriott Hospitality in 2000, he became the Front Office Manager for the Downtown Chicago Marriott Courtyard.  In 2003, he became the Director of Rooms for St Mary’s Lodge and Resort in Glacier Park, Montana.  Paul returned with his wife, Kelly Ludlow in 2006 and with her guidance, they operate Ludlow’s Island Resort.  He also serves on the MN Resort and Campground Board of Directors.

Laurie Potter Treasurer and Safety Officer

Mrs. Potter is a retired manager for a large industrial firm where her positions ranged from managing safety, health, fire and security operations to quality control in an analytical lab.  She also worked as an industrial hygiene instructor for a local college and as an EHS manager for a large medical device company. Laurie is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP), and Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). Her education includes a Masters in Industrial Safety (MIS) and Undergraduate degrees in Biology and in Chemistry.

Nancy Reing EMS & Logistics Committee Chairperson

Mrs. Reing is the founder of Little Beginnings Preschool and Childcare Center in Cook MN. She received her degree in Child Development from Century College in White Bear Lake, MN. Nancy has over 35 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. For Nancy, teaching preschoolers has been a lifelong passion. Since 1996 she has been an active member of Cook Area Ambulance Service as a nationally certified EMT. Nancy resides in Cook with her husband Dan. They have two grown children and one granddaughter, who is the light of their lives. Nancy brings experience with emergency prehospital care to the brigade and is proud to serve our community.

Dan Reing Communications Chairperson

Dan Reing is a life long community member of the Cook and Lake Vermilion area. He is currently serving as the head of maintenance for Elbow Lake Lodge.  Mr. Reing was employed at Inland Steel for ten years as an equipment operator before he left his position to pursue his college degree. Dan received his degree from the Dental Lab Technician program at Century College in White Bear Lake, MN. After two years of working as Dental Lab Tech in the Twin Cities area, Dan and his wife Nancy moved back to their hometown of Cook. After just shy of twenty years working at Hill Wood Products, Dan began his new career at Elbow Lake Lodge in 2010. Since 1995 he has been an active member of the Cook Area Fire Department as a certified firefighter and currently holds the position as the Vice President of the Cook Rural Fire Association. He became a member of the Cook Area Ambulance Service in 1997 as a state certified First Responder. Dan brings fire fighting experience as well as emergency prehospital care to the Fire Brigade.

Erin Kennedy Secretary

Ms. Kennedy received her degree from New Mexico State University and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in speech language pathology. She grew up in Wisconsin and spent several years in Alaska before settling on Lake Vermilion. Erin is the vice board chair and marketing committee chair of the local roller derby team and skates under the derby name Lemon Pound Cake. She’s building a house on one of Lake Vermilion’s many islands and looks forward to this opportunity to help the community that has made her feel so welcomed.