Winneshiek Energy District

Our Team

Board of Directors

  • Lyle Luzum, President
  • Craig Mosher, Vice-President
  • Larry Grimstad, Treasurer
  • Barbara Massman
  • Dave Carlson
  • Jim Martin-Schramm
  • Kyra Bellrichard

Energy District Staff

  • Andy Johnson

    Andy Johnson - Director

    Andy hails from Decorah, and is happy to be back "home" with his family. He is a class of 87 DHS grad, and his college and graduate work focused on ecology and natural resources management. The past couple decades he has worked in sustainable agriculture and natural resources management, first in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, then with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and most recently upon returning to the family farm near Decorah. His current passions of the Energy District and land-care farming are kept in perspective, and motivated by, his wife and three amazing daughters.

  • Joel Zook - Farm Energy Audito

    Joel graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology with a degree in Architecture and has spent the past six years working in energy efficiency and renewable energy. He has worked with over 200 Decorah area homeowners make decisions about their energy use and given energy assessments to hundreds of businesses across the state. Agricultural energy efficiency is Joel's new challenge and he looks forward to helping area farmers manage and reduce their energy costs.

  • Kristin Eggen

    Kristin Eggen -

    Kristin grew up in Appleton, WI and is happy to call the Driftless region home.  She attended University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Arts Management and Art history. After school she learned about participatory museum design in Santa Cruz, CA and later applied these skills to running a corner grocery in Lanesboro, MN.  Kristin is so excited to be living in Decorah where she can be found singing, cooking, and exploring area hiking trails.

Energy Corps

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    Tyler Finch - Green Iowa AmeriCorps Logistics Coordinator

    Tyler is from Helena, Montana and has spent the last ten years moving to and from various locations throughout Iowa and Montana with his family. He first moved to the Driftless in the fall of 2013 with his family and has spent the last year and a half working at the Oneota Co-op. Tyler is currently working as the Logistics Coordinator with the Green Iowa AmeriCorps team.

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    Andrew Johnson - Green Iowa AmeriCorps Education Coordinator

    Andrew grew up in Rochester, Minnesota. He graduated from Luther College in 2015. While at Luther, He studied Biology and Secondary Education, and ran Cross Country and Track. This past Spring, he was a student teacher at Lincoln Middle School in La Crosse, WI, and Stewartville High School in Stewartville, MN. He is excited to be back in Decorah and serving as the Education Coordinator for Green Iowa. During his free time, Andrew enjoys running, camping, and playing baseball.

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    Sam Pollan - Green Iowa AmeriCorps Audit Coordinator

    Sam is from Raleigh, North Carolina where he grew up playing soccer and exploring the outdoors. A graduate of Dickinson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, Sam has a background in climate policy and sustainability and was recognized as a Baird Sustainability Fellow at Dickinson College for an outstanding commitment to improving sustainability on campus and in the community. Sam originally came to Decorah to work with Luther College's Center for Sustainable Communities as the Energy and Waste Fellow and is now happy to serve as the Audit Coordinator of the Green Iowa AmeriCorps team.

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    Lauren Mordini - Green Iowa AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator

    Lauren grew up in Wheaton IL which is a northwest suburb of Chicago. She is a 2016 graduate of Luther College with a BA in environmental studies. She is very excited to spend another year in the driftless area and continue to grow in this wonderful community.

    In college she was a part of the cross-country and track team. You may see her running through town and on the many trails that Decorah offers. She also loves to read, hike, and talk lots. She is very passionate about environmental stewardship and community engagement and is excited for what this opportunity may bring and to be involved in the community outside of Luther.

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    Matthew Gausmann - Green Iowa Americorps Marketing

    As the new marketing coordinator Matthew joined the team later in the season but is excited to serve with Green Iowa Americorps and the Winneshiek Energy District. Originally from Madison, WI Matthew spent most of his boyhood growing up in La Crosse and the beautiful driftless region. He is a 2016 graduate of Luther College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in religion. Matthew also competed in Cross Country and Track for Luther and continues to run on Decorah’s many trails. For almost a decade Matthew has been devoted to educating the public about the Civil War as a re-enactor and living historian. Matthew is glad to spending another year in Decorah and is looking forward to helping carry out the Energy District’s mission.