Board of Directors  
 
Keith Anderson, Attorney-at- Law
Managing Partner
Anderson, Ophoven & Stauffer
Grand Rapids, MN

Dr. Dale Chapman
Chairman of the Board
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
Alton, Illinois &
President, Lewis & Clark Community College
Godfrey, IL

Steven Clift
President and Founder
E-Democracy
Minneapolis, MN

Kris Ferraro, Certified Public Accountant
Owner
Broberg Ferraro, CPA
Grand Rapids, MN

Anne Lewis
Founder and President
America’s Waterway
Grand Rapids, MN

Joe Piotrowski
Consultant - Environmental Programs and Policy
Currently teaches about climate change at the University of Pennsylvania.
Havertown, PA


Keith Anderson is a life-long resident of Grand Rapids, MN where he has provided legal services for nearly 30 years. His practice includes real estate and trust law, as well as commercial law. In addition, Keith is a partner in a land development company and has taken a leadership role in providing housing as well as commercial developments throughout the area and along the river.

Keith’s civic involvement, in addition to serving on America’s Waterway Board of Directors, includes the leadership of the Itasca County Habitat for Humanity and the Veterans Support Fund at the Community Foundation for the Grand Rapids Area. Previously he served as the president of the local school district endowment fund.

Keith earned his law degree from Hamline University Law School, St. Paul, MN.
 
Dale Chapman, Ph.D, is chairman of the board of the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center. NGRREC has been created from a partnership between Illinois University and Lewis and Clark Community College, where he has been president for 18 years and has guided the college to its leadership role among community colleges in the area of environmental research, education and integrated activism. Under his leadership the campus has grown from 3,000 to 13,500 students and has completed $123 million in capital projects.

Chapman also serves on the board of directors for the Illinois Mississippi River Parkway Commission. He previously served as president of Suomi Community College on the Keeweenaw Peninsula in Michigan. He received his doctorate from Harvard University.
 
Steven Clift is the founder of E-Democracy and a life-long resident of the Mississippi River. One of the world’s leading experts on e-democracy, Steve is focused on the use of the Internet in democracy, governance, and community. A frequent media commentator and public speaker, In 2001 and 2003, he was listed among “The 25 Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics” by Politics Online.

Steve is a graduate of Winona State University and the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He has worked for the Minnesota legislature, the U.S. congress and served as the executive director of Minnesota’s Information Access Council. He speaks and consults on e-democracy all over the world and recently returned from Kenya.
 
Kris Ferraro is a life-long resident of Grand Rapids, MN where she has provided tax and accounting services for nearly 30 years. Kris is often called upon to assist nonprofit organizations with their management and financial issues and is recognized in the community as a leader of civic efforts to strengthen the community. She has served on the Chamber of Commerce, as well as other local economic development organization boards. She is currently a trustee of the Blandin Foundation and the Grand Rapids Area Library Foundation.

Kris earned her accounting degree from Bemidji State University.
 
Anne Lewis is a marketing communications professional currently applying that expertise as a consultant and as founder of America’s Waterway whose goal is the formation of a constituency of River communities for the Mississippi River so that whole-river approaches to the river’s condition can be enacted.

Anne has held numerous non-profit leadership roles throughout her career, including helping to form the Community Foundation of the Grand Rapids area. She serves on the Board of Advisors for the University of Maryland School of Social Work and the Marketing Advisory Committee for the National Aquarium in Baltimore, where she is a current resident. She holds a master’s degree in communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as well as accreditation in the Public Relations Society of America.
 
 
Joe Piotrowski most recently served the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water as its Co-Chair for the Gulf Hypoxia Task Force Coordinating Committee. While at EPA, Joe was involved in Chesapeake Bay issues, especially aspects of public engagement for the Bay's clean up. In addition, he served in numerous EPA positions, including interim director of the Office of Water.
 

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