Board of Directors

These are some 
gracious people!



  • Jim Ludeking, President (2017-2020) Serving from Washington Prairie Lutheran Church. Jim lives outside Decorah with his wife Martha. He graduated from Decorah High School in 1970 and then spent 2 years in India with the Peace Corps. Jim started farming in 1974 and married Martha in 1975. They have 3 grown children (2 girls and a boy) and 5 grandchildren. Jim and his wife continue to farm on a small scale.

  • Mary Marx, Vice President (2017-2020) Serving from Stone Ridge Community Church.

  • Carol Thunberg, Treasurer (2019-2022) Serving from Burr Oak Lutheran Church. Carol lives in Burr Oak with her husband Glenn, but is originally from Springfield, MN. Carol graduated from the University of MN with a degree in Home Economics Education. After graduation she taught school in St. Paul, MN. After raising a family of 3 children, she worked at North Winneshiek School for 15 years as Board Secretary/Business Manager. She then worked at Decorah community School as Board Secretary/Human Resources Director. After retirement Carol continues to work part time at the Winneshiek Wildberry Winery. Carol enjoys reading, gardening, crafts, and sewing.

  • Jim Buzza, Historian (2018-2021) Serving from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Jim lives in Decorah with his wife Kathy. They moved here in 2001 after living in Lanesboro, MN for 28 years where he was the public school band instructor . Jim recently retired from Luther College where he was the coordinator of the Dorian Music Festivals and Camps. Jim enjoys helping with the music program at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, antiques, and cooking. Jim has also been a volunteer at the Depot Outlet for a number of years.

  • Erin Jacobsen (2017-2020) Serving from St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church.

  • Joanne Huinker, Secretary (2018-2021) Serving from Our Lady of Seven Dolors Church

  • Connie McCasland (2019-2022) Serving from Calmar Community United Methodist Church.

  • Karla Olson (2019-2022) Serving from Decorah Lutheran Church

  • Jayne Shimek (2019-2021) Serving from St. Aloyisius Church

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