development, economy, transportation, planning, natural resources

HRDC Staff

Tim Flathers

Executive Director

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Tim has been with the HRDC since 1983. Prior to becoming Executive Director in 2013, Tim served as Community Development Director for more than 20 years. Tim continues to be involved in housing and community/economic development activities in addition to his leadership responsibilities.

Joel Anastasio

Environmental and Development Specialist

Northwest CERT Coordinator

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Joel joined the HRDC staff team in March 2018. He provides planning support in the areas of natural resource and environmental management, community development, and transportation. In addition, he is the NW Regional CERTs Coordinator for the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), where he oversees renewable energy development in 12 counties in Northwest Minnesota.

Levi Haar

Lending and Accounting Specialist

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Levi joined the HRDC in March 2017. He primarily focuses his time on administering a variety of owner-occupied rehabilitation loan programs as well as assisting with the day-to-day accounting activities. 


Sarah Linda

Business Loan Specialist

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Sarah joined the HRDC in December of 2015. She primarily focuses her time on managing the Headwaters Regional Finance Corporation (HRFC) and its Revolving Loan Fund. She also manages several additional loan funds on behalf of local customers.


Missy Malone

Accounting Support Specialist

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Missy joined the staff team in December 2018. Her role is to support the various accounting and administrative activities of the HRDC.


Bryan McCoy

Development Specialist-Transportation

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Bryan joined the HRDC staff in October 2018. He specializes in transportation planning which includes Safe Routes To Schools, pedestrian & bicycle infrastructure, regional transportation coordination, and MnDOT assistance. He also provides GIS support to HRDC programs.

Nicole McKinnon

Financial Officer

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Nicole joined the HRDC in December 2017. Her primary responsibility is to manage fiscal functions of the Headwaters Regional Development Commission, its subsidiaries and partner organizations.


Carolyn Pfeifer

Administrative Support Specialist

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Carolyn joined the HRDC in February 2019. Her role is to support the various accounting and administrative activities for the HRDC and she manages the multitude of rental properties owned by the Hubbard County HRA.

Danica Swanson

2018-2019 MN GreenCorps Member

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Danica joined the HRDC in October 2018 as a MN GreenCorps member. During her service year, she will be focusing on climate change resilience, transportation planning, healthy eating and active living in schools, and clean energy.

Mary Thompson

Operations Director

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Mary has been with the HRDC since 1992. She is responsible for ensuring organizational effectiveness by providing leadership for the operational and financial functions, as well as partnering with the Executive Director to develop and implement organizational strategies, policies and practices. Mary also provides lead staff services to the Beltrami County HRA and Hubbard County HRA.  She is also the Executive Director for Heartland Lakes Development Commission.

Sarah Wilcox

Development Specialist

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Sarah joined the HRDC in August 2018. She primarily focuses on Housing and Community Development. Sarah also provides the lead staff services for the Northwest Regional Emergency Communications Board.

Ryan Zemek

Economic Development Director

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Ryan has been with HRDC since 2008. Ryan primarily focuses his time on economic development projects, but also provides development assistance within various functional areas including leadership development, natural resources, community development, and transportation planning.

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