Board Members

Erik McCort- Chairman

Erik McCort was born and raised in Duluth, MN and is a graduate of Duluth East High School. Erik is a Mortgage Loan Originator with US Bank, where he has been serving the communities mortgage needs since 2012. He currently resides in Hermantown, MN with his two daughters Emma and Alaina.

During the summer months he enjoys the busy home buying season as well as golfing and fishing with his kids. His love of golf takes him around the State of Minnesota and surrounding area in pursuit if new courses and challenges.

Erik is also a member of the Fuse Duluth Volunteer Counsel focusing on helping youth in need in the community and volunteers with several other local community organizations including the United Way, Habitat for Humanity and currently serves on the US Bank Foundation Grant Committee.

McCort

Erik McCort


Scott Soderberg

Scott Soderberg

Scott Soderberg – Ex Offico Chairman

A native Duluthian, Scott graduated from Duluth East High School and UMD where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and played baseball.  He is married to another UMD graduate from Eveleth, MN named Mary and has two children: Eric, who has skated every inline and Angie, who has completed darn near every one!

Scott has been involved with youth hockey as a coach and rink director, Duluth’s Harbortown Rotary Club as a past president, Voyageur Area Boy Scout Council as a board member, The Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival as the 2012 Co-Chair and as Transportation and Logistics Degree Advisory Board President at UWS.

Professionally, Scott is currently an Account Manager with Hartel’s/DBJ Disposal, Your “Local Choice” for OVER 60 YEARS.

Scott and Mary are Lester Park residents and he has skated 13 marathons. His most memorable race was where he and Steve Sertich skated the race with Steve’s father Mark. Mark skating a time of 1:45 (at the tender age of 80), a record that still stands for the inline!


Dennis McCort – Treasurer


Todd Campbell

Todd Campbell

Todd Campbell

Todd was raised right here in Duluth. He went to Duluth Cathedral High School, graduating in 1979. He continued on to Princeton University, graduating in 1983 with a degree in Civil Engineering.

He has been employed as a registered professional civil engineer by the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Duluth since 1987, performing a variety of duties including that of District Soils Engineer (responsible for designing pavement structures), Construction Project Engineer (responsible for the field construction of Leif Erikson Park and much of the Duluth Lakewalk, among many other projects), District Surveys Engineer, District Hydraulics Engineer, and Project Manager. He is currently the Assistant District Engineer for Program Delivery.

Todd is also a skating enthusiast and has completed every NSIM. He owned possibly the first pair of inline skates in Duluth: crude frames and wheels bolted to hockey boots, in 1980.

Other interests include: inline skating, cross-country skiing, roller-skiing, running, paddling, camping, and travel. He previously served on the Board of Trustees for Marshall School and the Board of Directors for Mars Lakeview Arena.

Todd is resident of Superior since 1990. He and his wife Sue have 3 children.


Jane Gilbert-Howard

Employment : Registered Nurse, Infection Control, St. Luke’s

Jane holds a BA in Nursing, College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN; MS in Nursing, University of Minnesota, Mpls; and national certification in Infection Prevention and Control. Jane is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society for Nurses, Minnesota Nurses’ Association, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

Jane lives on the Scenic North Shore along the race course! Her family includes spouse, Ken and 5 grown children….Peder and grandson Thaden; Bryan (Tracy) and grandchildren Emma, Clara, Gunnar and Ruby; Jon (Brooke) and grandson Aceson; Angela (Jim Fritz) and grandchildren James and Madeline; and Daniel (Linsey) and grandchildren Jazlyn and Cruz.

Jane is also a competitive athlete participating in the USASA (USA Snowboard Association) Regional and National Championships since 2005. For several years she has been the overall national champion in her age group for Half-pipe, Slopestyle, Slalom, Giant Slalom, and Boardercross. Jane has placed first, second, and third in her age group for various 5K running races and is a participant in the NorthShore Inline Marathon—her family team is “Gilberts and You!” Other interests include kayaking, cross country skiing, stained glass, and knitting.

Jane is very involved in the community having served on several boards and commissions including the Duluth Transit Authority, the City Planning Commission, the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District, and now the Spirit Mountain Recreation Authority.

Jane Gilbert-Howard

Jane Gilbert-Howard


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Topher Davis

Topher Davis

Topher was born in Duluth and raised in nearby Hermantown, MN. A proud graduate of Hermantown High School, Topher went on to receive his Bachelor degree from The College of Saint Scholastica before working for a period of time as Assistant General Manager of the Duluth Huskies Baseball Club of the Northwoods League.

Following his time in baseball, Topher attended the University of La Verne College of Law in Southern California where he also attended the University of La Verne College of Business and Public Management during the summer, graduating from both schools in 2008 with both Juris Doctor and Master of Business of Business Administration degrees.

In 2012, Topher returned to the Twin Ports where he now practices as an attorney at the law firm of Maki & Overom, Ltd. specializing in business and corporate law, municipal law, estate planning and real estate. Topher is licensed to practice law in both California and Minnesota and is a Rule 114 qualified mediator in Minnesota.

Topher is an avid sports fan and can be found at Amsoil Arena, the Xcel Energy Center or Wade Stadium cheering on the UMD Bulldogs, Minnesota Wild or Duluth Huskies on most game nights. During Duluth’s famed summers he can also be found knocking the golf ball around at Ridgeview Country Club.

In addition to serving on the Board for the Northshore Inline Marathon, Topher also serves on the Board of the Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce.


Billy Miskovich

Employment: Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual

Billy Miskovich, enjoys working with young professionals, families and business owners in the area to create personalized financial plans that focus on establishing and maintaining his client’s financial security.

Billy, an Iron Ranger, was born and raised in Pengilly, MN. He attended Greenway High School and then Itasca Community College where he excelled in athletics. Billy takes advantage of the Northland’s outdoor scene where he enjoys fishing and hunting. He is also an avid golfer; playing his home course of Ridgeview Country Club. In 2011 he ran his first half marathon, which was Grandma’s Half Marathon. Billy resides in Lakeside with his girlfriend Jordan.

Billy Miskovich

Billy Miskovich


Beau Bauer


Andy Granberg


Ben Funke


David Hyöppönen

David Hyöppönen

David Hyöppönen

A native Duluthian, David graduated from Duluth East High School and Lake Superior College where he received his Associates degree in Commercial and Residential Wiring and Electronic Engineering.

David has been involved with the Arrowhead Builders Association and is currently holding the position of Secretary and Treasurer.  He is actively involved in different committees throughout the business year.

Professionally, David has been working for St. Germain Cabinets for 19 years.  He started as a carpenter and installer.  David currently holds the position of the outside sales/marketing position.   I am currently holding a running and training group for Snap Fitness in Lakeside, Duluth.  David is an ultra-marathoner and trains anywhere from 80-100 miles a week running.   He has run 5 ultras marathons, 2 marathons, 40+ half marathons, and many smaller races.   He is a great guy to get to know.


Staff

Skeeter Moore – Executive Director

Skeeter Moore brings over 15 years of marketing, public relations and development experience to the NorthShore Inline Marathon. Moore is a former UMD and professional hockey player, and graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelors degree in Communications.

Moore, who spent 5 years in marketing and development at the University of Duluth Minnesota Athletics, sees tremendous growth potential in the event, and believes a great deal of this potential comes from the race location and beautiful course.

Skeeter served as committee chair for a 40 person Athletic Committee which coordinates events and activities for a 250 plus membership for the Duluth Rotary 25. Other community involvement includes: Advisory Board Member for the Jim Morrissey Youth Athletic Foundation, Vice President Schultz Lake, Lake Association,  Neighbors of Lower Chester Park Board Member, Lake Superior Fund Raising Executives, Volunteer Youth athletic coach, hockey, soccer and baseball, and he has raised over $28,000 for the past nine years as a volunteer rider for the Blackwoods Blizzard Tour snowmobile ride to raise funds to find a cure for ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Skeeter Moore

Skeeter Moore


Mike Ward

Mike Ward – Race Director

Mike Ward is a 2012 graduate of the University of Minnesota – Duluth and a resident of Duluth for nearly 10 years. He has a diverse background in race production, timing, marketing and sales, and extensive experience with endurance racing as an athlete, volunteer, race director and timer. Mike has volunteered and worked on the timing team for the NorthShore events.

Mike worked on the Superior Man Triathlon in its first three years as Marketing and Sponsorship Director, and was instrumental in gaining the coveted MN Triathlete’s Choice Race of The Year twice. His background with this complex race will translate seamlessly to the NorthShore events.
In his spare time, Mike is an accomplished runner and triathlete, finishing races  from 1 Mile to Ironman Triathlon. He is training for a 100-mile trail running race in 2017.


Jenn Kall – Graphic Designer

Jenn Kall is a 2016 University of Minnesota Duluth graduate from the School of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design. Jenn is originally from Rochester, Minnesota but has fallen in love with the beautiful city of Duluth over the past 5 years.

Ever since Jenn was a little girl she had a love for art and creating things. She was so lucky that she even had an “art cupboard” in her family’s kitchen. She has always had a strong sense for color and typography. On car rides growing up Jenn would always be looking out the windows critiquing billboards, so this is what sparked her interest in graphic design. She also had amazing art teachers in high school that suggested this might be the field for her.

Since graduation, Jenn has done some freelance graphic design work along with selling furniture. In her spare time Jenn loves spending time by the water, going camping, painting and she has a strong desire to do more traveling.

Although Jenn is not a runner she did grow up around sports and played softball herself. She is going to try to push herself to compete in the inline event in some sort!


Raina Watson – Expo Director

From Zimmerman Minnesota, a small town just about 45 minutes north of the cities, Raina Watson is a full-time student at the University of Minnesota Duluth, entering her senior year this upcoming fall in the College of Liberal Arts. Raina is also a Communications major with a Marketing minor.

Raina is an extremely hard worker, staying very busy throughout the school year. On top of being a member of NorthShore, she is also an officer for the communications club at UMD, a T.A. for a professor on campus, a server at Applebees, and a part-time nanny for a family in Duluth!

Outside from school, Raina enjoy hanging out with friends and spending time with her dog. After graduation, Raina would like to move out of state, preferably somewhere warm and by the ocean. Her career goal is to find a profession that she is passionate about, whatever that may be.


Joseph Furlong – PR/Marketing

Joseph Furlong is a current full-time student at the University of Minnesota Duluth, entering his senior year this fall in the College of Liberal Arts. Joe is pursuing a Communications degree with a Business Administration minor.

From Oakdale Minnesota, a suburb between Woodbury and White Bear, Joe has always been involved in sports and other extra-curricular activities. Playing hockey his whole life, even until today, Joe not only likes tying up the skates, but the inline skates as well! Joe enjoys hanging out with friends and exploring the North Shore, not to mention playing a few rounds of Golf here and there. On top of interning for NorthShore, Joe works at the Shanty Bottle Shop, and is a T.A. for a professor in the Communications department.

After graduation, Joe plans on moving back home to the cities, where he hopes to find a career in Public Relations.