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


David Hyopponen

David Hyöppönen – Vice Chair

A native Duluthian, David graduated from Duluth East High School and continued after to earn his bachelor’s degree from The College of St. Scholastica in marketing and management. Professionally, David works for Boyer Trucks as an outside sales representative selling truck parts to dealers and local businesses in need.

David has been involved with the Arrowhead Builders Association and held the position of president in the 2016 term. He is actively involved in different committees throughout the business year.

David is an avid runner and ran his first 100-mile ultra in 2017. He runs and trains every day of the year and enjoys competing in USATF road races.


Scott Soderberg – Ex Officio Chairman

Scott is a Duluth native currently living very near the race course in the Lester Park neighborhood, graduating from Duluth East and UMD where he received his B.A. in 1975. He and his family have been affiliated with the NorthShore Inline Marathon and Skate Fest since its beginning, with a son Eric who skated the first 18 and daughter Angie who skated 10 or so (in addition to serving as a board member). Scott himself has skated 13 races, is a long-standing board member and the current finish line/awards announcer.

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 Commercial Sales Manager with Hartel’s/DBJ Disposal, Your “Local Choice” for OVER 60 YEARS.

Scott Soderberg

Scott Soderberg


Dennis McCort

Dennis McCort – Treasurer

Dennis was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania graduating from South Hills Catholic High School in Pittsburgh. He attended Penn State University for two years, then moved to Superior, Wisconsin to complete his degree at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He graduated with BS degrees in Physical Education and Biology.

Upon retirement, Dennis went back to college and obtained a degree in accounting, and has now retired as a cash auditor in 2018 from the Sears Holding Corporation.

Dennis spend his free time reading, walking along the shore of Lake Superior and being with his five, soon to be six, grandchildren.


Beau Bauer – Secretary

Beau is a Financial Advisor with 6 years of experience currently serving the Twin Ports Area of Duluth and Superior. Utilizing an in-depth analysis of clients’ unique goals, time horizon, income needs, and tolerance for risk, Beau customizes easy to understand financial plans to help meet the needs of individuals and their families.

Prior to joining the BMO Harris Financial Advisors team, Beau earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from The College of St. Scholastic. he holds his series 7, 63 and 65, along with his life, health and annuity insurance licenses.

Beau gives back to his community and stays active as a current board member of the NorthShore Inline Marathon. He enjoys fishing, hunting, golfing and spending time with his one year old German short-hair pointer Hazel.

Beau Bauer


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.


Christina Larson-Dickson

Christina Larson-Dickson joins us from Minneapolis by way of Moorhead, MN.  Growing up in as a figure skater and immersed in hockey culture, she developed a natural interest in inline skating in high school.  A childhood friend and UMD grad introduced her to NSIM in the early 2000’s and she was instantly hooked.  Over 16 NSIM’s later, she still loves competing in races and being part of the skating community.  As a past ice skating instructor and over 25 years of dedication to the sport, she looks forward to supporting NSIM as a board member.

Christina holds a B.A. from Concordia College, and an M.A. in International Leadership and Master of Business Certificate from University of St. Thomas.  She has several years of experience working in higher education and for non-profits and currently works as a E-Business Systems Consultant at Wells Fargo.

Christina resides in Minneapolis with her husband (also a skater!), dog and two young children (learning to skate).  In addition to skating, she enjoys weight lifting, cycling, skiing, live music and “escaping” to Duluth to enjoy hiking and nature.

Christina Larson-Dickson


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 to practice law, 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. In January 2018, Topher started Lake Superior Law, PLLC, a law firm in Duluth/Hermantown, MN.

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.


Connie Ecklund

Connie Ecklund joins us from Minneapolis as a lifelong resident. Growing up in the city playing sports and developing a love for sports and the outdoors, she started inline skating in the early nineties and has been racing since about 1997. Connie has been at all 24 of the past NSIM events and has skated in 23 of them. Connie is also a K2 Skate Ambassador and is a constant supporter of inline skating and racing. Meeting amazing people not only in the US but all over the world is one of the greatest joys racing and skating has brought her. She is happy to join the board to learn more about how the race works behind the scene and is ready to help how she can.

Connie holds a BA in Elementary Education from Bemidji State and a Masters of Teaching and Learning from MN State Mankato.  Connie is currently an intervention teaching in Lakeville, MN working with students in grades 6-8.

Along with skating Connie enjoys biking, walking, hiking, SUP, alpine skiing, snowshoeing along with anything outside. Living in Minneapolis there is never a dull moment to get out and enjoy the city all year!


Andy Granberg

Andy Granberg

Andy is a native of Minneapolis and has a undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St Peter, MN and a graduate degree from Augsburg College in Minneapolis.  He is employed by Stewart Title of Minnesota and has been in the real estate industry for close to 20 years.

Andy lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Cheri and their two small daughters Olivia and Elsie.  When not spending time with his family Andy enjoys sailing, running and of course, rollerblading.  This will be his second year doing the NorthShore Inline Marathon and proudly participates in the Recreation 3rd Wave.

He is also on the Neighborworks Home Partners board which helps people buy homes, keep their homes, and fix up their homes by providing grants and loans to low income borrowers.


Blake Johnston

Blake was born and raised in Hermantown, MN. He graduated from Hermantown High School and later the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Blake is  a Business Banker at US Bank where he helps the small business owners of Northern Minnesota grow their businesses.  Blake currently resides in the Piedmont neighborhood of Duluth and enjoys spending time outdoors with his Fiancé, Jessica, two dogs and two rabbits.

Blake has given back to the community through volunteer work with Grandma’s Marathon, the Adopt-a-Highway program, the Duluth East Highschool Robotics Team, and the NorthShore Inline Marathon.

Blake Johnston

Jana Davis

Jana Davis

Jana joins us from the Twin Cities and started inline skating about 15 years ago.  She has participated in a variety of inline marathons across the country (including over 10 NSIMs) and across the globe (Berlin and Paris).

Jana has over 30 years of experience in market research and consumer insights, and is currently employed with Acosta Sales and Marketing as a Director of Research.  Prior to Acosta, she was Director of Consumer Panel Services for the Nielsen Company for many years, after spending time in the direct marketing field at a number of firms in the Twin Cities including Schwan’s, NordicTrack and Fingerhut.  She holds a BS degree in Finance/Management and an MBA in Marketing from Minnesota State, Mankato.

Jana resides in Wayzata, MN with her husband Gary, and has two grown children.  When not skating, Jana loves to travel, attend concerts and watch/participate in all kinds of sports activities.


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


Mike Ward

Mike Ward

Mike Ward – Race Director

Mike Ward is a 2012 graduate of the University of Minnesota – Duluth and a resident of Duluth since 2008. 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 previously volunteered and worked on the timing team for the NorthShore events before joining as Race Director in early 2017.

In his spare time, Mike is an accomplished runner and triathlete, finishing races from 1 Mile to 100 miles and sprint tris to Ironman Triathlon. In 2019, he finished his first inline skating marathon at Apostle Islands with a time of 1:21.


Jordan Woods – Rollerski Marketing Director

Jordan Woods is a 2nd year University of Minnesota Duluth student who has a passion for all things involving nordic skiing. Growing up in the small ski town of Mora Minnesota, Jordan wants to spread his love for skiing across all seasons. He has completed many large ski races across the Midwest including the American Birkebeiner, Vasaloppet USA, Minnesota Finlandia, Sisu Ski Fest, and the Northshore Rollerski race. After six years of high school nordic skiing, Jordan joined the Nordic Ski Club at UMD and became Co-President a year later. Jordan is a Marketing major at UMD and is excited to work with and learn from Skeeter and Mike. When not skiing or training for skiing, Jordan likes to hunt, fish, play baseball, run and hike along the North Shore.

Jordan Woods


Macey Tellijohn

Macey Tellijohn joins us from Owatonna, Minnesota. As a senior at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Macey is working towards her degree in Graphic Design, with a minor in Art and Arts in Media. Along with the NorthShore Inline Marathon, Macey works as a graphic designer for Kirby Program Board at UMD and as a student designer with Love Creamery. She loves getting to learn more about the city of Duluth everyday, and having the opportunity to reflect that knowledge into design aspects.

When it comes to skating, Macey has two left feet… but she got involved by volunteering for the marathon in her early years at UMD. The organized chaos of race day left her full of adrenaline and  inspired her to get involved in Duluth.

Outside of work and school, Macey enjoys going to live music, traveling, hiking, fiddling with her ukulele, road tripping, and playing tennis. You can usually find her at local breweries trying to find her next favorite beer!