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. Photo by Tone Coughlin of Endurance Kennels.

David Hyöppönen – Vice Chair

A native Duluthian, David graduated from Duluth East High School and Lake Superior College where he received his Associates degree and is currently working towards his bachelor’s degree from The College of St. Scholastica in Marketing.

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.

Professionally, David is back in college at The College of St. Scholastica. His full-time job is to graduate by 2019 with his Marketing and Management minor.

If David is not studying he’s out training for marathons. 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

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!

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. He now works part time as a cash auditor for Sears Holding Corporation.

Dennis spend his free time reading, walking along the shore of Lake Superior and being with his three granddaughters.


Beau Bauer – Secretary

Beau is a Financial Advisor with BMO Harris 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 as a member of the NSIM Board of Directors. 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.


Ben Funke


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.


Kayla Wangen – Marketing & Event Planning

Kayla is currently a 3rd year student at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She is majoring in Marketing with a minor in International Business. She is originally from Apple Valley, MN and grew up playing volleyball. In high school joined the Ultimate Frisbee club team and took 2nd place in state her senior year. After graduation she continued to play volleyball for 2 years on the club team at UMD. In her spare time she loves spending time with friends and family, touring Duluth and the North Shore.

Kayla is looking forward to be a part of the NorthShore Inline Marathon team this year. She has some experience in marketing with her internship at the YMCA and running the UMD Women’s Club Volleyball program. She is excited to help get the word out about the 2019 NorthShore Inline Marathon!

Kayla Wangen