Board of Directors

IEDC is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors comprised of public, private, and nonprofit sector leaders in the community. Current board members include:

Tamara Lowney
President & CEO


Tamara hails from Hill City, Minnesota, and while she left to explore the world for almost 20 years, she is deeply invested in the rural small town lifestyle.  Tamara worked throughout the US and internationally for ARAMARK, leading hospitality organizations in Alaska, Ohio and California...

Teri Heikkila
Office Administrator


Teri began working at IEDC in January of 2000.  Initially hired part-time to support the team, it quickly became full time as she took on more responsibilities.  Over the past twenty years, Teri has remained an anchor and historian of the organization.  She is responsibl...

Rob Sjostrand
Business Consultant


Rob Sjostrand is a native to Itasca County, born and raised in Grand Rapids, MN. He graduated from Grand Rapids High School. He then graduated from Devry Institute of Technology in 1995 with his Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis on accounting. Rob ha...

Kayla Swanson
Marketing Specialist


Kayla accepted the position as the Marketing Specialist at IEDC in December of 2019. Kayla is an Itasca County native, growing up in Taconite, Minnesota and graduated from Greenway High School in 2013. She started her journey by pursuing her Associates of Arts degree fro...

Kirstie McPherson
Project Coordinator


Kirstie McPherson is a Behavioral Economist whose research has focused on economic development throughout her career. Working with dozens of communities across the US, Kirstie has identified key practices to enhance economic development and answer the most common problems our communities are faced with today...

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