NACF Board Members

We are proud to have a great Board of Directors at NACF

(All photos courtesy of Sarah Jorgenson Photography:


Mark Buley, Rural Frederic Area; Treasurer










Mark has lived north of Frederic since 1978, with his wife, Nancy, living on the Polk County side of the line while working on the Burnett County side.  Retired from Johnson Lumber Company, he is pursuing a second avocation as a furniture maker. Mark is also a board member of Frederic Arts.


Chris Byerly, Rural Frederic/Clam Falls Area; Secretary











Books and reading have always been part of Chris Byerly’s life and she first began working in libraries as a shelf monitor in fourth grade.  She has been able to finesse a lifelong passion into a career with many types of libraries, most recently as director of the Frederic Public Library, from which she is now retired. Chris has served on the boards of several nonprofits including Northern Waters Learning, a countywide program matching tutors with people of all ages to improve reading skills; the Frederic Area Scholarship Foundation, managing and providing scholarships to high school graduates; Frederic Arts, a volunteer-based arts education group; and Northwest Passage, Ltd. Chris is pleased to be a member of NACF and looks forward to helping build the collaborative partnerships with other organizations that foster vibrant communities.   


Gary Gerds, Stillwater, Minnesota and North Sand Lake, Wisconsin;

Vice Chair











Together with his wife Nancy and his family, Gary is a 36+ year vacation home resident of Burnett County. Gary retired from a long-time career as a corporate consultant and trainer working in the private sector with Global 1000 companies. His specialty is helping small and large organizations implement individual and organizational performance change. In his career Gary owned and operated two businesses focused on training, consulting and customer research.

Gary’s current volunteer activities include mentoring high school students at the Stillwater, Minnesota High School and mentoring college students at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Gary is also active in the St. Croix Valley Foundation Consultants in Service program working with such organizations as the Willow River State Park Board of Directors.

Gary has a deep love and admiration for the woods, water and people of Northwest Wisconsin. He looks forward to helping the Northwest Alliance Community Foundation achieve its objectives. 


Patti Hurd, Rural Siren Area; Director











Patti became semi-retired in 2009 and moved to Siren, Wisconsin with her husband, Dean Montour. For over 30 years, Patti has worked with nonprofit social service organizations and government agencies, both domestically and internationally. Currently, Patti is self-employed as an Independent Consultant and provides Management Support Services and grant writing for several nonprofit organizations. In addition, she is a Volunteer Coordinator at Ruby’s Food Shelf. Patti and her husband are food vendors at the Siren Farmer’s Market and she is active in the Burnett County Nutrition Coalition and Citizens Against Poverty. Throughout her work experience, Patti has enjoyed developing services that improved the lives of families. When she moved to Burnett County, Patti looked for opportunities to become involved with her new community. Patti decided to become a board member of NACF because she believes that this foundation can make a difference to people living in Polk and Burnett Counties.


Nancy Martin, Stillwater, Minnesota and North Sand Lake, Wisconsin; Director 











Nancy holds fine art degrees in design and painting and worked in agency and corporate settings as a designer, creative director and communications director in the Twin City area. Her past work experience includes development of corporate marketing campaigns, brand identities, implementation of large employee communication initiatives and management of work teams. Now semi-retired, she looks forward to investing time in the Northwest Wisconsin area that has been an important part of raising a family to enjoy nature and the beauty of the woods and water.


Lisa Murphy, Balsam Lake; Director 











Lisa graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Masters’ Degree in English and has a background in post-secondary education and in nonprofit management.  She moved to Polk County as a child and currently lives in rural Balsam Lake with her husband and young son.  Lisa is excited to be a member of the NACF and looks forward to helping support the important nonprofit work taking place in our communities.


Tracey Nooner, Rural Frederic Area; Director











Tracey and her husband Terry moved from Eagan, Minnesota to Frederic about six years ago. They have two grown daughters attending college in the Twin Cities. Tracey has been a mortgage loan officer for the past 25 years. For the last six years, she has originated mortgage loans for Bremer Bank in the Frederic, Siren and Danbury locations. Through her work at Bremer, Tracey has been able to assist people with obtaining grants for Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity. Tracey and her husband own St. Croix Scuba in downtown Hudson. They enjoy dive travel, walking their dog and snowmobiling.


Jerry Tischer, Rural Frederic; Director 











Jerry feels honored to be on the Board and looks forward to working toward the goals, mission, and initiatives of the NACF. He expects to draw upon his professional and volunteer experiences to add to the breadth and depth of his board colleagues.

His professional experiences include being a vocational education instructor, business owner, elementary, middle, and high school principal, and school district administrator. Community experiences include serving as a hospital board president, ministerial association treasurer, American Legion-commander, and president of a 100+ member community service organization – the Jaycees.

Raised in Minnesota, Jerry has been a Wisconsin resident since 2003. He has a fantastic family, cherishes his friends, enjoys making maple syrup and harvesting wild rice. Jerry and his awesome wife Becky reside on acreage near Frederic.


Jennifer Turrentine, Rural Webster Area; Board Chair 











Jennifer is a recently retired independent information professional in the field of healthcare and health insurance.  Her volunteer activities have included: Chair of the Richfield Advisory Board of Health and the Statewide Health Improvement Program for Bloomington, Edina and Richfield.  Jennifer is currently a volunteer with Ruby’s Food Shelf in Siren and she enjoys being involved with the Northwest Alliance Community Foundation.