Our
Team

Chris Knopf

Executive Director

For more than 25 years, Chris has worked to protect, preserve, and restore our wild places. Prior to joining the Friends, Chris was a practicing environmental attorney, served as the Ohio Office Director for The Trust for Public Land, and worked as a major gifts officer with the Indian Land Tenure Foundation. He has deep love for the outdoors and enjoys hiking, kayaking, canoeing, biking, backpacking, and photography. Email Chris.

Cori Mattke

Associate Director

As a native Minnesotan who also spent time in the west, Cori has a deep love for wilderness and connecting people to the outdoors. She is passionate about creative conservation and exploring the intersection between ecology, human communities, and environmental initiatives. At home, Cori is an avid printmaker, knitter, and cook who enjoys biking, hiking, and paddling throughout Minnesota. Email Cori.

Jane Reyer

Advocacy Director

A childhood love of the outdoors and of all things wild eventually led Jane to a career as an environmental advocate. She has a true love for the Border Lakes region and a wealth of experience on the sulfide mining issue. When she’s not out exploring or championing the BWCA or Lake Superior, she can often be found on a park bench in one of the green spaces of Minneapolis, sitting in meditation. Email Jane.

Betsy Daub

Science & Conservation Director

Betsy has worked in conservation for more than 30 years. She began her career as a field biologist, and has since worked in environmental policy, as a science teacher, and within government natural resource agencies. The majority of her professional life has been with non-profit conservation organizations. Betsy is a birder, and has worked on projects with loons, hawks, parrots, osprey, marsh wrens, and ducks. Email Betsy.

Tonia Kittelson

Northern Communities Director

Tonia has spent her life protecting waters, woods, wildlife and prairies through education, collaborative projects, and community engagement. She knows the Boundary Waters well from leading month-long wilderness expeditions with Voyageur Outward Bound School and has a background in natural resource management, conflict resolution, environmental education, and outdoor recreation. With over 900 days afield (over half of these in the BWCAW) she brings a broad perspective to effectively managing natural resources and human demands. Email Tonia.

Rachel Wagner

Membership & Administrative Coordinator

Rachel enjoyed her first trip to the BWCAW on her honeymoon and couldn’t believe such a treasure was situated right in her home state! Ecological justice and climate change have been issues dear to her heart since studying Global Studies at Concordia College and traveling abroad in India. At home, Rachel enjoys gardening with her husband, knitting/crocheting, and hiking. Email Rachel.