Meet Our Team
Our staff at Great River Arts are dedicated to providing the community with a variety of arts experiences. However, due to COVID-19, GRA are operating with limited staff.
| Executive Director
Mark Slupe | Station Manager, Great River Television (Channel 180)
After a successful career as a photojournalist, Mark Slupe has been serving as the Station Manager for Great River Television since 2016. A native Minnesotan, he was born, raised and educated in Windom. Slupe is a graduate of Central Lakes College’s Videography program. True to the Minnesota spirit, Slupe enjoys an outdoors lifestyle which includes camping, fishing, and cross-country skiing. Slupe is a world traveler with a passion for introducing the Little Falls community to new cultures and foods.
Erika Powers | Operations Manager
A native of Homer Glen, Illinois, Erika comes to GRA by way of the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Western Illinois University, and the Will County Historical Society in Lockport, Illinois.
She is looking forward to getting to know the community.
Feel free to stop by, say "hello", and make Erika feel at home here in Little Falls.
Linda Galstad l GRA's Lead Volunteer
In partnership with the Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), GRA is participating in a program offered through Experience Works. This enables GRA to collaborate with a skilled volunteer network focused on aiding nonprofits.
Galston began working at GRA in August 2021; dedicating time weekly to help staff stay organized and on track. Her talent was especially needed after COVID reduced staffing significantly. Not only does Galston bring a wealth of insight and experience to the organization, she enters each day with enthusiasm and a commitment to excellence through her work.
Are you interested in joining the team? Check out our Opportunities at GRA page for current positions.
The Great River Arts Board of Directors volunteer their time and expertise to support creativity in our community.
Learn more about the Board's role in supporting GRA.
If you are an arts advocate and would like to be considered as a GRA board member, please complete the Letter Of Interest Form and mail it to GRA (PO Box 157, Little Falls MN 56345) or email it to the Executive Director. The board reviews submissions quarterly.
- Mark Gerbi, President
- Scott Saehr, Vice President
- Ron Bieganek, Treasurer
- Zoe Back, Secretary
- Sheryl Johnson
- Kris VonBerge
- Amanda Cox
- Olivia Wood
- Judith Uebelacker
Visual Arts CommitteeThe visual arts committee (VAC) is one of our longest standing committees. Established to support the curation of our galleries and offer a peer review of all handmade artwork and products sold in GRA's retail store.
- Randy Asseln, Photographer
- Kathy Braud, Watercolorist
- Bev Gold, Painter
- Kerry Kupferschmidt, Watercolorist
- Scott Wonderlich, Art Patron