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Meet Our Team


Our staff at Great River Arts are dedicated to providing the community with a variety of arts experiences.


Erika Powers | Executive Director

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.  Erika enjoys exploring in nature and working on creative projects.  Erika is looking forward to getting to know the community.



River Stumpf

IStation Manager, Great River Television (Channel 180)

Living in Little Falls since age 5, River is a longtime resident who has always had an interest in working in the media field. Throughout middle and high school, he was heavily involved in  video club, choir, and arts classes. He attended Central Lakes College in Brainerd studying video, photo, and graphic design and later went on to help GRA in filming events in LF and at GRA. Happy to be an official member of the community and a proud member at GRA. 



 Frances Carroll | Events and Education Assistant

Joining the GRA crew starting this summer is Frances. Originally from the Midwest, Frances excitedly comes to settle in Little Falls after 8 years of being nomadic. Throughout her life art has always been a constant interest. As a child she enjoyed building popsicle stick homes and playing with clay. Decades later, she graduated from the Peck School of the Arts with a focus in ceramics. With additional interests in yoga and music Frances looks forward to offering an assortment of classes to the Little Falls community.



Are you interested in joining the team? Check out our Opportunities at GRA page for current positions.


GRA Board

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 (terms are 3 years), 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. 

Executive Team

Lindsey Derry, President


Lane Gabel, Vice President

Ron Bieganek, Treasurer

Ron is happily married and retired.  Inspired by the unique asset of GRA to the community Ron has been actively associated with GRA for over 20 years.  Ron continues to support GRA and seeks to inspire other community members to do the same. 

Rhonda Schmidt, Secretary
Members at Large

Sheila McCoy

Pat Arnold


Visual Arts Committee

The 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.

GRA staff participants

  • Erika Powers, Executive Director
GRA is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. This policy extends beyond employees, to our board, memberships, passionate volunteers, as well as the talented artists we engage throughout our programming.
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