Our team consists of a small but committed batch of folks.

Lucy Soderstrom, Program Director

Lucy is a recent transplant to Ely, and was initially drawn to the Ely Folk School because of its encouragement of the curious mind. She serves as program coordinator at EFS, organizing and helping execute classes. If you have any questions about upcoming classes or want to see a class that isn’t currently on the curriculum, she’ll help you out! She loves the opportunity to work with folks of diverse creative backgrounds. 

Lacey Squier, Board Chair

Lacey Squier is a member of the board, and an instructor in the culinary arts program. Lacey has a Master of Arts in College Student Personnel, and enjoys applying her professional background to helping Ely Folk School students learn, develop, and grow. 

Johnnie Hyde, Board Member

Johnnie Hyde is the owner of Raven Words Press, publisher of the Ely Summer and Winter Times and the Boundary Waters and Quetico Calendar. She is active in several arts organizations in Ely and also works as a wildland firefighter. In spring, she teaches the Spring Wild Edibles class.

Rick Anderson, Board Member

Life-long Ely resident and member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe. My wife Polly and I share the joy of four daughters and their families. Love the land and water and all the life it supports. Avid hunter, fisher, and gatherer of the gifts of the Creator. As comfortable in the company of people as in the solitude of nature. Heaven on earth is time spent on Burntside Lake and cruising the Echo Trail. Miigwech

Paul Schurke, Board Member

Paul Schurke (& spouse Susan Hendrickson) founded and operate Wintergreen Northern Wear and Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge in Ely.  Paul has been a founder and/or board member of many nonprofits including Wilderness Inquiry, Wilderness Education Association, Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, Minnesota Land Trust, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center and Ely’s International Wolf Center.

Chris Clemens, Board Treasurer

Long time analyst/architect in healthcare and financial services helping business and technology leaders create innovative solutions; Mathematics and Computer Science degree from Hamline University; Charles L. Sommers alumni; lifetime Minnesota resident and recent Ely homeowner enjoying all that the area has to offer; excited to help the Ely Folk School thrive in its mission to curate and invigorate the traditions and culture of northern Minnesota.

Alexia Springer, Media

Alexia Springer puts together the monthly newsletters along with updating the website and social media accounts. Alexia enjoys teaching classes in outdoor education and many different creative outlets including earring making, foraging, and mending.

Pam Kewley, Accounting

Pam was looking for a way to get involved with the Ely community when she became aware of the Ely Folk School and the excellent classes that were offered, and began volunteering as an ambassador. However, she then learned that the folk school also needed someone for various bookkeeping and accounting tasks. Pam is partially retired now, doing the same type of work for the folk school she did in another career. “I have to say that the Ely Folk School is a great place to learn new things or just hang out, and I am very much enjoying living and working here in dog-friendly Ely – a wonderful place to be!