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Natural Resources Faculty and Staff


Tim Aunan

Tim Aunan – Natural Resources Instructor

Tim’s academic forestry interests include spatial research in forest communities, small scale lumber production & drying, and alternative forest products. Tim is a maple syrup enthusiast, part time timber sawyer, and furniture builder. 

Education:  Bachelor of Arts, Geography, University of Minnesota Duluth; Master of Science, Natural Resource Management (Forestry), University of Connecticut

Previous Employment: GIS Technician, University of Minnesota Natural Resources Research Institute; Survey Technician, Clint Sherrill and Associates, Albuquerque NM; Research Assistant, University of Connecticut; Spatial Analyst/Water Resource Tech, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Government, Pablo MT; Spatial Analyst & Unit Supervisor, Minnesota DNR Forest Inventory Office.

Tim Fox

Tim Fox - Geography/GIS/Sciences Instructor

Tim Coordinates GIS within Associate of Applied Science, Natural Resources, Associate of Science, Geography/GIS and GIS Certificate programs.  Tim supports ICC’s Associate of Arts Program (Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences). 

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Geography, Humboldt State University, CA; Master of Arts, Geography, San Diego State University, CA. Emphasis in Fire Behavior Modeling in Geographic Information Systems.

Previous Employment: Youth Conservation Corps Coordinator (Yosemite National Park); Backcountry Ranger (Yellowstone National Park); Fire Fighter (Sequoia & Kings Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks); Cartographer, Natural Resource Conservation Service and GEO/Graphics, CA; Environmental Analyst/Cartographer, Keller Environmental Associates, CA; Geography Instructor: Mesa & Cuyamaca Community Colleges, CA; GIS Coordinator, Grand Teton National Park, WY.

Brad Jones

Brad Jones – Forestry Instructor, Forest Management.  Natural Resource Program Coordinator

Brad has been a full time Instructor in courses related to forest management at Itasca Community College since 2008.  He teaches courses in Forest Inventory, Forest Management and Silviculture.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources with an emphasis on Silviculture and Ecosystems from the University of Minnesota; Master of Science in Forest Resources/Silviculture, with supporting work in Forest Soils, Forest Genetics and Statistics.


Previous Employment:
Brad retired from public land management in 2007 after 26 years of working the field.  Employment history includes Staff Forester and District Forester for Itasca County Land Department; Silviculturist for St. Louis County; Inventory forester for Boise Cascade Corporation; Forest Inventory and Aerial Photo Interpretation for Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Waters; Inventory Forester, and Teaching and Research Assistant for University of Minnesota.

Courtney Kearns

Courtney Kearns - Natural Resources Instructor

Courtney was born and raised in West Virginia, and moved to Grand Rapids in 2007. She loves living in northern Minnesota and exploring the North with her two Border Collie mixes, Boone and Maya.


Education:
Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources from West Virginia University; Master of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from the University of Missouri.


Previous Employment:
Courtney was most recently employed as a plant ecologist and botanist with the Minnesota DNR. Prior to that, she held a number of positions with state and federal agencies, universities, and a nonprofit, with an emphasis on prairie and other birds.

 Lee Kessler

Lee Kessler - Wildland Firefighting Instructor

Lee is the lead instructor for the Wildland Fire Fighting program.


Education:
Bachelors of Science Degree in Forestry from Southern Illinois University.


Previous Employment
: Lee has worked as a Consulting Forester in two states and as a Wildland Firefighter with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He has had numerous fire and aviation assignments in the majority of the western states and Alaska, providing a diverse background in fireline and aviation operations. Lee has extensive experience in providing wildland firefighter training, aviation training for wildland firefighters, and training coordination with National Guard and State Patrol aviation resources.

 Joline Leone

Joline Leone - College Lab Assistant

For over ten years, Joline has been a part of ICC’s Natural Resources Department working with students to develop and improve lab and study skills while supporting students through their college experience, a position she feels has been by far, the most rewarding.


Education
: A graduate of Vermilion Community College, Joline holds an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Natural Resource Technology.


Previous Employment
: With over 25 years in the field, Joline has gained a wide range of forestry experience working for many different agencies including Itasca County Land Department, the Minnesota DNR, the University of Minnesota and UPM Blandin.
Mary Moberg

Mary Moberg - Natural Resources/Biology Instructor

Mary teaches in areas of forest insects and diseases as a part of the Forest Protection course.  She also teaches Human Biology and Anatomy & Physiology.

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Biology, St. Olaf College (Minnesota); Master of Science and Ph.D., Plant Pathology, University of Minnesota

Previous Employment: REACH AgInfo Manager and Research Scientist, Cenex/Land O'Lakes Agronomy Services

Tom Sutherland

Tom Sutherland – Natural Resources Instructor

Tom grew up in Grand Rapids and was raised on a family farm.   He graduated from Grand Rapids high school in 2000. Tom has taught Natural Resources Law Enforcement since 2013.


Tom is married and has 3 young children.  He and his family enjoy recreating in the outdoors including boating, fishing and many forms of hunting and trapping. 

Education:   Tom received an Associate of Arts degree from Itasca Community College.  He then transferred to the University of Stevens Point Wisconsin, where he received his Bachelors of Science in Natural Resource Management and a minor in Natural Resource Law Enforcement. Tom then attained his peace officers license from Hibbing Community College


Current Employment:
Tom has worked for the MN Department of Natural Resources since 2006 as a Conservation Officer and currently serves the Grand Rapids Area.  Tom began his Law Enforcement career as a police officer for Hill City, where he was promoted to Police Chief.