Duluth Airport Authority
Board of Directors
Our board members provide the wise counsel we depend on to help us guide the Duluth International Airport into the future.
KENNETH D. BUTLER
January 13, 2014 – July 1, 2015
July 1, 2015 – July 1, 2018
Mr. Butler is a lawyer in Duluth since 1974. He is active in both civic and professional organizations. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota and earned his Juris Doctorate at St. Louis University School of Law. Mr. Butler and his wife, Mary Sue, have two grown children. Joseph is a Civil Engineer with Braun Intertec in Duluth. Molly is the Director of Alumni Service at the University of Notre Dame. Mary Sue is a Licensed Psychologist in Duluth.
July 20, 2015 – July 20, 2018
Ms. Tanski began her tourism career 24 years ago at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Her primary focus was meetings and conventions where she established an extensive client base within the region and across the country. In 2005 she was named Director of Sales at Visit Duluth where she was responsible for leading convention sales initiatives citywide and expanding partnerships within the local hospitality industry. Ms. Tanski was named President/CEO of Visit Duluth in February 2014. She shares her extensive background in marketing, promotion and branding at the state level by serving on the Explore Minnesota Meet in MN Committee. Locally, she chairs the Duluth Police Foundation Board of Directors and serves on the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Depot Advisory Committee and the Hermantown Board of Appeals. Ms. Tanski is a lifelong resident of the Twin Ports and earned her Bachelor of Science in Communications from UW-Superior.
January 23, 2014 – July 1, 2019
Craig Fellman is the President & CEO of the Jamar Company and its subsidiaries. Craig has worked with APi Group and The Jamar Company for over 14 years and served as Jamar’s President & CEO since January 1st of 2014. He started working with APi Group at LeJeune Steel, a structural steel fabricator, then transitioned to Jamar at the end of 2003. Craig is a 1995 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he studied Environmental Science and Systems Engineering. Upon graduating from West Point, he attended US Army flight school. He served just over 7 years as a UH-60 Blackhawk aviation officer until the end of 2002. He also earned his certificate in Lean Construction from Lake Superior College in 2008 and LEED Accreditation in 2009. He served on the Duluth Chamber of Commerce Board, Lake Superior Zoo Board, Vestry and Building Committee for St. Paul’s Church, and youth athletics boards.
PATRICK K. MULLEN
September 10, 2012 – July 1, 2015
July 1, 2015 – July 1, 2018
Mr. Mullen is the Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications for Minnesota Power. He has a successful 22-year career with Minnesota Power and is responsible for all Large Power Industrial Marketing, Inter-utility Marketing, local Government Relations, Community Relations, and Corporate Communications throughout its 126,000 square mile territory. Mr. Mullen is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is active in the Duluth area community, a 15-year member and speaker with Junior Achievement; current Committee Chair of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee; board member of the Miller-Dwan Foundation, board member of the Monaco Air Foundation; board member and past-chair of the Benedictine Health Center; and active member of the Duluth and Hermantown Chamber of Commerce.
RICHARD D. STEWART
August 18, 2014 – July 1, 2017
Richard Dow Stewart is a Professor and Department Chair at the University of Wisconsin Superior and the Director of their Transportation and Logistics Research Center. He is also the Co-Director of the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute. Dr. Stewart is a licensed Master Mariner and has commanded deep-sea vessels, been a fleet manager, surveyor, port captain, cargo expediter, and a small business owner of a travel agency. He was a Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Dr. Stewart is Certified in Transportation and Logistics (CTL) by the American Society of Transportation and Logistics. He earned his Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Management. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses for 27 years in the US and overseas. Dr. Stewart has been the Principal Investigator for over $9 million in transportation grants. He has extensive publications and presentations in marine, rail and intermodal transportation, logistics, transportation education and marine environmental topics. He is active in professional organizations, community boards, and serves on public advisory committees. He has had the great fortune to have been married for 35 years with Kathleen Collins and they have four wonderful children.
July 19, 2016 – July 19, 2019
Todd Fedora has been involved in Commercial Banking in the Duluth area dating back to 1987 starting his career with the then First Bank, beginning in the activity of purchasing indirect auto, boat & recreational vehicle installment contracts from Minnesota retail dealerships. From 1988 to 1996, he worked in the Commercial Banking department at First Bank, starting as a credit analyst and eventually rising to VP-Commercial Banking before departing for a VP- Senior Lending Position with M & I Marshall & Ilsley Bank, n/k/a BMO Harris Bank, N.A. in Superior, WI & Duluth, MN. Todd rejoined US Bank in September, 2012 as Commercial Team Lead at US Bank Duluth, accepting the position of Market President in February, 2014. Todd was a prior member of the Duluth Airport Authority (2002- 2005), of the Duluth City Council (2008-11), the Duluth Economic Development Authority (2008-11) and is currently a member of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (2015- ), Great Lakes Aquarium (2015 – ) and Benedictine Health Center (2015 – ).
August 14, 2017 – July 1, 2020
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Pascha Apter is Co-Owner and CEO of Giant Voices, Inc., a marketing enterprise consisting of Giant Voices and Giant Academy.
Pascha is fiercely-passionate about helping clients reach their financial, operational and marketing ambitions. An entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience, Pascha helps clients scale their enterprises to achieve revenue growth and create market-leading brands. Pascha is a graduate of St. Cloud State University and holds a B.A. in Mass Communications. Pascha lives in Duluth with her family and currently serves on Board of Directors for Marshall School.