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.
Kimberly J. Maki is the head of the Civil Division for the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office. She obtained her B.A. in environmental studies from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN and her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, OR. After ten years in private practice, she accepted employment with the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office, where she represents the county on public works, mining, county administration and governance matters. She has served on the Duluth Charter Commission, the 11th District Bar Association Board, and the Board of University Nursery School. She lives in Duluth with her husband and two kids.
Kevin O’Brien has been in the Real Estate business for 27 years. His accreditations include the Certified Residential Specialist designation as well as being a Graduate of the Realtor’s Institute. He has lived in Duluth for the past 30 years and from 1988-1993, attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Kevin also served in the Minnesota National Guard for 22 years, obtaining the rank of Master Sergeant and fulfilling the duties of Squadron Intelligence NCO and Senior Operations Sergeant. He is a 30 year member of the Port of Duluth Kiwanis Club and past president. Kevin is also a founding board member of the Duluth Police Foundation where is he currently is a board member.
Jeffery D. Anderson is the former Deputy Chief of Staff and District Director to Minnesota’s Eighth District U.S. Representative Richard M. Nolan (2013-2019). Mr. Anderson has also served as a Duluth City Councilor (2008-2012) and Duluth Economic Development Authority Commissioner (2008-2012). He currently serves as a board member of the Duluth Charter Commission and Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce. Born and raised on Minnesota’s Vermilion Iron Range in Ely, Anderson attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth and served for 6-years in the Minnesota Army National Guard. He worked in broadcast radio for 17-years before his government service. He currently works as a government and public affairs consultant with the Costin Group, Inc. Jeff and his husband Jason Vincent own and operate the Boat Club Restaurant & Bar in Duluth, the Vanilla Bean Restaurant’s in Duluth and Two Harbors and JayBee Travel.
Elissa Hansen, President & CEO of the Northspan Group, Inc., invests her time creatively advancing others’ capabilities. Recently, she has facilitated strategic planning processes for numerous public, private, and nonprofit organizations in the Upper Midwest. She also spearheaded the creation of the Minnesota Opportunity Collaborative and has worked to expand and enhance Northspan’s programs. She leads Northspan with over 20 years of experience in business and economic development across Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Dan Markham is the Director of Operations for Kraus-Anderson Construction Company’s Duluth office. He brings more than 25 years of experience in finance, business development, real estate and construction experience to his role. Dan has an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Regis University, Denver, CO; and a B.S. in Economics from St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN. Dan currently serves on the Board of The Duluth Playhouse, and served previously as a director on the following boards of directors: GPM, Inc., National Bank of Commerce, Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, APEX, and the Northspan Group, Inc.
Michael Henderson serves as a Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch and is partner of the Sieh Henderson Group in the Duluth, MN office. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2016, Michael graduated from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN where he earned both his B.A. degree and military commission into the U.S Army. After graduating college he attended U.S. Army aviation flight school in Fort Rucker, AL and went on to serve as an officer and aviator in the United States Army for ten years, obtaining the rank of Major. His deployments include serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Republic of Korea as a Blackhawk Helicopter Aeromedical Evacuation pilot-in-command, and in Sinai, Egypt where he served as the Multination Force and Observers Aviation Fixed Wing Commander and C-12 airplane pilot-in-command. He continues to maintain his FAA helicopter and airplane multi-engine commercial pilot ratings and is passionate about aviation. Michael also serves on the Military Affairs Committee through the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce and the Scott Anderson Leadership Committee through the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.
Jason has been in commercial banking for ten years. He started at Republic Bank as a Credit Analyst in 2012 and became a Commercial Lender five years later. In October of 2019, Jason moved to Bell Bank as VP / Commercial Banker. At Bell Bank, where he works with businesses of all sizes and industries, including commercial real estate, industrial, professional services and manufacturing. Currently, he is the Treasurer of the board for The Boys & Girls Club of the Northland and has been a board member since 2018. He has also been on the Duluth Planning Commission since April of 2018. Lastly, he is on the Finance Committee and Lending Committee for OneRoof Housing. Jason is born and raised in Duluth, MN. He graduated from UMD in 2012 and resides in Duluth with his wife, daughter and dog.