Board Members

Board Profiles
LLAA 2017-2018 Board of Directors & Alternates
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Executive Committee

    Monika Wilkins

Vice Presidents
     Jamie Beretta
     Sam Oliver

    Betty Larsen

    Sharon Natzel

Assistant Treasurer
    Doug Bakken

Board of Directors

Neighborhood 1
Brian Sweeney
90340 Dakota Road,  Scottsbluff, NE 69361  
Phone: 308-672-6844 

Galen Johnson (Alternate)
P.O. Box 207, Park Rapids, MN 56470  
Phone: 237-2287  Cell Phone: 218-255-0345

My wife, Bridget, daughter Madison and I are fortunate to call Long Lake our home. We have been coming here for 30 years and in 1999 bought a lot on the lake. In 2002 my wife and I decided to leave our home in Grand Forks, ND and make Long Lake our new home. We started construction in the fall of 2002 and moved in the fall of 2003. We have 2 grown daughters and 5 grandchildren that enjoy coming to visit and are always sad when they to leave. I work here in real estate and with this job it continues to amaze me of how many families come back to enjoy our beautiful lake and area.

Neighborhood 2
Ron Taggart
(218) 732-4239
My wife, Margi, and I started camping on Long Lake in the 1970’s.  We loved the lake and said when we retired, we wanted it to be here on Long Lake.  We bought our property in 1989 and spent weekends and vacations here until 2003 when I retired and we moved here full time.  We had previously lived in Clarissa, Minnesota for 25 years where I was the Maintenance Manager at the Eagle Valley Schools.  We have two grown children and five grandchildren who all love spending time on this wonderful lake.

Jack Derr
14273 Circle Pines Dr, Park Rapids, MN 56470
Phone: 237-5006  Cell Phone: 301-471-1960

Lived in Maryland for many years and this summer moved with wife Joy on a permanent basis to home on Long Lake. We built a home here in 2006 and spent summers here and now will be here on full time basis.  In Maryland, I graduated from University of Maryland in 1963, worked as an insurance agent for Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co. from 1964 to 2009.  Served as a member of Maryland State Senate from 1983 to 1999.  I have 4 grown children and 15 grandchildren.
My connection to Long Lake - been coming here since 1964 with Joy and her family to enjoy the cabin her father built in 1961.  I have become actively involved with Hubbard United Methodist Church and Wellspring, Park Rapids.

Neighborhood 3
Bob Eggers
Email address:

About 15 years ago, we spent a long weekend with a friend here on Long Lake.  We were so impressed, we bought a lot.  Soon had house plans and built a home.  I retired 10 years ago and we spend lots of time here.  Three children and five grandchildren also visit and love to come to the cabin.  My wife and I grew up on farms in Iowa and attended Iowa State and graduated from University of Iowa.  We met showing livestock at the Iowa State Fair.  She was a teacher and I am an MD.  I started as a GP in small town in Iowa.  Did about everything---started coronary care unit, delivered 70 babies a year,etc.  After few years went back to Iowa City for Anesthesia Residency and spent rest of my career at Iowa Methodist Med Center. For a time I was Chief of a 32 doctor anesthesia group and chief of the hospital department of surgery.  Now I just try to be a good grandpa. We have a big yard and my wife and I love flowers.

We love Long Lake.   I am very concerned about invasive species, excessive ag irrigation lowering the water table and about chemical contamination of the ground water.

Sharon Natzel   (Alternate)
13623 County 20, Park Rapids, MN 56470
Phone: 732-5749  Cell Phone: 763-355-7908

"My Long Lake connection began at age 8 when my family bought a lot on Crystal Beach so we could begin experiencing what tourists traveled far to see in our Park Rapids vacation land.  Long Lake summers as a kid were filled with water adventures like skiing, swimming, fishing, bouncing on inner tubes, plus catching and releasing frogs in races between all of us “Lais Girls” and the neighborhood kids.  I met my husband, Bob, at “the lake” as his family was just two doors down at the brown boathouse.  Racing activities have been replaced with cruising in the green boat, observing loons, eagles and herons, plus an occasional pelican in the late summer.  I notice sunrises and sunsets, appreciating nature and the seasonal cycles even more.  We’ve expanded our use of this lake we love with winter sports, too."

Neighborhood 4
Sam Oliver
480 Eton Dr., Barrington, IL 60010
Lake phone: 732-5755  Cell phone: 847-452-6548  Phone: 847-381-4595

Our family’s cabin is Lookout Point, 14114 Chippewa Loop.  We are a branch of the Hansell Family Tree.  Friends and extended family started arriving in the 1880’s, and my family came to Long Lake in 1947.  I am the Director of Citizens for Conservation in the greater Barrington, Illinois area and a member of the management committee of the Flint/Spring Creek Watersheds Partnership  I serve on land trust coalitions and in my work am involved with environmental issues including invasive species, water quality, and the use of native plants.  Our family includes four children and six grandchildren who enjoy Long Lake where my concerns as a member of the board are invasive species, water quality and the engagement of the next generation in these issues.

Pam Petersen (alternate)
13318 Beach Haven Rd. Park Rapids, MN 56470
3123 Northfield Court, Davis, CA 95616.
Cell phone 530-848-7357.

I am 53 and a native of Des Moines. My grandparents were Coyne and Ella Oldham, long time Pine Haven Beach summer residents. My first Long Lake trip was at 9 months of age and I have only missed two summers since. My husband and I bought the Kaiser cabin in Fall of 2011, just 3 doors down from the original Oldham cabin. I am a retired pediatrician and live in Davis, California.

Neighborhood 5
Carolynne C White (CC)
14388 Chippewa Loop, Park Rapids, MN
Phone: 218 732 9819

My grandparents came to Long Lake to live in 1929 and I have lived here on the lake every summer of my life except for maybe 5. When I retired from teaching in 2009, I moved home full time.   We have a tree farm that is now part of the Minnesota Land Trust. This means the land will be managed as a tree farm and not be developed even in the future.  My family has always felt a deep connection and responsibility to the land and to Long Lake.  Proud to be representing neighborhood 5.

Al Kiecker (Alternate)  
cell phone: 507 276 3562

My wife and I are from southern Mn. We purchased a home on Long lake in 2006. In 2012 we retired and made our move to live on Long lake year round. We think it was a good choice. We have three children and two grandchildren. They all enjoy their time at the lake. Patti and I have been involved with the water quality tests on the lake the past four years. Hoping to help keep our lake off all AIS listed lakes. See you on the lake!!

Neighborhood 6
Betty Larsen
17166 Dream Catcher Dr, Park Rapids, MN 56470
Cell Phone: 701-741-4533

We bought our Long Lake property in about 2004 as a vacation home, and now are blessed to live here full time.  I am a retired physician assistant, and my husband Mark is a retired financial adviser. We enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, bicycling, and XC snow skiing.  We have two grown children; Anna, who lives in Boise, Idaho, and Brian, who lives in Grand Forks with his wife Lisa & son Jonathan.

Monika Wilkins (Alternate)
At Large Board Members
Doug Bakken
13315 Breezy Pines Dr., Park Rapids, MN 56470
Phone: 732-3883  Cell Phone: 218-779-4074

My wife Mary and I acquired our home on Long Lake in 2001 and moved here full time from Grand Forks, ND in the summer of 2008. I retired from practice as a CPA in Grand Forks in 2005. Mary and I have a son living in Minneapolis and a son living in Fargo. They and their families, including five grandchildren, are regular visitors to Long Lake.
Jamie Beretta
36401 Co. Rd. 13, Melrose, MN 56352
Cell phone: 320-250-7448  Lake phone: 237-9400

My husband and I purchased our Long Lake property in 2009.  Prior to that we had a small cabin on nearby Duck Lake. When we realized that we had outgrown our small lake cabin we decided to look at properties on Long Lake because of its excellent fishing.  Our oldest son is an avid fisherman and has fished with his grandparents on Long Lake since he was 4.  We enjoy spending as much time as we can at the lake kayaking, boating, fishing, biking and spending time with my parents who live nearby.  One of my goals of being an association board member is getting to know the people who share an interest in our lake.  I also hope to work to help keep our lake water clean and AIS free.

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