At the September 29th, 2020 annual meeting, the following members were voted on to the Board of Directors:


Mike Carlson (community member) – elected to a 3-year term
Andrea Orest (parent member) – elected to a 3-year term
Chandler Litterst (educator) – appointed to a 2-year term

Officers were also elected:

Chairperson: Dylan Dragswiek
Vice-Chairperson: Andrea Orest
Treasurer: Heidi Doo-Kirk
Secretary: Chuck Viren

Meet the Board of GES

Dylan Dragswiek: Parent Member

Dylan lives in Grand Marais and has children at GES. He has donated his talents to the school making lunches, assembling the yearbook, helping with technical difficulties, and serving on the Board.
2nd Term Ends: 2022



Vice Chairperson
Andrea Orest: Parent

Andrea has children at GES and also serves on the food committee, Great Lunch. She is glad to be a part of the GES community and is looking forward to her new role as a board member.

Term Ends: 2023



Chuck Viren: Educator

Chuck has taught in many different capacities over his career, including urban and rural locations, and settings that include a residential treatment facility, charter schools, and traditional school districts.  He currently teaches the 5-6 classroom, and lives in the town of Grand Marais.

Term Ends: 2021


Heidi Doo-Kirk: Community Member

Heidi was appointed to fulfill Marshell Moy's board term in January of 2021. She is a long time Cook County resident with a great deal of board experience to bring to the GES conversation. Heidi previously worked as bookkeeper for businesses up the Gunflint Trail before her work as a County Commissioner.

Term Ends: 2022


Member At Large

Chandler Litterst: Educator

Chandler is a teacher in the 3-4 classroom at GES, and has a couple of kids attending as well. He's looking forward to learning more about the role of the board.


Term Ends: 2022

Member At Large

Mike Carlson: Community Member

Mike is a retired teacher and active on many community boards. He has served terms on the GES board in the past and sits on the Finance Committee as well.


Term Ends: 2023

Member At Large
Matt McIntyre: Parent Member

Matt lives and Lutsen, and has a son attending GES. He's enjoying learning the realm of education and governance.

Term Ends: 2022


Member At Large
Paul Nordlund: Parent Member

Paul lives in Lutsen with his wife Molly and has twins who are attending GES. He feels compelled to step up to Board work by the GES mission and educational philosophy, for his children’s sake, and also for that of the broader GES community and the future of the school.
Term Ends: 2021