Our Staff

Brian & Jessica Hard
Executive Director

I grew up in southern Minnesota but have always felt the draw of the Northwoods. Becoming Director at WE has given me the opportunity to blend my two greatest passions- God and the great outdoors. I'm blessed with my wonderful wife, Jessica, and 3 children, Caleb, Evelyn and Lydia. When I'm not developing and running programs, I like to bike, garden, ski, canoe and pretty much anything else that involves being outside.

Carolyn Mikel
2021 Summer Intern

I am currently attending the College of Saint Scholastica for Music Education and German. I am also working on campus with Campus Ministry as a Catholic Advisor. I grew up in Southern MN with a love for the outdoors and my faith. Being in Duluth has certainly been a blessing and I'm in love with God's creation! I enjoy doing anything music-related, hiking, biking, reading, tending to my lovely house plants, and spending time with close friends. 

Elsa Huckels
2021 Summer Intern

I’m pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. I also run for the Cross Country and Track teams at MTU. My hometown is Stillwater MN which is right on the beautiful St. Croix river. Some of my favorite things besides running are hiking, camping, kayaking, gardening and any outdoor activities! I’m excited to spend the summer in Duluth, help others learn about God and grow in my own faith too.