NEC welcomes new board members


The National Eagle Center recently elected two new members to the Board of Directors. The 17-member board brings experience and insights from varied backgrounds to help guide the organization’s strategy, maintain fiscal responsibility and ensure mission impact.

John Beatty of Rochester, Minn., is a business lawyer with Dunlap and Seeger, P.A., and brings extensive business planning and nonprofit expertise to the National Eagle Center Board. Beatty is a graduate of the Leadership Greater Rochester program, serves on the board of directors for Channel One, Inc., Child Care Resource and Referral, Inc., and the Rochester Senior Center Foundation. He is an active committee member for the chamber’s young professionals group, FUEL Rochester, and volunteers for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services and LegalCORPS.

Blake Johnson of Maplewood, Minn., is the government affairs specialist with the Prairie Island Indian Community. He and PIIC played a key role working with the board to secure state of Minnesota bond funding for the National Eagle Center expansion project. He lives in Maplewood, Minn., with his wife Kaitlen and their son.

These new board members are committed to the health and vibrancy of Wabasha and look forward to advancing the mission of the National Eagle Center through their service.

The National Eagle Center is a landmark interpretive center on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha. Offering wild eagle viewing and live eagle programs daily, the National Eagle Center connects people with eagles in nature, history, and culture. For more information about the National Eagle Center, visit


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