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Jean Farmakes Joins LISC's Local Advisory Board


Working to see people and places prosper through partnerships with public, nonprofit and private community development organizations, Duluth LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) announces Jean Farmakes, LHB, Inc., as its newest member on its Local Advisory Board and Marketing and Communications Committee.

“Our Local Advisory Board members make significant contributions to LISC’s success,” says Pam Kramer, executive director of Duluth LISC. “The addition of Jean Farmakes continues our longtime relationship with LHB. She brings incredible insight into the work we do with her professional background, community connections and volunteerism.” The decision-making of the board is managed through five committees—executive, program, loan review, fund development, and marketing and communications. 

Jean Farmakes, general counsel for LBH, Inc, joins LISC's Local Advisory Board.
Jean Farmakes, general counsel for LBH, Inc, joins LISC's Local Advisory Board.

The 2018 Local Advisory Board (LAB) includes: Deb Otto, LAB Chair, President-Duluth Market, Alerus; Frank Jewell, LAB Vice Chair, St. Louis County Commissioner; Jean Farmakes, General Counsel, LHB, Inc.; Michael Boeselager, Vice President Support Services, St. Luke’s; Kimberly Carlisle, Assistant Vice President, ascena/maurices; Jessica Deegan, Director of Federal Affairs, Minnesota Housing; John Erickson; Principal, Dsgw; Robert Espenson, Private Mortgage Banker, Frandsen Bank; James M. Garvey, Senior Vice President, Essentia-St. Mary’s Medical Center; Bill Gronseth, Superintendent, ISD 709; Cammy Hansen, Vice President,  National Bank of Commerce; Joe Johnson, III, Senior Vice President, North Shore Bank; Shane Johnson, President, Johnson Wilson Constructors; Angie Miller, Executive Director, Community Action Duluth; David Montgomery, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Duluth; Geoffrey Popham, Vice President, US Bank Private Banking,  and Neal Ronquist, Publisher, Duluth News Tribune.

About Duluth LISC
Duluth LISC opened in 1997 and has developed or preserved 1,684 units of housing, created 186 new child-care spaces, 1,553 new jobs, and leveraged over $90 million in LISC investment in Duluth.  LISC works at the local level with residents and partners to catalyze resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across the country – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families. LISC does this by empowering people, transforming places, supporting enterprises and driving systems innovation to foster resilient, safe and healthy communities.