Dakota Koski

Executive Director

What do you like to do in your spare time? I enjoy traveling to Mexico during our cold winters, going to the hunting shack and hunting grouse and deer as well as four wheeling. I have a passion for mentoring. I like going to movies, playing games, and going on adventures with the youth I mentor, and have mentored over the years. I like trying my hand at cooking when I have the time as well. I have many aunts, uncles, and cousins that I spend time with.

What do you bring to REACH? I have 2 degrees, one in Business Management and one in Marketing. This education has helped guide me in running the program. I first started in this program as a mentor, then and board member, prior to becoming the Executive Director.


Anne Marie Parish

Program Coordinator

What do you like to do in your spare time? I love to travel and have visited every continent except Africa and Antarctica–(they are on the bucket list). I enjoying reading, watching documentaries, listening to vinyl records, shopping for vintage clothes and accessories, and trying to track down the illusive gluten-free donut. I like being physically active and regularly engage in pilates, fitness classes, and running.

What do you bring to REACH? I am a creative, engaged, and resourceful youth development advocate and REACH Program Coordinator. I have a multi-faceted background that includes a M.Ed. in Education from St. Catherine University and a M.Ed. in Youth Development from the University of Minnesota. I have intensive international and domestic experiences working with youth in a variety of cultures and communities; and am committed to fostering authentic youth voice in the Carlton County community. I work with REACH on mentor training development and implementation, mentor and mentee intake, management, and capacity building; grant writing, school and community service-learning collaborations, and strengthening REACH’s youth leaders’ community of practice. I was 1 of 15 Summit Fellows for the 2020 National Mentoring Summit in Washington DC.


Tax Preparer
Muckala and Werhan CPA

Melanie Koski

REACH Office Manager

What do you like to do in your spare time? Hiking and four wheeling.

What do you bring to REACH? Tax and accounting experience. A desire to show kids they are important and of great value to our community.

Promise Fellow
MN Alliance with Youth

Maggie Schulstrom

REACH Promise Fellow

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Emergency Response Initiative (ERI) AmeriCorps Members Bio


Mia Westerberg:
Hi! I am Mia Westerberg, an Americorps ERI. I am 20 years old and graduated from Barnum High School in 2019. I like to read, write, crochet, bake, and play with animals.






Michael Garvey:
Hello! My name is Michael Garvey! I am a 20 year old Barnum High School graduate. In my spare time, I enjoy creative writing, drawing, and playing video games!






Adam Blesener:
Hi, I’m Adam Blesener. I am a 2021 graduate from Cloquet High School. I like to play tennis, golf, bike and ski.







Alina Lekander:
Hi there! My name is Alina Lekander, and I am an Americorps ERI this summer. I am 18 years old and graduated from Barnum High School . I like playing with my dog, volleyball, reading, music, and hanging out with friends.





Annabeth Johnson:
Hello! My name is Annabeth Johnson and I am an 18 year old Carlton High School graduate. In my spare time I love to roller skate, bike, hammock with a good book, or curl up for a nap with my cat!






Chad Fisher:
Howdy! My name is Chad Fisher, and I’m a 19 year old graduate of Barnum High School. I like superheroes, doodling, and self love. And I’ve been recently getting into trying new things and pushing myself.





Johnette Ostlund:
Hi! My name is Johnette Ostlund. I’m 18 years old and I graduated from Carlton High School. In my spare time, I like to read, play with my dog, go camping, and basically do anything outdoors.





Meadow Pruette:
Hey! My name is Meadow Pruette! I am 18 years old and I graduated from Barnum high school. In my spare time, I love being outside especially in the water, and spending time with friends.






Nicolas Smoczynski:
Hello! My name is Nicolas Smoczynski (Smo), I am 21 years old. I graduated from Cloquet Senior Sighschool in 2019 and I also graduated from Lake Superior College in 2020. In my spare time I enjoy reading comic books, playing video games and watching movies!


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