The Board

We currently have six Board of Directors members. Information about them is listed below.
We intend to expand our Board to to as many as ten members as we find people who share our principles, have skills that can help us fulfill our mission, like to work in a vineyard, and enjoy good wine.

  • James Lee, MD, MPH: Jim is a physician who has been practicing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, since 1982 in the areas of Family Practice, Geriatrics and Emergency Medicine. He has volunteered as a medical student and physician since 1975, and with three local organizations since 1987; he currently volunteers as evening physician at the Uptown Community Clinic and the St. Stephen’s Homeless Shelter Clinic, both in Minneapolis.
  • Linda Norris: A teacher by profession, Linda volunteered as a Spanish teacher at Crooked Lake Elementary School in Andover, Minnesota, from 1994-2007, and at Fred Moore Middle School in 2008 and 2009. She volunteered as a receptionist at the Uptown Community Clinic from 1990-2015.  She now volunteers at People Serving People.
  • Jeffery Dusick, MEd: A training professional in the medical device industry since 1999, Jeff and his husband, John Betancourt, are the owners of Bogus Creek Vineyards, LLC, located in Stockholm, Wisconsin. Bogus Creek Vineyards is a supplier of Frontenac and Frontenac Gris grapes to Garvin Heights Vineyards in Winona, Minnesota. In addition to managing 1,600 vines, Jeff and his husband donate to Clare Housing ( and Person to Person ( Both of these organizations are located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and provide services and housing to individuals living with HIV/AIDS and to limited-income families.
  • James Mattson: Jim and Stacy Mattson live at Cricket Hill Vineyard, a small farm near Cannon Falls, Minnesota where they grow cold hardy grapes, apples and garden with their Irish Terriers, Cricket and Button. Jim has retired after working for the Minnesota Historical Society as an Historic Site Manager and Museums Administrator, to enjoy an encore career in the emerging wine and grape industry. For the past two years, Jim has worked at Falconer Vineyard and Winery to gain more knowledge and experience in the field. Jim has degrees in business and economics from the University of Minnesota, College of Agriculture and is an avid historian. He is a regular volunteer at the Lost Creek Hippies Vineyard.
  • Dustin Hammel: A University of Minnesota BS graduate in 2002, Dustin worked for six years in the financial services division of Wells Fargo & Co. He has volunteered many times to build homes with Habitat For Humanity. He has put in many long days of heavy vineyard work, including construction of the electric deer fence. He is now training his son, Oliver, as a future vineyard volunteer.
  • Ryan Finley: An Iowa native, Ryan graduated from Mt. Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, December  2011 with a degree in management. He is the web designer for Lost Creek Hippies Vineyard and manages the technical aspects of the website. Ryan currently works for Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as a software engineer and runs his own website design business Ryan has donated to the United Way & The Boys & Girls Club.  Ryan plans to put in time working at the vineyard picking and planting when possible.
  • Brad Hicks: