Meet Our Team

Mindy Nuhring – Executive Director

Mindy grew up in Grand Rapids, returned to the area to raise her family and believes that was one of the best decisions she’s ever made.  She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Masters in Communication from Bethel University.  She most recently served as the Executive Director of River Grand Senior Living and prior to that was the Community Development Coordinator at ElderCircle, a nonprofit serving seniors.  For the past ten years she has also taught Communication classes as an adjunct instructor at Itasca Community College.

A dedicated community member, she has been, and is, active with many area projects, boards and committees such as the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Board, School District 318 Board, the Elementary Facilities Taskforce, the Noble Hall Field Turf Project, Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital Board, as well as serving on the ISD 318 Endowment Fund Board.  

Mindy lives in Grand Rapids with her husband and three daughters and enjoys live music and all outside activities that Northern Minnesota has to offer.

You can email Mindy at

Lori Laliberte-Ross – Program Administrator

Lori joined the staff in October of 2022 after successfully operating a business for 16 years in Hibbing Minnesota. She has been consistently involved with local business and organizations throughout her career.

Lori and her husband Kelly live in Grand Rapids Minnesota.  They have four children and two grandchildren.

One of Lori’s favorite activities is being on the lake in a pontoon boat with family and friends.

You can email Lori at

Lara Mlinar – Office Manager

Lara, a self-proclaimed people person, joined the GRACF staff in December 2022.  With almost a decade of administrative experience, she is excited to use her skills to help serve the community that she cares so deeply for.

Lara lives in Grand Rapids with her husband, young daughter, and two golden retrievers.  She enjoys laughing, reading a good book, and occasionally going for a run or bike ride.

You can email Lara at