WDSE•WRPT Welcomes Five New Members to their Board of Directors


WDSE•WRPT announces the appointment of five new members to their Board of Directors: Beth Drost, Rick Smith, Kane Twes, Dennis Lamkin and Mark Pass.

Beth Drost joins the board after working as a National Park Service Ranger for twelve years at the Grand Portage National Monument, providing educational and cultural programming to visitors. She most recently served as the Chairperson of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Chippewa.

Rick Smith has committed the past 37 years of his life to education, diversity, equity and inclusion through his employment and community service nationally, regionally and locally. Locally, he has served on the Duluth Human Rights Commission, Fond du Lac’s Tribal and Community College-Board of Trustees and the State of Minnesota Minority Education Advisory Council.

Kane Tewes is a Project Manager and Architect at Architecture Advantage and is a creative and collaborative team player who is dedicated to helping WDSE•WRPT continue to grow. Tewes has also served on the Northern Minnesota American Institute of Architects and the St. Ann’s Board of Directors.

Dennis Lamkin looks forward to joining the WDSE•WRPT Board of Directors after having served on the boards of many influential nonprofits across the city of Duluth, including Glensheen Mansion, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and the Great Lakes Aquarium. Lamkin is retired from U.S. Bank where he served for 33 years in Corporate Real Estate Management.

Mark Pass is involved in his communities, both in Esko, Minnesota, as well as on Madeline Island. He is active at the local food banks, Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry, and other nonprofits.