Spirit Mountain's executive director and general manager have resigned.

In a news release Monday, the Spirit Mountain Recreation Area board of directors announced Executive Director Brandy Ream and her husband, Jody, Spirit Mountain's general manager, have resigned and will finish working at the Duluth ski hill and recreation area later this month.

The board named Ann Glumac as Spirit Mountain's interim executive director. Glumac is the former president of the Great Lakes Aquarium, former executive director of seven other nonprofits that "faced transition" and a former deputy commissioner of both the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation. She started at Spirit Mountain this month.

The move comes as the ski hill and recreation area faces extreme financial challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and is closed until winter.

“On behalf of the board, we would like to thank the Reams for their six years of service,” Spirit Mountain Board Chair Aaron Stolp said in the release. “We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”

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He also welcomed Glumac to the role.

“We are eager to move forward with Ann’s leadership, in addition to the newly appointed task force, and the city to find ways that Spirit Mountain can achieve long-term financial and operational sustainability," Stolp said. "We have a lot to be proud of as an organization, and we are excited about the opportunities to come from the next few months.”

Ann Glumac
Ann Glumac

In July, 13 residents were named to the Spirit Mountain Task force that will assist in drafting a set of recommendations intended to help achieve long-term financial and operational sustainability for Spirit Mountain.

The task force will hold its first meeting later this month and is expected to give its final report to the Duluth City Council in February.

“The city of Duluth acknowledges the Reams' service to Spirit Mountain Recreation Area Authority and welcomes Ann Glumac to her new role," the city said in a statement Monday afternoon. "In the months to come, the city of Duluth will continue to work with Ann and the Spirit Mountain board of directors to ensure that they have the resources that they need. We look forward to working alongside this group to determine ways that Spirit Mountain can achieve long-term financial and operational sustainability.”

Brandy Ream was named executive director in 2014 and came to the job from Ski Bluewood in Dayton, Washington, where she served as a director of development and business operations.

Brandy Ream did not immediately respond to the News Tribune's request for an interview Monday.

This story was updated at 4:29 p.m. Aug. 10 with a statement from the City of Duluth. It was originally posted at 12:21 p.m. Aug. 10.

This story originally misattributed a quote. It was updated at 2:23 p.m. Aug. 10. “We are eager to move forward with Ann’s leadership, in addition to the newly appointed task force, and the city to find ways that Spirit Mountain can achieve long-term financial and operational sustainability," Spirit Mountain Board Chair Aaron Stolp said. "We have a lot to be proud of as an organization, and we are excited about the opportunities to come from the next few months.” The News Tribune regrets the error.