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Project Lulu Directors

Lisa McKhann, Founding & Artistic Director, is an artist who has produced work and taught in several media and with many collaborators. During the time of Lulu, her childhood, creative expression had no labels. Under its auspices, Lisa has performed modern dance and mixed-art events; published poetry and essays; and exhibited visual art & design. She lives on Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota.

At age 45, a diagnosis of ovarian cancer led to a year of intensive treatments and recovery for Lisa and her husband, Pete. It was then she conceived of the Reflecting Pools -- a place for honest expression of the full range of emotions that accompany a life-altering event or a chronic condition. She founded the non-profit to support and build on this idea. View short resume.

Jeanne Riese, Project Director, has a Bachelor of Business degree with an emphasis in Finance and Economics plus a Master in Arts coursework. She brings to the job decades of successful corporate finance and Information Technology project management, plus her experiences as a cancer patient, a cancer widow, artist, writer, small business owner, and co-founder of the non-profit See My Art.

Jeanne’s professional project management work included managing people, timelines, and budgets to meet project goals as well as completing tax, accounting, forecast and other reporting requirements. Jeanne has years of experience volunteering in the Duluth area in oncology advocacy and hospice, most recently expanding to health care research focused on patient and family priorities.

Board of Directors

Kathy Dodge is director of Grand Rapids Arts Commission and past executive director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program. She has served on countless boards, including the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, where she met McKhann. Herself a breast cancer survivor, Dodge helped pioneer Reflecting Pools. She continues to enjoy sharing her wealth of talents and energy with those undertaking meaningful, creative endeavors.

Scott Graden is chef and proprietor of the Minnesota north shore's premiere restaurant, New Scenic Cafe. He also has masters' degrees in management and business administration. Having spent many days in the hospital as a child, and himself creative beyond all measure, Scott supports Project Lulu's mission to provide expressive space. Scott also serves on the board of Duluth Children's Museum.

Helena Jackson, a retired lawyer/trust officer, is a recent board member of Project Lulu. She has been active in many community organizations, including arts organizations, both before and during retirement. She is currently treasurer of the Duluth Woman’s Club, St. Luke’s Foundation and an advisory board member of the Alworth Institute at UMD. She also likes to dance and admires the work of Project Lulu.

Karen Keenan, a founding member of Project Lulu’s board, is an educator, musician, potter, and organization learning and development consultant. Karen integrates the arts and other best practices for individuals and organizations moving through planned change. Karen is trustee for the Duluth Public School Endowment Board, President of Arrowhead Chorale, and past Co-President of the American Association of University Women. She is delighted to be involved with Project Lulu.

Christine Raso is a licensed social worker and a singer, with a BA in music & theater. She works at Essentia Health’s Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation in Duluth, serving individuals surviving stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological diagnoses, and their families. She helped bring Reflecting Pools to the area’s rehabilitation community. Christine is a past President of the Reif Arts Center in Grand Rapids and of the Greenway School District. She is honored to serve on Project Lulu’s board of directors.

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Lisa McKhann, founding director

Jeanne Riese

Jeanne Riese, project director