Stephan was born on April 6, 1974 and raised in Duluth, MN. He is a singer-songwriter, former entertainer, community organizer and activist. He has a Bachelors of Arts in Organizational Behavior, and currently in the Project Management Masters Program at College of St. Scholastica. He also serves currently as the Second Vice President of Duluth's NAACP, on the Superior Fire & Police Commission, and works on Racial Equity through Voices for Racial Justice. "I believe in community, family, and equal rights!! Embracing all cultures, sharing talents, always keeping the lines of communication open."
Susan is relatively new to Duluth, and came here looking toward retirement from professional life to enjoy the shores of Lake Superior and life with her family—which includes her husband Rogier Gregoire, children and grandchildren, and two large dogs. A community activist and organizer, Susan quickly found Clayton Jackson McGhie as a place to connect with others around issues of race and equity and to take action to advance the Mission. Susan has over 40 years of experience in serving on non-profit boards and holding leadership positions. As a practitioner and as an administrator for child and family service agencies, Susan has worked in both government and non-profit community based agencies. She has extensive experience in non-profit management. She has won awards for her work to develop innovative programs to better meet the need of families through systemic reform, and also to address the disproportionate number of children in foster care. Susan is now retired from Casey Family Programs, an operating foundation based in Seattle, WA., where she was a Senior Director in Strategic Consulting.
Susana has worked at the University of Minnesota-Duluth since 1992. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Studies and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Her areas of interest include Feminist movements in Latin America, Chicana Feminism, Latinos' participation in education, and race, class and gender in the United States. She has taught several courses for UMD's Department of Women's Studies: Women, Race and Class; Latin American Women: Culture and Politics; Introduction to Women's Studies, and Women and Film. She is currently the Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She oversees academic and cultural programming, facilitates leadership development and provides the campus and community with diversity awareness and educational programming. She is involved in human rights, feminist and social justice movements and enjoys reading, and traveling to Mexico to visit her family and friends.
Heidi Bakk-Hansen (Secretary)
Heidi is one of the co-founders of the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial. She wrote a feature article in the now-defunct Ripsaw News titled "Duluth's Lingering Shame" in June 2000, which led to the first major gathering at the corner of Second Avenue East and First Street that year on June 15. Her interests range from wild food foraging to social justice to the history of racism in northern Minnesota. She has served as a speaker and tour guide for the Memorial for many years, and has told the story of the lynching to hundreds of people since 1998. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and works as a teacher, freelance writer and researcher, specializing in local history and genealogy. She is working on two books for Zenith City Press.
Dr. Gregoire is a member of the Duluth Human Rights Commission, Chairman of the NAACP Education subcommittee, and member of the Elder Board of the CCAD. He was awarded his Doctorate in Education in 1972 from The Harvard Graduate School of Education and has worked as a independent consultant in Public School organizational research and development for over thirty years. He is the principal developer of the Visual Learning Curriculum and the teacher training manual for Eyes on the Prize (a PBS documentary on the civil rights movement). He was a developer for “Man: a Course of Study,” a high school Social Studies curriculum by Jerome Bruner. His research work is in the Nature of Learning and the use of dialogic pedagogy as an instructional modality. His former clients include The US Justice Department, Polaroid Corporation, The new England Regional Commission and MNSCU, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. He is currently retired.