Staff and Board
Stephanie Rogers is the Executive and Artistic Director at the Anderson Center, and is responsible for administrative and creative leadership of the organization. She has formerly served as the Gallery Director of The Third Place Gallery and Assistant Director of Thomas Barry Fine Arts, both in Minneapolis. She has worked as Graphic Designer for Holmes Design, Marketing Coordinator of In the Heart of the Beast Theatre, and coordinated special projects for The History Theatre in St. Paul. Stephanie was born in Rochester, Minnesota and grew up in Chillicothe, Missouri. She earned a BA in Studio Art from St. Olaf College and an MFA in Photography from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. Stephanie’s own visual art work started in photography and now takes the form of multi-media installations.
Joe Loer is the Property and Finance Director at the Anderson Center. He manages facilities staff and contractors and develops capital planning and operational budgeting documents. He is an environmental engineer by trade who has worked with private, nonprofit, and public sectors, in the United States and abroad. Before moving back to Red Wing in 2010, Loer was the Managing Director of a nonprofit effort to develop land in Jamaica into an eco-resort. He has rented a writing studio at the Anderson Center since 2011. He is currently working on an environmental novel.
Amanda Nodolf is the Accountant/Bookkeeper for the Anderson Center. She is responsible for the day-to-day financials of the organization including invoices, billing, and payments. Amanda brings to the Anderson Center many years of experience in construction and project management. In addition, she has served in many capacities for local non-profits including Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity, Mothers of Preschoolers, and the Red Wing Soccer Association. She earned a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering (with a minor in Mathematics) from Seattle University. Amanda grew up outside of Seattle, WA and has resided in Red Wing, MN for the last 9 years. She loves experiencing different cultures through cooking and travel. In her free time she enjoys camping with her family.
Ron Carpenter is the Anderson Center’s Facilities Manager. Ron maintains our buildings and grounds year round. He has been part of the Anderson Center team for more than eight years. Ron is woodworker and yes, Carpenter is really his last name.
From 1994-2022, Fiona McCrae was the publisher of award-winning, Minneapolis-based Graywolf Press, following eleven years with British publisher Faber and Faber, of which the last three were spent in Faber’s Boston office. She is the recipient of the 2014 Golden Colophon Award in Leadership from the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, the 2022 Kay Sexton Award, and the 2016 Poets & Writers Editor’s Award, with Jeff Shotts. In addition to the Anderson Center, she is also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Book Foundation and Orion Magazine, where she is also an editorial advisor.
Ralph Balestriere retired in 2021, following 11 years as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Red Wing Shoe Company. In this role, he was responsible for global finance and business development for this worldwide developer, manufacturer, marketer, and retailer of purpose-built footwear, PPE garments and accessories under the brand names of Red Wing, Irish Setter, Worx, and Vasque. Ralph currently a member of the Red Wing Shoe Company Board of Directors and leads the board's audit committee. The privately held company is based in Red Wing, Minnesota, and also owns the S.B. Foot Tanning Company and the St. James Hotel. Ralph is a graduate of Boston University and holds a B.S. in Accounting and Finance. He has served on the Board of Directors of Evergreen Medication Technologies LLC and Financial Executives International – Twin Cities. Ralph has been married to Judy for many wonderful years with three adult children and two grandchildren. With roots just north of Boston, MA, Ralph is an avid Boston professional sports team fan.
Carolyn Hedin is the co-founder (along with her husband, Robert) of the Anderson Center at Tower View. Born and raised in Red Wing, Minnesota, Carolyn was educated at Mackinac College and earned a Masters degree from Middlebury College School of French in Paris. Her study of the stock market began in 1980, an interest she continues managing equity investments for her family and for the Anderson Center. Interested in investing into Red Wing’s historic downtown, Carolyn restored and renovated four buildings on Main and Bush Streets, founded Bluewater Yoga Studio in 1996, and Indigo Properties in 1998. She continues to teach Yoga and train teachers, oversee her downtown real estate, and support the Anderson Center as Treasurer and Board Member.
Margaret (Peg) Noesen is the Office Manager of Noesen and Associates Dental Office and previously worked for Goodhue County National Bank/Signal Bank as VP of Human Resources. Born and raised in Red Wing, Minnesota, she served as a long-time board member of the Red Wing YMCA including Board Chair and Board of Trustees. She served on the United Way Board and was campaign chair. She also enjoyed being a part of the Red Wing School Foundation Board. Peg is a graduate of Red Wing High School and attended Winona State University and The American Bankers Association Graduate School of Human Resources in Boulder, Co. She and her husband George have four sons and two grandchildren. Peg has loved being a part of the Anderson Center, especially the history and how it has changed the lives of the people who visit or study there.
Nan has served on the board of The Rosemount Research and Outreach Center at The University of Minnesota and is currently on the advisory committee of the University of Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center. Her position as a business owner continually involves her in community activities in both Hastings and the Twin Cities areas.
Nan has long been both interested and intrigued in The Anderson Center. She, her husband, and her dog have enjoyed walking through the sculpture garden and watching both the artworks and the trees grow over the years. They have often attended the open artist studio events and on rainy days when a hike isn’t possible, a visit to the amazing artworks in the permanent collection makes for a special occasion. Nan would bring her passion, vision and leadership experience to a board position in the hope of being a part of the continued growth of The Anderson Center.
Nan is married to Sam Haislet, a graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design, graduate of Atelier Lack Fine Arts and a current wine professional. As St. Paul residents, their active support and involvement in the local art, wine and food scene is a rewarding part of their lives.
John Christiansen is a retired school administrator who served as superintendent of schools for more than 30 years in communities including Red Wing, Lino Lakes, and Dakota County. A long-time member of the Anderson Center Board of Directors, John also serves as a board member of Proact: Rehabilitation Services for Adults with Disabilities; Construct Tomorrow, which provides high school students information on apprenticeship career training in construction; the Minnesota Association of Educational Administrators Foundation, to enhance leadership development in educational administration; and Foundation 191, which supports the Burnsville, Savage, Eagan School District. John received his doctorate in Education from Drake University, Des Moines, earned his Masters degree from the University of Nebraska, and did his undergraduate work at Doane College, Crete, Nebraska.
Dobby Gibson is a marketing executive and poet. He currently serves as Senior Manager of Talent Marketing and Talent Experience at Land O’Lakes, Inc. Prior to that, he spent 13 years as a creative director at a Minneapolis-based agency working with a client roster that included Amerprise, FedEx, and Sherwin-Williams.
As a poet, Gibson is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Hold Everything, which is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2024. His books have won the Alice James Award and been finalists for both the Minnesota Book Award and Believer Book Award. He’s been awarded fellowships from The Jerome Foundation, The Lannan Foundation, and The McKnight Foundation. In 2016, he spent a semester as visiting poet at the University of Texas-Austin.
Gibson is a past board member of the Loft Literary Center and holds a BA from Connecticut College and an MFA from Indiana University. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with his wife, Kathy, and daughter Scarlett.