Jerry Nesland, Executive Director
Lori Murdock, Director of Special Education
These two are our “go to” persons at Freshwater. From a Freshwater member perspective, both Jerry and Lori are faces that you may see in your districts, but they are also “behind the scenes” faces as they are constantly working to ensure that our Freshwater programs provide the services that our member districts and families need. They also work hard to make sure that we keep up with new demands from our members.
Jerry came to Freshwater as Executive Director in July 2010. Although new to Freshwater management, he previously was Superintendent in New York Mills and Menahga districts. When asked to describe his passion for education, his wife Jeri stated “he wants what is best for kids in all districts that he works with. He really gets excited about helping students succeed”. Mary Klamm, Superintendent at Menahga, describes Jerry as “the most resourceful and respected energizer bunny ever”!
Lori started her career with Freshwater as an ECSE Teacher, advancing to Coordinator and then to her current position of Director of Special Education. She and her staff work hard each day assisting teachers, students and staff so that students with special needs and their families have success in learning. Although Lori misses the direct student contact she had as a teacher, she would tell you that in her current position that the needs of students still come first. What she likes best about being Director of Special Education is the ability to see and hear about all kinds of programming in our districts and around the state that are positively impacting children with special needs and their families.