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Lukas Leaf 

Executive Director
Lukas is an avid, passionate outdoorsman and chef born and raised in Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Graphic Design. Lukas was formerly Executive Chef at Al Vento restaurant in South Minneapolis and is now the chef for Modern Carnivore and a board member of the Minnesota Chapter for Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. His father first introduced Lukas to the Boundary Waters when he was 13 and he has been hooked since. Since that first trip in he has had the privilege to introduce many people to the beauty of the Boundary Waters through countless camping and fishing trips. Lukas also appeared in two films for Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters, Fish Out of Water and Flush in the Wild. He spends his free time fishing, foraging, hunting, camping and cooking his way through the great Minnesota outdoors. 

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Spencer Shaver

Conservation Director
Spencer is a 6th generation Minnesotan and lifelong hunter and angler who fell in love with the Boundary Waters while guiding BWCA trips at a camp on the Gunflint Trail.  A graduate of the University of Minnesota's environmental science, policy and management program, Spencer also guided trips for the University's Center for Outdoor Adventure. A staunch Wilderness advocate, Spencer is also a proponent of sound conservation policy that uses taxpayer dollars efficiently to ensure that the Boundary Waters is protected for generations to come. 

Erica Stock

Director of Development

Born and raised in Michigan on the Great Lakes, Erica has spent her life in and on the water. An angler, outdoorswoman, and wild fish lover, she has workedover a decade with the angling, hunting, and paddling communities to mobilize support for the protection of the public lands, rivers and waterways across the Western U.S. But for Erica, the BWCA is her homewaters – providing her first taste of wilderness as a teenager. As our fundraiser-in-chief, Erica will engage members, donors, and businesses to increase critical philanthropic investment in our collective fight to protect this important place. Erica holds degrees in social psychology and biology from Mount Holyoke College with additional post-graduate training in salmon ecology. She lives along Oregon’s Willamette River with her partner Travis, three daughters, and a menagerie of dogs, cats, reptiles, and canoes.

Scott Hed


A native Minnesotan now residing in South Dakota, Scott’s family began visiting the Boundary Waters in the 1970s. Scott’s parents instilled in him a passion for conservation, as they were instrumental in the formation of one of the oldest Pheasants Forever chapters in the country. He has a degree in economics from Saint Olaf College and worked in commercial finance for 10 years before embarking on his career in conservation. Since 2001, Scott has worked on some of the highest-profile conservation issues in Alaska including the campaign to protect the world’s most productive wild salmon fishery in Bristol Bay from the proposed Pebble Mine project. For his work, Scott was recognized as Fly Rod & Reel magazine’s 2014 Angler of the Year.  Scott is excited to be involved with Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters and to help bring anglers and hunters into this important campaign.
Boundary Waters Trust (BWT)*
P.O. Box 743
Ely, MN 55731

*BWT is the fiscal sponsor for Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters.