Meet the Board

Hometown About Me
Jim Grijalva Chair Grand Forks

Jim moved from Seattle to Grand Forks in 1994 to take a faculty position at UND's law school.  With his wife and three children, he has engagned in a variety of active, outdoor activities--snow-kiting,  snow-biking, ice climbing, camping, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, adventure racing, and paddling.  Jim has kayaked whitewater for over 30 years, paddling rivers in Alaska and throughout the west, including five trips down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon.

 

Alison Kelly Board Member Sioux Falls, SD

Alison officially joined the GUP board in 2015. She is a native of Sioux Falls, SD and has lived in Grand Forks since 2005. Alison grew up running, swimming, and cycling, so it was a no-brainer to connect with ENDracing, GUP's sister organization, in 2007. Over the past 10 years, Alison has volunteered for, competed in, or directed several of ENDracing's endurance events. After GUP formed in 2011, Alison served as a coach for the youth climbing club and the summer adventure camp for several years. When not involved with GUP or ENDracing, Alison works as a professor at UND and continues to adventure (when possible!) with her husband, dog, and two children.

Michelle Rydz Board Member Grand Forks

Michelle Rydz has over twenty years of community organizing and grassroots lobbying experience. Michelle has designed and implemented local, state and national grassroots lobbying campaigns when she was the western field director of a national transportation safety organization. After the fall of communism, she worked with hundreds of Romanian Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) leaders as the Advocacy specialist with the National Democratic Institute in Romania.  Michelle loves running, biking, skiing and yoga. She lives in Grand Forks with her husband and 2 children.