Meet the Team

Powder hounds, gearheads, uber-outdoorsy... call us what you will but we are dedicated to this beautiful season called winter and our preferred choice of winter travel, namely backcountry skiing.


Lisa Lindquist

Board Member

Lisa Lindquist is a middle school science teacher and instructional coach, she has been reliving middle school every year for the past 25 years. Currently, she plans and leads staff development around instructional practice and equity, she also observes and coaches teachers. She loves designing presentations and learning how to best utilize technology to engage and teach.

Lisa has a passion for travel and outdoor adventures. She loves biking, swimming, backpacking, canoeing, skiing and trying new things.


Elli King-Gallagher

Co-Chair and Treasurer

I moved up to Northern Minnesota as a young person, with a deep desire to connect to the land. I was slowly accepting winter as a necessary part of things when I stumbled into backcountry skiing. This completely changed my outlook on winter and greatly improved my overall health and happiness. I am dedicating my time to Superior Highland Backcountry in order to make the beauty of these experiences possible for as many other people as we can.


Fred Sproat

Board Member

Growing up in Duluth and living throughout northern Minnesota I've made spent the better part of my life paddling, skiing, and biking throughout the wild spaces within the Arrowhead Region. It wasn't until I moved out west that I discovered the joys and freedom of backcountry skiing. I'm excited now to help others experience the freedom that comes with leaving the tracked and groomed experience behind.
I am currently the executive director of YMCA Camp Miller and am pursuing a masters degree in Environmental Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

John Wood

Board Member

I'm an anomaly; a later in life skier and East/West coast transplant to NE Minnesota. I love the freedom of moving through the woods and mountains on skis which is why I joined Elli, Rory, Fred and Lisa on the board of SHB. I'm a physician who lived and worked in Cook County for years, but now live in Duluth with my wife and 14 year old twin boys.





On the Superior Hiking Trail on the way down to the Onion River

Rory Scoles

Co-Chair and Founder

Rory Scoles is Founder of Superior Highland Backcountry, owns and operates Lutsen Recreation, Inc., a full service ski shop and lives off-grid in Finland, MN.