A program of the Blandin Foundation


The Blandin Community Broadband Program is carried out by a dedicated team of Blandin Foundation staff and consultants.


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Joselyn, Bernadine

Director of Public Policy and Engagement

Direct: (218) 327-8728

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Bernadine directs Blandin Foundation’s Public Policy and Engagement program area, where she leads efforts to facilitate the building of knowledge and catalyze community action around issues and opportunities that align with the Foundation’s mission of strengthening rural Minnesota communities, especially the Grand Rapids area. A native of Minnesota, Bernadine spent the first 15…

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Magnuson, Mary

Broadband Program Administrator - Public Policy/Engagement

Direct: (218) 327-8738

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As a member of the Foundation’s Public Policy and Engagement team, Mary is responsible for Blandin Community Broadband Program administration, including grants management, Strategy Board support, and event planning. She also provides high-level administrative support for the PP&E department. Mary earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology (emphasis in archaeology) from the…

Bill Coleman

Coleman, Bill


Direct: (651) 491-2551

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Bill Coleman helps communities make the connection between telecommunications and economic development. As principal in Community Technology Advisors for eight years, he assists community, foundation and corporate clients develop and implement programs of broadband infrastructure investment and technology promotion and training. Coleman believes that both are required for community techn…

Ann Treacy

Treacy, Ann


Ann Treacy has a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. She began working with the Internet in 1994, working for a local Internet service provider to teach the general public about the Internet. Since that time she has worked with businesses and communities, especially in rural areas, to make good use of technology. Ann helps maintain the Blandin on Broadband blog and s…

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LaPlant, Becky

Program Associate - Public Policy/Engagement

Direct: (218) 327-8764

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In her role as public policy program associate, Becky facilitates community groups and manages projects that support the Foundation's public policy initiatives. Becky is a graduate of Colorado State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Cultural Interpretation. She holds a Master's in Advocacy and Political Leadership from the University Minnesota Duluth. A nativ…

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