The Game and Fish Fund Budgetary Oversight Committee (BOC) is composed of a chair who is appointed by the DNR commissioner, the chair of the Fisheries Oversight Committee, the chair of the Wildlife Oversight Committee and four additional members from each committee.
Budgetary Oversight Committee (BOC)
Mark Popovich (Chair)
To contact the citizen oversight committee, use this address and your message will forward directly to the BOC Chair: [email protected]
Biography: Mark Popovich lives in Welch on a small mixed fruit orchard. He spends his free time hunting deer, ducks and turkeys and fishing in all seasons. He also is a member of Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation. He is starting his second term of the WOC and is also on the BOC. He is very passionate about making sure the DNR spends our money to the highest benefit of all Minnesotan's and also has all the tools necessary to complete all the tasks that are associated with achieving those benefits.
Fisheries Oversight Committee (FOC)
Fisheries Section Chief
An asterisk (*) denotes a member of the BOC.
- Karl Anderson (Greenbush)
- James Arndt (Duluth)
- Kirk Duholm (Eagan)
Jess Edberg (Ely)
Biography: Jess is a born-and-raised Minnesotan who loves taking advantage of the state’s bountiful natural resources. From sitting in the deer stand to trolling for lakers, she thoroughly enjoys the outdoors year-round – especially ones that include her two chocolate labs. She currently serves as the executive director of the Dorothy Molter Museum, is an adjunct natural resources instructor at Vermilion Community College and a seasonal instructor at the Ely Folk School. She has two decades of experience as an educator both in the field and in the classroom. Jess also serves as a member of Ely's Charter Commission and the Ely Rotary Off-leash Dog Park Project.
- Charles Haslerud (Duluth)
- Nicole Bentley (Shoreview)
- Benjamin Kohn (Hudson, WI)
- Mark Owens (Austin)
- Craig Pagel (Duluth)
Dave Thompson (Battle Lake)
Biography: Dave is a 27-year owner/operator of Fisherman's Village Resort in Ottertail County. He was 2003 recipient of the Congress of Minnesota Resorts and Resorter of the Year. Dave received a special citation from Gov. Pawlenty in recognition of dedication to Tourism and Conservation. He has served as a member of the DNR Citizens Oversight Committee for Fisheries for more than 16 years and co-chaired the committee that developed the DNR Aquatic Management Area acquisition long range plan. He currently serves as a member of the Ottertail County Conservation Committee to help county commissioners understand conservation property acquisitions. Dave worked at the Minnesota state capitol for more than 20 years on resort tourism issues. Fall and winter activities include being an avid competitive target shooter for more than 50 years, a firearms instructor and life-long angler and pheasant hunter.
Wildlife Oversight Committee (WOC)
Wildlife Section Chief
An asterisk (*) denotes a member of the BOC.
David Engels (Menahga)
Biography: Dave Engels is a lifetime sportsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, archery, skeet and diving. In "semi-retirement," Dave is busy as an aquatic invasive species inspector for Hubbard and Wadena counties, a lake monitor for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and a member of the Osage Sportsman'’'s Club. He worked in the U.S. Navy and Federal Civil Service – Navy, Army, U.S. Forest Service, USGS Biologic Research Division, Army Corps of Engineers, Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration – in positions including social scientist, strategic planner and program/project management. He offers his focus on planning and metrics to the citizen oversight committee.
- Burl Haar (Afton)
- Garry Hooghkirk (Duluth)
- Amanda Leabo (Fergus Falls)
- Paul Hoppe (Ogilvie)
- Andrew Mauch (Wyoming)
- Bert Pexsa (Miltona)
- John Schnedler (Richfield)
Martha Taggett (Golden Valley)
Biography: As a child, Muffie Taggett spent many summers and falls in the woods and water around Mellen, Wisconsin. Those memorable experiences created a lifelong love of the outdoors; grouse hunting in the fall, trout fishing early spring, with plenty of hiking, canoeing and camping in between. As a graduate of UW Stevens Point, Muffie had hoped to make Forestry her career, but a "temp" job in Advertising at General Mills somehow lasted 34 years!
Muffie recently retired from General Mills as Manager, Creative Content Production. In her role, she led teams that marketed, advertised and socialized global brands. Throughout her tenure, Muffie had a reputation for strong fiscal oversight, generating significant efficiencies through innovative operations that balanced cost saving and creativity. Her start-up agencies, AdHoc (Advertising) and Studio G (Digital/Social Content) broke new ground for GMI Brands and received multiple awards and recognition from the Ad Industry.
Muffie's current "employment" is marketing her passion for conservancy and the environment, with a strong desire to inform/influence decisions critical to managing our natural wealth. She hopes to educate people about their recreational impact on nature and help them develop a conservationist ethic to minimize that impact.
Like most good Minnesotans, Muffie LOVES all things Winter and is in her fifth year as a Volunteer Carnivore Tracker for the Wisconsin DNR, conducting snow track surveys of the gray wolf population north of Clam Lake, Wisconsin.
Muffie looks forward to continuing her outdoor education as a member of the MN GFF Citizen Oversight committee. She promises to bring a diverse point of view (she is from Wisconsin after all) and a playfully sarcastic sense of humor to all meetings and decision making.
Muffie currently lives in Golden Valley with her black labs, Lucy and Dawg.
- Mark Weber (Eden Prairie)
- John Wells (Saint Paul)