MN Deer Hunters prepares for executive director search

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is announcing their search for a new Executive Director beginning Thursday, September 25, 2014.

MDHA’s current Executive Director, Mark Johnson, has given his resignation and accepted a position as the Executive Director with the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. Mark’s last day with MDHA will be October 3rd and he starts with LSOHC on October 6th.

In preparation for the Executive Director search, MDHA’s Executive Board of Directors has set in place an interim plan to guide the process. To lead MDHA and the process during the interim, MDHA’s current State President, Denis Quarberg, will temporarily step down as State President/Executive Board Chairman and become the acting interim Executive Director. State Vice President, Doug Appelgren, will assume the role and duties of State President/Executive Board Chairman.

Mr. Quarberg will start as MDHA’s Interim Executive Director on Monday, September 29, 2014, which will allow he and Mr. Johnson some time to ease into the transition.

Mr. Quarberg, who is a 32 year resident of Windom, MN, has been involved with MDHA for 22 years as a chapter member and officer, Regional Director for Region 10 (southwest MN), State Secretary (2 years), State Vice President (2 years) and State President. Denis also served for 10 years as Chairman of MDHA State Habitat Committee overseeing MDHA’s Hides for Habitat Program, Conservation Seed Program and appropriations of matching challenge grants to MDHA Chapter habitat enhancement, protection and restoration projects on public hunting lands. Denis recently retired from the Toro Company after 27 years of service in management as Production Supervisor and Maintenance Supervisor.

On Thursday, September 25, 2014, MDHA plans to release the formal job posting for Executive Director onto their website ( as well as onto multiple regional and national job sites to begin the process of accepting resumes for the position.

For more information on the hiring process or interviews on this matter, contact Denis Quarberg or Doug Appelgren. Bios and contact information are below.

For further information, contact MDHA’s Office Manager/Grants Manager Kim Nelson (218-327-1103, ext 14 or

About Minnesota Deer Hunters Association:

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is a 501C(3), non-profit conservation organization dedicated to “working today for tomorrow’s wildlife and hunters.” For more information about MDHA or to locate your nearest MDHA chapter, visit or call 800-450-3337.

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