Board of Directors

Warren Welbourn


Warren is married to his high school sweetheart, wonderful wife Christine.  Together they have raised four children.  Warren served our country as a Marine, became an electrician by trade, has a BS degree from UW-Stout and is a retired plant engineering manager.  In his free time he enjoys taking walks with his wife and playing a little golf and fishing.  Warren loves meaningful conversation that goes beyond the surface to help share and spread goodness and hope in this damaged world.


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Jim Bakken

Vice Chairman

Jim is a semi-retired engineer, having worked for a civil engineering consultant for 41 years. He has an engineering degree from the University of Minnesota and recently retired from his position at Ayres Associates as vice president of engineering services. Currently, as a certified instructor for the National Highway Institute, he teaches engineering short courses nation-wide. Jim and his wife Twyla of 45 years have a son and a daughter who have blessed them with five wonderful grandchildren. Jim spends time serving on multiple non-profit boards. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors and always has some project he is working on. Jim and Twyla are committed Christians and seek to be ready to respond to the call of God.

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Jeff Moore


Jeff is currently the Chief Financial Officer at AgriBank, fcb and co-founded Acres for Life in 2001 with his wife, Lynn.  He brings to the Acres team excellent facilitation and team-building skills gathered through over 30 years of business and leadership experiences.  Jeff is the Chairman of the Eagala board since March 2016. With a B.S. from the University of Illinois, Jeff has completed numerous leadership, facilitation and business courses and has completed his Eagala Certification.

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Jim Welbourn


Jim Welbourn has been an entrepreneur for over 30 years. He has started and sold businesses domestically, brought one company public, and spent time consulting internationally in Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos Islands.  Jim was born and raised in Chicago and has called Minnesota his home since 1985, except for 3 years where he resided in Florida and Jamaica.  Jim has been involved in volunteer work through his church for over 20 years where he mentored 7th, 8th, and 9th grade youth in preparation for their confirmation. He also served on the council of St. John Lutheran Church of Mound for 6 years as a member, Vice President, and President. Jim also serves as an election judge for Minnesota elections.  Jim has been blessed with a beautiful, loving wife, Kathryn for 23 years, 5 children and 6 grandchildren.  

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Jonathan P. Yocum

Jon Yocum is in the Financial Advisor Development Program at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, working toward licensure to guide clients to financially meet their life goals. Prior, Jon was President of JPB LLC, offering IT and business development consulting to small businesses, a Senior Project Manager with Lubrication Technologies, Inc, and was one of the principals of Yocum Oil Company, Inc, responsible for all of Yocum Oil’s Information Technology and Corporate Services, including all IT and communications services and support activities, Human Resources, payroll and benefits services, Safety and Compliance Services and Facilities Services.

Jon graduated with a B.A. Degree in Communications from Gustavus Adolphus College in St Peter, MN and he earned his licensure to teach K-12 art from the University of Minnesota. He is married to Kirsten, with whom he has two children

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Denise Pontrelli

Denise has been a huge advocate of Acres for Life from the very beginning!  As a dear friend of Lynn Moore’s she has encouraged the vision of Acres starting over 16 years ago.  In 2016, Denise joined the Stillwater Area Public School District as the new superintendent.  Prior she served as the Spring Lake Park assistant superintendent and director of educational services.  She has also worked in the Mahtomedi school district as a principal and a kindergarten teacher.  Denise is a proven instructional leader who is focused on improving learning opportunities for students.  She has a passion for learning and innovation, and is excited to continue growing with Acres as we expand locations and reach so many more people in need.

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Kirsten Frederickson

Dr. Kirsten Frederickson is an equine veterinarian and owner of Sunrise Equine Veterinary Services. She and her veterinary team have been caring for the medical needs of the Acre’s For Life horses since graduating from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. Kirsten is married to Jeremy Frederickson, her supportive husband of 11 year. She has one adult son that is the apple of her eye. Outside of work Kirsten enjoys attending church and Bible study, riding her horse, working out and taking her greyhound for walks.

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