Management Team

Meet Our Managers

  • Northeast Service Cooperative has a strong management team that works under the guidance of Executive Director Paul Brinkman. Their expertise in fields of interest enables them to provide effective service to our members. Their skills in management provide the tools for the staff in order to meet the changing needs of our members. 


Executive Director

Phone: 218-748-7603


Degrees and Certifications:

Master of Liberal Studies - Cultural and Behavioral Studies, University of Minnesota, Duluth Bachelor of Arts, English, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Paul Brinkman

Paul Brinkman has 30 plus years in senior management and board leadership at the local, regional, state and national levels in education, health care, telecommunications, and public service. Paul has done extensive work in rural business planning, marketing and development, especially collaborative projects, regional goal-setting, resource allocation, and interagency alignment.



Senior Director, Finance & Member Services

Phone: 218-748-7617


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science - Accounting, Bemidji State University

Jeanette Mellesmoen

Jeanette leads the Member Services division at Northeast Service Cooperative where she puts an emphasis in Health & Safety and Insurance programs, while at the same time assuring sustainability and growth for all programs, NESC and its members and partners. She maintains a high quality of service by enforcing quality and customer service standards and makes recommendations for system improvements. 

Senior Director, Telecommunications & Technology

Phone: 218-748-7620


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Applied Science - Applied Management, Bemidji State University (2018); Telecommunications Engineering Technology diploma

Jon Loeffen

Jon has more than 20 years of experience in the technology and telecommunication industries. His excellent leadership style, dedication and overall enthusiasm for the industry makes him a key for operating the Telecommunications and Technology division at Northeast Service Cooperative. He has an impressive tenure in the field and has brought his wealth of knowledge to the region.

IT Operations Supervisor

Phone: 218-748-7608


Degrees and Certifications:

Greg Peterson

Greg Peterson oversees the day to day operations of core and edge network devices for the Northeast Fiber Network. He also manages a virtualization program consisting of continued server virtualization and office migration to thin clients and data store devices.