Experts in exports, imports and port operations.

Meet the experts charged with the responsibility to aggressively and imaginatively market this port worldwide. These transportation and development professionals work to make the most efficient use of the port's capacity to move cargo, promote commerce, generate economic development, and inform the public they serve.

Led by an executive director, the Port Authority staff provides leadership for and support to the local maritime community. These individuals conduct business in an open, fiscally responsible, and positive atmosphere; strive to enact policies that are environmentally sound and socially acceptable; and make every effort to deliver services in a timely, professional manner.

Deb DeLuca Deb DeLuca
Executive Director

Deborah DeLuca was appointed Executive Director of the Port Authority, effective August 16, 2018, becoming the first woman to take the helm of the organization in its 60-plus-year history. As Government and Environmental Affairs Director for the previous four years, she tracked regulatory issu…More
Kevin Beardsley Kevin Beardsley
Chief Financial Officer

Kevin Beardsley joined the Port Authority December 1, 2014, becoming just the third CFO in this agency's history. For six months in 2018, he also served as Interim Executive Director while a search was underway for a new chief executive. With nearly 25 years of experience in accou…More
Adele Yorde Adele Yorde
Public Relations Director

Adele Yorde joined the Duluth Seaway Port Authority in April 2008. As Public Relations Director, she provides strategic, creative leadership for the Port's marketing and advertising campaigns and is responsible for special event coordination, media relations and community outreach. Yorde c…More
Kate Ferguson Kate Ferguson
Director of Business Development

Kate Ferguson was named Director of Business Development for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, effective July 13, 2015. She is the first point of contact for companies pursuing domestic and international trade opportunities. Responsible for developing, attracting and retaining business for th…More
Dean Lembke Dean Lembke
Facilities Manager

Dean Lembke was named Facilities Manager for the Port Authority, effective October 1, 2018. He serves as the agency’s liaison with tenants, service and government agencies, private contractors and other property users to derive safe and efficient use of all Port Authority-owned land, structure…More
Becky McMillan Becky McMillan
Senior Executive Assistant & Human Resources Coordinator

As Senior Executive Assistant & Human Resources Coordinator, Becky McMillan provides technical, material, procedural and human support services for the Port Authority executive director, staff, and Board of Commissioners. McMillan has overall responsibility for handling Port stati…More
Anne Mann Anne Mann
Administrative Assistant

Anne Mann works closely with all department heads, handling countless responsibilities for people engaged in maritime commerce, business development, public relations, and property management. She has the overall responsibility for filing and library/record retention schedule development. A native o…More
Shellie Golden Shellie Golden
Staff Accountant

Shellie Golden maintains overall responsibility for Port Authority financial statements, fixed assets, grant compliance, cash reporting, sales tax reporting, and accounts receivable reporting. She assists with accounting systems development and maintenance by being responsible for coordinating …More
Sheryl Toland Sheryl Toland
Accounting Analyst

In her role as accounting analyst, Sheryl Toland ensures accurate and timely payment of the Port Authority's obligations and is responsible for accounts payable, invoicing, bank reconciliations, and payroll; she also assists the staff accountant with special projects. Toland joined the Port Aut…More
Steven C. Overom Steven C. Overom
Legal Counsel

Steven C. Overom serves as outside legal counsel to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority and its Board of Commissioners. Overom is a member of Maki & Overom, Chartered and can be reached at: 31 W. Superior St., Ste. 402 Duluth, MN 55802 TEL   218.726.0805 FAX  218.726.08…More