These are the 2013-14 Board of Directors for the UND Alumni Association & Foundation. They are elected for three-year terms and may serve a maximum of three terms. Their dedication to UND is greatly appreciated by the alumni family and also the administration, faculty and students.
2013-14 Alumni Association Chair Kris (McConn) Compton, '77 earned her bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota in 1977 and launched her banking career immediately after graduation. She is the Chief Operating Officer of Alerus Financial, a diversified financial services company headquartered in Grand Forks, N.D., with offices in Grand Forks and Fargo, N.D.; Minneapolis; and Phoenix Ariz. She has been, and continues to be, very active in a number of civic and industry organizations. In 2003, Kris was awarded the region’s first annual Athena Award, which recognizes women leaders for their contributions to the community, proactive development of women, and personal success in the field of business. Kris and her husband, Mike, live in Grand Forks.
2013-14 Alumni Association Vice Chair Lisa Wheeler, '75, '82, is owner and president of The Title Company, the largest title company in the Fargo-Moorhead area. She is a licensed attorney in North Dakota. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and law degree from UND. Lisa lives in Fargo with her husband, Tom.
2013-14 UND Foundation Chair Al Royse, '72, '73, '76, is an attorney and a certified public accountant. Al recently retired as a senior partner with Deloitte in San Francisco. He is a native of Mandan, N.D., and lives in Hillsborough, Calif.
2013-14 UND Foundation Vice Chair Jody Feragen, '78, is the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Hormel Foods Corporation, and oversees all financial areas including accounting, information technology, internal audit, investor relations, and treasury. Jody joined Hormel Foods in 2000, assuming the title of vice president and treasurer in 2001. She was promoted to vice president of finance and treasurer in 2005, and was named senior vice president and chief financial officer in 2007. Also in 2007, she was elected to the Hormel Foods Board of Directors. Prior to joining Hormel, she was assistant treasurer for National Computer Systems. Jody’s husband, Duane, is a 1978 graduate of UND. They have two grown daughters.
Dean Beckstead, '65, is a co-founder of Palm Island Properties and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. He received his degree in industrial engineering from the University of North Dakota, and an MBA in Business Administration from Xavier University. Dean was employed for six years with the General Electric Company in various management positions, followed by two years in the management consulting field with Alexander Grant and Company. For the seven years prior to joining Palm Island Properties, Dean was employed by Senco Products, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he held executive management positions in both marketing and manufacturing. Since 1979 he has spearheaded the development of the Palm Island Resort. He became a Director and President of Palm Island Resort in 1980.
Cindy Blikre-Roche, '91, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from UND with a bachelor's degree in public relations. She continued her education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where she earned a master's degree in integrated marketing communications. Cindy began her career path at Ameritech's corporate headquarters in Chicago (now Southwestern Bell) as manager of brand communications. She later joined the world of advertising, working for J. Walter Thompson and Ammirati Puris Lintas (now Lowe) advertising agencies. In 1999, Cindy joined Leo Burnett Chicago. Cindy is a senior vice president and account director at the Chicago office of Leo Burnett Worldwide. She is responsible for running a portion of the agency's North American Procter & Gamble business. With a global network of 96 offices in 84 countries and over 8,000 employees, Leo Burnett Worldwide is one of the world's largest agency networks. The company's clients include blue chip giants such as Allstate, General Motors, Hallmark, Kellogg's, McDonald's, Procter & Gamble, Nintendo, and Samsung.
Rick Burgum, '68, has been with Arthur Companies Inc., since 1972 and is chief executive officer. He has been a board member of Great Plains Software and the First State Bank of North Dakota. Rick has served as chair of the Northern Cass school district board and the Dakota Conference United Methodist Church board of trustees. He was also a member of the Arthur City council. Rick and his wife, Jody, '74, live in Arthur, N.D.
Steve Burian, '90, '92, earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering at UND. He is the CEO of Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. (AE2S), the firm he co-founded as a grad student. Steve has devoted his career to consulting for drinking water and wastewater systems and is a recognized leader in the industry. He has remained active with UND engineering and athletics since graduation. He resides in Grand Forks with his wife, Barb, and their two children.
Marc Chorney, '81, grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from UND. He was a 4-year letterwinner in hockey while at UND, and then went on to play professional hockey in the NHL for 5 years. In 1992 he started what is now Rockland Industrial Products, LLC, in Red Wing, Minn. Rockland has 5 manufacturing facilities in Canada and the U.S., supplying floors to OEM trailer manufacturers and cabinets to Home Depot and Menards. Marc and his wife, Lynn, live in Hastings, Minn. They have 4 children.
Mark Fliginger, '74, is president and partner of Cody Oil & Gas Co. Mark is a past director of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen, Independent Petroleum Association of America and Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States. Mark serves on Wells Fargo’s Bismarck/Mandan Community Board of Directors. He and his wife, Cindy, '73, '74, reside in Bismarck.
Sara Garland, '68, '72, served as chief of staff for Sen. Kent Conrad until his retirement in December 2012. Garland has over 20 years of experience on Capitol Hill. Her first Senate job was as a legislative assistant for Sen. Quentin Burdick. In 1993, she founded The Greystone Group, a government relations firm, which she headed until 2005. She and her husband, Kim Uhl, live in Washington, DC.
Phil Gisi, '82, is the owner and CEO of Edgewood Management Group, an owner, developer and operator of quality independent living, assisted living and memory care communities across the Upper Midwest. He is a member of the Altru Health System board in Grand Forks and a member of the UND Alumni Advisory Council of the College of Business and Public Administration. He and his wife, Trish, live in Grand Forks.
Charles “Chuck” Kluenker is retired from his position as senior vice president of 3D/International, Inc., a construction management company. He has been a national leader in developing, marketing and delivering construction management for 25 years. Chuck is chair of the UND Aerospace Foundation Board of Directors. He and his wife, Maggie, live in Roseville, Calif.
Linda Laskowski, '72, '73, retired from a career in the communications industry in 2002. She was a vice president with MediaOne Group, US West Communications, Northwestern Bell, Comcast, and Continental Cablevision. Linda focuses her board involvement to nonprofits. She is the national chair of Unitarian Universalism. She graduated from UND in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics, and again in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Education in mathematics and physics. She received her MBA from the University of Nebraska. A native of Deering, N.D., Linda lives in Berkeley, Calif.
Doug Mark, '86, is a Founder and Managing Partner of Northstar Capital, LLC. He has broad experience as a private equity investor encompassing financial management, transaction due diligence, and fund administration. He is responsible for all aspects of investment management at Northstar, coordinates the investment origination and referral marketing processes of the General Partner, and directs all financial management activities of the General Partner and its limited partnerships. Prior to founding Northstar, Doug served in various roles at Churchill Capital, Inc. including Controller and Portfolio Compliance Officer. He also has previous experience as a senior accountant at Charles Bailly & Company. Doug received a B.B.A. from the University of North Dakota. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Carrie McIntyre Panetta, '88, is a Monterey County Superior Court Judge. California Governor Jerry Brown appointed Panetta to that judgeship in September 2013. She previously served as an Alameda County Superior Court Judge in Oakland, CA, from 2007 to 2013, having been appointed to that position by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Prior that that appointment, she was a deputy district attorney in Alameda County and an associate with the San Francisco law firm of Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison LLP. Panetta received her Bachelor of Arts from UND in 1988, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Panetta and her husband, Jimmy, reside in Carmel Valley, CA, and have two children.
Rob Mitchell, '74, is an attorney with K & L Gates in Seattle, Wash., focusing his practice on appellate, constitutional and governmental litigation issues. Rob received his Bachelor of Arts from UND and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1974. He was a Rhodes Scholar and received a Bachelor of Arts from Oxford University in 1976. In 1979, he earned his juris doctorate from Yale Law School and was recipient of the Benjamin N. Cardozo Prize. Rob was a law clerk for Hon. Myron H. Bright, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit, from 1979-80. Rob and his wife Grayce life in Seattle.
Jennifer Neppel, '86, an East Grand Forks, Minn., native, is director of cash and investments for Catholic Health Initiatives, the second-largest Catholic health systems provider in the country. She and her husband, Jay, live in Littleton, Colo.
Fernanda (Santos) Philbrick, '94, '96, is originally from Rio de Janero, Brazil, and came to UND to study chemical engineering. She serves as an area manager for Intel, and has been an active participant in the Women at Intel Network since 2000. She and her husband, Steven, '95, live in Phoenix.
Douglas Podolak, '72, a native of Oakes, N.D., joined Northwest Airlines working in finance and sales. He was named Director of Procurement and Petroleum Administration, beginning a career in aviation fuel, oil products trading and consulting. In 1982, Doug jointly founded Langham Hill Petroleum (LHP), an independent oil products trading and marketing organization specializing in distillate oil products in the U.S., U.K., and Europe from offices in Charlottesville, Va., and London, England. Doug returned to Northwest Airlines in 1991 as President of NWA Fuel Services Corp., directing oil product and aviation fuel procurement and risk management operations. He co-founded Jet-A.com, a provider of online services managing on- and off-airport fueling operations. In 2001 he left Northwest, establishing Greenwood Associates, a service consultancy providing strategic counsel to the aviation fuel community. Doug and his wife, Rita, live in Greenwood, Minn.
Cathy (Wilson) Rydell, '88, was elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives in 1984, and continued to serve until 1996. She is now the executive director and CEO of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), a membership organization of more than 24,000 neurology professionals. She also serves as executive director and CEO of three affiliated organizations. Rydell and her husband, Chuck, live in St. Louis Park, Minn.
Terri Zimmerman, '85, is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Packet Digital, LLC. Packet Digital provides advanced power management solutions for portable electronic devices and embedded systems. Terri holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of North Dakota. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Terri leads business development, strategic planning, finance, product development, sales. She has extensive business expertise working with both private and public companies. Zimmerman has served as COO and CFO of several companies, including Dakota Technologies, Wamnet and Great Plains Software. At Wamnet, she raised $300M, enabling the company to build one of the world’s largest intranets and secure a $900M government contract. While CFO at Great Plains Software, she had a leadership role in growing revenue from $25M to $200M and executing a successful initial public offering. Zimmerman was appointed to a state economic development board by former Governor of North Dakota, John Hoeven and Jack Dalyrmple. She also established a new venture fund to invest in small businesses with along with a group of business leaders. Previously Terri worked at Deloitte & Touche Accounting Firm. Terri resides in Fargo, ND with their twin son and daughter.
Ex-Officio Members of the Board
Tim O'Keefe,'71, is the executive vice president and CEO of the UND Alumni Association & Foundation. He and his wife, Becky, live in Grand Forks.
Laura (Mosolf) Block, '81, '10, is the CFO of the UND Alumni Association & Foundation. She and her husband, Rick, live in Grand Forks.
Alice Brekke, '79, '87, is the Vice President for Finance and Operations. She holds a Master of Accountancy and is a Certified Management Accountant as well as a Certified Research Administrator. Alice and her husband, David, live in Grand Forks.
Robert Kelley, UND’s 11th president, is former dean of the College of Health Sciences and professor of medical education and public health at the University of Wyoming. Prior to his roles at the University of Wyoming, Dr. Kelley held several positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago including associate vice chancellor for research and executive associate dean of the graduate college. Dr. Kelley also served as chair of anatomy and senior executive associate dean, as well as other faculty capacities, at the University of New Mexico. He and his wife, Marcia Bell Kelley, have four grown children and two grandchildren.
Thomas M. DiLorenzo was named UND’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in March 2013, and assumed the role on May 1, 2013. Dr. DiLorenzo has served as the Associate Vice President for Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham since September 2012, after serving two years as the founding dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UAB. Prior to his position at UAB, DiLorenzo was at the University of Delaware, where he was chair of the Department of Psychology since 2002. He served as dean of the University of Delaware's College of Arts and Sciences (which included the arts, humanities, and sciences) from 1999 to 2001. From 1990 to 1999, he was chair of the University of Missouri-Columbia Department of Psychology. DiLorenzo earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology in 1984 from West Virginia University, where he also earned his master's degree in clinical psychology. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, both from the University of Pittsburgh.
Lori Reesor has been the UND Vice President of Student Affairs since February 2011. Prior to that, she was at University of Kansas (KU), where she has been instructor and Associate Vice Provost for Student Success since 2006. At KU, she oversaw the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Student Involvement and Leadership Center, University Advising Center, and the University Career Center. Reesor earned her bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; her master's degree from Iowa State University in Ames, where she specialized in higher education; and her doctorate in educational policy and leadership from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Lori and her husband, John Miller, live in Grand Forks.