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Board of Trustees

Meet the Board

Deanell Backlund

Life Trustee
Retired
Teacher

Dr. Phillip Becker

Member
Anesthesiologist
Mitchell Anesthesia PC

Paul Christen

Life Trustee
Chairman of the Board and CEO
Christen Group, LLC

John Clarke

Life Trustee
President
County Fair Foods Stores

Bill Farris

Life Trustee
Retired
CFO, Financial Services Sector

Ronald D. Gates, Sr.

Life Trustee
Retired
Healthcare CEO, Firesteel Health Care Center

John Grinager

Member
CEO
Approve-IT, Inc.

James Gritzner

Member
Senior U.S. District Judge
Southern District of Iowa

John Hartung

Life Trustee
Retired
Higher Education

Jeff Jares

Member
President and CEO
Claims Associates, Inc.

Jacquelyn Johnson

Member
CEO/Financial Advisor
Dice Financial Services Group

Rita Johnson

Board Vice Chair
Retired
Techology Business Management

Kenneth Ketel

Member
Retired
Teacher

Bob Kjelden

Board Secretary
Retired
Entrepreneur

Cindy Krall

Member
Speaker, Writer
Treasured Possessions, LLC

Beth Kroger

Member
JILA Chief of Operations
University of Colorado

Dr. Linda Kropenske

Member
Retired
Nursing

Kristy Martin

Member
President/Partner
KRM-IT, Inc./SoDak Smart Tech LLC

Ron Martin

Member
Principal and Residential Mortgage Loan Originator
Avenue Mortgage, LLC

M. Kent Millard

Life Trustee
President
United Theological Seminary

Jerry Miller

Member
Retired
Athletic Education

Carey Miller

Member
Attorney
Woods Fuller Shultz & Smith P.C.

Dr. Paul Miskimins

Member
Dentist
Dental Care Center

Roger Musick

Member
Retired CEO
Innovative Systems

Terry Nebelsick

Member
Retired
Education Administrator

Jeff Nelson

Member
Realtor
605 Real Estate

Bishop Lanette L. Plambeck

Member
Bishop
Dakota/Minnesota Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church

Douglas Powers

Board Chair
Business Development Director
Innovative Systems

Wayne Puetz

Life Trustee
President
Puetz Design+Build

Mark Puetz

Member
President/CEO
Puetz Design+Build

Nancy Quan

Member
Attorney
Quan & Associates

Peter Kip Roozen

Member
Lead Pastor
Asbury United Methodist Church

Dr. Alison Tendler

Member
Opthomologist/CEO
ART Vision/ARTisan Skin and Laser

Larry Thompson

Member
CEO
Vantage Point Solutions

Dr. Myles Tieszen

Member
General Surgeon
Sanford Health

Rev. Rebecca Trefz

Member
Assistant to the Bishop for Connection and Communications
Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church

Dr. Lesta Turchen

Member
Retired
Education

Gopal Vyas

Member
Retired CEO
Tessier's, Inc.

J. Leon Washington

Member
Dean of Enrollment Management
Villanova University

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