I graduated from NDSU with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and management communication, and I have a master’s degree in mass communication from NDSU as well. I worked for the NDSU student newspaper and was involved in a couple of other student organizations.
After college, I worked as an editor for two local magazines, senior communications specialist for a local engineering firm, as well as the marketing and communications manager for the chamber of commerce. I am currently working as the features editor for Forum Communications in Fargo. From time to time, I write for The Good Life magazine. My first book, “Hidden History of Fargo”, published in August.
I’m a graduate of the United Way 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program and a United Way volunteer. I serve on the NDSU Department of Communication Advisory Board, and I am also the president of the board of directors for the non-profit organization Hope Blooms. I also serve on the leadership team for a local Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group. I am married and have two children.
Whew, that’s enough about me. Some of you may not be aware of the individuals who serve on the NDPC board of directors. This year, the board includes:
Sadie Rudolph - First Vice President, Membership
Meredith Williams and Kayley Erlandson - Second Vice Presidents, Contest
Lisa Dahlen Steffens - Third Vice President, College Contest
Darrel Veldhouse - Secretary and Social Media Manager
Ellen Crawford - Treasurer
Pam Knudson - Northeast District Director
Katie Hutton - Southeast District Director
Jill Schramm - Northwest District Director
Sarah Mudder - Southwest District Director
Pam Gibb - Historian and Website Editor
Carrie Carney - Immediate Past President
Merrie Sue Holtan - College Scholarship Coordinator
Contact information for all of us is listed on the NDPC website on the About page.
I wanted to let you all know we’ve already been busy planning the 2018 spring conference, and we have secured a fantastic keynote speaker! (Watch for an announcement next week about who it is as well as when you should mark your calendar.)
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I look forward to a great year!
P.S. In case you didn’t see it, one of our longtime members (and former NDPC president) Karen Stensrud was kind enough to put some thoughts together about the benefits of attending an NFPW conference. Check it out as you await the announcement of our 2018 spring conference keynote speaker!