Communication Advisory Board
The Communication Advisory Board provides a connection between the Department of Communication and communication professionals in the community. The Board advises the Department on matters relating to the needs of the communication profession and lends support to initiatives of the Department, including internships, guest speaking, new programs, professional development, grants, review and feedback on curriculum, COMM Week, events, fundraising, and research opportunities.
Katie Hasbargen is employed by Microsoft and currently leads the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fans and Technical Readiness team. She has served in many roles since joining Great Plains Software in 1998 and then Microsoft in 2001 via acquisition. She has been a global program manager, a product marketing manager, a product manager, and a strategic product communications manager and has run internal and external communications for Microsoft’s Fargo campus. Katie has a B.A. in Business Administration and Communication from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and a Ph.D. in Communication from North Dakota State University. She currently serves as a member of the NDSU Research Foundation Board of Directors, is President of Concordia College’s National Alumni Board, and sits on the Concordia College Board of Regents. Katie was born and raised in Fargo, ND.
Brian Meckler is an 18-year veteran of the marketing and advertising business. A co-founder of Absolute Marketing Group, he serves as a Marketing Advisor for the agency with a number of high-profile clients. He is a partner/treasurer at Video Arts Studios, a 35-year-old business recognized as the premiere audio and video production company in North Dakota. He is also president of Hammett Investments. Hammett owns, leases and manages commercial real estate property in Fargo. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from NDSU. Brian is involved in the community, serving as a board member with Diamond in the Ruff Pet Rescue and NDSU Communications Department.
Jennifer Miller works for Roll-A-Ramp in West Fargo, a company that manufactures portable ramps for wheelchair access into homes & vans and for various other accessibility needs. Though locally owned and operated, the company has a global reach by selling throughout the U.S. and exporting to 50+ countries. She has been with the company since 2011 and in her role as Global Programs Manager she wears many hats, including sales, marketing, product support, and managing the company’s digital identity. She is a North Dakota native and received her BA from NDSU with majors in Mass Communication, Speech Communication, and Spanish. During this time she spent a semester in Cuernavaca, Mexico on a study abroad program. She also earned her Master’s of Business Administration degree from NDSU. Jennifer has been involved with the FMWF Chamber Young Professionals Network and served on the Member Services and Social Planning committees. She enjoys volunteering for local non-profits and is on the Board of Directors for Handi-Wheels Transportation. As an active member of the Fargo-Moorhead AM Rotary Club, she served as President in 2014-2015 and is currently the club secretary. During her free time, she enjoys distance cycling and training for half marathons.
Adrienne Olson leads marketing and communications for Kilbourne Group, a real estate redevelopment firm founded in 2006 as a catalyst of inspiration and action for revitalizing downtown Fargo’s urban core and economic vitality through historic renovation, urban infill, and placemaking projects. She serves on the Board of the Downtown Community Partnership and the Advisory Board of APT, a creative incubator in downtown Fargo. Previously, she worked with John Deere Electronic Solutions in global employee communication and strategy, and with the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce. She has lived in Fargo for nearly 30 years and has a strong interest in public affairs, including the economics of cities. She has a bachelor's in mass communication from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Joe Radske is the News Director at KVRR, the FOX affiliate in Fargo – Moorhead. He has been a broadcast journalist for more than 30 years. His path to Fargo includes leading newsrooms in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Madison and Omaha. Joe has been a photojournalist, reporter, producer and news director. He is also the Region 6 Director for the Society of Professional Journalists, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. In the spring of 2018, Joe taught COMM 445: Advanced News Production at NDSU. Joe is a 1984 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication. He lives to make a difference every day.
Teri Winkelman works for Essentia Health as a Workforce Planning and Sourcing Specialist in Human Resources. After graduating from NDSU with a mass communication degree, Teri spent time traveling various parts of the world before settling back down in Fargo. She has worked in several roles in human resources such as recruitment, training and workforce development. She sits on various committees in the Fargo-Moorhead area regarding workforce initiatives, employee engagement and company culture.
Annie Wood does community building and consulting work on a variety of projects that add value in our community. She believes in lifelong learning and is passionate about providing opportunities for meaningful connections in the community and platforms for sharing ideas using creative intention to design events and experiences. She credits her time in student organizations like Blue Key, Campus Attractions and Students Today Leaders Forever for helping shape her career path. Annie’s previous roles and Emerging Prairie as the Director of Community Programs and as the Assistant Director for Communications and Student Engagement at MSU-Moorhead, alongside volunteer roles with Global Shapers and Fargo Prom, have helped her hone her professional skills after graduating from NDSU. She holds a B.S. in Public Relations (2010) and a M.S. in Educational Leadership (2012), both from NDSU.