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Below is our current Board of Visitors as of February 2017.


Director of Sales
Fargo Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau
Fargo ND 58103
Office:  701-365-4562

Mallari Ackerman is a Fargoan through and through. Spotlight Media’s 2015 quiz “What Type of Fargoan Are You?” labels her as a Socialite, which is very fitting for a foodie indulging at new restaurants or crafter partaking in a local event.

Her love of travel and Fargo first intertwined while earning her degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from NDSU. She did her internship in London, England shortly before graduating in December of 2009. From there, she moved to Uganda, East Africa to serve as a mission team coordinator at a children’s center. But seeing the world still brought her back home, to Fargo.

Mallari started her career in the sales department at the Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau in March of 2012 as an account manager. Her role consisted of selling the destination of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo to meeting planners in various markets. In September of 2017, Mallari was promoted to Director of Sales, leading the team of sales and services for convention planners and tour operators.

In her spare time, Mallari likes to fish and camp in the summer and bake and scrapbook in the winter months. She and her husband, Evan, have a 7-year-old beagle, named Zooey, and a new kitten, named Brinkley. When they can, the two like to travel to new locations and photograph their adventures.


Casselton ND 58012
Office:  701-347-4797

Julie Burgum received a bachelor’s degree in home economics education and early childhood education in 1975 and later returned to NDSU to earn a master’s degree in education. During her professional career she taught at Central Valley, Dakota HS and West Fargo Middle School. She also most recently was a Guardian ad Litem. Besides being on the College of Human Development and Education’s Board of Visitors, she is a trustee on the NDSU Foundation and is a member of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Advisory Board. She also served as a former member of the BisonArts board. Other organizations that Julie has been involved with are the Plains Art Museum, Sanford Foundation and the Casselton Heritage Center.  Julie lives in Casselton where she and her late husband, Brad raised two sons: James and Ben.


Creative Director
Creative Capital Design
and Founder/Director, Inside Fashion Design (                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Portland, OR 97209
Office:  503-841-6269

Britta is a Moorhead, MN native and graduated from NDSU in 1990 with a BS degree in Apparel and Textiles.  She continued her education at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, earning an Associates degree in Fashion Design.  Britta spent the first 15 years of her career working in the NY apparel industry as a designer for several brands including Danskin, Donna Karan and Tommy Hilfiger.  In 2004 Britta and her family relocated to Portland, Oregon where she became the Brand Manager at Jantzen swimwear and a Senior Designer for Nike swimwear.  One of her career highlights was working with the Nike Advanced Innovation Lab developers to create product worn by elite athletes for the Olympic games.   In 2012 Britta co-founded Creative Capital Design, an apparel design consulting studio that serves small to midsize apparel companies in the athletic and outdoor apparel markets.  She enjoys living and working in Portland, Or which is the hub of the athletic apparel market.  She is a long time supporter of World Vision and a member of Women of Vision supporting women and children causes.   She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and exploring new places, photography, yoga and hiking.  Britta returns to Fargo/Moorhead area often to visit friends and family and is proud to be a NDSU BOV alumni member.  


Owner, Consultant
English Rose Suites, b home Home Care
Edina MN 55439
Office:  952-933-0412

Jayne Clairmont is a nationally recognized leader and consultant in providing care for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Clairmont is the President and CEO of English Rose Suites, a proven and successful residential model for memory care, located in Minneapolis, MN and bhome Home Care offering the same superlative care for which English Rose Suites is known, for those who are able to stay in their own home environment. English Rose Suites and bhome Home Care uniquely address the biological, social, spiritual, and psychological aspects of the whole person, realizing this is paramount for optimal health and well-being. Clairmont is an exceptional caregiver and inspiring teacher who brings her passion for changing the landscape of memory care into her consulting services. Her ability to share her expertise and real life experience in caring for people living with dementia is inspiring and transformational. Her coaching, training, and consulting have empowered leadership teams and staff of numerous organizations across the country to achieve operational excellence and deliver the highest quality of care. Clairmont is a featured speaker at state and national conferences on a variety of aging topics. Jayne’s greatest joy, and that which remains closest to her heart, is working directly with individuals and their families helping them find dignity and comfort on the next leg of their journey together. Her approach provides families with an educated view of what is happening in their loved one’s aging mind, helping them to engage from a more compassionate and enlightened footing, enabling families and their elders to truly enjoy “being in the moment” together!

Consulting and Program Offerings: 

  • Leadership Team Coaching and Management Development
  • Staff Development: Increasing Performance through Empowerment and Engagement
  • Operational Review: Helping Clients Achieve Measurable Excellence
  • Memory Care Program Development 
  • Environmental Assessment

Organizational Engagement:

  • ACT on Alzheimer's - Serving on Early ID Leadership Group
  • Minnesota Board on Aging Member
  • Alzheimer's Association/Chicago, IL - National Conference Planning Committee
  • Leading Age Minnesota - "Guiding Principles of Dementia Care" Committee Vice Chair
  • Alzheimer's Association/MN-ND Chapter - Chair, Member of Board of Directors
  • Care Providers of Minnesota - Environmental Assessment Advisor
  • Argenutm, formerly ALFA - Dementia Institute Teacher
  • Mather Lifeways, Evanston, IL - "Leap for Senior Living" Content Advisor
  • Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities - Board Member
  • Dementia Action Alliance - Washington, D.C.
  • North Dakota State University College of Human Development and Education Board of Visitors - Board Member


Fessenden, ND 58438
Office:  701-547-3781


Associate with the Bishop for Administration and Development
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
Fargo ND 58103
Office:  701-232-3381


Assistant Director
Northeast Human Service Center
Grand Forks, ND 58201
Office:  701-795-3169

I was born in Billings MT and grew up in Bismarck ND.  I received my BS in Criminal Justice in 1981 from UND and my MS in Counseling and Guidance from NDSU in 1984. I have been a licensed addiction counselor since 1984 and a registered clinical supervisor since 1987.  Currently I also hold a national Master Addiction Counselor certification and  I am licensed as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor  in ND.

I started my career in the addiction field upon graduating from NDSU at United Recovery Center in Grand Forks.  I worked there for 10 years as an intervention counselor, primary adolescent counselor and patient care coordinator.  I was responsible for the adolescent inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency programs including the family program as well as outreach in many rural schools as an addiction counselor.  It was during my time at URC that I became part of the planning committee for establishing an addiction counselor training program in our region and until 2002, I was the coordinator for our addiction training consortium in Grand Forks. 

I started employment at Northeast Human Service Center in March 1994 as the primary adolescent addiction counselor providing all adolescent chemical dependency services in the four counties served by NEHSC.  In 2000, I was asked to be a part of the statewide planning committee for Juvenile Drug Court and have been associated with JDC locally and statewide since it started in May 2000.  I have been a member of the statewide advisory committee and am currently the treatment provider on the statewide JDC training team.  I am also a planning committee member for the Midwest Regional Drug Court Professionals Annual Conference as well as  presenter at this conference.  I am also a member of our local JDC Advisory team and oversee the treatment aspect for our JDC.

In 2002, I became the supervisor for the adolescent chemical dependency unit at NE which included being the clinical director for a residential adolescent chemical dependency program.  In 2011, I became the director for the Alcohol and Drug Services Unit which includes supervising both adult and adolescent chemical dependency services/programs in the four county region as well as Adult and Juvenile Drug Court.  Currently I am the Assistant Director at NEHSC and Director for the Alcohol and Drug Services Unit.

Since 1984, I have been active in various community and regional committees and coalitions pertaining to Substance Abuse/High Risk Drinking/ Prevention.  At this time I am a member of the Substance Abuse Prevention Committee (SAPC), the Community/Campus Coalition for Reducing High Risk Drinking (CCC), and a community coalition addressing the opiod issues facing our community and region. 

I have two daughters ages 23 and 21.  Annie graduated in December from NDSU with a degree in zoology and is pursuing dental school.  Maggie is a junior at UND majoring in psychology.  I have been on the BOV since 2013 and find it one of the most rewarding things I have done as it has renewed my gratitude for the education and training I received at  NDSU and I have a commitment to helping others achieve their career goals in any way I can.   I believe in the mission of NDSU as a land grant university and am so impressed at the growth and continued excellence in not only the education students in HD&E receive, but also the commitment by the staff, faculty, and administration in providing the mentoring and role modeling for students which is so important and reflects so well Bison Pride.


Certified Interior Designer
Duluth, MN 55802-2085
Office: 218-727-8446 Direct: 218-279-2400


Director of Events and Facilities
NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association
Fargo ND 58102
Office: 701-231-6804

Nicole is a North Dakota native and was born and raised in Fargo. She is an North Dakota State graduate with her degree in Hospitality/Tourism Management (2008). During college she was very involved with the NDSU Hospitality Student Association in which she held office as a co-fundraiser and president. Nicole spent 8 years at the Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau where she began her career in tourism as a sales manager and later promoted to Marketing Director. She has circled back to her bison roots and is proud to be part of the wonderful team at the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association as the Director of Events and Facilities. In her spare time Nicole loves traveling to new places, remodeling her old home with her husband and taking their two Siberian Huskies for walks in downtown Fargo. Nicole was a 2013 graduate of the United Way: 35 Under 35 Women's Leadership Program.


Operations Manager
Minnetonka MN 55305
Office:  763-528-6801


Strategic Communications Director
Washington State Department of Health
Olympia WA 47890
Office:  360-584-4595

Danielle (Danny) Kenneweg is the Strategic Communications Director at the Washington State Department of Health.  She supervises staff who are accountable for internal and external communication for the state agency. The work of her staff includes media relations, social media, graphic design, video production, external facing web, intranet for agency staff, publication management (print and digital), emergency communication with the public, executive communication, translations, answering the toll free line and email questions from the public. Prior to this position, Danny managed public health staff focused on health promotion and communication for about seven years.  She worked in Comprehensive Cancer Control for three years in two states and for CDC as a regional public health advisor to seven state and tribal programs.  From 1997-2005, Danny managed the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program in North Dakota.  Her first public health work focused on improving local coordinated school health programs in collaboration with the state education agency.  In her early professional career, she was a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher.  She holds a BS degree from NDSU in Home Economics Education and a Masters degree from UND in Public Administration with a certificate in Health Administration.  Danny is also a Certified Health Education Specialist. 


Human Resources Director
LaHaise Management
Dba Buffalo Wild Wings
Office:  701-388-8878

Andrea graduated from NDSU in 2004 with a degree in Hospitality Management.  While attending college, she gained experience by working summers at Boundary Waters in Minnesota, Walt Disney World EPCOT in Florida, and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.  She currently works for LaHaise Management, a franchise for Buffalo Wild Wings, for the past 13 years starting as a restaurant manager and now as the Human Resources Director.

As a person, Andrea is focused on giving what she can to help others.  She started with Meals on Wheels as a kid and community cleanup projects.  Adding later listed on the bone marrow match database, doing blood drives and every 3 years, donating her hair. (it’s fun.)  Through her position at work, she initiated a school rewards program in the region for the past 10 years for k-12 students and also donated food to volunteers during the floods and other times of need.

For NDSU and the college, Andrea was a co-founder of the HSA Food and Wine Show, Board member on the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee, participated on a search committee for the college and is a guest speaker to hospitality classes.




Chairperson, Fashion Design Dept.
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT-SUNY)
New York City NY 10001
Office:  212-217-5029


dk Foodservice Solutions, LLC
Mendota Heights, MN 55118
Work:  651-687-9696

Kristi has over thirty years of healthcare nutrition management experience. Her skills are around strategy, maximizing potential in others and a big picture vision. She is a change manager that provides improved outcomes. 

Currently, owner and President of dk Foodservice Solutions, LLC, Kristi’s desire is to work with foodservice directors to develop their leadership and management skills in the worksite. Her mission is to provide support for today’s foodservice director that allows for improved financial performance with a focus on operations. 

Kristi’s background has been working in the healthcare nutrition services arena as the director of Nutrition in Acute and Long Term Care Facilities. Her focus is to include the entire department staff in improving quality, customer service and financial stewardship for the clients being served. 

Kristi’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and dietetics and a business minor. She is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Dietary Manager.


Fargo ND 58103
Office:  701-200-0100

Trained in vocational home economics education, worked in the health/nutrition teacher education in India and North Dakota teacher education at UND; moved into community service and mental health advocacy work and last 18 years before retirement in 2005 in a public policy career as U.S. Senate staff; interests in genealogy and travel. 

International Experience:

1968-1970 - Peace Corps, Trichy, Madras, India - health and nutrition education - All Saints Basic Training School and Peace Corps training incoming groupaid 1970

Summer 1967 - Experiment in International Living - NDSU College Ambassador to Tanzania

1963-1964 - International Christian Youth Exchange - Gymnasium student, Klippan, Sweden

Family: Married to John T. Schneider, NDSU graduate 1967 (deceased); two sons, Rocky and Jasper and six grandchildren, all in North Dakota


M.S. Community Service Education - August 1973 - Cornell University, Ithaca, New York..assistantship in Consumer Economics and Public Policy; graduate teaching assistant 

B.S. Vocational Home Economics Education - May 1968 - NDSU, Fargo, North Dakota

Work Experience Awards:

U.S. Senate staff , U.S. Senator Conrad, 1993-2004; state representative/Fargo including casework responsibilities in immigration and State Department

University of North Dakota, faculty - College of Human Resource Development - August 1973-1975 responsible for teacher education and classes in child development; developed courses in teaching the blind and menswear; summer pre-registration counselor, 1975 summer

Southeast Mental Health Center, Children’s Services - staff, 1976

Mental Health Association , Executive Director, six area counties - developed workshops & community volunteers, later local advisory board member and State board member, 1977-1980

State Board for Vocational Education - Project Director - developed and implemented three day workshop, Pioneers in Equality, in seven cities across the state for vocational teachers on sex equity regarding Title IX; participants earned university credits 1980-81

Future Homemakers of America (FHA), National trainer - leadership development for state associations; a national FHA officer in high school (reporter)

North Dakota State University , instructor - developed and taught course in leadership development; summer teacher

workshop coordinator and planner - “Increasing Student Awareness of Nontraditional Career Options”, NDSU advisory

board at College of Home Economics

Realtor - licensed ‘76-’86; also employment counselor, placement agency, Denver, summer ‘72

Women’s Political Caucus - presented at national workshop on political stress, a program developed in North Dakota

Community and Campus Activities:

President , Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae, NDSU; chair antique show ‘82 ($ to charity); received most improved chapter award at national meeting (1982-84)

President , Phi Upsilon Omicron alumnae, the home economics honorary, NDSU (1984-86)

Board member , NDSU Women - archivist, 2016 - onward

Board of Visitors member , College of Human Development and Education, 2016 -

Commander , Angel Flight Society, NDSU

Program chair , Swedish Cultural Heritage Society, 1984; treasurer , 1990-92

Lobbyist, Mental Health Association, North Dakota legislative sessions, 1983-85

Member , FM Home Economists; Thursday Homemaker Club, ongoing; previously National Women’s Political Caucus; Agassiz Women’s Political Caucus

Member , Federal Executive Association 1991 - some years


Mental Health Association - State Woman of the Year 1986; Distinguished Service Award, RRV Chapter 1986

Peace Corps award in recognition of “outstanding commitment to community service locally and internationally” honoring “contributions to a more united and peaceful world.” 1999

Democratic Women, Fargo - received Fargo Outstanding woman of year award 1987

Phi Upsilon Omicron - community service award 1987

State Appointments/Service:

1985-86 Governor’s Employment and Training Forum, representing Women, member

1985-86 Governor’s Commission on Children and Adolescents at Risk; chair of subcommittee on emotionally and behaviorally disturbed

1986-87 Chair, State Vocational Council; serving on board to ‘89 representing Job Training Coordinating Council

1980-86 Board member, Mental Health Association


Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager    
Nashville, TN 37201
Office:  615-524-5054


Financial Advisor    
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.
Fargo ND 58102
Office:  701-241-1229


Bismarck ND 58501

Deb Seminary  graduated in 1982 with a BS in Food and Nutrition, a Hotel, Motel Restaurant Management Minor and almost a Communications Minor. She worked in the hospitality industry for several years then became very successful in radio advertising sales, which led to management. 

After the stations were sold, Seminary took the opportunity to become a self employed marketing consultant. Her clients created many circumstances to learn new things, including video production,  event planning, website development and social media implementation. 

In 2008 she became the Editor of Inspired Woman Magazine. Besides writing articles, developing an online presence and selling ads, she created an annual fashion show, which became and remains, a successful Girls Night Out/Fundraiser. 

One of her goals was to work on a political campaign, and in 2015 she was hired as Communications Manager for Senator John Hoeven’s successful 2016 re-election campaign.   She is currently the Executive Director of DisruptWell Summit, does event planning and enjoys volunteering with many local causes in Bismarck.


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