Staff Directory

Laura McDaniel
Associate Vice President


Laura has been with University Relations since 1989 and is the associate vice president. She earned her master's degree from NDSU and a bachelor's from the University of North Dakota. Her previous work experience includes news reporting and corporate communication.

Phone: (701) 231-8330
Fax: (701) 231-1989
Email: Laura.Mcdaniel@ndsu.edu

Brad Clemenson
Creative Services Manager and Art Director

Brad earned his bachelor's degree in mass communication from NDSU. He joined the University Relations staff in 1998 as a writer; in 2001 he joined the Publications Services office as a graphic designer and is now the art director. Brad is a past president of the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota and a past governor of the AAF’s eighth district, which encompasses North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Phone: (701) 231-6373
Fax: (701) 231-8969
Email: Brad.Clemenson@ndsu.edu

Steve Bergeson
Senior Writer/News Coordinator

Steve joined the University Relations staff in August 1996. He earned his bachelor's degree in mass communications from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Before coming to NDSU, he worked for 19 years as a broadcast journalist in the Fargo-Moorhead market.

Phone: (701) 231-6101
Fax: (701) 231-1989
Email: Steven.Bergeson@ndsu.edu

Linsey Davis
Project Manager

Linsey joined the University Relations staff in August 2005. Originally from Cooperstown, N.D., she earned her bachelor's degree in mass communications from NDSU in 2003. Before coming to NDSU, she worked for a magazine publisher in Grand Forks, N.D., and the Hotel Donaldson in downtown Fargo.

Phone: (701) 231-8321
Fax: (701) 231-8969
Email: Linsey.Davis@ndsu.edu

Rebekka DeVries
Senior Graphic Designer

Rebekka joined the University Relations staff in April 2005. She is a 1998 graduate of North Dakota State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications and a minor in music. She has worked locally in both the printing and advertising industries.

Phone: (701) 231-9417
Fax: (701) 231-8969
Email: Rebekka.DeVries@ndsu.edu

Justin Eiler
Senior Graphic Designer/Photographer

Justin joined the University Relations team in August 2015. His previous experience includes writing, photography and design work at agency and in-house settings. Originally from central Minnesota, he earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication at Minnesota State University Moorhead. 

Phone: (701) 231-6550
Fax: (701) 231-8969
Email: Justin.Eiler@ndsu.edu

Brock Gion
Web Developer

Brock joined University Relations in 2017. Originally from Regent N.D., he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a minor in computer science at NDSU. He also is a former Bison football player. Brock spent 5 years developing new software and websites for a business in the Bakken Oilfield prior to working in Idaho for 2 years, where he developed websites and worked as a computer technician for a regional Internet provider. Brock loves to ski and is a certified drone pilot.

Phone: (701) 231-5283
Fax: (701) 231-8969
Email: Brock.Gion@ndsu.edu

Sonya Goergen
Marketing Coordinator

Sonya joined North Dakota State University in 2009. She earned her bachelor’s degree with a triple major in communication, English writing and apparel and design from Concordia College, and her master’s degree in mass communication from NDSU. Her prior experience includes teaching and working in public relations and marketing in education, health care and manufacturing industries. 

Phone: (701) 231-7771
Fax: (701) 231-1989
Email: Sonya.Goergen@ndsu.edu

Beth Hagemeister
Graphic Designer

Beth joined the University Relations staff in November 2006. She worked 3 1/2 years at a local design agency and six years at a graphic design agency in Des Moines, Iowa. She earned her bachelor's degree in industrial technology (graphic design emphasis) from Bemidji State University in 1997. An Argusville, N.D., native, she lives on her grandparents' homestead near Argusville.

Phone: (701) 231-9418
Fax: (701) 231-8969
Email: Beth.Hagemeister@ndsu.edu

Heath Hotzler
Communication Coordinator

Heath, who joined the University Relations staff as a writer in July 2013, earned his bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He worked as a sports reporter at the Mesabi Daily News in Minnesota, before moving to a similar position at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead from 2001-2012.

Phone: (701) 231-8326
Fax: (701) 231-8969
Email: Heath.Hotzler@ndsu.edu

Lexi Hovland
Marketing Specialist

Lexi joined the University Relations team in November 2018. Originally from Bismarck, N.D., she earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of North Dakota. Her previous experience includes brand management, social media marketing, photography, and design for a Midwest based retailer.

Phone: (701)-231-6673
Fax: (701) 231-1989
Email: Lexi.D.Hovland@ndsu.edu

Janelle Kistner
Senior Graphic Designer

Janelle joined the University Relations staff in August 2000. She earned her bachelor's degree in graphic communications from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 1998. Before coming to NDSU, she worked in the printing and web design industries both locally and in Omaha, Neb.

Phone: (701) 231-7010
Fax: (701) 231-8969
Email: Janelle.Kistner@ndsu.edu

Nathaniel Navratil
Graphic Designer

Nathaniel joined the University Relations staff in December 2014. He earned his associate's degree from Moorhead State Community and Technical College. Originally from Clearbrook, Minn., he has worked locally in advertising and marketing.

Phone: (701) 231-8327
Fax: (701) 231-8969
Email: Nathaniel.Navratil@ndsu.edu

Amy Ochoa
Assistant to the Vice President

Amy joined the University Relations staff in October 2017.  She has been at NDSU since 1988, most recently working for the Division of Student Affairs as the Assistant to the Vice President. A Fargo native, she attended Moorhead State Community and Technical College prior to beginning work at NDSU.

Phone: (701) 231-1068
Fax: (701) 231-1989
Email: Amy.Ochoa@ndsu.edu

Brynn Rawlings
Media Relations Coordinator

Brynn joined the University Relations team in May 2019. She earned her bachelor’s degree in both marketing and management from the University of North Dakota. Before joining NDSU, she worked as a senior project manager at two local advertising agencies.

Phone: 701-231-8421
Fax: 701-231-1989
Email: Brynn.Rawlings@ndsu.edu


Student employees

Samantha Davis
Student News Writer

Samantha joined the University Relations staff in April 2019. She is originally from Cottage Grove, Minn. She is a junior at NDSU pursuing a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Om Prakash Nekkanti
Graduate Web Assistant

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