Board of Directors

The UND Alumni Association & Foundation’s Board of Directors is composed of true philanthropists who’ve given their time, talent, and treasure to the University of North Dakota. They are elected every three years and serve maximum three-year terms. 

The Board meets twice a year to provide strategic direction and governance to the 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization. Task forces within the board, based on professional expertise, provide ongoing advisement.

The 2016-17 Board of Directors for the UND Alumni Association & Foundation's dedication to UND is greatly appreciated by the alumni family and also the administration, faculty and students.

Board Chair

Board Vice Chair

Jody H. Feragen, ’78
Retired Executive VP & CFO
Hormel Foods Corporation
Shell lake, Wisc.
Doug Podolak, ’72
Greenwood Associates, Inc.
Chaska, Minn.

Board Members

Dean Beckstead, ‘65 
Palm Island Properties, Inc.
Cape Haze, Fla.
Cindy Blikre, ‘91
Former Senior Partner, Managing Director
Ogilvy & Mather
Chicago, Ill.

Steve L. Burian, ’90 & ’92
Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services
Grand Forks

David SaggauDavid Saggau, '86 & '89
Great River Energy
Maple Grove, Minn.

Kris (McConn) Compton, ’77
Chief Operating Officer
Alerus Financial
Grand Forks 

Sara Garland, ’68, '72
Former Chief of Staff and Committee Staff Director, United States Senate
Washington, D.C.

Phil Gisi, '82
Vice President/CEO
Edgewood Management Group LLC
Grand Forks

John Gray, M.D., ’87
Kidney Specialists of Minnesota
Robbinsdale, Minn.

Marten Hoekstra, ’82
Former CEO
Emerging Global Advisors
New York, N.Y.

Charles “Chuck” Kluenker
Facilities Design and Construction
Roseville, Calif.

Linda Laskowski, ’72, ’73
Former Vice President
MediaOne Group
Berkeley, Calif.

Rick Lee, '78
Eide Bailly
Williston, N.D.

Carrie McIntyre Panetta, '88
Monterey County Superior Court Judge
State of California
Carmel Valley, Calif.

Doug Mark, ’86
Founder and Managing Partner
Northstar Capital, LLC.

Rob Mitchell, ‘74
K & L Gates LLP

Jennifer Neppel, ’86
Director of Cash and Investments
Catholic Health Initiatives
Englewood, Colo.

Fernanda Philbrick ‘94, ’96
VP of Innovation and Strategic Growth
Santa Monica, CA

Cathy (Wilson) Rydell, ’88
Executive Director and CEO
American Academy of Neurology

Lisa J Wheeler ’75, ’82
Retired President
The Title Company

Terri Zimmerman, '85
Packet Digital, LLC

Chuck Ahearn

CEO Tango Corp
Director an CFO of the Ray Foundation


Ex-Officio Members

Mark Kennedy
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks
Alice C. Brekke, ’79, '87
Vice President for Finance and Operations
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks

Thomas DiLorenzo
Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks

Joshua Wynne, M.D.
Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, School of Medicine & Health Sciences
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks

DeAnna Carlson Zink '86
UND Alumni Association & Foundation
Grand Forks

Laura Block, ’81, '10
UND Alumni Association & Foundation
Grand Forks

Alumni Association & Foundation Committee Leadership

Cathy Rydell – Audit Committee 
Steve Burian – Finance Committee 
Jennifer Neppel – Investment Committee 
Linda Laskowski – Alumni Relations and Development Committee 
Rob Mitchell – Governance Committee and Recruitment Committee