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 2017-18 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

Doug Podolak, ’72
Greenwood Associates, Inc.
Chaska, Minn.
Rick Lee, '78
Retired Partner
Eide Bailly
Bismarck, N.D.

Board Members


Cindy Blikre, ‘91
Chicago, Ill.
Steve L. Burian, ’90, ’92
Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services
Grand Forks 

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

Jody H. Feragen, ’78
Retired Executive VP & CFO
Hormel Foods Corporation
Shell Lake, Wisc. 

Sara Garland, ’68, '72
Former Chief of Staff & 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. 

Mike HamerlikMike Hamerlik, '84, '88
Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation
Fitchburg, Wisc. 

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

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

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

Rob Mitchell, ‘74
K & L Gates LLP

Carrie McIntyre Panetta, '88
Monterey County (Calif.) Superior Court Judge
Carmel Valley, Calif.

Fernanda Philbrick ‘94, ’96
Executive, Corporate Growth & Innovation
Carlsbad, CA

Jim Poolman web

Jim Poolman, '92
Owner, Jim Poolman Consulting, Inc.

Jodi Rolland, '92
Market Executive, Global Commercial Banking
Colorado State and Denver Market President
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Littleton, Colo.

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

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

Chad Wachter
Investcore, Inc.

Terri Zimmerman, '85
Packet Digital, LLC


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

Alumni Association & Foundation Committee Leadership

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