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Meet the NDFU Staff and Coordinators

We look forward to working with you
Chris Aarhus

Chris Aarhus

Editor

email
701-952-0118
cell: 701-720-2297

Chris provides authorship, administration, supervision and production of the Union Farmer publication. He develops and coordinates educational and promotional materials for Farmers Union, Farmers Union Insurance and affiliated cooperatives, as well as co-managing the website.

Lucy Bardell

Lucy Bardell

Assistant to the President

email
701-952-0114
cell: 701-320-1473

Lucy’s role is to assist the president on all activities related to that office, including Board of Directors meetings, Board of Governors meetings and state convention. She provides day-to-day management of associate staff, including work assignments and schedules; and oversees the day-to-day state office operations, including services provided through special contracts.

Kristi Schlosser Carlson

Kristi Schlosser Carlson

Chief Legal Officer

email
701-952-1109
cell: 701-251-8027

Kristi serves as the chief legal advisor to the NDFU, FUMI and FUSA Boards of Directors, the President, and the FUSA/FUMI General Manager. Her role also includes managing the HR department. She serves as advisor for enterprise-wide activities, and is the Chief Privacy Officer for the company under the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

Brandon Delvo

Brandon Delvo

Community Operations Specialist

email
701-952-2126
cell: 406-697-2235

Brandon works as part of the membership team in implementing and aiding initiatives that support rural communities.

Tania Falk

Tania Falk

Chief Financial Officer

email
701-952-0145
cell: 701-269-5824

As the Chief Accounting Officer for NDFU, FUMI and FUSA, Tania’s role is to manage the accounting department. She is also responsible for the organization’s financial statements, cost accounting, payroll, budgeting, tax compliance, and special analysis/reports.

Jessica Haak

Jessica Haak

Organizational Manager & Membership Director

email
701-952-1110
cell: 701-320-5044

Jessica serves as a statewide coordinator in connection with all Farmers Union members, Farmers Union elected officers, Farmers Union insurance agents, and affiliated cooperatives. She is instrumental in developing and implementing strategies for the membership programs. She manages the team of Member Relations Specialists.

Brandee Hoyt

Brandee Hoyt

Financial Analyst

email
701-952-1160
cell: 701-320-3806

Brandee prepares and/or provides all financial transactions, records, reports, payroll, deposits, expenditures and all other financial responsibilities necessary to maintain complete financial records of the organization.

Chelsey Jacobson

Chelsey Jacobson

Member Relations Specialist

email
701-952-0131
cell: 701-400-5431

Chelsey works directly with Farmers Union members, elected officers, insurance agents and affiliated cooperatives. She specializes in organizational development through cooperation, legislation and education, with an emphasis on member recruitment, engagement and support. She concentrates on Women in Leadership Development (WILD) events and new county officer training.

Mary Jensen

Mary Jensen

Legislative Specialist

email
701-952-0107
cell: 303-902-9569

Miranda Letherman

Miranda Letherman

Youth Education Specialist

email
701-952-0166
701-368-0173

Jason McKenney

Jason McKenney

Cooperative & Transportation Director

email
701-952-0116
cell: 701-368-9124

Jason works directly with co-op members, directors and managers of Farmers Union affiliated cooperatives, including manager associations. He provides educational services to boards and employees, strategic planning, and audit presentations.

Molly McLain

Molly McLain

Member Relations Specialist

email
701-952-0195
cell: 701-205-6594

Molly works directly with Farmers Union members, elected officers, insurance agents and affiliated cooperatives. She specializes in organizational development through cooperation, legislation and education, with an emphasis on member recruitment, engagement and support.

Mary Mertens

Mary Mertens

Member Relations Specialist

email
701-952-0130
cell: 218-791-1561

Mary works directly with Farmers Union members, elected officers, insurance agents and affiliated cooperatives. She specializes in organizational development through cooperation, legislation and education, with an emphasis on member recruitment, engagement and support. She concentrates on camp activities and helps coordinate state convention.

Pam Musland

Pam Musland

Communications Director

email
701-952-2154
cell: 701-320-1855

Pam oversees NDFU communications and marketing to meet organizational objectives, including advertising, promotional material and press releases. She contributes to the Union Farmer, social media and co-manages the website.

Amanda Olson

Amanda Olson

Member Relations Specialist

email
701-952-0129
cell: 701-251-8758

Amanda works directly with Farmers Union members, elected officers, insurance agents and affiliated cooperatives. She specializes in organizational development through cooperation, legislation and education, with an emphasis on member recruitment, engagement and support. She has a concentration in county board training and cooperative activities.

Kayla Pulvermacher

Kayla Pulvermacher

Government Relations Director

email
701-952-0104
cell: 701-595-6765

Kayla works to direct the organization’s policy making process and objectives involving state government affairs. She leads analysis of proposed legislative actions and determines the potential impact on the organization.

Brittany Rodin

Brittany Rodin

Digital Marketing Specialist

email
701-952-0163
cell: 701-307-0750

Brittany works with many aspects of social media and promotion of Farmers Union and Farmers Union Insurance. She is an integral part of the communications and marketing team, covering and promoting events, activities and Farmers Union ideals. Additionally, she co-manages the website.

Tyrel Schlecht

Tyrel Schlecht

Technology Specialist

email
701-952-0153
cell: 701-320-7636

Tyrel provides technical hardware and software assistance to computer system users; configures and supports local/wide-area networks and internet connections; monitors and maintains network, desktop and laptop computers and associated software, user training, website management and basic video production. He also is involved in the design and development of NDFU programs.

Kristi Schweiss

Kristi Schweiss

Agricultural Economist/Strategist

email
701-952-0120
cell: 218-969-0814

Lisa Severson

Lisa Severson

Human Resources Manager

email
701-952-2169

Lisa works directly with NDFU, FUMI and FUSA employees, and their managers in the administration of human resources policies, procedures and programs. As HR generalist her responsibilities include employee relations, training and development, benefits, compensation, organizational development, recruiting and staffing logistics.

Bri Sorensen

Bri Sorensen

Education Director

email
701-952-1404
cell: 701-269-7014

Bri is instrumental in organizing and developing the Farmers Union Youth Program including summer camp. She works directly with Farmers Union members, elected officers, volunteers and members of the community to enhance and grow the Youth Program and the Camp Program. She manages camp operations including supervising the summer staff. She specializes in organizational development with an emphasis on educational member engagement and support.

Jeffrey Willer

Jeffrey Willer

Transportation Specialist

email
701-952-9111
cell: 701-320-2340

Jeff provides the administration, record keeping, regulatory compliance, maintenance, scheduling and professional driving necessary to operate a private bus service for North Dakota Farmers Union.

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You will likely not see the NDFU coordinators at meetings across the state, but you will no doubt at some point benefit from their expertise during one of your projects. They are considered the backbone of our day to day operations. Their areas of expertise are listed within the link below their pictures. Feel free to contact them anytime for assistance.

 

Connie Benke

Connie Benke

Lead/Co-op Coordinator

email
800-366-8331 ext. 101
701-952-9101

Connie’s primary duties are in the Cooperative Department, assisting with various projects and printing needs. She serves as secretary-treasurer of the ND Cooperative Managers’ Association, assists with website maintenance, and with publication of the monthly Flickertales, BeeHive Buzz and South Wind Stories for Farmers Union Insurance.

Heidi Sagaser

Heidi Sagaser

Education/Insurance/County Coordinator

email
800-366-8331 ext. 102
701-952-0102

Heidi’s primary responsibilities are assisting the education director. Heidi is available to assist current and potential members with questions.

Eunice Olivier

Eunice Olivier

Travel Coordinator

email
800-366-8331 ext. 108
701-952-0108

Eunice assists the Transportation Specialist in coordinating the travel program for the organization. She is available to assist both current and potential members with questions regarding traveling with North Dakota Farmers Union.

Taylor Sink

Taylor Sink

Membership Coordinator

email
800-366-8331 ext. 127
701-952-9127

Taylor maintains the membership database for the organization. She is also the main receptionist. Taylor is available to assist both current and potential members with questions regarding membership.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Widmer

Kevin Widmer

Transportation Coordinator

email
800-366-8331 ext. 121
701-952-0121