Board of Directors

Fergus Area College Foundation is proud of its dedicated board of directors. These community professionals volunteer at monthly meetings as well as serve as ambassadors of the Foundation. They tell the Foundation story and work hard to promote the Fergus Falls campus. Their hearts are in their work, and we are grateful for their service.

Gail E. Childs*
President

Edward Jones
Fergus Falls, MN

Chad Miller*

Vice President

Krekelberg Skonseng &
Miller PLLP
Fergus Falls, MN

Ryan Hanson*

Secretary

Keller Williams Realty/
Ryan Hanson Homes

Fergus Falls, MN

Brian Boss*

Treasurer

Otter Tail Power Company
Fergus Falls, MN
Brooke Barsness*
Kaddatz Galleries

Fergus Falls, MN
Steve Brimhall
Minnesota Motor Company

Fergus Falls, MN
Scott Colbeck*
Independent School District #544

Fergus Falls, MN
Jon Fransen
Lake Region Healthcare
Fergus Falls, MN

Aaron Grove*

Underwood Ins Agency &
Sverdrup Mutual Ins. Co.
Underwood, MN

Kevin King*

Service Food

Fergus Falls, MN

Terry Lejcher

Retired - MN DNR

Fergus Falls, MN

Jean McKenzie

Emeriti Faculty M State - FF

Fergus Falls, MN

Myren "Mickey" Rohde, Jr.*

Rohde Insurance Services
Fergus Falls, MN

Greg Wagner
West Central Initiative
Fergus Falls, MN

Scott Wagnild
Northern Lakes Dental
Fergus Falls, MN
Evan Westra
West Tool & Design
Fergus Falls, MN
Lori Larson*
Executive Director

Fergus Area College Foundation



Jacki Maethner*

Assistant

Fergus Area College Foundation


* M State - Fergus Falls
Campus Alumni
Gail Childs

Gail Childs
Fergus Area College Foundation

 

Gail E. Childs

Gail E. Childs is a financial advisor with Edward Jones. She attended M State - Fergus Falls Campus, completing her Bachelor of Arts degree at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. Gail is currently the vice president of our foundation, a member of Otter Risers Kiwanis and a board member of Kaddatz Art Galleries.

Why Gail serves on the Foundation board: "Fergus Area College Foundation provides scholarship and opportunity in education for students of all backgrounds wishing to learn. Higher education is a desired ingredient for a society in which people can work and live together peacefully. Our local campus teaches practical skills but also, importantly, gives a liberal arts education that teaches people to think and problem solve beyond one specific area or expertise."

Chad Miller

Chad Miller
Fergus Area College Foundation

 

Chad Miller

Chad Miller is an attorney with Krekelberg, Skonseng & Miller, PLLP. He earned his Associate in Arts degree from M State in 2001 and went on to double major in history and political science, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College in 2003 and completing his Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2006. Chad is currently president of Fergus Falls Noon Kiwanis; a member of the Board of Overseers of Crossroads Church, chair of its foundation and Board of Missions, and AWANA game leader; a member of the Advocacy Committee of the Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce; and vice president of the Otter Tail County Bar Association.

Why Chad serves on the Foundation board: "I am both an M State alum and a former scholarship recipient, and serving on the Fergus Area College Foundation Board of Directors is one way I can continue that history of commitment and generosity to our students. A donor and the Foundation Board felt I was worth the investment when I was a student, and I want to help make that investment in others."

Ryan Hanson

Ryan Hanson
Fergus Area College Foundation

 

Ryan Hanson

Ryan Hanson, broker associate with Ryan Hanson Homes and Keller Williams Realty Professionals, is an alumnus of M State - Fergus Falls. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Fergus Falls Community College in 1995; attended the University of Central Lancashire, England; earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997 from the University of North Dakota; and completed his education by earning his Juris Doctorate in 2000 from the University of North Dakota School of Law. Currently Ryan is active in supporting our community and his profession by serving on the boards of Fergus Area College Foundation, Minnesota Association of Realtors, Lake Region Association of Realtors, Bethel Lutheran Church Finance and Agent Leadership Council - Keller Williams Realty.

Why Ryan serves on the Foundation board: "I had great instructors and memorable experiences while attending M State. I appreciate the opportunity to help raise money for scholarships so that more students may experience all that M State has to offer."

Brian Boss

Brian Boss
Fergus Area College Foundation

 

Brian Boss

Brian Boss, a cost accountant for Otter Tail Power Company, earned his Associate of Arts degree from M State in 1993 and went on to earn bachelor's degrees from North Dakota State University (chemistry) and from St. Cloud State University (accounting) and a master's of business administration degree from SCSU. He lives in Underwood, is a member of the Red River Valley chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants and volunteers at area Boy Scout events.

Why Brian serves on the Foundation Board: "M State - Fergus Falls provides the opportunity for affordable, local access to higher education. This institution provides opportunity to high school students seeking advanced educational opportunities, traditional college-age students and non-traditional students seeking a different career or starting a degree. Coming from a family of educators, I appreciate the difference that learning can make in a person's life, and I look forward to helping build upon the success of the foundation and M State - Fergus Falls."

Brooke Barsness

Brooke Barsness
Fergus Area College Foundation

 

Brooke Barsness

Brooke Barsness is currently the executive director of Kaddatz Galleries, and previously she served as executive director for several local non-profit organizations. She earned her Associate of Arts degree from M State in 1974 and went on the earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from St. Olaf College in 1976 followed by a Summer Writing Workshop at Goddard College in 1979. In 1998 she completed her education in Public, Health and Human Service Administration from Moorhead State University. In addition to our foundation board, Brooke is also active with the Fergus Falls Human Rights Commission, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, Otter Tail County Historical Society and A Center for the Arts.

Why Brooke serves on the Foundation board: "I want to give back to a campus that has given much to me over the years. I honor the rich history of the Foundation founders and their vision of support for students, faculty and programs. I want to be part of continuing that vision and being responsive to the needs of the Fergus campus."

Scott Colbeck

Scott Colbeck
Fergus Area College Foundation

 

Scott Colbeck

Scott Colbeck, elementary principal for the Fergus Falls School District, earned his Associate of Arts degree from M State in 1989 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota, Morris and his master's degree in educational leadership from Minnesota State University, Moorhead.
Why Scott serves on the Foundation Board: "A healthy M State is important to the community of Fergus Falls and the surrounding area. I look forward to supporting the college through involvement with the Fergus Area College Foundation."


 

Aaron Grove

Aaron Grove is the owner/agent of Underwood Insurance Agency and the manager of Sverdrup Mutual Insurance Company in Underwood. He earned his Associate of Arts degree from M State in 1996 and a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1999.

Why Aaron serves on the Foundation board: "M State had been a huge part of my life. All seven of my siblings also attended M State, and we all have amazing memories from our time here. We all had a wonderful time participating in athletics as well as gaining an excellent education. I am excited to serve on the Fergus Area College Foundation board as a way to give back to a college that has meant so much to me and my siblings."

Kevin King

Kevin King
Fergus Area College Foundation

 

Kevin King

Kevin King earned his Associate of Arts degree from M State in 1989 and is currently vice president of Service Food Market in Fergus Falls.

Why Kevin serves on the Foundation Board: "I view the opportunity to serve on the Foundation Board as a chance to give back a small amount to a place that gave me so much. For many years M State has been a large part of my life. Not only did I attend college there, I also was involved in the football program for many years and still enjoy the various events on the college venue. The opportunities that M State offers to Fergus Falls and the surrounding area are very unique and help make Fergus Falls a special place to live. The true value of any endeavor is measured in the quality of the people and that is why M State is ranked so highly when measuring the quality of education."

Greg Wagner

Greg Wagner
Fergus Area College Foundation

 

Greg Wagner

Greg Wagner earned a bachelor's degree in local and urban affairs from Saint Cloud State University in 2000. He recently returned to Fergus Falls, his hometown, where he is employed by West Central Initiative as an economic development planner. He is a member of Forward Fergus Falls and the First Lutheran Church council.

Why Greg serves on the Foundation board: M State - Fergus Falls is a key component to the overall strength of the community. The college has so much to offer to not just the students but the community and the region as a whole. I look forward to serving on the Board and having a part in continuing its great work.

Mickey Rohde

Mickey Rohde
Fergus Area College Foundation

 

Myren "Mickey" Rohde, Jr.

Terry Lejcher

Terry Lejcher
Fergus Area College Foundation

 

Terry Lejcher

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