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July 07, 2018
News for Immediate Release

Eight Trustees Appointed to NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association

Trustees of the North Dakota State University Foundation and Alumni Association welcome eight new members whose terms of service began July 1. NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association trustees serve as philanthropic and volunteer leaders; help guide the Foundation’s Executive Governing Board and advance business strategies to move NDSU forward.

The NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association builds enduring relationships that maximize advocacy and philanthropy to support North Dakota State University. Foundation trustees have appointed the following eight people to serve with them in guiding the Foundation’s operations:

Stacey Ackerman is the regional managing director for Wells Fargo Wealth Management in greater Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Stacey is an active NDSU supporter and is engaged in several community organizations including service on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties. A 1994 NDSU graduate, Stacey lives in Reiles Acres with her husband, Todd, and three children. Clare Carlson is the North Dakota director of the USDA Rural Development Agency. Clare previously served on the NDSU Alumni Association Board of Directors and is an active member of the Bismarck-Mandan community. His volunteer service includes leadership positions with the Bismarck Arts and Gallery Association and Roughrider Honor Flights. Clare, a 1979 NDSU graduate, and his wife, Lisa, live in Bismarck and have a farm in Kittson County, Minn.

Aileen Clough is a 1969 NDSU graduate, a former teacher and a member of the NDSU College of Human Development and Education’s Board of Visitors. She also serves the Wells County Historical Society, the Wells County Fair and other local causes. Aileen and her husband, David, live and farm near Fessenden, N.D., and are regular NDSU Game Watch hosts.

Kristen Marchus-Hemstad is a Microsoft business program manager. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from NDSU in 1991 and her Master of Science degree in 1994. Kristen and her husband, Leif, are long-time supporters of NDSU. They reside in Jonestown, Texas.

Doug Hushka is a Sanford Health physician of emergency medicine. A 1984 NDSU graduate, Hushka was a member of the 1983 national championship football team and a 2002 inductee into the NDSU Athletic Hall of Fame. His community involvement includes serving on the Sanford Health Board of Trustees, the Fargo Catholic Schools Network School Board and the Shanley Athletic Club. Doug and his wife, Renelda, live in Fargo.

Shannon Schlecht is the executive director of the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from NDSU in 1998 and his Master of Science degree in agricultural economics in 2002. Shannon has an extensive background in agriculture and international trade, having previously worked in numerous positions for U.S. Wheat Associates. Shannon lives in Hopkins, Minn., with his wife Tina, and daughter Alyssa.

Chad Stark is a financial advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors. He played football at NDSU and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business. Chad is an active NDSU supporter, serving in leadership roles with NDSU Team Makers and Bison Bidders Bowl.Chad and his wife, Jennifer, live in Fargo. Kim Dennis Timmers is the CEO and Managing Partner of bdh+young interiors|architecture.The firm is recognized as one of the top 25 architectural firms in the Twin Cities. Kim is a 1983 NDSU graduate and an inaugural member of the NDSU College of Human Development and Education Board of Visitors. She has also served on the NDSU Alumni Association Board of Directors. Kim and her husband, Rick, live in Plymouth, Minn.

Foundation trustees are appointed to five-year terms with no limit on the number of terms they can serve.


For more information, contact Jeff Zent at 1-701-231-6809 or jeff@ndsualumni.com


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