Kendra Erickson-Dockter, M.S. is a research specialist and the ND Compass project director. In her role as director, she leads the design and operation of the project. In addition, she strives to increase awareness and understanding of ND Compass and ensure the project’s sustainability. Her research efforts have involved a wide range of topics, from early childhood and aging to health and disadvantaged populations. Kendra is also completing a doctorate in Human Development, with an emphasis in Applied Gerontology, at North Dakota State University.
Mihaela 'Ina' Cernusca, MBA, is a research specialist with the ND Compass project. With extensive experience in market and social research, she has participated in many projects involving quantitative and qualitative research, grant writing, project management, and outreach/extension activities. As part of the ND Compass team, Ina participates in research projects along with activities to maintain website quality, increase awareness and understanding of ND Compass, and ensure the project’s sustainability.
North Dakota Compass employs a number of students on an on-going basis, providing paid internships for undergraduate students and research assistant positions for graduate students. The full-time staff provides mentoring to the students and enjoys contributing to their hands-on learning experience, while simultaneously benefiting from their contributions to the project’s efforts. Our current student assistants are Shweta Sharma (Doctoral student in the department of communication) and Briana Wilhelmi (Master's student in the department of sociology).