Who's involved

North Dakota Compass involves a partnership between the Center for Social Research at North Dakota State University and Wilder Research (who developed Minnesota Compass).

Several funders and more than 50 people have shared their expertise in the development of North Dakota Compass. Their contributions are in addition to the more than 500 people who helped to develop the Minnesota Compass site on which our site is modeled. Current involvement includes:

ND Compass Funders

Bush Foundation
Otto Bremer Foundation
Dakota Medical Foundation
North Dakota State University Development Foundation
North Dakota State University

ND Compass Steering Committee

Diane Benjamin, Otto Bremer Foundation, Program Officer
Scott Davis, North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, Executive Director
Brad Gibbens, Center for Rural Health, Deputy Director and Associate Director
Debra Gebeke, NDSU Extension, Family & Consumer Sciences, Asst. Director
Cher Hersrud, Fargo/Moorhead Area Foundation, Advancement Officer
Thomas Hill, Community Impact Director, United Way of Cass-Clay
Ray Ann Kilen, ND Small Business Center, Strom Center, Regional Director
Andy Peterson, North Dakota Chamber of Commerce, President
Pat Traynor, Dakota Medical Foundation/Impact Foundation, Executive Director
Terry Traynor, ND Association of Counties, Assistant Director

ND Compass Advisory Group

Ben Ehreth, Bismarck Metropolitan Planning Organization, Transportation
Raymond Goldsteen, Dr.P.H, UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Population Health
Lisa Jahner, ND Association of Counties, Juvenile Justice Program
Rod Landblom, Roosevelt Custer Regional Council for Development
Nicole Peske, ND League of Cities, Education and Training
Neil Scharpe, North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities
Tyrone Grandstrand, Common Enterprise Development Corporation
Kathy Strombeck, North Dakota Tax Department
Kathy Tweeten, NDSU Extension, Center for Community Vitality
Ryan Volk, ND Department of Commerce, Workforce Development Division
Max Wetz, North Dakota Housing Finance Agency, Public Affairs
Michael Ziesch, Job Service North Dakota

ND Compass Technical Working Groups

The following are the committees who have helped to shape the Compass topic areas.  Please let us know if we have included or omitted your name in error.

Aging Technical Working Group
Brian Arett, Valley Senior Services, Executive Director
Gretchen Dobervich, North Dakota Alzheimer’s Association, Field Director
Jan Engan, North Dakota Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division, Director
Shelly Peterson, North Dakota Long Term Care Association, President
Greg Sanders, NDSU Gerontology Program, Associate Dean/Professor/Program Coordinator
Jane Strommen, NDSU Extension, Nursing, PIN Project Coordinator, and gerontologist
Doug Wegh, Social Services, Director

Children and Youth Technical Working Group
Chip Ammerman, Department of Social Services, Social Service Director
Thomas Hill, United Way of Cass-Clay, Coordinator
Ethan Hoepfner, Youthworks
Allie Mahoney, Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota, Program Support Manager
Karen Olson, Venture Youth Alliance for Fargo-Moorhead, Coordinator
Brandy Randall, NDSU Department of Human Development and Family Science, Associate Professor
Paul Ronningen, Children’s Defense Fund, State Coordinator
Molly Secor-Turner, NDSU Nursing, Assistant Professor

Civic Engagement Technical Working Group
Kris Fehr, Best Friends Mentoring Program, Executive Director
Gordon La France, Department of Commerce, Compliance Manager
Kara Gravley-Stack, NDSU Equity and Diversity Center, Director
Marie Hvidsten, NDSU Extension, Rural Leadership Specialist
Al Jaeger, Secretary of State
Dana Schaar, North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Executive Director

Disparities Technical Working Group
Jaclynn Davis-Wallette, NDSU Tribal College Partnership Program, Coordinator
Susan Helgeland, Mental Health America of North Dakota, Executive Director
Patricia Patron, Family HealthCare Center, Executive Director
Jasper Schneider, USDA Rural Development, State Director

Economy and Workforce Technical Working Group
Everette Enno, Tri-County Regional Development Council
Patricia Moulton, North Dakota Center for Nursing, Executive Director
Ryan Volk, North Dakota Department of Commerce Workforce Development Division, Program Administrator (and member of the Workforce Data Resource Group)

Early Childhood Technical Working Group
Tara Bitz, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, Title I, Assistant Director
Lisa Bjergaard, Division of Juvenile Services, Director
Reba (Rebecca) Mathern-Jacobson, March of Dimes, ND Chapter, Director of Program Services

Education Technical Working Group
Zach Lipp, Venture Youth Alliance
Kayla Pulvermacher, North Dakota Education Association, UniServ Director and Government Relations Specialist
Frank “Steve” Snow, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, Management Information Systems Director; K12 Longitudinal Data System Project, Project Director
Erin Stangeland, Cass County Youth Commission, member; North Dakota Juvenile Justice State Advisory Group, member
Gerry Teevens, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, Special Education, Regional Coordinator
Kerri Whipple, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, ELL Programs for Title I Unit, Assistant Director

Environment Technical Working Group
Becky Jones Mahlum, Ducks Unlimited, Communications Manager for the Great Plains Regional Office
Joshua Kadrmas, Houston Engineering Inc., Environmental Engineer
Mary Podoll, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in North Dakota, State Conservationist
Michael Noone, ND State Water Commission, Natural Resources Economist for Planning and Education

Health Technical Working Group
Ruth Bachmeier, North Dakota State Association of City/County Health Officials, Fargo/Cass Public Health, Chair
Tami Dillman, Central Valley Health District, Finance Director/ND SACCHO Director
Reba (Rebecca) Mathern-Jacobson, March of Dimes, ND Chapter, Director of Program Services
Patricia Moulton, North Dakota Center for Nursing, Executive Director
Susan Sisk, St. Alexius Medical Center, VP of Accounting and Finance

Housing Technical Working Group
Michael Carbone, North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People, Executive Director
Lynn Fundingsland, Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Executive Director

Immigration Technical Working Group
Abby Gold, NDSU Extension Service and University of Minnesota Extension, Nutrition/Wellness Specialist and Assistant Professor
Kerri Whipple, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, ELL Programs for Title I Unit, Assistant Director

Public Safety Technical Working Group
Tom Erhardt, North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Transitional Planning Services, Deputy Director
Cecily Fong, North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, Public Information Officer
Tim Hathaway, Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota, Executive Director
Janelle Moos, North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services, Executive Director

Transportation Technical Working Group
Ben Ehreth, Bismarck Metropolitan Planning Organization, Transportation Planner
Jill Hough, North Dakota Small Urban and Rural Transit Center for the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, NDSU, Program Director
Dave Leftwich, North Dakota Department of Transportation, Deputy Director for Business Support

former committee members

These former committee members provided feedback and assistance in creating the North Dakota Compass website.

Please note: affiliations are as of the time that input was provided.

Susan Davis, Common Enterprise Development Corporation
Alison Dollar, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, Director of Special Education
Emily Klym, ND Small Business Center, Strom Center
Tara Muhlhauser, ND Dept. of Human Svcs., Children & Family Svcs.
Randi Roth, Otto Bremer Foundation, Executive Director
Don Scott, Alex Stern Foundation, Executive Director
Gen Smith, Common Enterprise Development Corporation
Kevin Dvorak, North Dakota Community Foundation, President and CEO

At-Large Community MemberS

These community members have provided data and assistance to the North Dakota Compass website.

Please note: affiliations are as of the time that input was provided.

Carmell Barth, ND Department of Health, Division of Vital Records
Kim Mertz, ND Department of Health, Division of Family Health
Deb Pilon, ND Department of Public Instruction, Safe & Healthy Schools

Center for Social Research

The Center for Social Research (CSR) is a social research unit at North Dakota State University dedicated to providing high quality data, research, and evaluation services to an array of entities including federal, state, and local governments, foundations and nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions. CSR staff contributing to the ND Compass social indicators website include:

Rick Axelson, Center for Social Research Director

Kendra Erickson-Dockter, ND Compass Project Director

Mihaela "Ina" Cernusca, Research Specialist

Brandi Malarkey, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator

Additional research support from CSR- research analysts Karen Olson and Kay Schwarzwalter

Additional student support from Gregor Horvath, Winta Yallew, and Raihan Kabir Khan.

wilder research

Minnesota Compass is led by Wilder Research, a division of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. It is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit research and evaluation groups dedicated to practical research in the field of human services. Located in Saint Paul Minnesota, Wilder Research works with more than 100 organizations each year at the local, state and national level.

North Dakota Compass

North Dakota Compass

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