Each year, Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo (LFMWF) partners with local nonprofit organizations who have applied for assistance from the class. Seven nonprofits are selected, and class members learn about each nonprofit’s needs before selecting which organization they would like to give their time. Since last November, each of the LFMWF groups have devoted countless hours to their nonprofit and during this session, they shared their accomplishments with the class.
Executive Director Pat Traynor kicked off the day with a welcome at the Dakota Medical Foundation. Traynor shared with the class the integral role the Leadership class played in the creation of the DMF Lend A Hand program.
The class ended the day hearing from one of FMWF’s finest, Margie Bailly. She shared with us how to find leadership lessons in everyday life, whether it’s from your mother, your children or even the movies. They left knowing that just because the class is nearing its end, doesn’t mean their journey as a leader is ending, it’s just beginning.
Emergency Food Pantry
Will Brandt, Microsoft
Deb Gemar, Hospice of the Red River Valley
Tracy Jordre, JLG Architects
Tyler Klose, Border States Electric
Val Schwantes, Enventis
Shannon Uecker, Essentia Health
Project Vision: Improve and revitalize the waiting room of the Emergency Food Pantry to change the entire experience of coming to food distribution, creating a friendly, welcoming space where client dignity, comfort and overall experience are prioritized.
Faith Lutheran Church
Stephen Astrup, JD Legal Planning P.L.L.C.
Nicole Erickson, AgCountry Farm Credit Services
Nate Hendrickson, TNT Kid’s Fitness
Courtney Larson, Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation
Sara Lingwall, Essentia Health
Ken Story, Homeward Animal Shelter
Project Vision: Increase annual giving and service attendance through research and the creation of a budget strategy, development plan, communication plan and implementation schedule.
Farm in the Dell
Craig Ehrmantraut, Cornerstone Bank
T.J. Hansen, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Matt Oachs, Western State Bank
Kristen Sullivan, GOLDMARK Property Management
Josh Swanson, Vogel Law Firm
Project Vision: Increase “friend-raising” through the development of a marketing plan for the annual Friends of the Farm
FM Coalition for Homeless Persons
Dave Ebinger, Moorhead Police Department
Jen Gompf, Winmar Sleep Wellness Center
Fred Greer, Forum Communications Company
Dan Madler, Beyond Shelter, Inc.
Alycia Peter, Rasmussen College
Project Vision: Gain an understanding of the business community’s knowledge and attitude of poverty and homelessness in the FMWF community through a survey, followed by the development of a marketing campaign to inform the community of the issues surrounding these topics and to increase involvement of the business community with the coalition.
Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Dakota
Kristine Krile, Dress for Success Red River Valley
Pat Lorenson, Ramsey National Bank
Katie Lowry, TMI Hospitality
Tim Lystad, John Deere Electronic Solutions
Jordan McCormick, Family Wellness, LLC
Travis Riffey, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Project Vision: Gain professional perspective in talking with current volunteers, establish baseline data and develop an effective volunteer management structure to enhance engagement and provide a sense of community for the volunteers to improve retention.
The Red River Zoo
Keith Bergseth, Bergseth Bros. Co., Inc.
Chris Heaton, West Acres Development, L.L.P.
Joshua Huffman, The Village Family Service Center
Leissa Johnson, Serco Global Services
Diane Sandven, Heartland Trust Company
Joanna Slominski, Mortenson Construction
Project Vision: The zoo wanted to gain an understanding of the views residents have of the organization by surveying the FMWF community and, in turn, develop a marketing strategy to raise awareness and attendance.
Jackie Erovick, Otter Tail Corporation
Chad Jaroszewski, Bell State Bank & Trust
Lindsay Johnson, Discovery Benefits, Inc.
Project Vision: Improve and expand the “We’ve Got You Covered” event which provides gently used clothes at no cost for students, by partnering with local businesses, securing storage for donations and assisting with marketing of the event.