Meet the six new members of The Forum’s Readers Board. They join six returning members whose terms expire in December.
Members stay on for a year, but terms are staggered by a half-year. The paper’s community sounding board chooses its own successors.
We want to first thank our members who left the board in June: Kraig Archambeau, Marlene Daniels, Michael J. Olsen, Ben Sailer, Ashley Larson and Wanda Mengelkoch.
Kaitlin Doyle, 34, Fargo, is a counselor at The Village Family Service Center. She earned her undergraduate degree at North Dakota State University and her master’s at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She’s lived in the area her entire life.
Art Phillips, 67, Fargo, is the former co-owner of Video Arts Studios in Fargo. He earned his bachelor’s degree at NDSU. Originally from Long Island, NY, he has lived in Fargo for over 50 years. He is married with two adult children.
Charles Stevens, 61, Fargo, is a management professor in NDSU’s College of Business. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Oklahoma State University and his doctorate at the University of Kansas. He is married with four children and three grandchildren, and has lived in the area for over 20 years.
Dr. Grant Syverson, 43, Fargo, is a pediatric rheumatologist at Sanford Medical Center. The Jamestown, N.D., native earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of North Dakota. He is married with two children.
Anne Walker, 56, Moorhead, is a professor at Concordia College. She is married with three adult children. Prior to moving to Moorhead two years ago, Walker spent 19 years in Grand Forks.
Jadene Weber, 68, Casselton, N.D., is retired from the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA and currently works at a local daycare/preschool. She attended MSUM. Weber is married, has two adult children, three grandchildren and has lived in the area her entire life.
Al Bernardo, 37, Moorhead, is a social sciences librarian at NDSU. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, and a master’s degree in library sciences from Kent State University. He has lived in the area for about five years.
Travis Christopher, 48, Fargo, is the fundraising and development officer for Hospice of the Red River Valley. He earned a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. He settled here with his wife and three kids in 2012.
Holly Hassel, 46, Fargo, is an English professor at NDSU. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from St. Cloud State University and a doctorate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She’s married with two children and has lived in the area for three years.
Bennett Pearson, 30, Fargo, is the digital content editor for The Rourke Art Gallery. He is also employed by The Title Company. Pearson earned a bachelor’s degree in music industry with an emphasis in business from MSUM and a bachelor’s degree in studio art with an emphasis in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He’s lived in the area off and on since 2008.
Marv Roeske, 58, Fargo, is the women’s track and field head coach and former women’s cross country head coach at Concordia College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history, political science and secondary education at the University of Jamestown and a master’s degree in education and athletic administration from NDSU. A native of the Jamestown area, Roeske is married with two daughters.
Katie Ryan-Anderson, 36, Marion, N.D., is the marketing manager of the Jamestown Regional Medical Center. She earned her degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. Ryan-Anderson is married with two children. She’s lived in the area for 13 years.