Von Pinnon: Forum welcomes new Readers Board members

The Forum also wants to thank the following members whose terms expired in December: Katie Ryan-Anderson, Al Bernardo, Travis Christopher, Holly Hassel, Bennett Pearson and Marv Roeske.

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Meet the six new members of The Forum’s Readers Board. They join four returning members whose terms expire in June.

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 December: Katie Ryan-Anderson, Al Bernardo, Travis Christopher, Holly Hassel, Bennett Pearson and Marv Roeske.

New members:

  • Steve Anglin, West Fargo, is an underwriter for Alerus Bank. He earned a degree in business management from the University of South Dakota. Married and the father of two daughters, Anglin has lived in the Fargo-Moorhead area for about 10 years.
  • Tammy J. Askew, West Fargo, is a former banker now working for EXP REalty Xperts as a real estate professional. She earned a degree in management and marketing from Mayville (N.D.) State University. She has two grown children and two wild corgis named Honey and Duke.
  • Cora Bollinger, 29, Brooklyn, N.Y., is the major gifts officer for the development team of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation. She is a graduate of West Fargo High School and the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. She’s lived in New York for four years and is engaged to be married this summer.
  • Rick Schara, 66, Fergus Falls, Minn., is an outreach specialist and recruitment coordinator for West Central Initiative. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Iowa State University in Ames and a master’s in business communications from the University of St. Thomas in St Paul. A native of Iowa, Schara moved to this area in the late 1990s. He is married with two children.
  • Katie Wangstad, 55, Fargo, is a retired Fargo Public Schools German teacher and is now employed as a substitute for the school district. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She has two adult daughters and has lived in the area since 1989.
  • Tobias Zikmund, 21, Fargo, currently works with Folkways in Fargo. He is also pursuing a bachelor’s degree in studio art at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Zikmund is originally from Pisek, N.D. 

Returning members:


  • 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.
  • 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.
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