ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Von Pinnon: The Forum welcomes new Readers Board members

Members stay on for a year, but terms are staggered by a half-year. The paper’s community sounding board chooses its own successors.

Matthew Von Pinnon
Matthew Von Pinnon is the editor-in-chief of The Forum.
Forum file photo
We are part of The Trust Project.

Meet the seven new members of The Forum’s Readers Board. They join five 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: Art Phillips, Charles Stevens, Dr. Grant Syverson and Jadene Weber.

New members:

  • Alison Daoust, 34, Moorhead, is a sales person and project manager for Home & Hearth Fireplaces. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Minnesota State University Moorhead and an associate’s degree in business management and entrepreneurship from Rasmussen University. Originally from the Jamestown, N.D., area, she has lived in Fargo-Moorhead since 2008. She is married with two children.
  • Danielle Erdmann, 41, Fargo, is the director of data analytics and optimization for Sevita. She earned a bachelor’s degree in international business from Northeastern University in Boston. She is single and a native of Fargo.
  • Mary Gaylord Frojen, 74, Fargo and Sharon, N.D., is a retired teacher. She earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., and an English degree and library credential from Mayville (N.D.) State University. She’s married with two adult daughters.
  • Keith Lehman, 27, Fargo, is a math teacher and track and field/cross country coach for Fargo Public Schools and an adjunct statistics professor for the North Dakota State College of Science. He earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and education at North Dakota State University and a master’s degree from Minot (N.D.) State University. He is single and a native of Fargo.
  • Jeff Mellott, 64, Fargo, works in security. He has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications/journalism and a master’s degree in political science. He is married and has lived in the area a little over a year.
  • Steve Thompson, 53, Wyndmere, N.D., is a teacher at Hankinson (N.D.) Public School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Valley City (N.D.) State University and his master’s from NDSU. He is married with a son and two stepdaughters and has lived in the area most of his life.
  • Darrell Vanyo, Crozet, Va., formerly West Fargo, was employed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota for 32 years and is a former West Fargo city commissioner and Cass County commissioner. He earned degrees in computer science and mathematics from NDSU. He is married with four adult children.

Returning members:

ADVERTISEMENT

  • 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.
  • 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 was 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, Moorhead, currently works with Folkways in Fargo. He is also pursuing a bachelor’s degree in studio art at MSUM. Zikmund is originally from Pisek, N.D. 
What To Read Next
Ferragut writes, "Years of research data proves that the adults in the student's home are more important to student success than teacher quality or class curriculum."
The reason many so-called Christians need to believe in the myth of a Christian founding is that they need it to justify a collection of deviant beliefs now found acceptable under the umbrella of Christian Nationalism.
Bills in the ND Legislature are aimed at banning books at local libraries, telling cities how they must hold elections, telling universities what they can’t teach, and telling school districts to teach fetal development.
Brickner writes, "Some call this the “politics of distraction.” We must not drag attention away from real issues to sideshows.