Meet the NDFU Staff & Associates

We look forward to working with you

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Chris Aarhus
Union Farmer
Editor

Chris Aarhus

701-952-0118

cell: 701-720-2297

Chris provides authorship, administration, supervision and production of the Union Farmer publication. He develops and coordinates educational and promotional materials for Farmers Union, Farmers Union Insurance and affiliated cooperatives

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Lucy Bardell
Assistant to the President/
Operations Manager

Lucy Bardell

701-952-0114

cell: 701-320-1473

Lucy’s role is to assist the president on all activities related to that office, including Board of Directors meetings, Board of Governors meetings, and state convention. She provides day-to-day management of associate staff, including work assignments and schedules; and oversees the day-to-day state office operations, including services provided through special contracts.

 

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Dane Braun

Agricultural
Strategist

Dane Braun

701-952-0120

cell: 320-760-4851

Dane is responsible for researching and analyzing topics of interest to the organization. He also supervises the Cooperative Outreach and Transportation departments.

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Kristi Schlosser Carlson

General Counsel

Kristi Schlosser Carlson

701-952-1109

cell: 701-251-8027

Kristi serves as the chief legal advisor to the NDFU, FUMI and FUSA Boards of Directors, the President, and the FUSA/FUMI General Manager. Her role also includes managing the HR department. She serves as advisor for enterprise-wide activities, and is the Chief Privacy Officer for the company under the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

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Sue Corwin

Accountant

Sue Corwin

701-952-0121

cell: 701-320-3259

Sue prepares and/or provides all financial transactions, records, reports, payroll, deposits, expenditures and all other financial responsibilities necessary to maintain complete financial records of the organization.


Brandon Delvo

Community Organizing
Specialist

Brandon Delvo

701-952-2126

cell: 406-697-2235

Jessica
Jessica Haak
Member Operations
Supervisor

Jessica Haak

701-952-1110

cell: 701-320-5044

Jessica serves as a statewide coordinator in connection with all Farmers Union members, Farmers Union elected officers, Farmers Union insurance agents, and affiliated cooperatives. She is instrumental in developing and implementing strategies for the membership programs. She manages the team of Member Relations Specialists.

 

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Tania Falk

Controller

Tania Falk

701-952-0145

cell: 701-269-5824

As the Chief Accounting Officer for NDFU, FUMI and FUSA, Tania’s role is to manage the accounting department. She is also responsible for the organization’s financial statements, cost accounting, payroll, budgeting, tax compliance, and special analysis/reports.

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Chelsey Jacobson

Member Relations
Specialist

Chelsey Jacobson

701-952-0131

cell: 701-400-5431

Chelsey works directly with Farmers Union members, elected officers, insurance agents and affiliated cooperatives. She specializes in organizational development through cooperation, legislation and education, with an emphasis on member recruitment, engagement and support. She concentrates on Women in Leadership Development (WILD) events and new county officer training.

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Brittany Lipetzky
Digital Marketing
Specialist

Brittany Lipetzky

701-952-0163

cell: 701-307-0750

Brittany works with many aspects of social media and promotion of Farmers Union and Farmers Union Insurance. She is an integral part of the communications and marketing team, covering and promoting events, activities and Farmers Union ideals.

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Amanda Martin
Member Relations
Specialist

Amanda Martin

701-952-0129

cell: 701-251-8758

Amanda works directly with Farmers Union members, elected officers, insurance agents and affiliated cooperatives. She specializes in organizational development through cooperation, legislation and education, with an emphasis on member recruitment, engagement and support. She has a concentration in county board training and cooperative activities.

 

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Jason McKenney
Cooperative
Specialist

Jason McKenney

701-952-0116

cell: 701-368-9124

Jason works directly with co-op members, directors and managers of Farmers Union affiliated cooperatives, including manager associations. He provides educational services to boards and employees, strategic planning, and audit presentations.

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Molly McLain
Member Relations
Specialist

Molly McLain

701-952-0195

cell: 701-205-6594

Molly works directly with Farmers Union members, elected officers, insurance agents and affiliated cooperatives. She specializes in organizational development through cooperation, legislation and education, with an emphasis on member recruitment, engagement and support.

 

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Mary Mertens

Member Relations
Specialist

Mary Mertens

701-952-0130

cell: 218-791-1561

Mary works directly with Farmers Union members, elected officers, insurance agents and affiliated cooperatives. She specializes in organizational development through cooperation, legislation and education, with an emphasis on member recruitment, engagement and support. She concentrates on camp activities and helps coordinate state convention.

Pam
Pam Musland

Marketing &
Communications Supervisor

Pam Musland

701-952-2154

cell: 701-320-1855

Pam oversees NDFU communications and marketing to meet organizational objectives, including advertising, promotional material and press releases. She contributes to the Union Farmer and serves as an NDFU lobbyist during the legislative session.

 

 

Kayla
Kayla
Pulvermacher
Member Advocacy
Director

Kayla Pulvermacher

701-952-0104

cell: 701-595-6765

Kayla works to direct the organization’s policy making process and objectives involving state government affairs. She leads analysis of proposed legislative actions and determines the potential impact on the organization.

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Tyrel Schlecht

Technology
Specialist

Tyrel Schlecht

701-952-0153

cell: 701-320-7636

Tyrel provides technical hardware and software assistance to computer system users; configures and supports local/wide-area networks and internet connections; monitors and maintains network, desktop and laptop computers and associated software, user training, website management and basic video production. He also is involved in the design and development of NDFU programs.

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Lisa Severson

Human Resources
Generalist

Lisa Severson

701-952-2169

Lisa works directly with NDFU, FUMI and FUSA employees, and their managers in the administration of human resources policies, procedures and programs. As HR generalist her responsibilities include employee relations, training and development, benefits, compensation, organizational development, recruiting and staffing logistics.

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Bri Sorensen

Youth Education
Specialist

Bri Sorensen

701-952-1404

cell: 701-269-7014

Bri is instrumental in organizing and developing the Farmers Union Youth Program including summer camp. She works directly with Farmers Union members, elected officers, volunteers and members of the community to enhance and grow the Youth Program and the Camp Program. She manages camp operations including supervising the summer staff. She specializes in organizational development with an emphasis on educational member engagement and support.

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Jennifer Sundeen

Education
Development Specialist

Jennifer Sundeen

701-952-0107

cell: 701-251-8449

Jennifer provides the educational strategic alignment and project management of assigned programs; along with the overall management of the National Farmers Union educational program for North Dakota Farmers Union.

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Jeffrey Willer

Transportation
Specialist

Jeff Willer

701-952-9111

cell: 701-320-2340

Jeff provides the administration, record keeping, regulatory compliance, maintenance, scheduling and professional driving necessary to operate a private bus service for North Dakota Farmers Union.

 

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Associates

You will likely not see the NDFU associates at meetings across the state, but you will no doubt at some point benefit from their expertise during one of your projects. They are considered the backbone of our day to day operations. Their areas of expertise are listed within the link below their pictures. Feel free to contact them anytime for assistance.

 

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Connie Benke
Associate

Connie Benke

800-366-8331 ext. 101

701-952-9101

Connie’s main duties are in the Cooperative Department, assisting with various projects and printing needs. She serves as secretary of the ND Cooperative Managers’ Association, assists with website maintenance, and with publication of the monthly Flickertale and BeeHive Buzz for Farmers Union Insurance.

 

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Eunice Olivier

Associate

Eunice Olivier

800-366-8331 ext. 127

701-952-9127

Eunice works in the Membership Department, maintaining the membership database for the organization. She also is the main receptionist. She is available to assist both current and potential members with questions regarding membership.

 

Brenda
Brenda Thoms

Associate

Brenda Thoms

800-366-8331 ext. 102

701-952-0102

Brenda assists the County Farmers Union organizations with their meeting notices and other printing needs, assists with the scholarship program and the ND Cooperative Directors’ Association. She also assists members with their classified ads for the monthly Union Farmer publication


Codi Trangsrud

Youth Education Coordinator

Codi Trangsrud

800-366-8331 ext.

105

701-952-0105

 


Carma Zabka
Associate

Carma Zabka

800-366-8331 ext. 108

701-952-0108

Carma’s primary area of support is the Transportation Department. She is the main point of contact for tour participants, assisting with reservations and accepting payments.