PresidentCorey Elmer (MSUM ‘94)
President Corey Elmer is a shareholder with the Vogel Law Firm, practicing corporate and real estate law in its Moorhead office. In addition to his MSUM Bachelor of Arts degree, Corey holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and earned his Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prior to joining the Vogel Law Firm, Corey represented clients before the Minnesota Legislature and state agencies as a lobbyist for a Twin Cities law firm. He is active in community affairs including the Moorhead Rotary Club and the Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation, and previously served on the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Moorhead Economic Development Authority. While a student at MSUM, Corey was appointed twice by Gov. Arne Carlson to be the student member of the Minnesota State University Board, the predecessor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Corey is the former chair of the MSUM President’s Regional Advisory Board and a recipient of MSUM’s Outstanding Young Alumni award. In 2005, he was selected as a Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund of the United States and completed a fellowship in Europe. Corey married his college sweetheart Brenda (MSUM '94) and they reside in Moorhead with their three sons, Christian, Jack and Blake. In their spare time, Corey and Brenda enjoy cheering on their kids in activities and family trips, especially long family road trips.
Vice PresidentLindsay (Hartmann) Hample (MSUM ‘05) Lindsay Hample is the Sr. Manager of Global Physician Education & Training at American Medical Systems. Originally from Alexandria, MN, Lindsay received her B.S. (Mass Communications: Broadcast Journalism and Integrated Advertising and Public Relations) summa cum laude from MSUM in 2005. She also received her MBA Cum Laude from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota (Marketing) in 2010. While at MSUM, Lindsay was a starter and captain of the MSUM Women's Basketball team that holds the all-time record for wins in a season and field goal percentage. Lindsay ranks 8th all-time in three pointers made and was given the Kelly Award which recognizes the top female student-athlete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. During her time at MSUM, Lindsay anchored three seasons of Campus News, served as president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and hosted the Dragon Weekly Halftime Show that aired during halftime of radio broadcasts. Lindsay resides with her husband Ryan in Minnetonka and volunteers as a coach for Special Olympics.
Secretary Tod Ganje (MSUM ‘98) Tod Ganje is the Manager of Travel Incorporated in Moorhead. He has been involved with the MSUM Alumni Activities Committee for a number of years. In 2007-2008, Tod served on the committee and arranged all travel for the WDAY honor Flight to take hundreds of WWII Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorial built in their honor.
TreasurerMary Jo Richard (MSUM '86) Mary Jo Richard is a CPA and audit partner at Eide Bailly LLP. She has worked in public accounting for more than 25 years and is an MSUM graduate with a BS in Accounting. She has been a member of the MSUM School of Business Advisory Board for more than ten years. During that time, the School of Business received their accreditation. The commitment of the faculty on the accreditation team turned a vision into a reality. In addition, she currently serves on President Edna Szymanski’s CEO Advisory Group. In 2011, Mary Jo was the recipient of the MSUM School of Business Distinguished Alumni Award. She has served on the planning committee of the Founders Scholarship Gala and participated in selecting recipients for the Founders Day Scholarship.
Member at LargeScott A. Nelson (MSUM ‘74) Scott Nelson is the founding shareholder in Laney’s Inc., a PHVACE firm based in Fargo, ND, and CEO of E+C2 Holdings, LLC, in Tempe, AZ. Scott began his career working as a CPA in public practice in Fargo, ND. Except for brief stretches as a partner in a national CPA firm and an em- ployee at a Fortune 100 company, he has directed his energy towards consulting to and investing in small businesses. Currently, he is a principal and actively involved in the leadership of companies engaged in catering and event planning, software development, medical imaging, real estate development, construction, and the home service business– diligently pursuing his personal mission of creating great jobs for great employees. In addition to a B.A. degree in accounting form MSUM, Scott’s business education includes hundreds of hours of continuing professional business education, and an MBA from Arizona State University’s Executive MBA program. He is married to his college sweetheart, Barbara Nelson, has three adult children, and three grandchildren.
Member at LargeJohn Thorvilson (MSUM '78) John Thorvilson started his career as a tax specialist in 1978 with a 2nd tier international accounting firm. He has been a Partner since 1985 in several firms that evolved into MTK, LLC, now a part of BDO USA, LLP. John is also Partner and founder of SilverOak Wealth Management LLC , a Registered Investment Advisory firm located in Edina, MN. John earned his B.S. in Accounting with an Economics minor from MSUM in 1978. John was Captain of the MSUM track team in 1978. John has been active in the Twin Cities business community and was an Executive Board Member and Treasurer for the Ordway Theater Circle of Stars, a nonprofit associated with the Ordway Theater. He has coached in the Wayzata Youth Football programs where he claimed to keep an eye out for future suitors of his three daughters. John is also a licensed Real Estate Broker. John married his junior high school sweetheart Diane who is also a MSUM alum, 1977, B.S. in Education.
Member at LargeLisa Erickson (MSUM ‘79) Lisa Erickson graduated from MSUM with a degree in Physical Education and Health Education. In 1980, she became the graduate assistant for the athletic training at NDSU, which turned into a full-time position for the Bison. In 1989, Lisa became the athletic training curriculum director at NDSU for ten years. She holds many athletic records at MSUM, and was inducted into the Dragon Hall of Fame in 2000 and the NSIC Hall of Fame in 2010. She has served on the Moorhead School Board for 13 years. Lisa and her husband have two children and reside in Moorhead.
Deb Magnuson (MSUM '97)Deb Magnuson is a retired administrator of Senior Living Communities in Fargo. She received her diploma in nursing from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Fargo, ND and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from MSUM. Deb is a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Society, having served a president of the local chapter, and is a lifetime member of Phi Kappa Phi. She currently serves as a board member at the Dakota Medical Foundation. Deb has served at president of the church council at St. John Lutheran in South Fargo, and is past president of the Fargo West Rotary Club. In 2007 Deb was the recipient of the Eva Vraspir Excellence in Nursing Alumni Award.
Bob Bowlsby (MSUM '75)Bob Bowlsby, one of the most respected athletic administrators in the nation, was named the fourth full-time Commissioner of the Big 12 Conference this year. For six years, Bowlsby directed a Stanford University athletics department that claimed an unprecedented 17 consecutive Learfield Sports Directors Cups, emblematic of the top overall athletics program in the country. Bowlsby was chief administrator for the University of Iowa Department of Athletics for 15 years. He served as president of the NCAA Division I-A Athletics Directors’ Association, and has been recognized nationally for his many achievements. In 2007 he was appointed to the United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors. Bowlsby earned his bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 1975 and his master's degree from the University of Iowa in 1978.
Sandy Korbel (MSUM ’93) Sandy Korbel is the Fargo Trust Manager/Wealth Management Advisor at Alerus Financial, N.A. advising clients in the areas of investments, estate, retirement and education planning She has worked at Alerus (formerly First National Bank North Dakota) since graduating from MSUM in 1993 where she obtained her B.S. in Accounting and later pursued her Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planning designations. Sandy is a member and Past President of the Fargo Rotary Club, Treasurer of the Lincoln Elementary PTA, member of Red River Valley Estate Planning Council and Board Member of the FM Area Foundation. A native of Lamberton, MN she enjoys running, spending time at the lake and attending her children's various sports and music activities. Sandy and her husband Brian, also a MSUM grad ('92) and CPA, and their three children reside in Fargo.
David Daugherty (MSUM '73)David Daugherty is currently Director of Research for Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy. During his career, Daugherty spent 25 years as a senior research professional. His professional experience includes seven years as vice president for research at Gannett Co. Inc. outside Washington, D.C., preceded by 10 years in New York City as director of research services at Gannett. Prior to his work at Gannett, he spent seven years working for market research company Frank N. Magid Associates. Daugherty also has extensive academic experience, serving as communication department chairperson, graduate adviser and as a teaching/research faculty member at North Dakota State University. Daugherty earned his doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree from North Dakota State University and a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University at Moorhead.
Jim Fay (MSUM '80)Jim Fay is plant manager for 3M Company in Menomonie, WI. Jim began his 3M career in 1983 and held assignments at 3M locations in Hutchinson, MN; Brookings, SD; Fairmont, MN; Nevada, MO; and St. Paul, MN. Jim majored in Business Administration at MSUM earning his degree in 1980. He also holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from NDSU. Jim was a member of the Cross Country and Track & Field teams at MSUM. He was a NAIA Track & Field All-American in 1979 and captain of the 1980 Track & Field team. Jim and his wife, Ann, reside in Hugo, MN and have three children. Their son, Jim (‘10), and daughter-in-law, Amanda (‘11), are both graduates of MSUM.
Terry Soine (MSUM ’70) Terry Soine spent three years in the U.S. Army with the 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam era. He completed his degree at MSUM and taught for two years in Hope, N.D. He received his master’s in educational administration from NDSU. During his tenure as principal in Thief River Falls, he was awarded sabbatical to pursue his postgraduate studies and received a teaching assistantship at Montana State University, Bozeman. Returning to Thief River Falls, he was selected as a Blandin Fellow by way of the Blandin Principals Fellowship. He was later awarded the opportunity to participate in the Center for School Change via the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute. The National Tech Prep Network recognizes him as a founding member. In retirement, he participates in community activities.
Sue Gens (MSUM ’83) Sue Gens is the executive director of the Minnesota State Arts Board since 2001. She previously served as the agency’s director of communications and government relations and its interim executive director. Before joining, Gens was the director of external relations for the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, and director of development for United Arts in St. Paul, MN. Sue has worked in the Twin Cities non-profit and public sectors for over 25 years and has held public relations, marketing, development, and management positions at the Children’s Theatre Company, Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, COMPAS, and the Women’s Theatre Project. She has also served as a volunteer, consultant, or board member with a variety of non-profit organizations. Gens studied music and arts administration at MSUM and was active in the theater department. She studied keyboard with Dr. Ernest Harris, was a member of Snowfire under the direction of Dr. Andrew Smith, and played in the orchestra for numerous musical theater productions under the direction of Dr. Delmar Hansen.
Joe Gehlen (MSUM '72)Joe Gehlen is a retired Agency Field Executive with State Farm Insurance. Joe received his BS (History 1972) and his Masters (Guidance and Counseling ‘75). Joe has a CLU (American College of Financial Services). Joe was a member of the Dragon football team and was on the Championship team of 1971. Joe is married to Pam (Knutson, MSUM ‘76). Pam and Joe have three married children and three grandchildren.
Frank Leidenfrost (MSUM '57)Frank Leidenfrost has taught physical education and driver education at the high school level for 36 years. He has been the head football coach at Waubun and Staples High Schools and has also been an assistant athletic director for several years. Since retiring as a teacher and coach, Frank has been very active in Lions Clubs International, serving as President of his club and as the District Governor of 5M-8 Lions. He has been a Trustee on the Multiple District Lions Hearing Foundation for the past 6 years and is currently the chairperson of the Board of Trustees. Frank is also a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from MSUM.
Tomi Sawyer (MSUM '76)Tomi Sawyer received his B.S. with Honors in chemistry from MSUM and earned his Ph.D. with Distinction in organic chemistry from the University of Arizona. Tomi is currently Chief Scientific Officer and Senior-Vice President, Drug Discovery and Innovative Technologies, at Aileron Therapeutics. He is concurrently holds several Adjunct Professorships, including the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), the Department of Cancer Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (Worcester), and the Center for Drug Discovery at Northeastern University (Boston). He has two marketed drugs, including Scenesse® (a peptide superagonist of MCR1 for the treatment of the orphan skin disease known as erythropoietic protophyria and other related indications) and Iclusig® (a small-molecule inhibitor of Bcr-Abl kinase for the treatment of resistant forms of chronic myelogenous leukemia). Most recently, at Aileron Therapeutics, Tomi has championed its the first drug candidate, ALRN-5281 (a macrocyclic alpha-helical GHRH analog for the treatment of orphan GH-deficiency diseases), to enter clinical testing. Tomi is credited with more than 320 scientific publications and patents, and he has more than 180 keynote, plenary and invited lectures. He has been recipient of a DuVigneaud Award (the American Peptide Society), a Kagan Lead Finding Award (Upjohn Com- pany), a President’s Distinguished Scientist Honors (Parke-Davis/Warner-Lambert Company), Chairman’s R&D Milestone Awards for Drug Discovery (ARIAD Pharmaceuticals), a Distinguished Alumni Award (Minnesota State University Moorhead), and has been named the first Distinguished Alumni Scholar at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Frank Mosier (MSUM '67)Frank Mosier is owner and insurance agent for Frank A. Mosier Insurance Agency. Frank has worked in a variety of areas of the insurance field, as well as assistant dean of student life at Waynesburg College, school psychologist, counselor, and teacher, and coach for football, wrestling, and golf. Frank was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1984, and the MSUM Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990 both as a wrestler. Frank is co-founder of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in New Jersey. He was inducted as a wrestler in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Hall of Fame in 2009.
Rick Kasper (MSUM '80)Richard J. Kasper joined Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative as its Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in December 2011, which includes responsibilities as the Chief Operating Officer of Minn- Dak Yeast Company. Prior to joining Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative, Kasper was the President and COO, Global Electric Motorcars by Polaris (formerly Chrysler Group Global Electric Motor- cars, LLC until the Company was sold to Polaris in 2011). He was GEM’s Executive Vice President and CFO until being named President and COO on December 1, 2002. Prior to joining GEM in 1999, Kasper spent 11 years with the Jack Kent Cooke organization, which included responsibilities as the CFO for the Los Angeles Daily News. Kasper received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM). He was named the MSUM Business and Industry Alumni of the Year in 2002. He is also a member of the MSUM School of Business Advisory Board. He has also been involved in a number of community and charitable organizations. He and his family live in Fargo, North Dakota.
DeWayne Kurpius (MSUM '56)DeWayne Kurpius, who earned a degree in Physical Education from MSUM in 1956, began his career as a teacher, coach and athletic director at Henning Minnesota High School. He later earned his doctorate in Psychology at the University of North Dakota. He then began a 30-year career at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, as a department head and professor of Counseling and Educational Psychology. DeWayne has received dozens of national and international awards for his teaching, writing and research. His empirical research followed two themes, the effects of modeling and reinforcement on learning and the effects of cognitive mediation on behavior. He continues to serve on the editorial board for Consulting Psychology Journal and Journal for Consultation and Education. DeWayne is an avid skier, bicyclist, marathon runner, golfer, hunter and fisherman. He and his wife Elizabeth have two grown children and divide their time between Surprise, Arizona, and Nisswa, Minnesota.
Ross Fortier (MSUM '65)Dr. Ross Fortier is a retired associate professor, men’s athletic director (20 years) and head football coach (23 years) at MSUM. His football teams won nine conference championships. He served MSUM a total of 32 years. Ross graduated from Bemidji High School in 1956. He earned his BS Degree from NDSU in 1960, his MS Degree from MSUM in 1965 and his EdD Degree from UND in 1985. Ross also served in the Minnesota Army National Guard for 35 years, retiring in 1995 at the rank of Brigadier General, In 1994 he started the Snow bowl and was president for seven years. This was a very successful NCAA Div. II all-star football game played in the Fargodome. Ross served on many NAIA coaching and administrative committees including President of the District chairs and President of the Football Coaches Association. During retirement Ross started the Laker Open golf tournament which now has over 300 golfers each year and raises over $30,000 each year for Detroit Lakes High School Athletes.
Mona Tedford (MSUM '87)Mona Tedford is a region manager and client advisor for Bremer Investment Management & Trust. She is a Certified Financial Planner ®, as well as a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor. She earned her B.S. from MSUM with majors in Finance and Business Administration, as well as an MBA from North Dakota State University. She previously served as the president of the MSU Alumni Association, prior to its merger with the MSUM Alumni Foundation.
Tim Roche (MSUM '86)Tim Roche is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Drayton Foods and lives and works in in Fargo, ND. Since graduating from MSUM in 1986 with a degree in Mathematics, Tim has spent over 25 years in the food and beverage industry. Tim’s professional experience includes 8 years with the Schwan Food Company and founding and operating a Micro-Brewery in the Minneapolis area. Tim was a member of the Conference Champion Dragon Football teams in both 1982 and 1984. Since moving back to the Fargo-Moorhead area in 1997, Tim has been active working with the MSUM Athletic Department to help raise money to increase athletic scholarships. Tim and his wife Tracy reside in Fargo with their four daughters.
Lynne Kovash (MSUM '77)Dr. Lynne A. Kovash was named the tenth superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools on July 14, 2008 by the Moorhead School Board. Her official duties began July 15, 2008. Prior to be- coming superintendent, she served as assistant superintendent of teaching and learning for Moorhead Area Public Schools. Kovash received a bachelor’s degree in Language Arts and Secondary Education from MSUM. While at MSUM, she was in Delta Zeta Sorority, was a member of the Student Union Programming Board, and served as chairperson for homecoming. She later completed her master’s degree in Special Education. She completed her doctorate in Educational Leader- ship through the University of North Dakota in 2009. Kovash recently was elected Minnesota Association of School Administrator President-Elect for 2013-14. Besides being involved with Moor- head Rotary, Kovash is a member of the Minnesota Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, United Way of Cass Clay and Chamber of Commerce Fargo Moorhead. She is an adjunct professor at MSUM and has served on advisory committees for MSUM and Tri-College University. Kovash received MSUM’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010. Lynne and her husband, Dennis, reside in Moorhead and have three adult children and six grandchildren.
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*David Gibb*Raymond Gilderhus*Bernard Gill*Clarence Glasrud*John C. Grant*John Heckert*Paul T. Horn, Sr.*Theodore Hornbacher*John Jenkins*Jacob Keifer*Marvin Koeplin*Clara Cupler Kornberg*Ronald L. Kost*Chester Lacy *Henry C. MackallWilliam Marcil*Rod McLarnanTammy Miller
*Theodore Mitau*Vincent Murphy*James Pasch*Henry R. Peterson*Royce Sanner*Hugh D. Schoephoerster Margaret Sillers*Melvin Skarphol Kenneth R. Skjegstad Robert Stenerson*Robert Tallman Phyllis ThysellDavid Torson*James M. Trask Dennis Troff*William Wallwork Themla Wegner *Deceased