Center for Community Vitality


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The NDSU Extension Center for Community Vitality Advisory Board represents strong diverse community interests, agencies, and education entities throughout the state of North Dakota.

Advisory Board Members

Bill Davis, Out Reach Coordinator, ND USDA Rural Development
Josh Kramer, Community Program Specialist, ND USDA Rural Development
Gary Goreham, Professor, NDSU Department of Sociology/Anthropology     
Cornelius Grant, Consultant
Nancy Hodur, Research Assistant Professor, NDSU Agribusiness/Applied Economics 
Bill Patrie, Director, Common Enterprise Development Corporation (CEDC
Tim Peterson, Associate Professor, NDSU College of Business
Barbara Schmitt, Economic Development Specialist, United Tribes Technical College
Randy Schneider, CPA, Senger & Associates PC
Terry Traynor, Assistant Director, ND Association of Counties

Center for Community Vitality Program Planning Team

The Program Planning Team for the area of community, economic development and leadership is listed below. This team designs and gathers input on critical needs and issues affecting the residents of North Dakota. The team assesses these needs and issues for priority, including the capability of the NDSU Extension Service to address these needs.   Co-chairs of the team are: *Glenn Muske and *Carmen Rath-Wald. If you would like to provide input into this program area, please send an e-mail to any individuals name listed below.

Jodi Bruns-NDSU Extension Area Specialist/Community Vitality
Lynette Flage-NDSU Extension Northeast District Director
Kari Helgoe, NDSU Walsh County Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Marie Hvidsten-NDSU Extension Rural Leadership North Dakota Specialist
David Lehman-NDSU Extension Manufacturing Engineer
Glenn Muske-NDSU Extension Rural & Agribusiness Enterprise Development Specialist
Carmen Rath-Wald, NDSU Logan County Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Sharon Smith, NDSU Mountrail County Extension Agent, Community, Economic Development & Leadership
Acacia Stuckle, NDSU Emmons County Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Rachelle Vettern-Associate Professor, NDSU Extension Center for 4-H Youth Development Leadership/Volunteer Development Specialist
Helen Volk-Schill, NDSU Pembina County Extension Agent, Community Economic Development & Leadership
Irene Graves, NDSU McLean County Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Penny Nester, NDSU Kidder County Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Becky Koch, Director, NDSU Agriculture Communication


NDSU Resource Faculty

Paul Brown-MBA Director, NDSU College of Business [Senior Lecturer, Management]
Gary Goreham - Associate Professor, Sociology [Rural Sociology, Voluntary Organizations, Research & Cooperatives]
Tim Peterson - Associate Professor, NDSU College of Business
Richard Rathge - Professor, NDSU, Agribusiness and Applied Economics [Demography (Population Studies), Community/Economic Development, Survey Design and Methodology]
David Saxowsky- Associated Professor, NDSU Agribusiness and Applied Economics

Center for Community Vitality Brochure
for more information

Community Economic Development and Leadership Staff listing
for more information

Mailing Address:
2718 Gateway Ave., #104
Bismarck, ND 58503
701-328-9718- Fax: 701-328-9721

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