Inspiring Legendary Leaders


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Roxi Pfilger


Leading With HeART

Roxi Pfliiger is an adventurous and passionate leader with 25-plus years of leadership, operational management and business development experience in retail, telecommunications and manufacturing. As a business development and commercial loan officer for Dakota Certified Development Corp., she helps small businesses in southwestern North Dakota with financing packages. She is a native of Carson, N.D.,holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from NDSU and is a graduate of the Leadership Bismarck Mandan class of 2016.

Peter P

eter Pomonis is a Bismarck native and passionate about making his hometown, and home state, an even better place to live. He hopes to do this by solving problems worth solving, sharing ideas worth sharing and helping those who need helping. Pomonis holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota, works for the North Dakota Safety Council and is a graduate of the Leadership Bismarck Mandan class of 2016.

4-H Ambassador Service Leads to Community Service

Morgan Fischer is a freshman at the University of Mary in Bismarck, where she is pursuing a degree in Nursing, with a vision to work on the labor and delivery unit someday. A graduate and valedictorian of the Bismarck Century High class of 2016, Fischer was involved in SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), NLAB (Northern Lights Advisory Board), school choir, Central Dakota Children’s Choir, Youth Group, Bible study and National Honor Society, and was a student manager for the football team. Her largest adventure was to travel to West Africa this past summer. Fischer works for the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District’s BLAST (Bismarck’s Life After School Time), activity centers and youth volleyball programs.
Hannah Rexine is a freshman at the University of Mary. She is planning to major in nursing or respiratory therapy. During her high school years, she enjoyed playing volleyball and soccer, and was in the NationalHonor Society. She also was involved in Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) from eighth grade to her senior year of high school. Rexine serves on the North Dakota Tobacco Prevention and Control Advisory Committee as the youth member. She also is part of the Burleigh County 4-H Ambassadors. She works as a receptionist at Dakota Eye Institute


31:8 Project

Stacy L. Schaffer is the founder of the 31:8 Project, a cause against human trafficking. With a passion for serving others, Schaffer has dedicated much of her time to advocating for human rights. In 2011, she was crowned Miss North Dakota International and had a platform of combating human trafficking. She serves as the president of the Farwest Rotary Club – Bismarck and is a board member of the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition and Invisible Innocence. She continues to work with organizations such as the North Dakota Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission and Soles4Souls. Schaffer often credits her motivation, work ethic and determination to growing up on a farm near Wishek, N.D.




Creating a Compelling Community Culture

Joe Burgum is an entrepreneur and community builder who is committed to making Fargo one of the greatest cities on Earth. As the founder of Folkways, a community-building collective dedicated to nurturing the region’s culture creators, he’s formed the Red River Market, lobbied to bring the ride-sharing service Uber to North Dakota and facilitates a nine-week course to help entrepreneurs launch local businesses.


Simone Wai is a community builder at Folkways. Although she is a student of marketing and business, the theme of her career has been working with artists, makers and creators of all kinds. In her work and life, Wai revels in creating moments of wonder for all those who participate in her events and projects. Her most notable projects have been Alley Fair, the Red River Market and a German-style Christmas market.

Lemonade Day

David Leingang was born in Jacksonville, Fla. He spent the first 14 years of his life moving around the country with his family and the Navy. He officially has lived in North Dakota for 17 years, and through that time, he has come to call this place home. He is married to a small-town girl from McClusky. Together, they fight crime, solve mysteries and travel through space with their two daughters, Dylan (3) and Josie (4 months). Leingang has been with the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce for a year and coordinates a few committees and a couple of events that the Chamber hosts.



Moving Bricks, Walls and  People Where There Are No Mountains

Natalie Muruato, a transplant from Las Vegas, Nev., wanted a better place to raise her family. She studied accounting at the University of Utah Valley and Southern Nevada University. She possesses an entrepreneurial spirit as former owner of LaPlaya Mexican Restaurant and C3 Custom Concrete. She served as the co-president of the Beach Chamber of Commerce and on the Spirt of the West Committee. Muruato is a member of Rural Leadership North Dakota’s class VII. She also is married with five children and is the city auditor of Belfield, N.D.

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