NDANO Board of Directors
Our board represents a cross-section of missions and communities from across our state and has a deep commitment to advancing the North Dakota nonprofit sector.
Kara Geiger, CFRE, President
Kara is the development director at the North Dakota Community Foundation where she has been employed since 2008. Geiger previously served on the boards of the North Dakota Humanities Council and the Coalition of Nonprofit Organizations.
Myrna Hanson, Vice President
Myrna is the executive director of Community of Care in rural Cass County, having served there since 2011. She previously was a public school band director and a youth and Christian education director.
Cynthia Shabb, Secretary
Cynthia has been with Global Friends Coalition since January 2011. She has served as an administrator at the University of North Dakota in several roles. Cynthia is also a member of the Grand Forks Public School Board.
Brent Ekstrom, MBA, CED, EDFP, Treasurer
Brent is the executive director of the Lewis & Clark Development Group. He began his career with the organization as director of commercial lending in 2001.
Sister Renee Branigan, OSB
Sister Renee has been director of the Sacred Heart Benedictine Foundation since 2011 and works with the Southwest Collaborative for Giving Hearts Day.
Scott is the executive director of Independence Inc., a resource center for independent living in Minot. He has worked in the disability rights movement for 18 years and has worked serving people with disabilities in various roles for more than 24 years. Scott has been appointed by the governor to serve on the State Independent Living Council and the State Rehabilitation Council. He has served on many local and statewide councils and boards.
Dayna Del Val
Dayna is the president and CEO of The Arts Partnership, having served there since 2010. She writes a monthly column on the arts for The Forum, as well as maintains an active social media presence.
Tim is employed by the Anne Carlsen Center as their chief executive officer. He has worked in social services in the state for more than 30 years and believes in the power of the nonprofit sector to improve the lives of the people of North Dakota.
Dan is the CEO of Beyond Shelter, Inc. (BSI), a regional nonprofit developer of affordable housing. A natural problem solver, Dan is driven by the challenges that come with developing affordable housing. Dan is the current chair of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Advisory Council and is a current board member of Centre, Inc.
Deb is the owner and president of DLN Consulting, Inc., a small business in Dickinson that specializes in working with public and private nonprofit organizations. With the exception of a 5-year recess, she has worked in the nonprofit world since 1976.
Gayla is co-executive director of Charles Hall Youth & Family Services in Bismarck. Since the 1980s, she has served in leadership for not-for-profit organizations throughout the Midwest, as well as in Texas and Kentucky. Her career and volunteer board service have included broadcast journalism, congressional staffing, theological education, mental health and social services, performing arts, and philanthropy.
Kurt serves as the director for Bethel Lutheran Foundation. He was previously employed as the administrator of Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Williston for 17 years and is a past board chairman for the North Dakota Long Term Care Association.