NDANO Board of Directors
Current 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.
Dayna Del Val, Vice President
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.
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.
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 through sharing her knowledge on grant-writing, evaluation planning and logistics work. 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/Charles Hall Foundation 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.
Myrna has served as the executive director of Community of Care in rural Cass County since 2011. She previously was a public school band director and a youth and Christian education director.
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.
Tim is the executive director of the International Peace Garden, having served there since May 2018 and assisted in successful 2019 lobbying efforts to secure historic capital improvement funds from North Dakota and Manitoba. He was a journalist in his first career, covering news and sports in North Dakota, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Wyoming.
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.
Anita is the president of the Tribal Nations Research Group in Belcourt. She has been an active member and key asset for the Tribal Nation Research Group and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Research Office.
Anne Stoll, CPA
Anne is a tax manager for Eide Bailly in Fargo. She has been there since 2008, and specializes in tax compliance and consulting for tax exempt organizations. She currently serves as the vice president of the ND CPA Foundation.
Becca is the executive director of the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Region. She previously held various nonprofit positions in Grand Forks, St. Paul and in New York City.
Stacy is the executive director of 31:8 Project in Bismarck. She has served on an extensive list of boards and has volunteered for several community activities including the End Human Trafficking Rotary Club, North Dakota Human Trafficking Task Force and the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition.