About Prairie Public

Executive Staff and Board

Prairie Public Broadcasting Staff

John E. Harris III, President & CEO
Jack Anderson, Director of Engineering
Troy Davis, Director of Development
John Gast, Director of Finance
Karen Haugen, Gaming Manager
Marie Offutt, Communications Manager
Bill Thomas, Director of Radio
Jeni Williams, Human Resources/Payroll Manager

Prairie Public Broadcasting’s Board of Directors

Prairie Public is seeking enthusiastic, hard-working, dedicated people to serve on the Prairie Public Broadcasting Board of Directors. If you are interested in serving, please send a letter of interest. For more information, contact Tina Young at 800-359-6900 or tyoung@prairiepublic.org.

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the corporation. Directors shall at all times be members of the corporation at the time of their appointment. They must reside within North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota or Canada, and be recipients of Prairie Public services. Terms of service are three years, with all directors eligible to serve two consecutive terms. Meetings are held four times a year in January, April, July and October. The locations alternate among Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, and Winnipeg. This is a volunteer position, but expenses, such as travel, lodging and food for corporate business, are covered by Prairie Public Broadcasting.

Cesareo Alvarez
New Town, ND

Kjersti Armstrong
Dickinson, ND

Joshua Boschee (Treasurer)
Fargo, ND

Andrew Brown
Bismarck, ND

Kathy Coyle
Detroit Lakes, MN

Greg Dandewich
Winnipeg, MB

Sandra Holmberg
Winnipeg, MB

Phyllis Johnson
Grand Forks, ND

Jim Kotowich (Vice Chair)
Winnipeg, MB

Lisa Kudelka
Center, ND

Crysta Parkinson (Secretary)
Williston, ND

Connie Triplett
Grand Forks, ND

Nick Vogel
Fargo, ND

Sarah Smith Warren (Chair)
New Rockford, ND


Britt Jacobson (Past Chair)
Park River, ND

Ken Zealand (President of Prairie Public Manitoba)
Winnipeg, MB

John E. Harris III (President & CEO)
Fargo, ND

Community Advisory Board

The Prairie Public Community Advisory Board reviews the programming goals established by Prairie Public and the service provided, and advises the board of directors whether the programming and other policies of Prairie Public are meeting the specialized educational and cultural needs of the communities served.

If you are interested in serving on the Community Advisory Board, please be aware that we look for a diversity of members in geographic location, interests, and culture. To learn more, contact Prairie Public at 800-359-6900 or info@prairiepublic.org.

Mike Benson
Fargo, ND

Stephanie Blumhagen
Bottineau, ND

Jeff Dick
Minot, ND

John E. Harris III (President & CEO)
Fargo, ND

Joe Mocnik
Fargo, ND

Peter Morowski
Dickinson, ND

Paul Nyren (Co-chair)
Garrison, ND

Fred Remer
Grand Forks, ND

Craig Whippo (Co-chair)
Dickinson, ND