• Women You Need to Know & Watch List

  • The Greater North Dakota Chamber (GNDC) is excited to announce their 2024 lists of 15 Women You Need to Know and 5 Women to Watch in North Dakota business. These lists call out individuals to celebrate their success as these accomplishments are furthering the progress of their organizations and industries. 


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    GNDC will be honoring these individuals with weekly spotlights, unveiling more information about their awesomeness.


     

  • This week's spotlights:

  • Woman You Need to Know:

  • Rep. Cindy Schreiber Beck, District 25/Ellingson Companies Rep. Cindy Schreiber Beck, District 25/Ellingson Companies

    CYNTHIA SCHREIBER-BECK currently serves as a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 25. In this role, she is a member of the Education and Agriculture committees, where she works to address important issues facing her constituents and the state.

    Cynthia(Cindy)'s commitment to public service is rooted in her background and experiences. She was raised on a family farm near Foxhome, Minnesota, instilling in her a strong work ethic and a deep appreciation for agriculture. After graduating from Campbell High School, Cynthia pursued higher education, earning a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from Moorhead State University.

    In addition to her legislative work, Cynthia is actively involved in volunteer activities in her community. She is a member of the Wilkin/Richland Salvation Army Service Unit and Project YES. Cynthia has also been involved in organizations such as the ND Airspace Integration Team, Innovate ND, Women of the National Agricultural Aviation Association, Rotary International, Zonta International, and has served as a Sunday School Committee Member.

    She has served on numerous boards, including the Grand Farm Board, the St Francis Medical Center Patient Advisory Council, the Southern Valley Angel Fund, the St Francis Medical Center Performance Improvement Board, the Fargo Air Museum, the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission, the Bremer Bank regional board, the North Dakota State College of Science Foundation, the North Dakota Aviation Council, and as the Executive Director of the North Dakota Agricultural Aviation Association.

    Professionally, Cynthia has had a diverse career. Currently selling agricultural drain tile at Ellingson Companies, she previously owned and operated a wood turning company called CinderWhit Company, Inc., and managed the aerial spraying division and served as comptroller for Tri-State Aviation, Inc. (TSA). 

    Outside of work, Cindy enjoys the simple pleasures in life. She lives on a farm in North Dakota with her horse, cat, and dog, enjoying the beauty of the countryside. Cindy embodies the spirit of the Midwest, with a strong work ethic, a commitment to community, and a love for her home state of North Dakota.

  • Woman To Watch

  • Brittany Wuori, Pavewise Brittany Wuori, Pavewise

    BRITTANY WUORI is an entrepreneur, serving as the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Pavewise. Armed with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, she initially embarked on a career path that sharpened her expertise in change management and customer relations.

    Over the past decade, alongside her duties as a Registered Nurse in multiple nursing settings, Brittany has also helped manage the operations of a construction and consulting company in Bismarck. In December 2022, she co-founded Pavewise alongside her husband Bryce, marking the beginning of an exciting entrepreneurial journey.

    Beyond her professional pursuits, Brittany is a dedicated mother of four, balancing the demands of entrepreneurship with the joys of family life. With 4 kids, two dogs, and two cats in the mix, she humorously refers to her household as a "zoo," showcasing her ability to handle diverse responsibilities with grace and humor.

    Whether managing the behind-the-scenes operations of Pavewise or wrangling her lively household, Brittany demonstrates dedication and a remarkable ability to thrive amidst the chaos of daily life.

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  • Women You Need To Know

  • Cassidy Hjelmstad, SRT Cassidy Hjelmstad, SRT

    CASSIDY HJELMSTAD is the Chief Executive Officer/General Manager of SRT, North Dakota’s largest telecommunications cooperative. She champions economic development for the region, digital inclusion and education for customers, advocacy for telecommunications at state and national levels, and financial stability for the health of the broadband cooperative and its employees and members. While serving as SRT’s Chief Marketing Officer, Cassidy successfully advanced SRT’s business goals, built its brand, and positioned SRT for its next phase of broadband growth.

    Prior to joining SRT in 2010, Cassidy was Director of Community Relations for the Phoenix Suns. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications-Journalism, and Communications Studies from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

    Cassidy is a Member of the NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association Government Affairs Committee and NTCA Smart Rural Community Advisory Committee; Board Chair of the Minot Area Chamber Economic Development Corporation; Board Vice Chair of Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports; an Honorary Commander with the Minot Air Force Base 91st Missile Wing; Chair of the Broadband Association of North Dakota (BAND) Marketing Committee; and Board Member of DCN and NISC.

    Originally from Newburg, North Dakota, Cassidy and her husband, Travis, live in Minot with their three children: TJ, Thomas, and Claire.

  • Tiffany Lawrence, Sanford Health Tiffany Lawrence, Sanford Health

    As president and CEO, TIFFANY LAWRENCE oversees the management and operations of Sanford Health Fargo, North Dakota’s largest health care provider and employer. With a background in finance and 28 years of employment with the organization, Tiffany brings a breadth of knowledge and unique perspective to her role.

    Since becoming president and CEO in March 2022, Tiffany has helped Sanford Fargo significantly enhance its employee experience and improve its national quality ranking by over 30 positions, securing a spot amongst the top 20 academic medical centers nationwide in 2023. In addition, under Tiffany’s leadership, Sanford Fargo continues to bring advanced health care closer to home for rural communities across the region and maintain its status as the only level I adult and level II pediatric trauma center, advanced comprehensive stroke center and blood and bone marrow transplant program in North Dakota.

    Before taking on her current role, Tiffany served as vice president of finance for the organization for 13 years, playing an integral part in adding services and facilities to meet the growing needs of the region. Her contributions notably included overseeing the finances for building Sanford Medical Center Fargo, the state-of-the-art, one-million-square-foot facility that opened in 2017.

    Outside of her impressive contributions to Sanford Health, Tiffany is very active within the community, volunteering and serving on numerous boards, including the United Way of Cass-Clay, Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, North Dakota Hospital Association and more.

    Tiffany graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and is a CPA. She and her husband, Rick, reside in Fargo and have three sons.

  • Rachel Logan, ConocoPhillips Rachel Logan, ConocoPhillips

    RACHEL LOGAN is a third-generation energy industry veteran who began her with ConocoPhillips in 2006. Prior to assuming her current position of Bakken Stakeholder Relations Director in 2020, Rachel was the Bakken Operations Business Performance Supervisor.

    Rachel is personally and professionally passionate about the communities ConocoPhillips serves. She is a member of Dickinson’s Power of 100 Women Who Care and volunteers at church and Trinity Catholic Schools. Rachel has been on the board of the Dickinson Area Community Foundation since 2018.

    Rachel’s position with ConocoPhillips enables her passion to go beyond Dickinson. She provides opportunities for employees to engage with local stakeholders in Dunn, McKenzie, and Stark counties. In 2023, nearly one hundred opportunities were offered, and employees volunteered more than 2,400 hours. She has served on or advised the ConocoPhillips Bakken Philanthropic Committee for nearly her entire career. She is a member of the North Dakota Petroleum Foundation's Outreach Committee and Vision West ND Engagement Committee. Rachel is the advisor for two company golf scramble committees where all proceeds benefit local community nonprofit organizations. Prior to advising, she was a member of the Dickinson committee which was established in 2019 and has raised over $435,000. The Watford City's 2023 inaugural glow golf scramble raised more than $56,000.

    Rachel and her husband, Dustin, relocated back to Dickinson in 2013. They have a daughter, Arriauna, who is enrolled at Trinity Catholic Schools. Her family is supportive of her passion and can be seen by her side at many of the community events. 

  • Karin Luchsinger, Gate City Bank Karin Luchsinger, Gate City Bank

    KARIN LUCHSINGER began in the arts as a professional dancer and dance instructor in 1993 at Red River Dance, Fort Wayne Ballet, and Trollwood Performing Arts School. Karin was Artistic Director of Red River Dance for over 10 years.

    Karin’s professional experience expanded from the artistic world to the business world when she began working for Gate City Bank in 2006. She began as a Customer Service Representative. Currently, Karin is the Senior Vice President at Gate City Bank where she oversees the strategies, training, and data analytics related to retail checking and the customer experience. Gate City Bank was the perfect addition to Karin’s life as the vision of the Bank is to make A Better Way of Life for each team member, customer, and community it serves.

    Karin served two three-year terms on The Arts Partnership Board of Directors (three years as board chair) 2014-2020 and eight years with Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre Board of Directors (two years as board chair and four years as treasurer). Currently, she is in her seventh year with the F-M Opera Board of Directors, second year on the Red River Dance Board of Directors, first year on the Homeward Animal Shelter Board of Directors, and first year on the American Red Cross of the Eastern ND and NW MN Board of Directors. 

  • Sandi Luck, Bully Brew Coffee House, ND Coffee Roastery Sandi Luck, Bully Brew Coffee House, ND Coffee Roastery

    For the last 18 years, SANDI LUCK has been a serial entrepreneur. She is the founder and owner of several companies in the Midwest (100% woman owned): 8 Bully Brew Coffee Houses (Grand Forks, East Grand Forks, Hallock, Park River, Warren, McIntosh, Grand Forks AFB, and Fargo), the ND Coffee Roastery (a large manufacturing warehouse where the coffee beans are roasted and packaged for not only Bully Brew Coffee but several other coffee shops in the Midwest), an AIRBNB called Nora’s Place, The Board Room Coffee & Taphouse and she is a real estate investor. 

    Besides the businesses, Dr. Sandi Luck was a Marketing Professor at the Nistler College of Business at the University of North Dakota. She had been at the University for over 17 years and retired in Spring 2023.

    How did she get started? Sandi purchased her first coffee kiosks in Grand Forks in 2005, where her customers could drive up to pick up their coffee at the window. In 2010, she opened her first Bully Brew Coffee (restaurant style) and has continued to build the company. She loves to teach and share her stories of both failures and success with business. She loves coffee, dogs, and people. Her goals in the next few years are to continue to grow the business with her incredible leadership team, create a national coffee school and become an importer of coffee beans and travel to the countries of origin.

    Sandi currently lives in Grand Forks with her better half, Brad, and their Bulldog Ella (hence the name Bully Brew Coffee). She has 2 grown children. Her daughter, Melissa is the CFO for all of the companies and she lives in Alexandria, Virginia. Her son, Cole is living in Fargo, ND and is the Project Manager for Dabbert Custom Homes. But most importantly, she is Grandme to 4 year old Nora and 6 months old Lottie!

  • Kathleen Neset, Neset Consulting Service Kathleen Neset, Neset Consulting Service

    KATHLEEN NESET is owner and president of NESET which provides engineering and geologic expertise to the oil industry. She received a bachelor’s degree in geology from Brown University.

    Kathleen is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise National Council professional and certified Woman Owned Small Business.  She recently completed a six-year term of service on the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and is the past chair of the North Dakota Petroleum Council and ND State Board of Higher Education.

    Kathleen was a participant in the U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar, and each year presents in seminar on Energy and National Security.

    Kathleen was inducted into the North Dakota Petroleum Council Hall of Fame, received the Williston Basin API Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award, and received the Virtuous Leadership Award from the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND.

  • Michelle Suedel, The Title Team Michelle Suedel, The Title Team

    MICHELLE (STREGE) SUEDEL has an Associates Degree and a Bachelors Degree in IT fields and holds a few certifications including project (PMP) and information security (CISM) management. She has worked in banking, health care IT, clinical research IT, and banking and title IT and security over the last 25+ years. 

    Michelle was born in Fargo, ND and stayed in the area. She grew up with her parents and her brother in West Fargo. She’s been married to Glenn since 2006. They live just outside of the West Fargo City limits on a few acres on the Sheyenne River.

    Michelle enjoys many sporting events, reading books, working in their yard, and eating fresh raspberries from her patch. She thoroughly enjoys her coworkers which consist of 3 Great Danes and 1 Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. She also has a 1983 Jeep CJ-7 Laredo that she enjoys during the summer months- no top, no doors!

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    Woman to Watch

  • Alyssa Looysen, Jamestown/Stutsman County Development Corp. Alyssa Looysen, Jamestown/Stutsman County Development Corp.

    ALYSSA LOOYSEN is a city turned small town girl. She is native of Burnsville, MN, a 2013 graduate of North Dakota State University with a degree in Public Relations and moved to Jamestown, ND in June 2021. Alyssa has worked in a variety of industries including promotions, hospitality, medical sales, coaching dance team and development work.

    In her current role, she assists in planning and directing business recruitment, development, retention, and implementation of business and economic development strategies for improving the Jamestown/Stutsman County business community.

    She is active in various groups throughout Jamestown including the Jamestown Chamber of Commerce Board, Jamestown Rotary Club Board, Jamestown Chamber Ambassadors, Young Professionals of Jamestown and the James Valley Career and Tech Center Advisory Board.

    Alyssa is also a coach for the NDSU Bison Dance Team of which she spent three of her college years dancing on the team, helping bring the Bison Dance Team their first National Championship. Through this role, she is able to promote the importance of life skills such as time management, communication, and goal setting while empowering young women to reach their full potential.

    She is proud to represent Jamestown/Stutsman County though the work that JSDC is doing and is grateful for the support of the community, her family and her husband, Alex and golden retriever, Nash!

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