Imagine Thriving Welcomes Six New Board Members
Imagine Thriving is thrilled to welcome six new board members to our board of directors. We’re astounded and grateful for the wealth of talents, skills and knowledge they’re bringing to the table to help us meet our mission of connecting youth with mental health education, resources, programming and services! See their full bios below:
Emily currently works as the Communications and Program Coordinator at NDSU Research and Technology Park where her main role is all external communication for the Park and running the Innovation Challenge, an idea competition for NDSU students. She works with students on a regular basis and also mentors a marketing club, the NDSU National Agri-Marketing Association, while serving as the Director of Communication for the professional chapter. She graduated from NDSU with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communication with an emphasis in Marketing/Advertising and a minor in Agricultural Economics. In 2018, she earned her Master’s degree in Organizational Public Relations and Development. During her graduate degree she served as a teaching assistant and course director for the public speaking courses and an introductory level strategic communication course. She’s skilled in public speaking, mentorship training and education, communicative strategic planning, digital marketing basics, event planning and entrepreneurial advising. She’s passionate about mentorship, entrepreneurship, and mental health advocacy.
Juli currently works as the Director of Corporate Services Projects at Wanzek Construction, where she oversees internal corporate services project management and support for their ERP as well as other systems and tools they implement, communicate and roll out. She earned her BA in Accounting and Political Science from Concordia College in 2000. While there, she played on the Cobber Women’s Golf Team and was involved in student residence life and student government. After graduation, and while working in accounting and finance, she obtained her MBA at NDSU in 2004. She interned at Eide Bailly, LLP, a regional CPA firm, and was subsequently hired at Wanzek Construction, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of MasTec, Inc., a publicly-traded, minority-controlled Fortune 500 company. Wanzek Construction is a heavy industrial contractor based in West Fargo, ND that works in Power, Renewable Energy, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure and Agriculture. Over the last 18 years, Juli’s worked in a variety of leadership positions, from Accounting and Finance, to Systems and Information Technology, to Project Management. She has extensive experience in leading teams, lean process improvement, accounting and finance, auditing, information system set up and implementation, technology and project management. She’s passionate about serving Imagine Thriving’s mission.
Martin currently works as a Pastor where he’s served in both South Dakota and North Dakota since 2012 where he’s worked with youth programs. He has 20-years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, ten of which were spent working with youth. He’s also has experience in case management and transition work. In addition, he serves on the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition. He received his B.S. Political Science from the University of South Dakota and his Master of Divinity and a certificate in Social Change from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. He is currently getting his Master of Arts in Leadership with an emphasis on Non-Profits from the University of Jamestown, Fargo campus. He has experience in fundraising, event planning, advocacy and policy work as well as creating mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations to help maximize community impact.
Mytch is an ordained Lutheran pastor serving both the Lutheran and the Episcopal communities. She currently serves as the Priest-in-charge at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in Moorhead where she serves both Anglo and New American communities. In addition, she works as the Multi-Ethnic Mission Developer at the Eastern North Dakota Synod. She received her Master of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, a BA in Business Administration from the Business University in Haiti, and an AA in Sociology from Ceritos College in California. She also holds a Community Organizing certificate from the Akademie Klaushenoff in Germany. She also provides anti-racism, anti-biases, micro and macro-aggressions trainings for organizations and groups. She lived and worked in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa for 4 years, where she intimately learned about the faith and culture of the 95% Muslim population, whom she respects enormously. She’s also an ally for LGBTQ+ communities and a social justice and mental health advocate. She believes in supporting and giving all youth a chance to voice their concerns as well as be heard.
Natalie currently works as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in her private practice, Prairieland Counseling Services, LLC, which opened in 2018 and serves the FM community. She has also worked at NDSU and been involved in the mental health field for over 10 years. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of North Dakota in 2006 and her master’s degree in community counseling from North Dakota State University in 2009. In addition to her counseling work, she created and presented curriculum on suicide prevention, stress reduction, general mental health awareness, taught career counseling at the collegiate level for 7 years, and helped to organize community function events in collaboration with Prairie St Johns for their First Episode Psychosis Program. Natalie brings her knowledge of mental health concerns and presentations along with an understanding of how other members in the mental health field can help to support Imagine Thriving’s mission.
Monica currently works as an Insights Consultant at Sundog Interactive, where she helps clients understand their marketing data and how it relates back to their bottom line investment. She earned her BA in Speech Communications with a Minor in Women and Gender Studies at NDSU in 2002. She’s been working in eCommerce Marketing since graduation. Monica wants to help youth help other youth that may be going through this struggle. In addition, she’d like to help Imagine Thriving be a mental health and wellness resource for LGBTQ youth while they figure out what they are without being labelled or outted. She has strong public speaking skills and is interested in sharing her own coming out story to help others, “to be the person she needed when she was growing up.” In the same way that she can talk about complicated things like data and help people understand it. She can do the same with LGBTQ feelings.