State Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation

Board of Directors

Jon McMillan, President
Fordville, ND

Dalles Schneider, Vice President
Bismarck, ND 

Darrell Dorgan, Secretary
Bismarck, ND

Barb Lang, Treasurer
Jamestown, ND

Bruce Dolezal, Board Member
Dickinson, ND

Pat Grantier, Board Member
Bismarck, ND

Armen Hanson, Board Member
Devils Lake, ND

Don Haugen, Board Member
Fargo, ND

Robert Horne, Board Member
Fargo, ND

Dennis Johnson, Board Member
Watford City, ND

Paul Olson, Board Member
Fargo, ND

Dennis Hill, Board Member
Bismarck, ND

Calvin Grinnell, Liaison from Society Board
New Town, ND




Foundation Staff

Virginia Nelsen, Executive Director

Marlo Sveen, Development Director

Kris Hockett, Development and Systems Manager

Lori Wangler, Communications and Database Manager


Consultant to the Foundation Staff

William Schott, Consultant, Trustee Development



Volunteers to the Foundation Staff

The SHSND Foundation is most grateful for the more than a dozen volunteers who provide valuable services for this organization on a daily and weekly basis. Volunteers process more than 50,000 pieces of direct mail a year, edit and mail family histories for the North Dakota Heritage Family partnership with regional funeral homes in North Dakota. Volunteers help with membership mailings and also do research for our capital campaign efforts. They also promote SHSND Foundation membersips at the Sensational Sundays programs at the North Dakota Heritage Center. The SHSND Foundation could not function without the time and talents of our extraordinary volunteers.

To become a SHSND Foundation volunteer, call SHSND Foundation Executive Director Virginia Nelsen at 701-222-1966 or email

Dolores Boint
Kathy Dorgan
Erlys McCullough Fardal
Lucille Goldade
Tony Goldade
Norm Heinert
Toni Heinert
Carol Heyd
Coliene Jacobsen
Tom Kilzer
Lawrence Klemer
Verlyn Larson
Pat Ness
Sandy Rath
Sherri Snyder
Elsie Volk

State Historical Society Volunteers – more than 200 volunteers help the State Historical Society with important tasks on a daily basis, and many Society volunteers help with SHSND Foundation projects as needed.