Board of Directors

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Ardella Deis

Ardella Deis and her husband, Dean live on a farm north of Linton, ND. They have two sons, Monte and Alex.

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Mike Zimmerman

Mike was born and raised in Bismarck, ND where he graduated from St. Mary's Central High School in 1996.

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Cindy Buchanan

Cindy Buchanan lives in Mandan, ND with her husband Dave, who teaches at Mandan High School.

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David Backlund

David Backlund and his wife, Lisa, live in Fargo with their two daughters, Alexandra and Sophia, who has cystic fibrosis.

Kathy Rumple

Kathy Rumple is a long-time member with a daughter, Jamie, who is affected with CF. Kathy is married to Jim Rumple,

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Jeff Gross

Jeff Gross and wife, Connie have been members of CFA since it's beginning. Jeff and Conie moved to Bismarck in 2001

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Karen Cossette

Karen Cossette grew up near Ekalaka, a small town in SE Montana. Her family joined CFA in the early 80's...

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Lynn Mills

Lynn Mills and his wife, Sherry live in Bismarck, ND with their sons, Cody and Ty, both of whom have cystic fibrosis.

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Gail Rothschiller

A lifelong resident of Bismarck, ND, Gail Rothschiller and her husband, Frank have been members of CFA


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Ken Karls

Executive Director

Ken Karls serves as Executive Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Association of North Dakota.

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Pam Thompson

Development Director

Pam Thompson heads up the fundraising arm of CFA, organizing events and encouraging stewardship.

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Janelle Henninger


CFA of North Dakota is blessed to have Janelle Henninger as its knowledgeable receptionist.

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Tanya Zenker


Tanya Zenker is our dependable bookkeeper who is not only very busy at work, but at home too.

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Mark Hellman

Gaming Manager

Mark Hellman is the Gaming Manager for CFA North Dakota.