Board of Directors

Vern Hunter

Vern Hunter

Executive Committee

Vern is an 18-year member of NPBGS and a frequent volunteer in the Gardens and for the Northern Plains Farmers Market at West Acres. He holds a bachelors degree in Architecture from NDSU and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Architecture from the University of Oklahoma. Vern is an example of a member who has no background in horticulture or gardening but has found a place to serve the NPBGS.

Jerry Raguse

Jerry Raguse

Executive Committee, Garden Operations Committee

A Horticulturalist earning his BS degree from NDSU, Jerry is currently the Grounds Supervisor for Concordia College in Moorhead where he has taken care of the grounds for 28 years. Jerry and his wife, Bernadette,  have lived in the Harwood area for the past 26 years.

Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown

Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Garden Committee

A charter member of NPBGS, Lisa is a University of Wyoming graduate in Botany, and employed as a biological technician working on sunflower research with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Fargo.

Ruth Morton

Ruth Morton

Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Audit Committee, Garden Operations Committee

A life-long gardener, Ruth has been a Master Gardener for many years. She enjoys creating beauty in gardens and on looms for others’ enjoyment. Ruth previously served on the NPBGS board as member and treasurer for two terms. Resided in Moorhead for 46 years

Bill Fradet

Bill Fradet

Programs and Events Committee

A long-time board member Bill is the Catering Manager at Concordia College. Always having a passion for plants and gardening, he worked part time for Levi Runions Garden Center throughout high school and college and has been planting ever since.

Brandi Malarkey

Brandi Malarkey

Public Relations Committee

A long-time resident of north Fargo, Brandi Malarkey is a local visual artist and current dean of the Cass-Clay chapter of the Awesome Foundation. She is an utter failure at growing things, so paints them instead.

Ann Riley

Ann Riley

Membership Committee

Ann has been associated with the Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society (NPBGS) since 1999. She served as Vice President for six years (2002-2007) and has been on several committees, including Programs, Membership, Development and Fundraising. She is currently a Board Member and Chair of the Membership Committee, as well as on the annual February Tea Time at the Atrium (fundraising) committee.

Ann has a passion for something beautiful and different to be developed in the Fargo-Moorhead area and, even though her “gardening” skills are to be desired, she enjoys participating in various Society activities. She anticipates great things happening for the Society in the future to make NPBGS a great destination stop in the F-M area.

Arielle Windham

Arielle Windham

Programs and Events Committee

The daughter of a Landscape Architect in North Texas, Arielle grew up with an appreciation for plants and gardens. Her aspirations lead her into education and writing, but horticultural has always been an important part of her life. She has toured gardens around the world, including many in Japan, and looks forward to being part of the growing NPBGS.

Matt Sorenson

Matt Sorenson

A software and technology consultant with a long list of other interests, Matt cares about environmental education and ecologic preservation of natural areas. On his sleeve he often wears his convictions about gardening, green spaces, wild places, sensory experiences, and a certain wanderlust – and the critical impact of these functions on health and healing, mindfulness, gratitude, and understanding the impact of our actions and decisions on the planet.

As a father, Matt believes it is especially important to foster an appreciation for nature and earth-connectedness to our younger generations. Whether a module of software code or a parcel of land, his ethos is, leave it better than you found it.

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