Meet the winners of our 2020 NDWN Board Election.
CONGRATULATIONS ON REELCTION
Erin (Huntimer) Laverdure, Stanton, ND.
Current NDWN Board Secretary. Erin works in community relations for Basin Electric Power Cooperative in Bismarck. She holds an undergraduate degree in Communications with a public relations concentration and an MBA with an energy management concentration, both from the University of Mary. She’s a Certified Cooperative Communicator. Through her work at Basin Electric, Erin is leading an effort to address the child care shortage in her home region by establishing the largest daycare center in Mercer County. She serves as ECCCC board president. Erin also serves on boards for the Northern Plains Heritage Foundation. She is a trained weather spotter for the National Weather Service Bismarck office, and is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators Great Plains Chapter.
WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBERS
Jessica Edland, Jamestown, ND.
Jessica works as membership director at North Dakota Farmers Union in Jamestown, ND. She’s passionate about protecting women’s reproductive rights and working for paid family leave and flexibility in the workplace. She advocates to elect more women to all positions of power and breaking down barriers in the workplace that hold women back. She currently volunteers on the boards of the Great Plains Food Bank and the Stustsman County Housing Authority. A former board member for NDWN, she sees opportunity in re-joining the board to grow the organization and its connections. She sees passion as her greatest strength and hopes to bring her all-in energy back to NDWN.
Dominica Granada, Minot, ND.
Dominica works as a housing specialist at Community Action Partnership and has focused her college studies on criminal justice and sociology. She has served in leadership positions on various student organizations throughout high school and college and worked with nonprofits including the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. She’s been an active participant in Feminist First Fridays for three years. Dominica feels driven to serve others and improve communities. Through her sorority, she focused on serving women and children. She sees opportunity for NDWN to engage the state’s youth through WE Rise and Ready to Run, inspiring a new generation to civic involvement, particularly in a state legislature that leaves many feeling alienated.
Valerie Barbie, Bismarck ND.
Valerie works as a cultural resource officer for the state Department of Transportation, where she works with area tribes and levels of government. She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and has studied and interned in social work. Valerie is a social justice advocate who is passionate about the right of self-determination for all people. She wants to see improved access to affordable childcare in the state, as well as livable wages for the workers trusted entrusted with caring for those children. She also seeks to ease the financial burden of reproductive healthcare, which rests disproportionately on women.
Alivia McCulley, Minot, ND.
Alivia is a sophomore business marketing and graphic design major at Minot State University. She also works as a waitress and compliance checker. She’s been a member of DECA for two years, where she’s participated in mentorship opportunities. Alivia wants to strengthen the NDWN presence in Minot, building on the existing community of strong young female leaders as well as creating partnerships with other clubs and activist groups in the area. She is passionate about empowering women to stand up to injustice, particularly in business. She’s eager to use her strong communication and interpersonal skills and extroverted personality in service to NDWN