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CTB Announces New Board Members, Including New Board Chair

The staff and current board of Center for Technology & Business (CTB) are pleased to announce the addition of three new board members. In this celebratory 15th year of service, the organization will be continuing to expand programming and services for women owned businesses of all industries across North Dakota. "We are excited to add these three women to our board and look forward to utilizing their diverse expertise to help us support positive changes for the economic development of North Dakota,” said Deb Eslinger, executive director of the Center for Technology & Business.

New members include:

Alisa Dahl of Garrison currently serves as the Area Director for USDA Rural Development. As Area Director, Ms. Dahl promotes and processes loan and grant programs in the northwest area of the state and works with communities to help find solutions to their problems and growing needs. Dahl was previously a Business and Community Program Specialist with USDA Rural Development where she processed and serviced a variety of Community Facility and Business Programs loans and grants across the state of North Dakota. She has worked for the federal government for over 29 years, 18 with USDA, 5 with the Internal Revenue Service and 6 with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Alisa will serve as a CTB Board Chair.

Cherie Harms of Williston is president and one of the owners of Leonardite Products. Her career includes several business turn-arounds and start-ups. Prior to working with Leonardite Products, she was instrumental in the development of the North Dakota Trade Office and Makoché Recording Company. Harms also serves on the North Dakota District Export Council, the North Dakota Judicial Conduct Commission, the North Dakota Rural Development Council and is the Secretary/Treasurer of an international trade association, Humic Products Trade Association. A well rounded North Dakotan, Harms has lived and worked in every corner of the state and Bismarck. Cherie will serve as a Director on the CTB board.

Jessica Kuntz of Bismarck has owned Berg’s 24 Hour Towing since 2008 where the motto is "Big or small, we tow and winch /em all!" She is a member of the Women Towing Recovery Association of America, a North Dakota Certified Woman Owned Business and federally certified through the National Women Business Owners Corporation. Jessica will serve as a Director on the CTB board. Jessica is also a graduate of CTB's 2013 Bismarck/Mandan Women's Leadership Program. Jessica will serve as a Director on the CTB Board

The three new members join a seven-member board that monitors, oversees and assures the financial, ethical and governance integrity of CTB while setting long-term direction for the organization. Other board members include past chair Deb Nelson, President of DLN Consulting; treasurer Heather Jones, CEO of City Air Mechanical; director Tiffany Hodge, CEO of Quills Corporate Consulting; and director Steve Dusek, President/CEO of Dakota Certified Development Corporation.