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CTB Announces Three New Board Members

“The staff and current board of Center for Technology & Business are happy to welcome new board members from across North Dakota. The organization is working to expand programming and services for women owned businesses of all industries. By engaging women and new leaders, we can create and promote businesses that support positive changes for the economic development of North Dakota,” said Deb Eslinger, executive director of the Center for Technology & Business (CTB).


New members include:

Heather Jones of Bismarck is the CEO of City Air Mechanical. Jones does a lot of work with state and Federal procurement and has a strong business background. She is a certified woman owned business, and astute business leader who has earned her way to CEO in a male dominated industry – and done very well. Heather will serve as Treasurer on the CTB board.

Deb Nelson of Dickinson is founder and president of DLN Consulting, Inc. Nelson has eighteen years of extensive experience with credentials in public relations and grant writing.  Prior to forming DLN Consulting, Inc. Nelson was a local community coordinator for traffic safety and prevention programs.  She has served as a lecturer and presenter at various national, state, and local highway safety, prevention, and community action conferences. 

Chris Schilken is executive director of Forward Devils Lake. Schilken attended Minot State University in 2001 and graduated with a degree in Business in 2006. During college he spent time brainstorming business ideas and starting a few business of his own. He also spent time working in the banking industry and received his Real Estate and Insurance Licenses. Schilken is the Vice Chairperson of the North Dakota Young Professionals Network.


The three new members join a six-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 Duke Rosendahl, Director of Hazen Community Development; chairperson Kari Warberg Block, Founder & CEO of Earth-Kind; and secretary Amy Wobbema, Director of New Rockford Area Community Betterment Corporation. CTB Founder and previous director, Tara Holt, will retire from the board while continuing to provide leadership and guidance in an advisory role.