David Strauss, president
David Strauss serves on the National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States. He was appointed by former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Burwell. David is a recently retired federal executive who served in senior positions in the federal government for nearly 30 years.
Laura Lueder, treasurer
Laura Lueder is in her second term and serves as treasurer on PCAND’s board of directors. She has more than 20 years of experience in communications and public relations and currently is the manager of communications and public relations for MDU Resources Group Inc., which is headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota. Laura has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Dakota and a master’s degree in communications management from Syracuse University. She lives in Mandan with her husband and daughter.
For the past two decades, Marcus Austin has designed and managed student support programs with an emphasis on making post-secondary education increasingly accessible to native populations. He started “Future Generations, Inc.”, an organization to help students prepare for college. Marcus was born on the Standing Rock Reservation and is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. He graduated from Brown University with a BA in human biology. He lives in Bismarck with his wife, Kathy, and their daughters.
Leslie Brunette has been actively involved as a volunteer child abuse prevention advocate for over twenty years. Her mission, and passion, is to increase awareness and empower citizens to take action to prevent child abuse. Leslie has worked for Merck & Co., Inc. for the past eighteen years. She and her husband are parents to three children.
Lucy Fredericks is the director of Indian/multicultural education for the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. Lucy worked for several years as a teacher, and then as an elementary school principal, for the Standing Rock Elementary School in Fort Yates, ND. Lucy graduated from UND where she earned a BA and an MA in elementary and educational leadership. She is pursuing her doctorate degree in education from the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND.
Shauna Laber is the Senior Property and Right of Way Specialist at Basin Electric Cooperative. She is also an elected City Commissioner in Mandan and serves Morton County and the City of Mandan in the area of planning and zoning. Shauna holds Bachelor of Science degrees in economics and political science from Arizona State University.
Shauna was removed from her biological home at ten; she was bounced between various foster care placements until being adopted by a foster family when she was fourteen. Her experience being a part of the foster care system has created in her a drive to give back to her community and to help young and at-risk families foster a safe place for their children.
Kathleen K. Murray
Kathleen Murray is the Wells County State's Attorney, having served in that office since July 2002. She's the past president of the North Dakota State's Attorneys Association. For the past fifteen years, she's been a member of her local Child Protection Team and has served on PCAND's State Steering Committee and Task Force. She's taught advanced criminal investigation classes and has worked on conflict cases as an assistant state's attorney for several counties; she has also represented Harvey and Fessenden in the role of City Attorney.
Tim Purdon is a partner at Robins Kaplan LLP. He co-chairs the American Indian Law and Policy Group, as well as the Government and Internal Investigations Group. Tim served as a United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota from 2010 to 2015. As U.S. Attorney, Tim placed special emphasis on the issues of increasing public safety on American Indian reservations in North Dakota and on working with law enforcement partners to counter the new threat from organized crime that emerged as a result of the oil boom in western North Dakota. Prior to becoming a U.S. Attorney, Tim spent 15 years in private practice and was named a “Great Plains Super Lawyer” in the practice area of Criminal Defense. He is a graduate of Hamline University School of Law.
Andrea Travnicek has over 12 years of research and work experience within the natural resources, energy, agriculture, communications, aviation, unmanned aerial systems and public policy fields. She holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources Management/Communication and was appointed as a Senior Policy Advisor by Governor Hoeven and Governor Dalrymple following her service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Sacramento, Calif. She has also worked for an environmental consulting firm in Bismarck, North Dakota and Ducks Unlimited in Washington, D.C. Currently she works for the U.S. Department of Interior as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science.
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