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Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota Staff


Sandy Tibke, Executive Director

Sandy TSandy Tibke began serving as Executive Director in January of 2015. With an M.A. in Sociology from UND, Sandy brings extensive experience in strategic planning, project management, and economic development. She has served as Mandan City Commissioner since 2003 and has over a decade of experience advocating for children and families in public, state, and tribal settings.  


Allison Carlson, Special Projects Coordinator

Allison CarlsonAfter working in the Bismarck Public Schools and the daycare field, Allison joined PCAND during the summer of 2013 as Administrative Assistant. With a bachelor's degree from NDSU in Human Development and Family Science, Allison moved to the position of Special Projects Coordinator in the summer of 2014 also continues to provide help for the Nurturing Program. She enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and helping children reach their goals in school and in everyday activities.


Ronya Hoblit, Intern

Ronya Hoblit 2-20-15Ronya is nearing completion of her quest to attain a four-year degree in Social Work from Minot State University. She believes her internship at PCAND will be vital to her success, as she supports the rest of us as we lobby for the wellbeing and fair treatment of the children of North Dakota. Ronya has taken the long road to her Social Work degree but feels her life experience will come in handy as she establishes herself as a strong advocate of human rights. Her favorite humans are her son and granddaughter. She is a published poet/essayist and a journeyman carpenter; she also worked 12+ years at Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates, ND, as the career counselor. Ronya is proud to have mentored and been mentored by many young people througout her college career. Finally, she is on level 2 of 3 toward becoming a Cat Lady.


Allison Mahoney, Home Visitation Project Manager

Allison_MahoneyAllison joined PCAND in October of 2011 as Program Support Manager, now serves as our Home Visitation Project Manager, and will act as Interim Executive Director through January 1, 2014. A licensed social worker, she holds a B.A. in Psychology from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a Bachelors of Social Work from Minot State University. She served over three years as Juvenile Institution Residential Specialist II at the North Dakota Youth Correctional Center and continues to provide Respite Care through Easter Seals. Her passion has always been enhancing the lives of children.


Mylinda Ogundipe, Finance and Administration Director

Mylinda OgundipeMylinda oversees financial administration at PCAND and coordinates the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Grant, as well as the Child Abuse Prevention Month activities each April. She also trains and presents on Nurturing Healthy Development, a sexual abuse prevention program for young children. With a Master's degree in Public Administration from American University in Washington, DC, Mylinda has extensive practical and theoretical experience working with nonprofit organizations. A native of Georgia, Mylinda is still getting used to North Dakota winters! Mylinda enjoys reading, writing plays and short stories, and jewelry making.


Karen Van Fossan, Communications Director

KVF headshot 1-15A creative arts therapist and community organizer, Karen is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree through United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, intending to serve as an ordained minister in North Dakota. In 2007, she received the Archibald Bush Artist Fellowship, which supported her to work as a community-based playwright in the Peace Garden State. Karen is honored to have received the Prairie Peacemaker Award and the Arc of Justice Award for her commitment to co-creating cultures of peace in North Dakota. Karen's collaborative work with marginalized teens is featured in Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson's powerful documentary Teen Writes: The Group That Opened the Box. Karen's proudest accomplishment is being foster mom to a compassionate and wonderful young adult daughter.


Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota Board Members


Ellen Chaffee, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Bismarck

Erik Cutler
Business Management Instructor, United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck

Shannon Hilfer
Forensic Interviewer, Dakota Children's Advocacy Center, Bismarck

Laura Lueder
Public Relations Manager, MDU Resources Group, Inc., Bismarck

Cathy Trahan
Branch Manager, US Bank, Bismarck

Troy White
Sales Director, S&S Promotional Group, Fargo



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