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Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota Staff


Tim Hathaway, Executive Director

Tim_HathawayAs Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota, Tim administers statewide community development efforts to increase capacity for the prevention of child abuse. Tim began his career in Early Childhood Services over 20 years ago in Minot, ND, working with children and families in a variety of capacities including Child Care Center Director, Head Start Director, Trainer, and Consultant. Because of his extensive background working with Head Start programs, Tim joined the federal consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton to provide executive consultation services to Head Start programs throughout North and South Dakota. He joined Prevent Child Abuse in 2010, as the Executive Director and has been instrumental in the formation of the North Dakota Home Visitation Coalition. He graduated from Skidmore College with an undergraduate degree in Human Development. He is currently an adjunct instructor with Dakota College in Bottineau, teaching a course in Early Childhood Leadership and Administration.


Allison Carlson, Administrative Assistant

Allison CarlsonWe are pleased to introduce Allison Carlson. After 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 also provides 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. It's great to have you on the team, Allison!


 Mylinda Ogundipe, Program Support Manager

Mylinda OgundipeAfter working in private child care and family services for several years, Mylinda has joined Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota as the Program Support Manager. 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. In 2011, Mylinda served as Volunteer Coordinator for AID Atlanta, securing over 1,200 volunteers and assisting in fundraising over $1 million to benefit at-risk communities in the metro Atlanta area. A native of Georgia, Mylinda is a recent addition to the Bismarck area. When not working, Mylinda enjoys reading, writing plays and short stories, and jewelry making.


Allison Mahoney, Home Visitation Project Manager

Allison_MahoneyAllison joined PCAND in October of 2011 as Program Support Manager and now serves as our Home Visitation Project Manager. Soon to be 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.


Karen Van Fossan, Communications Director and Authentic Voices Project Director

Karen_Van_FossanA 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

Rev. Dr. Zanne Ness
Avocation of Episcopal Priest and Canon Missioners, Retired from practice of Clinical Psychologist, 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
Executive Director, Cass County Historical Society, West Fargo



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