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Sandra has been PCAND's Executive Director since January, 2015. Prior to joining the organization, she worked primarily in the areas of strategic planning and project management. She has been a strong advocate for children and families, both professionally and as an elected commissioner for the city of Mandan. She earned her M.A. in sociology from the University of North Dakota and her street smarts from the lessons she learned growing up on Minnesota's Iron Range.


 Staff Elizabeth PCAND ss 35 Retouch EDITPROGRAM MANAGER, Elizabeth Pihlaja, MPH

Elizabeth earned her BS degree in child psychology and her MPH in maternal and child health from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. After finishing her public health coursework, Elizabeth worked for a small research and evaluation firm in Minneapolis. In 2013, she accepted a position with the North Dakota Department of Health, where she coordinated the Emergency Medical Services for Children program. Elizabeth has worked at PCAND since June 2017 and brings experience in program planning and evaluation, child development, data analysis and reporting, and coordinating stakeholder groups.


Linda has an extensive background in early childhood development, specifically in the child care field. Prior to coming to PCAND, she was employed by Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota (LSSND) where she was the Child Care Aware ND Program Director for 24 years. As a past member of the National Child Care Aware of America Board, Linda advocated for  child care support services in rural states. Early in Linda's career, she established and operated a child care program for the Minot Family YMCA. Under her management, the program eventually expanded to three sites caring for 175 children.

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Cyndee is PCAND's MIECHV Program Specialist and is part of the Innovations Grant Project. She has several years of experience in Home Visiting. Since joining PCAND in March, 2017, she has received certification as an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Master Trainer. She also recently attended the Thrive Near@Home Toolkit facilitator training in Washington. Cyndee feels fortunate that her career has always been an extension of her passion to advocate for children and families. She studied early childhood education at Turtle Mountain Community College and did additional coursework leading to a BS degree at Dickinson State University.

Cyndee and her husband own a home near the Missouri River and enjoy biking, golfing, and spending time on the water with family and friends.



HeadshotTRIBAL PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR, Jacob Davis, Master of Public Health

Jacob earned his graduate degree from North Dakota State University and was the first graduate in the MPH program with the American Indian Public Health specialization. He has over ten years of experience working with American Indian populations through various positions at both tribal and state academic institutions. Jacob also serves as a board member for the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition as well as being an active member of the North Dakota Cancer Coalition. At PCAND, his duties include working with federal, state, and tribal agencies to facilitate consistent access to family programming and services throughout the state.


 Staff Elizabeth PCAND ss 30 retouch EDITCOMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, Tamara Huff

Tamara has a background in communications and project management. She earned BA degrees in English and communications and learned just enough college French to thoroughly confuse native speakers. Tamara worked in television broadcasting covering local and state politics. She and her husband, Steve, have three sons. For a time, Tamara was a stay-at-home mom who admits to occasional overzealousness in her quest to turn unruly creatures into civilized humans. Her children got even by attending college, all of them at the same time. In addition to working at PCAND, Tamara takes on odd jobs and is considering busking as a way of paying off tuition bills.


 Staff Malinda PCAND ss 17 Retouch EDITOFFICE MANAGER, Malinda Schneider

Malinda studied at Bismarck State College where she graduated with degrees in administration and business. As a fourth generation North Dakotan of German ancestry, her genetic inheritance includes an unflappable dependability her colleagues depend on. At PCAND, among Malinda's responsibilities are: event planning, bookkeeping, purchasing, and publication management. In her free time, she enjoys riding around on a Harley with her husband and cruising Main in their '53 Chevy Belair. Her other hobby is doting on their grandchildren.


 staff accountant PCAND ss 12ACCOUNTANT, Nicole Loucks-Brincks

Nicole earned her BS in accounting from Minot State University and has over 15 years of accounting experience in both public accounting and private industry.  She the past five years, Nicole has specialized in working with non-profit organizations, including partnering with PCAND to provide accounting services including payroll, budgeting and grant tracking.