BIO ND Officers


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Chairman: Bruce Gjovig, UND Center for Innovation Foundation, Grand Forks

Bruce Gjovig is Entrepreneur Coach and founding director of the Center for Innovation at the University of North Dakota, a program focused on innovation, entrepreneurship and private investment. Launched in 1984, the Center has been actively involved in over 520 entrepreneurial ventures and product introductions, raised over $130 million in entrepreneur capital, and their entrepreneur clients have created more than 5,000 jobs across North Dakota.

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Vice Chairman: Ken Hellevang, NDSU Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering Department, Fargo

Ken has a Ph. D. degree in engineering, is a registered professional engineer, and has obtained the academic rank of tenured Professor at North Dakota State University. As an Extension (outreach) Engineer of Agricultural Biosystems Engineering at North Dakota State Univeristy, he has provided education and technical assistance in grain drying and storage, structures with a focus on energy efficiency, indoor environmental engineering primarily related to moisture and mold, and flood preparation and recovery to farmers, agribusiness, and professionals across the United States and internationally since 1980.

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Secretary: Nancy Johnson, North Dakota Soybean Growers Association, Fargo

Nancy Johnson is the Executive Director of the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association. Nancy brings a wide range of experience in agriculture to the Bioscience Association. Nancy has worked with seed, fertilizer and agricultural chemical companies, and also worked in the Ag media. She is using this experience to help build the Bioscience Association to the next level.

Treasurer: Randy Schneider, North Dakota Ethanol Producers Association, Bismark

Mr. Schneider is a Senior Manager at Hauck & Associates, CPA's. He specializes in construction, manufacturing, real estate, energy and agricultural industries. Mr. Schneider provides tax plannign and business consulting within these industries. He has 32 years of experience in the public accounting and private industries. Mr. Schneider is serving as North Dakota Governor Appointee to the North Dakota Energy Policy Commission and North Dakota Renewable Energy Council since 2007 and has served on the Business and Labor Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the Board of North Dakota State University Center for Community Vitality and is the President and Treasurer of the North Dakota Ethanol Producers Association. Mr. Schneider was a founding member and Treasurer of Gold Energy LLC, a  start-up ethanol plant in Hankinson, ND and was a board member of US BioEnergy - Hankinson from 2006-2007. Mr Schneider graduated from the University of North Dakota Grand Forks in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. He is a member of the North Dakota Society of CPA's.

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Executive Director: Richard Glynn, Grand Forks

Richard Glynn is a member of the Board as well as the Executive Director of the Association. Richard has a Juris Doctors Degree and formerly was employed as the Chief Operating Officer of a start up Biotech company engaged in the research and development of antibodies in the treatment of Viral Diseases. Prior to that, he was engaged in the private practice of law where he worked extensively in the areas of government relations, finance, corporate, and business law.

 

BIO ND Directors


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John Ballantyne, PhD, Aldevron, Fargo

John Ballantyne is the Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President of Aldevron, a company he co-founded with Michael Chambers on the NDSU campus in 1999. Aldevron is a biological manufacturing and research organization headquartered in South Fargo with divisions in Madison, WI and Freiburg, Germany. While servicing all sectors of the bio-pharmaceutical companies, Aldevron is also heavily involved in collaborative research with the Department of Defense groups in development of innovative vaccines for emerging threat diseases and therapeutics for post-exposure treatment. John is an ardent believer that the Red River Valley is on the verge of becoming the next biotechnology hot spot and that maintaining and recruiting talent to the region is the final challenge to overcome.

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Rep. Lois Delmore, Grand Forks

Lois Delmore is completing her tenth session in the North Dakota House of Representatives. Elected in 1994, her standing legislative committees are Judiciary and Transportation. During the interim, she serves on the Judicial Process, Judiciary, and Higher Education Committees. A graduate of the University of North Dakota, she is a retired Teacher. Lois has been recognized for her legislative service by the North Dakota Bar Association and the National Therapists. Lois was a recipient of the Phenomenal Woman Award in Grand Forks. A Fleming Fellow graduate, she also served on the CPA board in Washington, D.C. Lois was chosen by the Atlantic-Brucke organization for a teacher's study trip to Germany in 2008. Delmore is active in several women's organizations and is the state director for Women in Government.

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Kristi Jean, PhD, ComDel Innovation, Wahpeton

Dr. Kristi Jean is the Nanoscience Program Coordinator for the Center for Nanoscience Technology Training (CNTT) at the North Dakota State College of Science. The CNTT has developed an industry-based nanoscience technician curriculum and lab environment that prepares a two-year technician to work in high-tech industry. Dr. Jean received her doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2000, specializing in microelectronics fabrication. Upon completion of her degree, she began work as a thin film engineer for Imation Corporation in Wahpeton, ND. Her time in the industry resulted in twelve invention records and one U.S. patent. She is currently employed at the North Dakota State College of Science where her work encompasses teaching a two-year nanoscience technician program, training local workforce in micro/nanofabrication, and conducting science , technology, engineering, and math (STEM) outreach sessions to North Dakota youths. Kristi also received chemical engineering degrees from the University of North Dakota (B.S.) and Lehigh University (M.S.).

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Sen. Terry Wanzek, TMT Farms, Jamestown

Terry Wanzek, and his family, partner with his father and brother and their families to run TMT Farms, a 11,000 acre farm near Jamestown, North Dakota. They raise spring wheat, dry beans, corn, soybeans and barley all while operating a seed cleaning plant and bulk processing facility for beans. In addition they own and operate a Purina bulk feed processing plant serving livestock customers. Terry is a ND State Senator and has chaired & vice chaired the Senate Agriculture and the Senate Industry, Business & Labor Committees and is a member of the ND Senate Appropriations Committee. Terry Currently serves on the Interim ND Legislative Budget Section, Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review, and the Transportation Committees. Terry has served as chairman of the North Dakota Grain Growers Association and served on the NAWG (National Association of Wheat Growers) Board and their Domestic Policy and the Budget Committees. Terry is currently a Board member for NoDak Mutual Insurance Co. and also a recipient of the ND Chamber Community Leadership Award and the Kernel Award from the ND Grain Growers for outstanding support of the wheat industry. Terry is also a member of TATT (Truth about Trade & Technology) and a founding member of Growers for Biotechnology. Terry graduated from Jamestown College with a bachelors in Business Administration and Accounting. Terry is also a graduate of the Texas A&M TEPAP (The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers) program. Terry is married and has three children.

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Gregg Halverson, President & CEO of Black Gold

Gregg Halverson is President and CEO of Black Gold, a company he founded and built. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a small North Dakota farm to a multi-state potato production company having 17,000 acres in production across the country. An industry leader, Gregg's resume includes extensive service on boards, councils and associations along with a long list of accomplishments and awards, most recently, the 7th World Potato Congress Industry Award in 2009, presented in Christchurch, New Zealand. Under his leadership, Black Gold has received numerous awards, including global and national supplier innovation awards from Frito-Lay and Cavendish Farms and the 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award from the National Potato Council. Active in his community, he served on the city council, as an elder in his church, chaired the Forest River Centennial, the University of North Dakota Potato Bowl, and initiated the first Potato Bowl "French Fry Day". He was recently elected to the North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame. He is married to Yvonne Gomez and enjoys working with his 3 children and having good times with his 8 Granddaughters.

Pete Snyder, President & CEO of National Agricultural Genotyping Center

Pete Snyder is a senior business executive with a wealth of growth-oriented business management experience. He started with the NAGC as a consultant, became its executive director in April 2015, and its fulltime president in July 2016. Prior to that, Snyder headed up Snyder Consulting, providing direct client service following 18 years at Shandwick (at the time, the world’s largest independent PR firm) and its predecessor agencies. In March 1996, Snyder became president of Miller/Shandwick Technologies, leading that agency through record growth, including expansion in the U.S., Europe and into Asia. In June 1997, he added the responsibilities of president, Shandwick, U.S.A.

Snyder is a graduate of Cornell University, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. His community interests are diverse; he has served on the boards of over two dozen civic, charitable and church organizations. Snyder lives with his wife in St. Louis. Their two sons are grown with children of their own, which he spoils as often as he can.

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Christoher Kalash, Commercialization Manager, Officer of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ND Department of Commerce

Christopher Kalash, MBA, is the Commercialization Manager at North Dakota Department of Commerce. Chris serves as an "Ex Offico" member of the Board and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of State programs and opportunities to the Association.