Board Bios

Did You Know?

  • The first LIT was held on January 31, 1953. That year it was a one-day tournament involving sixteen teams from Southern Saskatchewan. All preliminary games were played cross court, two games at a time.

  • The choral tradition at Luther began in 1914. In addition to in-school performances, the choir has shared its ministry of music with many congregations across Canada and has performed regularly on local and national radio and television shows, at contests and festivals.

  • Luther graduates have gone on to universities such as Harvard, Oxford, Pennsylvania State, McGill, Queen’s and other renowned educational institutions throughout Canada, North America and the world.

  • When the College was first looking to relocate from Melville to Regina, it considered land at College & Winnipeg, College & Broad, and 23rd & Albert, finally settling on 18 acres of land on the west end of property owned by Government House, now called Royal Street.

  • The gym officially opened July 8, 1951. The Sunday afternoon celebration, attended by 1,500 people, featured speeches followed by an evening celebration with another 1,500 people in attendance to hear the Luther Choir and the RCMP Band.

  • Luther students, even though from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, have the opportunity to be part of tightly woven community of students, parents, alumni, teachers and staff. Typically 12% of the school’s student body originates from outside of Canada.

  • The International Baccalaureate provides an enriched curriculum that both covers and extends beyond regular Saskatchewan curricula in its depth and detail. It emphasizes the development of the necessary critical skills that university-bound students need to master: reflecting, inquiring, thinking, analyzing and evaluating.

  • The Tuck Shop for snacks was at the bottom of the south stairs going to what is now the cafeteria. The legendary beans in a cone were considered a healthier & cheaper alternative to what students purchased across the street at the Aintree.

Janet Bjorndahl (U’79)

Janet Bjorndahl, in her first term of service, has served on the Board of Regents since 2015.  She is an IT Analyst specializing in database design, and a strong advocate for the protection of privacy of personal data. Janet is an alumna of Luther College at the University of Regina (U’79) with a double major in Mathematics and Computational Science. Her daughter, Judith, is an alumn...
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Lyndon Carlson

Lyndon Carlson, in his first term of service, is new to the Board in 2016. He also retired in 2016 from a life-long career with Farm Credit Canada (FCC), where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to starting with FCC in 1982, Lyndon attended the University of Saskatchewan, graduating with a degree in Agricultural Economics. His love of agriculture is no...
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Dr. Meredith Cherland

Dr. Meredith Cherland, in her second term of service, has served on the Board of Regents since 2011. She is a retired university professor who served the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina from 1978-2011 as a teacher, researcher, and senior administrator. Dr. Cherland has been a friend of Luther College since 1975. Both her children, Elisabeth (HS’97) and Benjamin (HS’...
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Beth Drozda (Beth Drozda (HS’84, U’87)

Beth Drozda, in her first term of service, is new to the Board in 2016. She is a Senior Human Resources Consultant with Access Communications, and has worked in the HR field for thirteen years. As a senior HR Generalist, a large part of her role is in employee development, through performance reviews, training and development, and encouraging ongoing personal and professional development. Beth ...
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Laurel Garven (HS’06)

Laurel Garven, in her first term of service, has served on the Board of Regents since 2014. She is the Director of Strategy and Stakeholder Relations at Information Services Corporation, a publicly traded company focused on the delivery of registry and information services to governments and the private sector. Previously she worked for Saskatchewan’s Information Technology Office and as a c...
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Daranne Harris (HS’95)

Rev. Daranne Harris, in her first term of service, has served on the Board of Regents since 2015. Rev. Harris serves as Vice President and Chief Mission Officer for the Bethany Care Society, one of Alberta’s leading faith-based providers of long term care and housing for seniors. As the leader of the Pastoral Care Department, Daranne ensures that the spiritual needs of residents and their fa...
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Jody Hilderman

Jody Hilderman joined the Board of Regents in 2017. A Professional Engineer with her PMP (Project Management Professional), and CMRP (Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional) designations, she is currently working in operations at a plant facility – a Senior Mine Manager for Mosaic Potash – and very much enjoys her work there. Though not a graduate of Luther College, Jody...
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Murray Knuttila

Dr. Murray Knuttila, in his first term of service, has served on the Board of Regents since 2014. Dr. Knuttila is a Professor of Sociology at Brock University, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Studies at the University of Regina where he taught for many years. He was Provost and Vice-President Academic at Brock University from 2009 to 2014. Prior to joining Bro...
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Daryl Nelson

Daryl Nelson, in his first term of service, has served on the Board of Regents since 2014.  Now retired, Daryl formerly held various management positions with Farm Credit Canada, including, most recently, Director of Enterprise Information Management. Daryl has long known the important work that Luther College does, both at the High School campus, where his sister Sandra Nelson taught from...
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Jana Odling (HS’91, U’95

Jana Odling (HS’91, U’95), who commenced her first term as a Board member in 2017, is a lawyer with the City of Regina, where she provides advice to the finance department, corporate services division, the city clerk’s office, and the taxation and assessment department. She does much of the work on legislative initiatives and governance, as well as providing legal advice to two C...
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Karen Pflanzner

Karen Pflanzner, in her second term of service, is the current Secretary, and has served on the Board of Regents since 2011. Karen is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA), a Treasury Board Crown Corporation responsible for protecting consumer interests and regulating Saskatchewan’s marketplace.  She became inv...
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David Solheim

David Solheim, in his second term of service, is the current Vice-Chair and has served on the Board of Regents since 2011. In 2015, he retired from his career as a Project Manager (primarily in the area of information technology), and business owner. Though he had a connection to Luther College for much of his life, his involvement began once his children started high school; Jeff, Krista, and ...
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Gregory Swanson

Gregory Swanson, in his first term of service, is new to the Board in 2016. Currently, Greg is an “of Counsel” lawyer with McKercher LLP Law Firm, where he was a partner up until December 2015 when he semi-retired. He continues to work part-time in his legal areas of expertise including Taxation, Corporate Law, and Wills and Estates. As a University of Regina (U of R) student f...
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Karl Tiefenbach (HS’73, U’76)

Karl Tiefenbach, in his third term of service, served on the Board of Regents from 2003-2013 and rejoined in 2015. He is semi-retired from a thirty-two year career in petroleum refining at the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, Saskatchewan, and his professional interests are finance and governance. His connection with Luther College is broad and long-standing. He is an alumnus of Luther College...
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