Board Bios

Did You Know?

  • In the late 1920's, during an in-house baseball tournament, Rex Schneider entered a team called "Prof Schneider's Battling Lions." This is the first hint that someday Luther teams would be known as the Lions.  

  • Did you know there is a 3rd floor to the boy's dorm? It was traditionally assigned to upper level students who were more mature & responsible. Students who lived up there in the 1940’s confessed, in hushed tones, to having a radio when those devices were against school policy.

  • 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.

  • Students admitted to Luther College are not required to be Lutheran or Christian. By welcoming students of all faiths and religious backgrounds, Luther College enjoys a richly diverse student body.

  • 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 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.

  • The first annual Senior Girls Volleyball Tournament was held in 1998 and is still going strong today!

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, has served on the Board of Regents since 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...
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Dr. Meredith Cherland

Dr. Meredith Cherland, in her second term of service, is the current Vice-Chair and 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&rsq...
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Beth Drozda (HS’84, U’87)

Beth Drozda, in her first term of service, has served on the Board of Regents since 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 dev...
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Laurel Garven (HS’06)

Laurel Garven, in her second term of service, has served on the Board of Regents since 2014. She is the Vice President, Business Strategy at ISC, a TSX-listed company that provides registry and information management services for public data and records. Laurel is an alumna of Luther College High School (HS’06).  During her time at Luther, she served as SRC President, was involved in...
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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. Currently, Rev. Harris is pursuing her PhD at the University of Calgary. Her research explores how awe and wonder in healthcare providers relates to compassionate interactions with those they care for; it brings together her interests in spiritual wellbeing and aging well. Daranne is an alumna of L...
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Jody Hilderman

Jody Hilderman, in her first term of service, has served on the Board of Regents since 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. Thou...
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Murray Knuttila

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

Daryl Nelson, in his second term of service, is the current Treasurer and 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 h...
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Jana Odling (HS’91, U’95)

Jana Odling (HS’91, U’95), in her first term of service, has served on the Board of Regents since 2017. She 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 provid...
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Karen Pflanzner

Karen Pflanzner, in her second term of service, 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 involved with Luther College thro...
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David Solheim

David Solheim, in his second term of service, is the current 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 Tara ...
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Gregory Swanson

Gregory Swanson, in his first term of service, is the current Secretary and has served on the Board of Regents since 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. ...
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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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Andrea Wagner (HS’85, U’90)

Andrea Wager, in her first term of service, is new to the Board in 2018. She is a Business Performance Improvement Consultant at SaskPower. In her position, she assists clients to identify and address issues that may hinder job performance and/or company success, and discover and capitalize on opportunities. Andrea has a great deal of expertise in these areas due to a long history of working with ...
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