Board Bios

Did You Know?

  • Luther College High School is recognized as one of the four best university preparatory schools in western Canada with as many as 96% of Luther graduates pursuing post-secondary educations. 

  • 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.  

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

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 (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 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, 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 fro...
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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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Andrea Wagner (HS’85, U’90)

Andrea Wager began her first term of service with the Board of Regents 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 workin...
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