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Janet Bjorndahl (U’79)

Janet Bjorndahl 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 alumna of Luther College High School (HS&r...
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Jeff Christiansen (HS'84, U'90)

Jeff Christiansen has served on the Board of Regents since 2012. He is currently the Vice-President, Operations at Speers Funeral Chapel in Regina. He is an alumnus of both Luther College campuses.

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Robert Davis (HS'04)

Robert joined the Board in 2019. He is an alumnus of Luther College High School (HS’04). He also earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Regina and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Currently, Robert is the Vice President, Treasury at Conexus Credit Union. Robert has previously served on the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society of Saskatchewan Boar...
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Beth Drozda (HS’84, U’87)

Beth Drozda has served on the Board of Regents since 2016. She is currently the Vice-Chair. 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 d...
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Lee Elliott

Lee joined the Board of Regents in 2019. Lee has his MBA from the University of Regina and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan. He has his C.Dir. designation from McMaster University as a Chartered Board Director. His son is a graduate of Luther College High School and his daughter is currently attending. Lee is the owner and CEO of End of the Roll Flooring in R...
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Laurel Garven (HS’06)

Laurel Garven 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 many activities, including all ...
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Daranne Harris (HS’95)

Rev. Daranne Harris has served on the Board of Regents since 2015. Currently, Rev. Harris is pursuing her Ph.D. 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 Luther College High School (HS...
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Helga Hein (HS'76)

Helga is an alumna of Luther College High School (HS’76) and a former Board Member who served Luther from 2004-2008. She also attended her first year of university at the Luther campus, before transferring to the University of Regina to complete her Bachelor of Administration. Helga is connected to the Lutheran community through her past service on the Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskat...
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Jody Hilderman

Jody Hilderman 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 Manager, Mosaic Esterhazy Transition – and very much enjoys her work there. Though not a graduate of Luth...
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Murray Knuttila

Dr. Murray Knuttila 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 Regina for over 30 years while servi...
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Victoria Mwamasika

Victoria Mwamasika joined the Board of Regents in 2019. She is currently the Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Weyburn.

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Daryl Nelson

Daryl Nelson has served on the Board of Regents since 2014. He is curently the Treasurer. 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 seven-...
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Dwight Nelson

Dwight joined the Board in 2019. Dwight is currently President & COO of Carewest Innovative Health Care in Calgary, Alberta. Previously, he was President & CEO of the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region for 12 years, and Chief Executive Officer of the Headwaters Health Authority in Alberta for 7 years. He has 35 years of management experience in financial services and public sector admin...
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Gregory Swanson

Gregory Swanson has served on the Board of Regents since 2016. He is currently the Secretary. 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...
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Karl Tiefenbach (HS’73, U’76)

Karl Tiefenbach served on the Board of Regents from 2003-2013 and rejoined in 2015. He is currently the Board Chair. 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 Co...
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Andrea Wagner (HS’85, U’90)

Andrea is a graduate of both Luther College High School (HS’85) and Luther College at the University of Regina (U’90, U’94). Andrea has a Master’s in Public Administration, and is currently a Corporate Strategy & Sustainability Consultant at SaskPower. She brings previous Board experience with the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Planned Parenthood Regina, and Our Savior’s ...
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