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Janet Bjorndahl (U’79) - Vice Chair

Janet is retired from the I.T. industry, having worked for a variety of organizations from Augustana University College to Farm Credit Canada. She specialized in database design and data protection. She is an alumna of the University campus (U’79) with a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science. Janet has served on church boards and committees and as congregational treasurer. ...
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Robert Davis (HS'04)

Robert is the Vice President, Treasury at Conexus Credit Union. Robert earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Regina and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He is a former Assistant Coach of the Luther Lions Senior Boys basketball team, and an alumnus of the High School (HS’04). Robert previously served on the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society of Sa...
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Marie Digney (HS'11)

Marie is an associate with Kanuka Thuringer LLP. Marie holds her Juris Doctor from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law with a Certificate in French Common Law from the University of Ottawa. She also has a Baccalauréat en Éducation and Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of Regina. Marie is an alumna of the High School (HS’11). She currently serves on the b...
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Beth Drozda (HS’84, U’87)

Beth is a Senior Human Resources Consultant with Access Communications, and has worked in the HR field for 13 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in French and Religious Studies, a Human Resources Advanced Certificate, and her Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. Beth is an alumna of both the High School (HS’84) and the University (U’87). She has been a member of th...
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Lee Elliott

Lee is the owner and CEO of End of the Roll Flooring in Regina, SK. He is also a lecturer in Finance and Entrepreneurship at the University of Regina. Lee has his MBA from the University of Regina and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan as well as a C.Dir. designation from McMaster University. Lee has previous board experience with the University of Regina Board of...
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Laurel Garven (HS’06)

Laurel is the Vice President, Business Strategy at ISC, a company that provides registry and information management services. Laurel received her Postgraduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from the University of Oxford, an Honours Business Administration degree from Western University, and a Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Regina. She also holds a Professional Direct...
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Daranne Harris (HS’95)

Rev. Harris is pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Calgary. Daranne is ordained by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), and graduated with a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary. She is a former Pastor at Hope Lutheran Church (Calgary, AB) and was the Vice President of Bethany Care Society. Daranne is an alumna of Luther College High School (HS’95). ...
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Helga Hein (HS'76)

Helga has a professional background in facilitation, communications, and management. She currently operates Helga Hein Communication & Facilitation Services. She has a Bachelor of Administration from the University of Regina and is an alumna of Luther College High School (HS’76). She also serves on the University of Regina Alumni Association Board, and served previously on the Luther Col...
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Jody Hilderman

Jody is a Professional Engineer with PMP (Project Management Professional), and CMRP (Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional) designations. She is currently working as a Senior Mine Manager for Mosaic Potash. Jody attended the University campus, and previously served as an Elder on the Board at Christ Lutheran Church in Regina, SK.

Victoria Mwamasika

Victoria is currently the Pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Weyburn, SK, with a Master of Divinity degree. She has previous board experience with LCBI and is the Chaplain of the Weyburn Branch No. 47 of the Royal Canadian Legion. Victoria graduated from a Lutheran high school and university in Tanzania and has experience with Lutheran institutions in Africa.

Dwight Nelson

Dwight is currently President & COO of Carewest Innovative Health Care in Calgary, AB. Previously, he was President & CEO of the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region for 12 years. He is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Health Executive with 35 years of management experience in financial services and public sector administration. Dwight is also a Board member with the Health Benefits T...
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Daryl Nelson - Treasurer

Now retired, Daryl held various senior management positions with Farm Credit Canada, including Director of Enterprise Information Management. Daryl has a Bachelor of Administration Degree and a Chartered Professional Accountant designation. He has previous Board experience with the Royal Regina Golf Club (including a term as President), Saskatchewan Country Music Association, among others. His dau...
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Gregory Swanson - Corporate Secretary

Greg is a retired lawyer after spending his 40-year career practicing law. Greg is a graduate of the University of Regina (B. Admin) and earned his LLB from the University of Saskatchewan. He has previous board experience with the University of Regina Senate, the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, and the Scandinavian Club of Regina, among others.

Karl Tiefenbach (HS’73, U’76) - Chair

Karl is retired from a 32-year career in petroleum refining at the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, SK. His connection with Luther College is broad and long-standing. Karl previously served on the Luther College Board of Regents from 2003-2013, including Chair from 2008-2012. He is an alumnus of the High School (HS’73) and University (U’76). Karl’s wife Kathy (HS’76) and t...
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Jim Vadeboncoeur

Jim is a Certified Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant. He has a 31-year accounting career and is currently the Accounting Manager at the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, SK. Two of his children, Abby and Luke, are High School alumni (HS’17 and HS’19, respectively) and his daughter Megan is a current student.

Andrea Wagner (HS’85, U’90)

Andrea has a Master of Public Administration, and is currently working for SaskPower, as an Organizational Change Management Consultant. Andrea is an alumna of both Luther College High School (HS’85) and Luther College at the University of Regina (U’90, U’94). She has previous board experience with the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Planned Parenthood Regina, and Our Savior’s Luthe...
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