Board Bios

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  • Luther College students are U of R students and receive all the same benefits. Upon graduation you will receive a U of R degree.

  • Smaller class sizes at Luther College means more individualized attention and better connections with your professors, classmates, and academic advisors.

  • To enroll as a Luther College student, simply fill out the University of Regina application form and select Luther as your campus of choice.

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  • Luther College is recognized for its high standards of teaching, focused research, and one-on-one academic advising. We value and protect this heritage of excellence in scholarship, freedom of inquiry, and faithful seeking after truth.

  • Eating better means studying better. The Luther Cafeteria offers fresh, healthy, nutritious meals seven days a week with a self-serve “all-you-care-to-eat” concept students prefer.

  • Wondering where to live? Our student residence, The Student Village at Luther College, is considered the best choice for first-year student accommodation. Individual private rooms mean you can stick to your own schedule and you never have to deal with roommate hassles.

  • Luther College appeals to students who want to study in a safe, nurturing, and inclusive environment. We welcome students of all faiths, ethnicities, backgrounds, religions, genders, and sexual orientations.

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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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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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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