Meet Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors consists of individuals passionate about youth issues in North Dakota. They are located in Bismarck-Mandan, Minot, and Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo communities.

Dan Ulmer


Member Since 2013 - Dan is recently retired after a career spanning public service, governmental affairs, and human services. Earlier in his career, he served as the Executive Director of the Police Youth Bureau in Bismarck, as well as Executive Director for Easter Seals. More recently, Mr. Ulmer held the position of Assistant Vice President of Government Relations for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. Mr. Ulmer has previously served as a State Legislator for District 34 and on Mandan’s City Commission. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Village Family Services, Fort Lincoln Foundation, and Bismarck/Mandan Development Association. Dan has been married for 42 years, with three children and four grandchildren.

Sandi Tabor

Secretary & Treasurer

Sandi Tabor is the Vice President of Government Affairs for the Lignite Energy Council. Her position entails supervision of the Council’s legal affairs and government relations at the state, regional and national levels. She serves on the State of North Dakota’s EmPower ND Commission, whose mission is to develop an energy policy for the State of North Dakota. Ms. Tabor also serves as the director of the North Dakota Transmission Authority. The Authority’s mission is to facilitate the development of electricity transmission infrastructure in North Dakota.

In her volunteer and public lives, Ms. Tabor recently completed her term as President of the State Bar Association of North Dakota. She also chairs the Association’s Legislative Committee. Tabor recently received the Association’s Distinguish Service Award for lifetime of service to the Association. She also recently completed a term as Chair of the Bismarck-Mandan Development Association, the economic development group for the Bismarck-Mandan region. She became a member of the board of directors for MPYS/Youthworks in 2012.

Tabor is a former Bismarck City Commissioner, serving 12 years as the finance and economic development portfolio holder. She is a graduated of the University of North Dakota School of Law.

Anna Frissell

Board Member Since December 2002

Member Since 2002 - Anna is the Executive Director of the Red River Children’s Advocacy Center. She is a licensed attorney in North Dakota and Minnesota. Anna has served on several other Boards of Directors, including the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead, the Cass County Bar Association and the YMCA of NDSU. She has also been employed as an Assistant State’s Attorney, Assistant Attorney General and the Vice President and Compliance Officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Dakota, aka as Noridian Mutual Insurance Co., Inc. ("Noridian").

Mike Eggl

Board Member Since May 2018

Mike Eggl, has long term experience and training in public policy, legislative affairs, economic development and business administration.

After graduating from the University of North Dakota, Eggl worked for U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) in Washington, D.C as a legislative assistant handling the issues of energy, natural resources and the environment. Later, Eggl worked as Director of Economic Development for Senator Dorgan in his Bismarck, ND, office.

Eggl moved from Senator Dorgan’s office to take a position of Vice President of Government Relations at Basin Electric Power Cooperative and was thereafter promoted to Senior Vice President of Communications and Administration. From Basin Electric Eggl moved to Yellowstone Strategies, focusing on community and energy issues.

Eggl is also deeply involved in Brave the Shave, a non-profit which he, along with a number of colleagues, started in 2007 to help raise funds for children’s cancer research and to support the families impacted by the disease.

A graduate of the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, Eggl holds a bachelor of science degree with a major in history (1992) and a master degree in public administration (1994).

Erin Hill-Oban

Board Member Since October 2017

Melody Staebner

Board Member Since January 2021

Carlee McLeod

Board Member Since May 2023

Bryan Harris

Board Member Since May 2023

Thomas Hill

Board Member Since May 2023

Thomas Hill serves as the Community Relations Program Manager for the Essentia Health’s West Market. He is the community relationship expert for Essentia Health’s West Region and is responsible for developing and implementing community outreach across Essentia’s West Market and promoting Essentia Health’s image in a positive and community-oriented way. He leads the administration of Essentia Health’s community giving to meet community needs and maximize strategic operational priorities. Prior to joining Essentia Health, Thomas spent fourteen years at United Way of Cass-Clay, serving most recently as the Vice President of Community Impact. That role involved building and executing on the external investment strategy, including grantmaking, community sponsorships and all funding requests. In addition he led public affairs and served as the primary liaison between schools, nonprofits, and local government entities for how United Way leveraged their resources in the community. Thomas is a US Army veteran (2000-2004) and was stationed overseas in South Korea on the demilitarized zone and was deployed with the MN National Guard to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2003 on a humanitarian demining peacekeeping mission. Thomas and his spouse Linny are raising two wonderfully rambunctious children, Shepherd & Vera and make their home outside of Fergus Falls, MN. When not working or chasing after children, Thomas enjoys drumming, raising backyard chickens, kayaking and cross-country skiing.  

Jessica Fleck (Siders)

Board Member Since May 2023

Sashay Schettler

Board Member Since May 2023

Sashay Schettler is the Director of Indian Education for Bismarck Public Schools.  She is a citizen of the MHA Nation and previously served as a Cultural Responsive Coordinator for the district. Through her work with her established team, Sashay aims to change the narrative of Indigenous education within public school systems.  She aims to close the opportunity gap for Indigenous students and empower them to be leaders within their communities and beyond.

Melissa Bliss

Board Member Since May 2023