Our Leadership

The CVIC Board of Directors meets the second Wednesday of every month,
excluding July and December, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at CVIC.
Committees meet from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on days listed below.

Upcoming Meetings
Board of Directors: August 12, 2020
Finance Committee: August 6, 2020
Governance Committee: June 3, 2020

2019-20 Board of Directors

Darla Adams, Chairperson
Health Care Education Consultant
Board member since 2011

"CVIC plays a vital role in leading our community in the social change that is needed to end violence once and for all. I feel honored to be able to work closely with the CVIC as it continues its important work toward ensuring safety for all members of the Grand Forks community."

Pete Hoistad, Chairperson-elect
Certified Public Accountant (retired)
Board member since 2017

"My wife and I have been supporters of CVIC for a long time and we continue to be moved by the stories of those people in our community who are able to be helped by CVIC. At their most vulnerable moments help is here. It is an honor to serve on CVIC's board of directors and to assist the organization in any way possible to continue the mission of eliminating violence in our communities."

Randy Boettner
Vice President and Owner, Custom Aire
Board member since 2011

"I wanted to serve on the CVIC board of directors because I am all about improving the quality of life in Grand Forks and the surrounding area. CVIC works directly with people that live in our community and provides services that make a difference. The great work the CVIC management and employees provide for our community is priceless."

Dominique Buchholz
Pastor, Sharon Lutheran Church
Board member since 2018

"I'm interested in serving on the board of directors because CVIC has clear goals for ending violence."

Catherine Gillach
Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education, Grand Forks Public Schools
Board member since 2019

"CVIC's commitment to comprehensively, compassionately serving families in need is beyond any I've witnessed, and its vision for proactively working to reduce and even eliminate domestic violence is both inspriing and attainable. The collaboration CVIC has with countless other Grand Forks organizations ensures wrap around supports are in place for those who need it, which I believe is pivotal for actually moving families forward toward healing and regaining self-efficacy. I have been an ongoing donor to CVIC since moving into the community and consider it an honor to join this visionary and dedicated board of directors."

Jody Hodgson
General Manager, Ralph Engelstad Arena
Board member since 2018

"I believe CVIC has a major impact in our community by providing access to important social services for those who need a helping hand. CVIC is on the front line every day in the battle to try and reduce incidents of violence in our community. I seek to support the management and staff as they do the important work of improving the lives of those in our community."

Will Kusler
Location Manager, Markit County Grain, LLC
Board member since 2016

"CVIC’s services—both reactive and proactive—speak volumes about their inspired staff and leadership.  Everyone in our community and region knows someone impacted by violence.  The CVIC is taking steps to prevent and eliminate those issues.  I am honored to serve on the board along with exceptional community leaders in an effort towards safety for all."

Dr. Linda Neuerburg
Board member since 2011

“Children, especially young children, are a passion of mine and to see the light go out in their eyes because of domestic violence in their home is unacceptable! When I heard the statistic that there were 889 children living in abusive homes in Grand Forks during 2014, I knew I had made the right decision to become involved with this organization dedicated to ensuring the safety of victims of domestic abuse, especially vulnerable children. I am proud to serve on this board with so many others who care deeply about ending violence in our community.”

Dr. Eric Plummer
Associate Vice President and Chief of Police, University of North Dakota
Board member since 2014

“Partnering with CVIC is an excellent opportunity to assist and serve our community in the efforts to end violence so that every person can live in a community without fear. CVIC's work assists my organization in achieving our mission of providing a safe place to live, learn, work, and visit. I am proud to be a part of such a fine organization.”

Mac Schneider
Attorney at Law, Schneider Law Firm
Board member since 2012

"What impresses me about CVIC is not just the life-saving assistance the organization provides to victims, but also the emphasis on stopping violence from occurring in the future. With its energetic staff, CVIC holistically engages the community to break the cycle of violence and make Grand Forks a safer place for families and children. It's an honor to serve on the board of an organization with such an important mission."

Kyle Thorson
Global Program Manager, Amazon, and Owner, Archives Coffee House
Board member since 2015

“I'm honored to be able to join the CVIC Board and partner together with so many amazing individuals to further the goals of the organization. The impact of CVIC is self-evident and a powerful reminder of how important it is to provide a strong support group for the community.”

CVIC Senior Leadership Team



Coiya Tompkins, MBA | President/CEO

Coiya joined CVIC in July 2019 bringing more than 20 years of development, marketing, public relations, and business experience to the agency.

After spending nearly two decades in corporate communications, marketing and public relations roles, Coiya found her professional calling in non-profit development and leadership. Most recently as director of development, she was responsible for fundraising nearly 80 percent of a $1 million annual operating budget for Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead. She also managed marketing, public relations, community relations, and social media as well as a volunteer force of nearly 600.

Prior to joining Jeremiah Program, Coiya served as partner/vice president of marketing & operations for Western Agency, an independent insurance business based in Minot, ND.  In that role, she oversaw an operations team of 18 in 11 locations throughout the Dakotas and a commercial insurance book of $5 million.

Before returning to North Dakota in 2014, Coiya spent 17 years in health care marketing and public relations roles in the southwest including vice president of corporate communications and public relations for Sun Health (Surprise, AZ).); marketing director for Tenet Health (El Paso, TX), and public relations for Banner Health (Mesa, AZ)

Education and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Mass Communication), North Dakota State University
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Phoenix

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Therese Hugg, LPC | Vice President of Safety and Therapy Services

For the majority of her 15-year career, Therese has supported victims of domestic and sexual violence. She joined CVIC as an intern in 2005. In 2007 she returned to her native country, Norway, where she worked for a year as a children’s coordinator for a domestic violence shelter. In 2008 she came back to CVIC where she has worked as an advocate, therapist and program coordinator before becoming the agency’s director of victim services.

In her leadership role with CVIC, Therese oversees the agency’s largest program providing safety and healing to approximately 1,500 people each year encompassing crisis services, shelter, stability programs, and therapy services. She manages more than 30 federal, state, and foundation grants totaling nearly $3 million annually. She represents CVIC as a member of a North Dakota treatment collaborative for traumatized youth.

 Therese is a licensed professional counselor trained in evidence-based therapies including TF-CBT, EMDR and SPARCS.

 Education and Certifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of North Dakota
  • Master in Counseling, University of North Dakota
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, North Dakota



Kari Kerr, MA, LPC | Vice President of Prevention, Education and Violence Intervention

Kari has spent her 25-year career with CVIC, influencing change to end violence. Kari’s roots are in direct service with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, where she worked as an advocate and supervisor for several years before moving into violence prevention and training work. She led Safer Tomorrow, a major innovative collaborative initiative for the agency and precursor to the Safer Tomorrows Road Map. As director of community innovations, Kari

  • is responsible for management of more than 10 competitive federal, state, and local grants and program budgets totaling more than $1.2 million
  • oversees community collaboration and outreach programs including education and professional training programs, which have more than doubled under her leadership
  • leads collaborative programs with local partners which have led to the development of the state’s first domestic violence court, a CVIC at UND program to reach the campus community, and the Coordinated Community Response Project involving 16 agencies working together to improve response to violence

Kari has provided national training in 25 states for the National Sheriff’s Association and Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and has been a frequent presenter at statewide training events in the region including the North Dakota Law Enforcement Academy and North Dakota Victim Assistance Academy. In 2020, she was selected as a professional fellow with Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows Program (PFP), traveling to Myanmar where she provided training and support to a sexual violence prevention program.

Education and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of North Dakota
  • Master’s in Counseling, University of North Dakota
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, North Dakota



Tracy LeDuc, MBA, CPA | Chief Financial Officer

Tracy is a business executive with nearly 25 years of experience leading financial and operational responsibilities for profit and not-for-profit corporations. Before joining CVIC in 2018 as its finance administrator, Tracy worked as an accountant and controller with for-profit companies, as the CFO and interim CEO for a large non-profit. She was named CVIC’s CFO in 2019. Tracy brings a keen eye to critical business requirements in order to manage CVIC’s financial assets along with compliance and reporting requirements to federal, state, and local funders and ensure fiscal responsibilities for CVIC’s $5 million annual budget are managed efficiently.

She is a dedicated community volunteer with many organizations throughout greater Grand Forks and an active member of professional organizations including the North Dakota Society of CPAs.

Education and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of North Dakota
  • Master of Business Administration with distinction, Campbell University
  • Certified Public Accountant, State of North Dakota



Laura Nash Frisch | Vice President of Victim Witness and Visitation

Laura’s 23-year career has influenced CVIC’s growth and outreach to support victims of interpersonal crime and strengthen community collaborations to develop programs to end violence in the greater Grand Forks region.

Since joining CVIC as an advocate in 1997 she has provided instrumental leadership at local, state and federal levels. She has managed growth of CVIC’s child visitation and exchange program and its crime victim witness services, among two of the agency’s largest victim services programs reaching more than 1,600 people annually.

Laura’s expertise led her to be selected as a peer reviewer for the federal Office on Violence Against Women grant review team and member of a national cohort that developed best practices in child visitation. She has served as an expert witness in domestic violence court hearings and is a volunteer member of the regional Critical Incident Stress Management Team providing mental health intervention to first responders who have dealt with traumatic fatalities.

Education and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Social Work, University of South Dakota
  • Master of Social Work, University of North Dakota
  • Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), North Dakota
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