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.

Upcoming Meetings
 Board of Directors: November 13, 2019
Finance Committee: Date TBD
Governance Committee: Date TBD

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 Leadership Team

Coiya Tompkins, MBA |  President & CEO
Since 2019

- Leads CVIC's 80-person team with core responsibilities for leadership development, business operations/development and financial health
- Oversees the Safer Tomorrows Road Map spearheading innovative safety, healing and education initiatives toward virtually ending violence in two generations
- Prior executive development responsibilities with the Jeremiah Program, where she raised $800,000 of a $1 million annual operating budget, oversaw a volunteer force of 600 and managed community relations and marketing
- Served in previous executive roles with Western Agency, Sun Health, Tenet Health, and Banner Health

Edie Dahlen | Director of Community Investment
Since 1992

- Leads development program that has increased donations by 850% to $784,000 in 2018 and raised $3.1 million in a capital campaign
- Builds strong relationships with supporters, increasing our donor base to 1,500 people, including more than 200 major gift society members
- Oversees financial operations for the agency, including 50 grants
- Presents nationally on our development program supporting the Safer Tomorrows Road Map

Laura Nash Frisch, Director Advocacy & Empowerment
Since 1997

- Oversees legal, child visitation and court advocacy services reaching over 1,600 people, achieving 94%+ client services satisfaction
- Federal grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Justic and national cohort member that developed best practices in child visitation
- Expert witness in domestic violence court hearings
- Presents the Safer Tomorrows Road Map nationally

Kari Kerr, MA, LPC | Director of Community Innovations
Since 1996

- Oversees prevention projects reaching 19,000 people, with 97% of community members increasing knowledge and nearly 70% of offenders completing programming decreasing 911 calls to their homes
- Collaborated with court personnel to initiate the state of North Dakota's first domestic violence court
- Guides staff participating in national initiatives
- Domestic/sexual violence trainer for three national law enforcement and campus safety agencies
- Presents the Safer Tomorrows Road Map nationally

Therese Hugg, LPC | Director of Victim Services
Since 2008

- Oversees crisis, shelter, stability, and therapy services, reaching 2,000 people, with 96% of clients surveyed indicating increased safety and 98% of youth surveyed reporting improved emotional well-being
- Manages more than 30 federal and other grants totaling more than $2.9 million to provide safety and healing services to those in need
- Advances services integral to the success of the Safer Tomorrows Road Map
- Member of a statewide treatment collaborative for traumatized youth

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