Speakers

Adelynn Mrosko

Adelynn Mrosko is an undergraduate at the University of North Dakota majoring in Commercial Aviation. In her time at UND, Adelynn has done extensive work in promoting LGBT visibility and equality.

Andy Maus

A Dickinson, ND, native, Andrew (Andy) J. Maus received a Bachelor’s Degree in 2002 in Studio Art and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management in 2010, both from Minnesota State University – Moorhead.

Currently, Maus is Director/CEO of Plains Art Museum, an organization that first sparked his love for art museums and the roles we play in building stronger, more innovative and healthier communities. Plains Art Museum, located in downtown Fargo, is the largest and only AAM-accredited art museum in North Dakota, and has several strong focus areas including modern and contemporary exhibitions, regional artists, Native American programming, cultural diversity, creative placemaking, learning, and artistic creation. The Museum is an exemplary, regional mid-sized museum serving a vast and largely rural population. Maus is in his third stint at the Plains, where he has worked in a variety of capacities throughout the years. Prior to returning to Plains Art Museum, Maus served as Executive Director of the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona, where he provided leadership in every major facet of the Museum’s operation and oversaw a dramatic transformation and expansion of the organization.

Maus currently lives in Moorhead, MN with his wife, 2 kids and 2 dogs.

Bridget McManamon

Bridget McManamon is 17 years old and a Junior at Moorhead Senior High School. She started the charitable organization Herstory to increase access to menstrual hygiene products, empower young women to have a better understanding of their physical well being and increase their confidence and ability to access leadership opportunities within their schools and communities. Bridget is also heavily involved with her schools speech team and theater department and hopes to go to college for Political Science and Women's Studies.

Kathryn Helgaas Burgum

Kathryn Helgaas Burgum became First Lady on December 15, 2016, when her husband Governor Doug Burgum was sworn in as the 33rd Governor of North Dakota. Kathryn grew up in Jamestown, N.D. She earned her undergraduate degree in retail business at Arizona State University and a master’s of business administration degree in human resources from the University of North Texas.

Her 25-plus year career in human resources and marketing has spanned many industries. Kathryn has donated her time and leadership to many charitable endeavors including at-risk women and children, animal welfare, visionary artists and the arts.

Now, as First Lady, her priority is supporting and developing initiatives for fighting addiction in North Dakota’s communities.

Kelly Krenzel

As a marketing and communications specialist for Hospice of the Red River Valley, Kelly Krenzel focuses telling the hospice mission through those who have experienced it firsthand. She is truly moved by the small, but beautiful moments she has witnessed among hospice patients and their families and staff. Inspired by this work, the love for her Grandma Freda, a bit of a green thumb and incredible amount of compassion for others, Kelly started Hope Blooms, a flower recycling project, to spread joy, happiness and emotional healing to those facing difficult times.

Kelly grew up in Bismarck, N.D., and moved to Fargo 15 years ago to earn a mass communications degree from MSUM. She met her now husband, Scotty, at a local pizzeria 5 years ago, and the two have been adventuring ever since. In late 2015, the pair embarked on their biggest adventure yet with the arrival of their son, Henry Fisher. In her spare time, Kelly loves being with family and friends.

Kevin Peterson

From New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Upper Valley office in Hanover, Kevin co-leads design and implementation of the Impact Investing Program. He also manages four grant programs: a statewide environment portfolio (grants, initiatives and relationships with conservation-focused nonprofits); the Wellborn Ecology Fund (which supports place-based ecology education); the Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund (which supports watershed protection/restoration); and regional grants/nonprofit/donor relations in the Upper Valley. He joined the Foundation staff in 2001.

Prior to the Foundation, Kevin spent 15 years with Appalachian Trail Conservancy coordinating land protection, resource management and volunteer stewardship along 700 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in New England.
Kevin has a Geography degree from Dartmouth College. He chairs the advisory committee for the Class of ’82 Upper Valley Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship at Dartmouth’s Center for Community Service, and serves on the Dartmouth Outing Club Advisory Board.

Kevin and his wife, Rebecca Lovejoy, live in Lyme, New Hampshire, where he serves as the elected Town Moderator and maintains a network of trails for walking and skiing. From 2002 to 2016, he performed with Revels North’s “Christmas Revels” as a singer, dancer, actor and emcee/song leader.

Melody Warnick

After 13 years of chronic moving, Melody Warnick managed to fall madly in love with her adopted hometown of Blacksburg, Virginia, then wrote a book about how other people could do the same. "This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are" (Viking, 2016) helps Movers and Stayers alike rethink the value of their community and was described by Richard Florida as “an important book for so many people who are choosing their place to live."

A freelance journalist for more than a decade, Warnick has written for The Guardian, Atlantic CityLab, Quartz, Reader’s Digest, O: The Oprah Magazine, Redbook, Better Homes and Gardens, and many other publications; she and her book have also been featured in the likes of Time, Fast Company, Psychology Today, Realtor.com, and Inc.com. She (still) lives in Blacksburg with her husband and two daughters. She's big into libraries, bakeries, and taking walks. Find out more at her website, melodywarnick.com, or follow her on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook (@melodywarnick).

Michael Burns

Dr. Burns is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies and the Honors College at Texas State University. He also serves as the CoDirector for the College of Fine Arts and Communication's research startup program, CoSearch. He is an award-winning instructor who teaches several courses including: Human Communication, Small Group Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Sport Communication, Leadership, Persuasion, and honors courses titled Re-Humanizing Communication and Talking Like TED. Dr. Burns currently serves as a Faculty in Residence where he lives and works with the Honors and Terry Scholars Living Learning Communities.

Dr. Burns' professional experiences outside of academia include working for NBC’s Today Show at the 2006 Torino, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London, and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. While at the Today Show he works on the production management and logistics team while overseeing their intern program. Dr. Burns also worked as a communication specialist for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Burns is an applied communication researcher and conducts theoretically-based research with practical applications. He has published and presented research in the areas of persuasion, message development, higher education and the college transition, narrative influence, interpersonal communication, and family communication.

Sam Reid

Sam is an idealist realist who was raised by ex-hippies in Northern California. He spent the last 3 decades chasing big questions through careers in construction, social venture capital, and strategy consulting before falling for his South Dakota dream girl, launching his own consulting firm, and realizing that even when he's his own boss, it's still really hard to be the father, husband, leader, and friend that he wants to be.

Steve Gadlin

Steve Gadlin is a serial silly projects guy. He appeared on ABC's Shark Tank and struck a deal with Mark Cuban with his stick figure cat drawing company, "I Want To Draw a Cat For You!"

Steve Rohr

Steve Rohr is a widely recognized Communication expert, educator, bestselling author and the Show Publicist for the Academy Awards®.