Brenna Daugherty Gerhardt is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She received a master's degree in Theological Studies from Harvard. A native of Center, North Dakota, she now lives in Bismarck with her husband, Tom Gerhardt. She has three stepchildren, and a son and daughter. Brenna enjoys reading and talking about great literature, learning something new every day, cooking and sharing meals with friends new and old, discovering new things about familiar places and exploring completely new ones. Her favorite place to be is kayaking the Missouri River at sunset with her husband.
Since May 16, 1986, Kenneth Glass has administered the finances of the NDHC. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting and business administration from Mary College (a.k.a. University of Mary) in 1982, and passed the national exam to become a certified public accountant in 1983. After college, he spent 2 years working for the ND Tax Department as a corporate income tax auditor before accepting a position with the council. Ken played a crucial supporting role in the success of the Great Plains Chautauqua Society, handling the financial and administrative details of the program until 2005. Glass now focuses his energy on the newly expanded programming and funding sources of the NDHC. Ken is well known in the national humanities circle for his attention to detail coupled with a diverse understanding of the ever-changing needs driving contemporary humanities programming. He bases this key asset on the recognition that, "while accounting is usually seen as a practical, detailed, number intensive occupation, many accountants become trusted financial advisers for their employers and clients. Having a broad knowledge of history, culture, philosophy and ethics helps them move beyond the numbers to see the big picture."
Stacy L. Schaffer graduated with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Before attending Hamline, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Behavioral Sciences from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. With a passion towards serving others, Stacy has dedicated much of her time towards advocating for human rights. In 2011, she was crowned Miss ND International and represented a platform on combating human trafficking. She currently serves as President of the Farwest Rotary Club – Bismarck and continues to work with organizations including 31:8 Project, Invisible Innocence, North Dakota Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission and North Dakota Human Rights Coalition. Stacy often credits her motivation, work ethic, and determination from growing up on a farm near the town of Wishek, North Dakota.
Kayla Schmidt is a recent graduate of the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Norwich is known as "A Fine City" and is an UNESCO City of Literature -- the perfect place to earn her master's degree in Creative Nonfiction and Biography. Kayla is originally from "The Magic City" of Minot where she received her bachelor's degree in English. No matter which city she's in, her writing ability has allowed her to work as a content generator for a variety of businesses, although she prefers writing creatively for her blog. Kayla is an active member of the reproductive justice movement in North Dakota, including facilitating Minot's "Feminist First Fridays" in conjunction with towns statewide sponsored by the North Dakota Women's Network. She is, of course, an avid reader and collector of books. Kayla feels both at home on the prairie and in a pub. She's always looking for a new perspective, her next travel adventure, and often where she parked in the Target lot.
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