-Meet your 2021 Board Nominees-

Take time to read their bios and cast your vote as we fill seats for our upcoming terms.

Kristi Ventzke, MS, LMFT: The Village Family Service Center (Grand Forks, ND)

Current appointed Board of Director at Large since August 2020.

Running for NDFBSA Board Director at Large for a 2 year term

I have worked in Family-Based Services for over 14 years as an intensive in-home family therapist, a clinical supervisor, and now as a regional program supervisor in the Grand Forks Village location. I earned a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Cloud State University and a Certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health from the University of Minnesota. I am trained in numerous evidence-based practices and provide mental health consultation. I am licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Minnesota and North Dakota. As a family therapist I have a passion for working with children and families. I bring a strength-based perspective that promotes families own protective factors and builds their resiliency. I look forward to promoting the mission of the North Dakota Family Based Services Association.

Jessica Fleck Siders, LMSW: Student Wellness and Family Facilitator, Fargo Public Schools (Fargo, ND)

Running for NDFBSA Board of Director at Large for a 2 year term.

Current appointed Board of Director at Large.

My name is Jessica Fleck Siders. I am a Student Wellness and Family Facilitator for Fargo Public Schools. I have a lot of interest in being on the Family Based Services Association Board because I feel like it is a great way to engage with family and youth service providers. It also excites me to participate in providing quality, local training to my community colleagues. I have been with Fargo Public Schools since October 2020. Before joining Fargo Public, I worked with Youthwork (Fargo Office) as the Assistant Executive Director and as a Foster Care Case Manager for Grand Forks County Social Services. I am a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) and received my Master’s Degree from the University of North Dakota. I have experience in family therapy, individual counseling, group work, and policy development. I have had the privilege of working on advisory boards regarding Human Trafficking, Youth Substance Prevention, and Youth Homelessness.

Brooke Biederstedt, LMSW: Director of Independent Living Services, Nexus PATH (Dickinson, ND)  

Running for NDFBSA Board Director at Large for a 2 year term

My name is Brooke Biederstedt. I am the Director of Independent Living Services at Nexus PATH. My passion for working alongside transitional age youth started in my role as a direct care staff at a residential facility and has grown in my roles as a treatment foster care case manager and supervisor at Nexus PATH. When working to support youth, one area of growth often overlooked is the development of permanent connections. With permanent connects, youth transitioning to independence have a network of individuals to utilize as resources. It is important to ensure that these connections are not limited to only professionals, but also include family. Enhancing permanent connections is not something that should wait until a youth is transitioning, rather as an immediate skill to be enhanced upon. This connectedness can be the bond that glues all other independent living skills together, acting as a tool kit for youth. Because of this, it is essential in our role as professionals to advocate for continued involvement of family and natural supports in our work.

Ethan Hoepfner, LBSW: Social Worker Bismarck Public Schools (Bismarck, ND)

Current nominated Board of Director at Large.

Running for NDFBSA Board Director at Large for a 2 year term.

My name is Ethan Hoepfner and I’m licensed in the State of North Dakota as a Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker. I graduated from the University of Mary in 2014 with a major in social work and minor in psychology. I’ve been employed by Bismarck Public School since 2019 where I’m the Social Worker at Bismarck High School. I’ve worked with at-risk youth and families for over 14 years and have previously worked as a case manager at Prairie Learning Center and Youthworks. I’ve also served one term on the North Dakota Family Based Services Association Board.

Emily Althoff, LMAC, LPCC: Multisystemic Therapy Unit Supervisor, Southeast Human Service Center (Fargo, ND)

Runing for NDFBSA Board of Director at Large for a 2 year term.

Current appointed Board of Director at Large.

My name is Emily Althoff, and I am the Multisystemic Therapy (MST)-Psychiatric Unit Supervisor at Southeast Human Service Center. I currently hold Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Master’s Addiction Counselor licenses in North Dakota. I graduated from NDSU with a B.S. in Psychology and have two Master’s degrees from the University of Mary – M.S. in Counseling and Master of Public Administration. I have a strong background in providing evidence-based programming; I currently supervise the only MST team in North Dakota and am rostered in North Dakota for Trauma-Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have worked with a diverse array of clients (children, adults, families) in both the office and the community but have found my niche in home and community-based therapies. I love the real-life experiences that you get to have when working with children and their families in their most comfortable settings. You have this amazing opportunity to get to know families on a deeper level and get to see the world from their perspective.

I am originally from Moorhead, MN, and recently got married to a wonderful man who also works in the human service industry with military veterans. Together we have a dog, Bruce, and a cat, Leonard. In my free time I enjoy lounging at home, likely watching a murder docuseries or The Office… if my husband isn’t forcing me to watch a Vikings game, or even worse, golf. I also enjoy being at the lakes (no matter the season) and spending time with my family and pets.

Voting is now closed.

Elected Board Members will be announced at the 2021 Annual Meeting on March 24th.