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NCU Alumni Board Spring 2019

About the board

Under the direction of Alumni Board President, James Biffert, M.A. ’95, the North Central University Alumni Board was restructured three years ago to align with North Central’s four undergraduate colleges (College of Church Leadership, College of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Business and Technology). The board structure includes representation from all academic areas and better reflects the diverse disciplines of NCU alumni.

Part of the restructure included the addition of term limits, and we have begun the transition into the tenure of our next Alumni Board President for the 2020–2022 term: Rick Santiago ’99.

prime directives

  • Support the efforts of the school by volunteering and attending events such as Homecoming, Partners for Progress, commencement, alumni athletic events, and regional alumni events.
  • Connect people to the school by referring potential students, faulty, staff, and donors, suggesting guest speakers for classes and chapel, networking with students and alumni for jobs and internships, serving as regional alumni representatives, and reaching out to disconnected alumni.
  • Raise money for the school by supporting the NCU Fund, becoming a member or encouraging membership in the 1930 Society, opening doors to conversations with churches about NCU Church Partners, or participating in or referring people to Legacy Planning events and activities.

Meet the 2019-20 Alumni Board

Alumni Board Executive Council

Alumni Board member James Biffert

James Biffert ’95

Board President
Lead Pastor, Bethel’s Rock

Richfield, MN

Alumni Board Member Matt Mohs

Matt Mohs ’97

Representing the College of Business and Technology
VP of Marketing, CHS, Inc. 

Lakeville, MN

Alumni Board member Katie Scipioni

Katie Scipioni ’07

Representing the College of Arts and Sciences
Finance & Operations Mixtape Club
Saint Paul, MN

Alumni Board member Dave Collins

Dave Collins ’79

Representing the College of Fine Arts
Retired NCU Professor

Saint Paul, MN

NCU Staff member Rick Santiago

Rick Santiago ’99

Representing the College of Church Leadership
Lead Pastor, Riverdale Church
Andover, MN

View the full board below

Full board, by college

College of Arts & Sciences

Alumni Board member Josh Chitwood

Josh Chitwood ’15

Owner, Chitwood Media
Minneapolis, MN

Alumni Board member Julie Roche

Julie (Dop ’98) Roche

Therapist, New Life Counseling Center
Norwalk, IA

Alumni Board member Kristen Scherman

Kristen (Chall ’99) Scherman

Educational Solutions
Saint Paul, MN

Alumni Board member Katie Scipioni

Katie Scipioni ’07

Finance & Operations Mixtape Club
Saint Paul, MN

Portrait Image of Whitney Thulin

Whitney Thulin ’07

Senior Manager, Product Development John Wiley & Sons
Shakopee, MN

College of Fine Arts

Alumni Board member Janette Bach

Janette (Fulks ’11) Bach

Drama Director, New Life Academy
Woodbury, MN

Alumni Board member Dave Collins

Dave Collins ’79

Retired NCU Professor
Saint Paul, MN

Alumni Board member Todd Marshall

Todd Marshall ’83

President, Worship is Life
Woodbury, MN

Alumni Board member Kristina Sieh

Kristina (Fulks ’00) Sieh

Ministry Assistant, Evangel Church
Lee’s Summit, MO

College of Business & Technology

Headshot of Tiffany Briggs

Tiffany (Larson ’16) Briggs

HR, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Fridley, MN

Mike Cross ’03

Senior Deliver Manager, CIBER, INC
Detroit, MI

Alumni Board member Janessa Miller

Janessa (Cruz ’14) Miller

Data Analyst/Law, Cargill Corp.
Minneapolis, MN

Alumni Board Member Matt Mohs

Matt Mohs ’97

VP of Marketing, CHS, Inc. 
Lakeville, MN

Alumni Board member Bill Svoboda

Bill Svoboda ’06

Owner, CloseSimple Title Co. 
Big Lake, MN

College of Church Leadership

Paul Hurckman ’96

Executive Director, Venture
Minneapolis, MN

Alumni Board member Steph Peterson

Steph Peterson ’89

WSU Director, Chi Alpha
Winona, MN

Alumni Board member Heidi Rausch

Heidi (Steffan ’06) Rausch

Associate Youth Pastor, Cedar Valley Church
Bloomington, MN

Alumni Board member Steve Royalty

Steve Royalty ’99

Lead Pastor, Bridgeview Assemblies of God
Big Lake, MN

Headshot image of Rick Santiago

Rick Santiago ’99

Lead Pastor, Riverdale Church
Andover, MN