Dawson Community College Board of Trustees

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Mr. Chad Knudson, Chairman of the Board
Chad is currently the publisher of the Glendive Ranger-Review newspaper. He was born and raised a fifth-generation Glendivian. He cut his teeth in business working at the family store before graduating from DCHS. Credits earned at DCC during high school and over summer terms allowed him to graduate early and summa cum laude from Valparaiso University of Indiana. There he earned a BS in Business Administration with concentrations in marketing, international business and global studies with an honors distinction in the humanities.

Chad has worked in business development and management in large corporations and small business ventures in Bismarck, Denver, Chicago and Glendive. He has experienced both successes and failures, all of which have contributed to life-long learning.

He is a past recipient of MDU Resources Group’s Einstein Award for Innovation, is president of the Leadership Glendive program and active in other community activities.

Chad is also an avid traveler, having spent significant time studying language and culture in Spain and travelling extensively in Europe, South America, and the United States for both business and pleasure. His favorite getaway is to the ski slopes. He is proud that every journey has eventually led him home.

Mr. Bob Stanhope, Vice Chairman of the Board

Mr. Stanhope was born and raised in Baker, Montana. He attended college at NMC – Havre and graduated from Dawson Community College with an AAS Degree in Survey Technology in 1982. Stanhope is married to Kristie with three grown children – Nate, Kalli and Blake. Stanhope is a Professional Land Surveyor, licensed in Montana, the Dakotas and Wyoming. Stanhope is currently a Survey and GIS Supervisor for WBI Energy Transmission, Inc. and a small business co-owner of Stateline Surveys. Stanhope is a 30 year resident of Glendive, 20 year member of the Elks Lodge No. 1324, past board member of Zion Lutheran Church, currently the President of the Trap Club, and a past President of the Chamber of Commerce. Stanhope enjoys coaching youth baseball, basketball and soccer and his hobbies include shooting trap, watching sports, golf, and fishing.

Ms. Kathleen Fritsch

Kathleen’s grandparents homesteaded in Glendive, so she is really local. She attended elementary and High School in Glendive. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Dickinson State University and then taught  junior high and high school English in a very small town (300) in northern Minnesota. She found it far too cold.

After returning to Montana she served as a substitute teacher in Billings until joining the faculty at DCC. She is especially proud of having joined some of her former high school teachers on staff at the college including:  Rosemarie Aus, Richard McMullin and John Gibson. She taught at DCC for almost 6 years before deciding to attend law school.

Ms. Fritsch earned her J.D. from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and returned to Glendive where she practiced law. After nine years, she decided her true vocation was teaching rather than practicing law and therefore closed her law office and resumed teaching at DCC where she taught a diverse list of courses including law, English, speech and theater.

Ms. Fritsch retired in 2010. The highlight of her career was delivering the commencement address on the day of her retirement.

Ms. Fritsch served as a DCC Board Trustee from 2012-2015, and after deciding not to seek reelection in 2015, she ran again in 2016 and was returned to the Board.

Kathleen has been involved in education since she was six years old, and is still amazed at the amount of knowledge  she  does not have. She believes above all that without learning, one is an empty shell..

Mr. Richard Rowe

Richard was born and raised in northern California’s wine country before calling Montana his home in 1983. He is a military veteran having served 10 years in the US Air Force, mostly in Montana and the Pacific theater.

Richard came to Glendive in 1994 with his wife Janet, and two children, Benjamin and Zachary. The Rowes have since added a third child, Sierra to the family who is currently attending middle school.

Dawson Community College has been a family tradition for Richard. He returned to college as a non-traditional student and graduated from DCC in 2007. His sons both attended DCC on athletic scholarships and represented the school in golf and basketball.

Richard is a retired law enforcement officer having spent 12 years with the Glendive Police Department, and eight years as the Undersheriff for Dawson County. He has served on many community service boards and been recognized as a Community Champion for Dawson County. He has been the public address voice of both college and high school athletic programs for over 20 years, and enjoys this interaction with the athletes and the fans. He is currently employed by MS Energy Services and is based out of their Glendive office. He loves spending his downtime with his expanding family and with friends on the golf course.

Mr. Mike Wilondek 

An alumnus of Dawson Community College, Mike has served as a Trustee since 2014. Originally from Indiana, Mike came to Glendive as a student-athlete at Dawson Community College. Upon graduating, he continued his education at MSU-B (formerly Eastern Montana College) and later returned to Glendive, serving as an insurance agent for HUB International and raising his family. Now retired, he and his wife, Carole, enjoy numerous activities in Glendive as well as traveling and spending time with their children and grandchildren.

Ms. Darla Handran

Glendive has been Darla Handran’s home for over 40 years.  While born in Wolf Point, MT, Darla was raised and educated in Glendive.  Darla graduated from Dawson Community College in 1994, and that same year started her career at the Glendive Job Service.  Darla has two sons, Brett Stinnett and Riley Handran.  Darla is interested in community and workforce development and has been a former member of both the Kiwanis and Jaycees.  Darla is a 20-year member of IAWP – International Association of Workforce Professionals, having served as the President of the Montana Chapter in 2004-2005. Darla enjoys following and supporting the various Glendive sports programs, playing cards, and spending time with family.

Ms. MaryAnn Vester

MaryAnn grew up in Glendive. She attended Glendive Public Schools and graduated from DCC. She received her BSLS at MSU–Billings and is completing a master’s degree in Higher Education through Montana State University. Vester is married to Tige with two grown children – Olivia and Bret. MaryAnn and Tige own BOSS Office Products, with locations in Glendive, Miles City and Sidney.

MaryAnn currently serves as HR Director at BOSS Office Products. She previously worked at DCC for nine years as Director of Extended Learning. In this position, MaryAnn administered online programs through CCCOnline, offered Ed2Go courses, directed the Adult Basic Education program for three years, coordinated outreach programs to the community and facilitated corporate training.

MaryAnn’s passion for higher education and community involvement led her to her current appointment to the DCC Board of Trustees. She also serves on the JSEC committee as well as the Loaves and Fishes committee for Zion Lutheran Church. In her free time, MaryAnn enjoys golf and watching her son play for the DCC Buccaneer Basketball program. Go Bucs!