Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch welcomed Dr. Karin Lokensgard Pierce to its Program Board of Directors. Dr. Lokensgard is a Family Practice Physician in Grafton, ND. She is a member of the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians/ND Academy of Family Physicians, and in her spare time enjoys her book club, volunteering with her local church, and playing in the Grand Forks City Band and Second Wind Band. Dr. Lokensgard is excited to use her professional training to support a Christian ministry like the Ranch, as well as provide insight, advice, and recommendations from her medical practice expertise.
The Ranch also welcomed Earl Torgerson to its Foundation Board of Directors. Torgerson, a former associate professor of residential construction and sustainability technology at Bismarck State College, is a member of the Bismarck Mandan Home Builders Association and has done a lot of work with Habitat for Humanity. In addition, he volunteers with the God’s Child Project, Shiloh Christian School, and his local church. Torgerson is also a charter member of Christmas in April, presently known as Rebuild Together Bismarck/Mandan. Torgerson believes Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a reputable charity and contributes greatly to the communities it serves. He looks forward to being a part of that work.
Last week, the Ranch held annual board meetings of its three organizations—Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation, and Dakota Family Services.
Newly elected positions on the Foundation Board of Directors: Mark Stinson, Treasurer. Newly elected positions on the Program Board of Directors: Jennifer Quast Johnsrud, Chair; Dr. Brent Askvig, Vice Chair. Newly elected positions on the Dakota Family Services Board of Directors: Pastor Douglas Bergelin, Vice Chair; Hilory Liccini, Secretary/Treasurer.
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a Christ-centered residential treatment and educational center for children and their families. The Ranch helps the most troubled, complex, and amazing kids by providing best-in-class psychiatric therapy and trauma-informed care. Children, ages 10-18, live, learn, heal, and find hope at residential campuses in Minot, Bismarck, and Fargo, North Dakota.
In addition, the Ranch provides Outpatient Psychiatric and Psychological Services through its outpatient clinic, Dakota Family Services; and a personalized education for kids who have psychiatric, behavioral, and trauma issues through Dakota Memorial School.
Dakota Family Services is a team of compassionate mental health professionals providing outpatient behavioral health care for children, adolescents, and adults in a multi-disciplinary setting. Comprehensive psychological and psychiatric services include assessment, evaluation, individual therapy, medication management, and psychological testing. Dakota Family Services has clinics in Fargo and Minot, North Dakota.