About Us

The North Dakota Jump$tart Coalition is comprised of more than 35 organizations, government agencies, financial institutions, corporations, nonprofits, and individuals. Working together we are able to join forces to improve the personal financial literacy of all North Dakotans.

Our Mission

The North Dakota Jump$tart Coalition seeks to improve the personal financial literacy of all North Dakotans.

Our Goals

The North Dakota Jump$tart Coalition began as a series of informal meetings held in the fall of 2006 with a group of people interested in furthering financial literacy in our state. Official documents to become an affiliate of the National Jump$tart Coalition soon followed.

On September 28, 2006 the Coalition set forth the following goals:

  • Provide for communication and sharing of ideas among agencies, organizations and individuals who have interest in and concern for financial literacy
  • Promote and support financial literacy activities of North Dakota Jump$tart partners
  • Establish a firm organizational structure, funding and budget

Our Board of Directors

Alicia Kellebrew

Financial Counselor The Village Family Service Center
  • akellebrew@thevillagefamily.org

Joy Sparks

Events Chair and Director
Financial Literacy Coordinator TS Institute
  • joy.sparks@tsinstitute.org

Lance Hill

President and Director
Financial Literacy Manager Bank of North Dakota
  • lrhill@nd.gov

Pam Nieuwenhuis

Treasurer and Director
VP of Lending Railway Credit Union
  • pamela@railwaycu.com

Vanessa Hoines

Vice President and Director
Extention Agent/Family and Consumer Science NDSU Extension Service
  • vanessa.hoines@ndsu.edu

Vicki Laraway

Systems / Community Advocate Dakota Center for Independent Living

Our Committees

North Dakota Jump$tart has three long-term standing committees. From time to time other committees form to work on special projects. Service on these committees is vital to our group fulfilling our mission. If you’re interested in joining the Coalition, we also urge you to learn more about the various committees to find out how you can help!

Publicity Committee

Chairperson: Char Skjonsby

The Publicity Committee works to raise public awareness of financial literacy in North Dakota by supporting other Jump$tart committees’ initiatives through the website, newsletters or updates, media relations and public relations materials.

Program-Events Committee

Chairperson: Lance Hill

The Program and Events Committee purpose is to foster financial literacy throughout the state by providing avenues and opportunities for education, information, and distribution of materials that focus on and promote financial literacy.

Membership-Finance Committee

Chairperson: Wally Erhardt

The Membership-Finance Committee works to expand membership and leads financing efforts to promote program objectives in support of the ND Jump$tart Coalition.