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April 24, 2012

New members, leadership changes to DWU Board of Trustees

MITCHELL – Dakota Wesleyan University board members met for a bi-annual meeting in late March and accepted three new board members, as well as elected a new leadership positions.

Jack Billion, of Sioux Falls, as served on the DWU board for nearly 30 years and as chairman for the past five. Billion retired as chairman but will remain on the board.

Brad Pratt, of Mankato, Minn, a 1979 DWU alumnus and a board member since 2008, was elected as the new chairman. Gary Ebel, of Denver, Colo., and a 1983 alumnus, was elected as vice chairman, and Nancy Theeler, of Mitchell, was elected as secretary.

New board members are: Rita C. Johnson, of Webster, a 1970 DWU graduate; Doug Powers, of Mitchell, a 1978 alumnus; and John Grinager, of Mendota Heights, Minn., a 1975 graduate of DWU.

Johnson, originally of Webster, is a consultant with Pranix Consulting, Inc. Pranix provides business services to trade associations, real estate brokerage firms and Multiple Listing Services. 

Johnson has more than 25 years of experience in the MLS business, initially with a major MLS computer systems vendor, and then managing major MLSs in California and in Philadelphia.

She and her husband, Jim Mumford, are now semi-retired and have returned to Webster. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Dakota Wesleyan University and participated in the Executive MBA program at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Powers is the business development director at Innovative Systems in Mitchell.

He has more than 20 years of experience working with OSS applications for independent telephone companies across the United States. During this time, he has been involved in software support, hardware support and networking for companies implementing OSS applications. Most recently he has been responsible for sales and sales management.

Powers earned his bachelor’s degree from DWU in 1978. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

He is a native of Flandreau and he and his wife, Shiori, a DWU alumna, have three children.

Grinager is a 1975 graduate of DWU with majors in history and Spanish. He studied theology at Boston University School of Theology and earned a master’s degree in planning and economic development from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. 

Since 1996, he has been the president/owner of Approve-IT Inc., an international regulatory compliance consulting company for telecom/radio products.

He and his wife, Nancy, live in Mendota Heights, Minn., and they are the parents of three adult sons.


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