Kay Schraeder, Courtney Ritterman and Cory Geffre join the board of directors of Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC), a key provider of domestic violence and sexual assault intervention/prevention services, and leading statewide nonprofit whose mission is to end interpersonal violence.
Schraeder serves as the vice president and chief financial officer at Minnkota Power Cooperative. Prior to joining Minnkota’s finance team in 2006 as an accountant, she worked at Brady Martz, where she served on the auditing team for CVIC’s account.
Schraeder earned an associate of science degree from University of North Dakota (UND) – Williston and a bachelor of accountancy degree from UND. As a certified public accountant, she is a member of the North Dakota Society of CPAs. Additionally, she was previously treasurer of the board of directors for the Greater Grand Forks Area Crimestoppers and officer for the Grand Forks Chapter of CPAs.
Ritterman is a co-owner of Dakota Commercial and a licensed real estate agent. Dakota Commercial is a locally owned property management, developer and real estate broker company based in Grand Forks. Following the city’s major flood of 1997, Dakota Commercial was instrumental in coordinating the renovation of CVIC’s main office in downtown Grand Forks. They again assisted CVIC with a major capital campaign of Mary’s Place, a 36-bed shelter constructed in 2017.
Ritterman attended UND earning a bachelor of business and aviation administration. Along with her experience at Dakota Commercial, she served in office administration roles at GFK Flight Support and holds commercial pilot and flight instructor certifications. Additionally, she is a certified holistic health coach. Ritterman is currently serving on a Lake Townhome Association board and previously served on the boards of Grand Forks Jaycees, Calvary Lutheran Church and the Grand Forks YMCA.
Geffre serves as executive vice president of hospital operations/chief nursing officer of Altru Health System. With nearly 30 years of experience in health care leadership and business development, Geffre holds a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master of science in management, strategy and leadership from Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.
In addition to extensive health care experience, Geffre owned and operated Common Success, a consulting firm that guided small business owners on strategy, market innovation and business growth. He also has 13 years of experience as a sales representative and business growth strategist. He joined Altru in October 2022 after relocating from Mary Greely Medical Center in Ames, Iowa.