RAGOM Board Members

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RAGOM Board Members

Board of Directors

Laura Buck, Board Chair

In addition to serving as Vice Chair on RAGOM's Board of Directors, Laura Buck visits with potential adopters in their homes and fosters RAGOM dogs. Laura is employed by Bind On-Demand Health Insurance as a member of their Sales team.

She enjoys snow skiing, water skiing, running, golfing, traveling, and spending time at the family lake cabin. Her family comprises her fiancé and two rescued Golden Retrievers, Clancy and Champ.

Term expires December 31, 2022

Mark Crellin, Director

Both Mark and his wife Rosemary Bentson volunteer as transporters and fosters. Rosemary is also part of the application screening team. Mark is also a member of the foster help team and the hotline team.

Mark retired in 2012 from the HiRel division of Vishay Intertechnology, an electronics manufacturer, where he was Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Mark and Rosemary now live at their lake home and enjoy fishing, grandkids, and, of course, Golden Retrievers.

The Crellin-Bentson family includes two sons; four grandkids; two RAGOM dogs, Tank 16-260 and Sooner 19-025; one 17-year-old cat, Sweet Pea; and typically, one RAGOM foster dog.

Mark and Rosemary particularly enjoy fostering senior dogs and retired breeding females. They were privileged to have adopted three other RAGOM dogs, Harley 12-384, Sandy 14-070, and Beau 15-201, who have since gone to the Rainbow Bridge.

Term expires December 31, 2020

Jennifer Deweese, Director

Jennifer volunteered for more than eight years at the former Minnesota Valley Humane Society (MVHS) in a variety of roles: dog walker, adoption counselor, special events participant, and assistant to the dog trainers. She has also volunteered at the Animal Humane Society (AHS) as a training assistant and at various community events.

Jennifer retired from Delta Air Lines/Northwest Airlines in 2016. Her early experience included customer service, managerial, and training roles, with the last 18 years focused on project and process management. She is currently contracting at the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) as a process consultant in their IT Project Management Office.

Jennifer, along with her husband Clem and their 14-year-old Golden Retriever Bella, live in Eagan, Minnesota. She enjoys travel, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, volleyball, card and board games, book club, and Pickleball.

Term expires December 31, 2021

Marti Jones, Director

Marti Jones volunteers as a Board Director and focuses her efforts on growing awareness of RAGOM’s mission, handling communications and media relations, and supporting fundraising efforts. She believes RAGOM volunteers, adopters, donors, and supporters are the "best in the world" and cares deeply for RAGOM's beloved Goldens.

Marti's portfolio spans 20 years in communication and marketing. She has developed and implemented multifaceted campaigns for world-renowned organizations such as the American Red Cross and Mayo Clinic.

Marti taught public relations at the University of Minnesota and educated the public regarding relief efforts after 9/11 and during the Iraq War and Minnesota's 35W bridge collapse.

Marti earned her master’s degree in public administration and affairs from George Washington University and her bachelor’s degree in communications and psychology from Augustana College in Minnesota. She is also a board member of Serve Minnesota. Marti shares custody of a spirited Golden Retriever named Stella whom she adores and spoils.

Term expires December 31, 2021

Jane Nygaard, Founder and Director

Jane Nygaard founded RAGOM in February 1985 and continues to serve as a Board member. She regularly visits schools and scout groups to educate children about properly interacting with dogs and the responsibilities of caring for a dog, including the importance of microchips and training.

Jane is a retired nanny who cared for children in their homes while their parents traveled and has kept in touch with her former charges as they have graduated college, married, and had children of their own.

With the help of her husband Hank, Jane has fostered more than 1,000 dogs. After Hank died in 1999, Jane adopted Ford (Gabriel) 04-258, who was found in a trashcan and weighed just one pound when RAGOM rescued him.

Ford flourished and became a support dog, sitting with children in reading programs, attending funerals to support grieving families, visiting hospital patients, and comforting students who had lost two classmates.

After Ford died in May 2015, Jane adopted Doc (Baxter) 15-210 from the first group of Turkish Goldens that RAGOM helped to rescue and bring to the United States. Doc went to the Rainbow Bridge in 2019.

Sheila Rawski, Director

Sheila Rawski volunteers as a RAGOM Board Director and is an active member of the transport, home visit, and foster teams. She has also participated on the application screening team and volunteered at Goldzilla and other events.

As a Board member, she is passionate about supporting RAGOM volunteers and recognizing their unending service and dedication.

Sheila has worked for the City of Minneapolis for more than 20 years and is currently a housing inspector in North Minneapolis. She shares her life and home with husband Peter, and cats Tyler Toledo (aka SkyBoy) and Harley.

Term expires December 31, 2022

Missy Stanisz, Director

Missy Stanisz was introduced to RAGOM as a foster, but after a career change made fostering a challenge, she looked for other ways to serve the organization. Missy volunteered her marketing skills for the annual Goldzilla event, and following the event began working with social media and supporting fundraising campaigns.

Missy earned her MBA in Marketing in 2015 from Baker Center for Graduate Studies and is the Director of Digital Gaming for San Manuel Casino in Highland, California. In this role, Missy is responsible for new player acquisition, player engagement, and monetization of the casino’s digital gaming products.

Missy lives in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California with Indy, her senior Golden Retriever, and Pepper, her Belgian Shepherd mix. She enjoys live music, cooking, mountain living, reading, writing, scouring vintage decor shops, and exploring California’s wines, beers, and forests.

Term expires December 31, 2021

Nicole Stundzia, Director

Nicole Stundzia joined RAGOM in April 2016. She serves on the RAGOM Board of Directors and is an active volunteer on the hotline, transport, placement, and home visit teams. Nicole also leads the application screening and vet check teams.

In addition, Nicole is very passionate about RAGOM’s International Outreach Program. Her family comprises Louie, her horse of 24 years; cats Bubbles and Pebbles; and dogs Lucy, Daisy (16-067TD), Barney (Abe 17-224A), and Norman (18-198).

Nicole has lived in Rochester for more than 10 years and works for the Mayo Clinic as an administrative assistant in the Information Technology department.

Term expires December 31, 2020

Officers

Kate Heezen, Secretary

Although Kate volunteers as secretary for the RAGOM Board, as a foster, as the application screening team lead, rescue email team lead, and a member of the home visit team, she also works as a scheduler in a busy radiology clinic.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking and camping with her husband Ben and their dogs Buddy 15-168, a RAGOM hound mix, and Lucy, a Golden Retriever. Lucy earned her first AKC Tracking Dog title in October 2016 and joins the family during pheasant hunting trips on their land in South Dakota.

Anne Kominek, Treasurer

As volunteer Treasurer for RAGOM, Anne Kominek concentrates on the development and observation of RAGOM’s financial policies, annual budgeting, cash forecasting, bank account and cash management, and financial reporting.

Throughout her career Anne has held various treasury positions. She is currently the Cash Manager at Sun Country Airlines. She has her MBA in Finance, a CCM designation (Certified Cash Manager), and is a Certified Financial Planning and Analysis Professional (FP&A).

Anne and her husband Gary have one senior cat, Henry, who showed up in their bushes in 2002. Their daughter and her cat, Aruba, also live at home. Anne enjoys visiting her son and his two rescue dogs, Lenny and Theo. Her favorite hobbies are kayaking, camping with family, and being a RAGOM volunteer.