Meet the Fargo Parks And Recreation Board Members

These Commissioners guide the Park District with vision, leadership and strategic direction.

 joe deutsch  


 Joe Deutsch, President
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Joe was elected to the Board in 2006 and serves on the Recreation, Facilities, and Courts Plus Fitness Committees. As a Professor at North Dakota State University, Dr. Deutsch prepares Physical Education teachers and coaches to teach and coach at the public school and collegiate levels. Joe is married to his wife Brandi and has three sons. He enjoys coaching youth wrestling and football in his spare time.

 rusty papachek  


 Rusty Papachek, Vice President
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Rusty was elected in June 2016 and serves on the Fargo Park District Golf Courses and Finance Committees.  He has extensive facility management experience in the shopping center industry and is currently an Owner Representative for RDOffutt.  Rusty serves on several volunteer boards and was a former Fargo Public School board member.   He is an active user of the park facilities and is excited to offer leadership to grow and enhance the programs in the future.  Rusty and his wife, Neva, have two grown children.

 matt magness  


 Matt Magness, Commissioner
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Matt was elected to the Board in 2014 and serves on the Facilities and Golf Courses Committees. Matt Magness is the Executive Director of the West Central Small Business Development Center which is hosted by the Concordia College - Offutt School of Business. Matt also is a business owner, Roll-a-Ramp in West Fargo, ND. Matt and his wife Kathy are lifelong Fargo residents and currently resides in south Fargo with their son Jack. Gloria Magness, Matt’s mother, was a Fargo Parks Commissioner in the 70s-80s.

mary johnson  


 Mary Johnson, Commissioner
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Mary was elected to the Board in 2006.  Currently, she serves on the Human Resources, Recreation and Finance Committees. After a law/accounting career, Mary was elected to the ND Legislature in 2014, representing District 45.  Mary is married to Dave. They have four grandchildren.

 jerry rostad   


 Jerry Rostad, Commissioner
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Jerry was elected to the Board in 2016 and serves on the Human Resources and Courts Plus Fitness Center Committees. As an Assistant CIO for the North Dakota University System, he develops and implements communication strategy while serving as a liaison with the 11 institutions of the NDUS. He is a Captain in the Navy Reserve and commands a Public Affairs unit in Norfok, VA. He serves on the Board of Directors of FM Athletics and the Roger Maris Celebrity Golf Tournament.  Jerry and his wife, Tami, have two sons and one daughter-in-law.

 jeff gunkelman clerk


Jeff Gunkelman, Clerk