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The leadership for the Fargo Park District Foundation Foundation Board of Directors is made up of community leaders and concerned citizens serving in a volunteer capacity. Their roles include financial overview and support, overseeing risk and compliance (fiduciary), creating accountability, transparency and strategic fundraising direction and monitoring and evaluating governance.

Meet the Fargo Park District Foundation Board Members


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Mike Erickson has worked at Sanford Health since 2011. He is responsible for numerous teams in a wide variety of areas that include Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Rehab, Therapies (Physical, Occupational & Speech), and Orthopedic and Eye Surgical Services. Mike also leads all the real estate planning, design and construction for Sanford projects.


Mike and his wife Nichole live in Moorhead with their daughter Quinn and son Quade. Mike is a board member for the YMCA of Cass & Clay Counties and serves on the Downtown Moorhead Inc. (DMI) board.

Vice President

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Kali Mork joined the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau in the fall of 2014. As the director of sports, she is responsible for the recruitment of major sporting events to the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area, providing support to local sports organizations with their athletic events and working on the development of other grass roots athletic events that drive economic improvement for the community. Prior to joining the CVB, she served as assistant general manager for Scheels Arena for six years. She also serves on the board of the Metro Tournament Committee. She and her husband, Alex, spend much of their time chasing their three young daughters around the many parks and youth sports programs in the community.


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Rock Messerschmidt grew up in Dilworth, MN and graduated high school in 1975. He received his BA in Business Administration/Accounting from Concordia College in 1979. Rock is married to his wife Brenda and they have five children. His professional career began in Banking in 1979 with Bremer Banks. Today, Rock is currently the Senior Vice President-Regional Sales Director at Bell Bank. He is actively involved in many non-profits, including United Way of Cass-Clay, YMCA of Cass and Clay and CHARISM.


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Stacey was elected to the Fargo Park District Board in 2018. As part of her role as Park Board President, she serves as district's representative to the Fargo Park District Foundation Board. She has lived in Fargo for over 30 years and currently resides in south Fargo with her husband Wes. They raised their boys (Ben & Peter) in south Fargo and their family has been avid park users for decades. Stacey works part-time for The Apartment Movers, Inc., and has been involved in many local organizations. She looks forward to working to make Fargo an excellent place for families to live and grow.

Melissa Brandt

Melissa Brandt is a Fargo native and graduate of North Dakota State University with over 20-years of experience in people management, budget management, brand building and community development. With a passion and understanding of the history of Downtown Fargo, she was the President and CEO of the Downtown Community Partnership, advocating for businesses, residents, and community partners focused on economic growth, vibrancy, and advocacy. 

Melissa Brandt is passionate about her family, friends and giving back to the community and boards that she serves on.  She is a proud mother to Caden, blessed stepmother to Tanner, Chelsea and Spencer, 2 fur babies (Lindy & Bentley) loves to golf, explore the world and laketime, hand in hand with her husband Tyler.


Chad Marsden

Chad Marsden grew up in Fargo graduating from Fargo North in 1994.  He graduated from Concordia College in 1999 with a BA degree in Business Administration as well as earing his Masters of Finance from the University of Colorado in 2005. 


Chad started his professional career in business banking spending 16 years after college graduations working as a commercial lender.  During the past eight years, he has worked in Real Estate Investment and Development. 


Chad and his wife, Jenny, live in Moorhead and they have three children Owen, Gavin and Kate.  They spend much of their free time with their kid’s activities, either as spectators or coaching. 

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Jerry was elected to the Fargo Park Board in 2016. As the Vice Chancellor for Strategic Engagement for the North Dakota University System, he provides public affairs and strategy leadership for the North Dakota University System office and the 11 institutions of the NDUS.

He retired as a Captain in the Navy Reserve after 28 years of service. He serves on the Board of Directors of FM Athletics and the Roger Maris Celebrity Golf Tournament.

He also volunteers with the Growing Together community garden project.

Jerry and his wife Tami raised two sons and his family has been active users of Park District amenities.