Meet the Fargo Parks And Recreation Board Members

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

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Rusty Papachek, President
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Rusty was elected to the Board in June 2016. 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.

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Jerry Rostad, Vice President
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Jerry was elected to the Board in 2016. 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.

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Stacey Griggs, Commissioner
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Stacey was elected to the Board in 2018. 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.

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Vicki Dawson, Commissioner
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Vicki was elected to the Board in 2018. Vicki and her husband Steve live with their two teenage sons. Vicki also has three adult stepsons, two daughters-in-law, and two young grandsons. Vicki is a Senior Risk Consultant for Federated Insurance. As a Certified Safety Professional, Vicki works with businesses to improve their safety practices. Volunteering on youth centered boards and for youth organizations has been a focus for Vicki. Fargo Parks is an important part of her family's life. They enjoy everything from the baseball fields to the tennis courts to the hockey rinks to the pools and the parks.

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Joe Deutsch, Commissioner
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Joe was elected to the Board in 2006. 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.

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Jeff Gunkelman, Clerk