Alumni Foundation names new board members, officers

Four new members have been named to MSU Moorhead’s Alumni Foundation board of directors: Jim Fay, Robyn Gray, Sue Gens and Scott A. Nelson. New officers also assumed their posts, including President Evelyn Quigley, Vice President Corey Elmer, Treasurer Greg Staszko and Secretary Tod Ganje.

The Alumni Foundation is a non-profit corporation whose objective is to secure, receive, manage, administer, and disburse funds for Minnesota State University Moorhead; to promote and advocate positive relationships with the alumni of Minnesota State University Moorhead; and to enhance Minnesota State University Moorhead in every way. It is governed by a 24-member board of directors.

Fay, a 1980 MSUM business administration graduate, is site manager for 3M Company’s manufacturing facility in Menomonie, Wis. During his 28-year career at 3M, he’s worked in manufacturing locations in Hutchinson, Minn., Brookings, S.D., Fairmont, Minn., and Nevada, Mo., before moving to company headquarters in 2005. He also holds a degree in industrial engineering. Jim and his wife, Ann, reside in Hugo, Minn., and have three grown children.

Gray, a 1985 MSUM business administration graduate, is chief financial officer for Associated Anesthesiologists, PA, an independent physician practice in the Twin Cities. For the past 20 years, she has held various financial management positions in both the legal and healthcare industries. She earned her MBA from the University of St. Thomas in 1996. She serves on the board of Helping Paws and lives in Minneapolis.

Gens received her MSUM degrees in music and arts management in 1983. Gens joined the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2001 as director of communication and government relations, and then served as interim executive director before being named executive director. She has worked in the Twin Cities nonprofit and public sectors for more than 25 years, holding public relations, marketing, development or management positions with various arts organizations. She lives in Saint Paul.

Nelson is the founding shareholder in Laney’s Inc., a PHVACE firm based in Fargo, N.D., and CEO of E+C2 Holdings, LLC, in Tempe, Ariz. A 1974 MSUM accounting graduate, Nelson began his career working as a CPA in public practice. He has spent most of his career consulting to and investing in small businesses. Currently, he is a principal and actively involved in the leadership of companies engaged in catering and event planning, software development, medical imaging, real estate development, construction and the home service business. He also holds an MBA from Arizona State University. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Tempe and have three grown children.

Quigley was a senior executive with Sanford Health for 23 years and was named Chief Nursing Officer Emeritus. She received her BSN from MSUM and her master’s of nursing administration from the University of Washington, Seattle. Quigley was instrumental in establishing the Upper Division BSN Program and the Externals Degree Program at MSUM, served two terms on the president’s advisory board and two years on the president Visioning Task Force & Strategic Planning for MSUM. She is active in many community organizations.

Elmer is a 1994 political science and American studies graduate who is a shareholder with the Vogel Law Firm, practicing business and real estate law in its Moorhead office. He holds a B.A. (Honours) from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and earned his J.D. degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. He is the former student member of the Minnesota State University Board and served on the board of directors of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Foundation. He is active in community affairs, including Rotary International.

Accounting graduate (1972) Staszko is a retired senior partner from Deloitte Consulting LLP,  a global assurance  & accounting, tax and consulting firm. He was captain and MVP for the men’s track and field in 1972, and a member of the football team. Shortly after graduation he founded the Winged Foot Club, a track club that has since been instrumental in chairing and funding an endowment to honor retired Coach Ron Masanz. He’s now head golf coach for boys and girls at Valley Christian High School in San Jose.  He is a member of the Board of Directors for Special Olympics of Northern California/Nevada and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County(California)’.  He received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999 and Accounting Alumnus of the Year in 2007-both from MSUM, and was also the Honorary Chair for the Dragon Fire Walk in 2010.

Ganje, a 1998 mass communications graduate, is manager of Travel Incorporated in Moorhead. He has been involved with MSUM alumni activities, and served on the committee and arranged all travel for the WDAY Honor Flight to take hundreds of WWII Veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorial built in their honor.

The board members, who meet biannually, are elected to three-year terms.

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