Alumni Foundation Board Welcomes Two New Members

Paige Kjesbo and Rich Slagle

Paige Kjesbo and Rich Slagle joined the Alumni Foundation Board this August. Both have great and unique experiences to add to the board, we look forward to working with them.

Paige currently works as the Ag/Business Banker and Officer at American Federal Bank in Wahpeton, ND. Born and raised in Hallock, Minnesota, Paige appreciates the deep connection and commitment to agriculture in the Red River Valley. Her varied experience in credit analysis, agriculture, animal health and leadership blend allows Paige to assist her clients in making prime choices for their financial future – helping them propel their businesses forward.  Paige and her husband, Colin, reside in Wahpeton, N.D. She serves as a member of Rotary International in Wahpeton-Breckenridge, allowing her the opportunity to travel to Guatemala and, alongside other Rotarians, assist with building a much-needed school.  

Rich serves as the Community and Client Development Manager for Moore Engineering, Inc. Rich is responsible for directing the community engagement efforts for the firm, including sponsorship, donations, public relations as well as business development.  Rich earned his a BS from the University of Minnesota. He is committed to serving the community and has served on various councils, commissions, and committees while he lived in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and, more recently, in the Fargo/Moorhead area.  Additionally, being a long-time Rotarian, he ascribes personally and professional to the Rotary Club’s motto of ‘Service Above Self’.

Rich’s wife, Heather, has roots in the Southern Valley, where her mother was born and raised on a Braaten farm near Barney, ND.  Heather and Rich now own that farm and recount many fond memories of the farm – especially the Thanksgiving holidays. They have two children, Hannah and Jimmy, along with two beloved golden retrievers. Together they all enjoy  spending time at their cottage on Lake Lizzie near Pelican Rapids, Minnesota.

Both Rich and Paige began their term in August.