Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees serves as the highest governing body of North Park University. The Board is comprised of 30-35 members. A portion of the membership is elected by the Evangelical Covenant Church with the remaining members appointed by the Board itself. All members serve a five-year term with a mandatory one-year leave between consecutive terms.


The work of the Board is organized according to several committees:

  • Academic Committee
  • University Advancement Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Seminary Committee
  • Committee of Student Recruitment and Retention
  • Committee on Trustees

Meeting Schedule

The Board of Trustees traditionally meets three times during the academic year; in late October, February, and mid-May.

Board Meeting Documents (Login Required)

Current Members of the Board of Trustees

Kristine Strand Kristine Strand

Board Chairman
Research Professor
Boston University
Boston, MA

Efrem Smith Efrem Smith

Board Vice Chairman
World Impact
Brentwood, CA

Gail Dahlstrom Gail Dahlstrom

Board Secretary
Senior Health Care Consultant
HDR, Inc.

Lorrie DuPont Lorrie DuPont

Board Treasurer
Managing Director
Higher Education Finance Group
RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Thomas S. Bagley Thomas S. Bagley

Founder and Senior Managing Director
Pfingsten Partners

Peggy Bley Peggy Bley

Peggy Ann Bley, CPA

Grant Clay Grant Clay

Lead Pastor
Evangelical Covenant Church
Clay Center, KS

Kanyere Eaton Kanyere Eaton

Senior Pastor
Fellowship Covenant Church
Mt. Vernon, NY

Rebekah Eklund Rebekah Eklund

Assistant Professor of Theology
Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

Beth Fredrickson Beth Fredrickson

Senior Public Relations Counselor
Bottom Line Marketing and
Public Relations
Wauwatosa, WI

D. Darrell Griffin D. Darrell Griffin

Oakdale Covenant Church
Chicago, IL

Keith Hamilton Keith Hamilton

Alaska Christian College
Soldotna, AK

David Helwig David Helwig

Proprietor, Helwig Winery
Retired President & CEO
West Region WellPoint, Inc.
Plymouth, CA

Dawn Helwig Dawn Helwig

Milliman, Inc.
Chicago, IL

Mark Lindberg Mark Lindberg

Young Corp.
Bellevue, WA

Karen Meyer Karen Meyer

Vice President, Sales and Partnerships
Welltok, Inc
Denver, CO

David Parkyn David Parkyn

North Park University

LoAnn Peterson LoAnn Peterson

Professor, Department of Pathology
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Winnetka, IL

Megan Tamte Megan Tamte

Co-Founder & CEO
Edina, MN

Gary Walter Gary Walter

Evangelical Covenant Church
Palatine, IL

William Werner William Werner

Retired Physician
Advocate IL Masonic Medical Center
Skokie, IL

Owen Youngman Owen Youngman

Medill School of Journalism
Northwestern University
Deerfield, IL

Stephen Johnson Stephen Johnson

Vice President
Naperville, IL

Howard Burgoyne Howard Burgoyne

Superintendent – East Coast Conference
Conference Cromwell, CT

David Kallen-Youngberg David Kallen-Youngberg

Senior Manager, Customer Supply Chain
Chicago, IL

Mayra Lopez-Humphreys Mayra Lopez-Humphreys

Associate Professor
BSSW Program Director, Department of Social Work
College of Staten Island, City University of New York
New York, NY

Nora Moreno-Cargie Nora Moreno-Cargie

Tufts Health Plan Foundation
Boston, MA

Melissa Morriss-Olson Melissa Morriss-Olson

Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs
Bay Path University
West Hartford, CT

David Otfinoski David Otfinoski

Catamount Medical Education
Chester, CT

Thomas Trautman Thomas Trautman

Fellow, Toxicology and Regulatory Affairs
General Mills
Plymouth, MN

Christine Rosell Christine Rosell

Homemaker and Community Volunteer
Lincolnwood, IL