Board of Trustees


 

Mr. Chad Knudson, Chairman of the Board

Chad is currently the publisher of the Glendive Ranger-Review newspaper. He was born and raised a fifth-generation Glendivian. He cut his teeth in business working at the family store before graduating from DCHS. Credits earned at DCC during high school and over summer terms allowed him to graduate early and summa cum laude from Valparaiso University of Indiana. There he earned a BS in Business Administration with concentrations in marketing, international business and global studies with an honors distinction in the humanities.

Chad has worked in business development and management in large corporations and small business ventures in Bismarck, Denver, Chicago and Glendive. He has experienced both successes and failures, all of which have contributed to life-long learning.

He is a past recipient of MDU Resources Group’s Einstein Award for Innovation, is president of the Leadership Glendive program and active in other community activities.

Chad is also an avid traveler, having spent significant time studying language and culture in Spain and travelling extensively in Europe, South America, and the United States for both business and pleasure. His favorite getaway is to the ski slopes. He is proud that every journey has eventually led him home.

Ms. Darla Handran, Vice Chair of the Board

Glendive has been Darla Handran’s home for over 40 years.  While born in Wolf Point, MT, Darla was raised and educated in Glendive.  Darla graduated from Dawson Community College in 1994, and that same year started her career at the Glendive Job Service.  Darla has two sons, Brett Stinnett and Riley Handran.  Darla is interested in community and workforce development and has been a former member of both the Kiwanis and Jaycees.  Darla is a 20-year member of IAWP – International Association of Workforce Professionals, having served as the President of the Montana Chapter in 2004-2005. Darla enjoys following and supporting the various Glendive sports programs, playing cards, and spending time with family.

Spencer Johnson, EdD

Spencer is a Billings native with Montana roots. Continuing in his family's footsteps as an educator, Spencer completed a BA in History and Education from Montana State. He then proceeded to teach all ages in a multitude of places including New Zealand, Saipan, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia. 

Spencer returned to MSU to complete his MEd and EdD in Curriculum and Instruction and worked as a dual enrollment instructor, student teacher supervisor, and interim vice principal at Park High School in Livingston. Spencer's dissertation focus was on social media news evaluation using smartphones, and he's currently working on building his research into a curriculum for student leaders.

Spencer is the principal at Dawson County High School. He looks forward to continuing the relationship between Dawson Community College and Dawson County High School with a focus on Career and Technical Education opportunities. In his spare time, Spencer enjoys the beautiful Montana outdoors and is a delightfully terrible golfer. 

Ms. Cindy Larsen

Montana native, Cindy Larsen, was born and raised in Miles City. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services from Western Washington University. After marrying her high school sweetheart, John, the couple lived in Havre and Whitehall before moving to Glendive in 2012. John is the assistant principal at Dawson County High School.

With two young children in tow, Cindy opened a home decor and antique store in Whitehall. While serving as the Chamber of Commerce president, she wrote a $500 grant for the Meth Watch program. Involvement in the program renewed her passion for substance-abuse prevention and she subsequently wrote, and was awarded, a $750,000 grant to combat DUI and binge drinking in Montana. Cindy managed this policy and enforcement-focused project under the direction of the sheriff’s office.

Locally, Cindy has worked in Child Protection Services and the Seventh Judicial District Treatment Court. For five years, she has chaired the Dawson County DUI Task Force. Cindy enjoys volunteering her time at The Attic and assisting agencies with grant writing opportunities.
Since becoming foster parents, Cindy and John’s family has grown to include an adopted daughter. Cindy also helped start a foster and adoptive parent support group in Glendive. Currently, Cindy is self-employed and the owner of Vintage Endeavors where she buys and sells antiques and repurposes vintage goods.

Mr. Rich Rowe

Ms. Sarah Thorson

Sarah Thorson joined the Board of Trustees in May 2020. Born and raised in Glendive, Sarah graduated from DCC with an Associate of Science degree and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science at Montana State University. She currently works as a Beef Marketing Manager for GENEX, a cattle genetics company headquartered in Wisconsin. Husband Ryan ranches full time on the family’s ranch west of Glendive. Sarah and Ryan are the proud parents of two lovely daughters. Sarah notes, “I have eagerly watched the growth and success the college has seen in the last few years and am honored to be part of the continued achievements of the organization.”

Mr. Mike Wilondek 

An alumnus of Dawson Community College, Mike has served as a Trustee since 2014. Originally from Indiana, Mike came to Glendive as a student-athlete at Dawson Community College. Upon graduating, he continued his education at MSU-B (formerly Eastern Montana College) and later returned to Glendive, serving as an insurance agent for HUB International and raising his family. Now retired, he and his wife, Carole, enjoy numerous activities in Glendive as well as traveling and spending time with their children and grandchildren.