The Team at our annual Christmas Party

Alyssa Knecht

Executive Director

Alyssa is our Director. Alyssa has been gardening since she was 4 on her father's farm. She and her family now live on an eight-acre hobby farm, where she and her 4 boys have three gardens, a small green house, chickens, ducks, and more. Working with special needs is very personal for Alyssa. "One of my boys has been diagnosed with high-functioning autism. He is such a joy to our family! He has taught us so much about what really matters." Alyssa has worked as a supervisor for one year with Farm in the Dell RRV and with special needs as a Direct Support Professional, working both in homes and teaching independent living skills in an apartment home for individuals with special needs. "Every client that I worked with has a special place. I loved getting to know them and watching them learn new skills." Alyssa has a background in secondary fine arts education. She led a 4-H club for three years and has many other interests including photography, cooking with a variety of diets, working with food preservation, and fine arts."I am very honored and excited to be a part of this wonderful project. In just a few years it has already come so far! I look forward to working with this amazing team to create even more opportunities for employment, education, and community connections for employees with special needs and their families."

Glen Urlacher

President

Glen is a founding board member of Farm in the Dell RRV and continues to serve as Farm in the Dell's board president. Glen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in business management from the University of Mary and an Associate Degree in Farm and Ranch Management from Dickinson State University. He has 20 years of experience with farming and farm related work. Glen has also worked as a plant manager for feed and soybean plants for 15 years. Glen is very involved with the local community. He has served on the Park Christian School Board, the Youth for Christ board, as a deacon in his church, and has lead Bible studies in his church. Glen is the father of a 25 year old son with autism.

David Sigler

Vice President

David is owner of Ion Holdings.

Karen Urlacher

Founding Member

Karen is a founding board member of Farm in the Dell RRV. She has recently retired from the board, but continues to assist with nearly all volunteer opportunities at Farm in the Dell and also participates in advisory committees to the board. Karen has worked as a consult dietitian at various hospitals, nursing homes, and at Fraser Ltd. Karen is very involved with the local community. She assisted in starting disability ministries in two churches in the FM area and has worked with these ministries for 12 years. Karen serves in many other areas in the community including volunteering for a special needs baseball team, helping with church activities, leading in her Bible Study Fellowship group, and being an active member of Inclusion Ministry. Karen is a mother of a 25 year old son with autism.

Kevin Anderson

Secretary

Kevin is board member for Farm in the Dell RRV and serves as the board secretary. He is an assistant professor at the University of Mary occupational therapy program. He also provides home-based and community-based services through his private business, AIM Therapy. Kevin has worked with individuals who have disabilities for over 30 years and is passionate about finding meaningful opportunities for individuals to participate in home and community activities.

Lowell Buysse

Board Member

Lowell is a board member for Farm in the Dell RRV. He works for the Moorhead Public Schools as a Speech Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology Consultant. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Lowell grew up on a farm in southwest Minnesota and holds an AAS degree in Horticulture.

Meg Bradley

Treasurer

Meg serves as Farm in the Dell RRV's treasurer and accountant. Meg has a bachelor's degree in accounting. Meg is very active with special needs advocacy, serving as both a board member and support group facilitator to the Red River Valley Aspergers Network (2014–present), as a board member for FM Challenger's Baseball (2009–2017), and as a coach for Special Olympics Bocce (2014–present). Meg is the mother of a 17 year old son with high-functioning autism.

Rikki Trageton

Board Member

Rikki is a founding board member for Farm in the Dell RRV. Her expertise with employment placement is a great asset to our team. Rikki is a job placement coordinator for Community Living Services.

Vince Ulstad

Board Member

Vince serves as a board member for Farm in the Dell RRV. Vince grew up on a diversified crops and cattle feedlot farming operation. He has both a Master's of Science and Bacholor's of Science degree in plant sciences. He has been very active in his community, and has served on the board of directors for the Farm House Fraternity and the board of directors of the National Sunflower Association. He has also been a member of the American Phytopathological Society, the Weed Science Society of America, the North Central Weed Science Society, and the Western Society of Weed Science, Vince has worked with a private research firm and for Rohm and Haas Co. with developing hybridizing agents. Vince currently teaches in the Plant Sciences Department at NDSU. Vince also speaks to a wide range of target audiences since losing his sight in vehicle crash in 2009.

David Jensen

Board Member

David is a board member for Farm in the Dell RRV. He has his masters in Mono Gastric Nutrition from South Dakota State University. David served as a certified EMT from 1998 to 2017 and a certified fire and rescue responder from 2006 to 2016. He currently works as the plant manager for Prinsco in Fargo, ND (a leader in agricultural drainage supplies). David and his family are very involved with their community through volunteer opportunities and participation at their church.