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Brenna Gerhardt

Executive Director

Brenna Gerhardt joined in the exercise of ideas at Humanities ND in 2005. She drives English majors crazy with her penchant for typos, but as a Religion major, she is very good at asking for forgiveness. If you visit the HND offices, chances are you will be greeted by the sound of her braying laugh ringing down the hall.

Next Adventure: January staff retreat to inspire creativity and visioning that will help us serve you better!

Currently Rereading: Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl 

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Kenneth Glass

Associate Director 

Since May 16, 1986, Kenneth Glass has been balancing the books at Humanities ND. He is easily the funniest member of the HND staff if you count puns as funny. Known as Special K in the office, Ken is also capable of a mean polka.

Next Adventure: Playing tennis in Florida

Currently Reading: The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

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Sue Skalicky

Program Coordinator

After careers in mortuary photography, journalism, teaching high school, writing, motivational speaking, and driving UBER, Sue Skalicky brought her curiosity and ambition to HND in 2018. An avid yoga​ practitioner, Sue never gets bent out of shape.

Next Adventure: Seeing grandkids in Colorado

Currently Reading: The Cold Millions by Jess Walter


Naomi Vetter

Membership & Program Assistant

She can sing, dance, and manage our membership database. Naomi is what we in the nonprofit business call a triple threat! She brought her talents to HND in 2021, as the founding (and only) member of our office show choir.

Next Adventure: Skiing at Terry Peak

Currently Reading: Savage Conversations  by LeAnne Howe


Nick Glass

Fiscal Operations Assistant

Nick knows his way around a construction site and a spreadsheet, making him the handiest member of the HND staff. Joining us in late 2021, it's too soon to tell if he will accept Naomi's offer to join the office show choir.

Next Adventure: Aerial yoga with goats

Currently Reading: Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins


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Iris Swedlund

Volunteer Spokesperson

A member of Humanities North Dakota for over twenty years, Iris is also our volunteer spokesperson. Known as “Red Iris” for her penchant for all things crimson, you can always pick Iris out of a crowd at a humanities event, and she hopes you say hello when you do! Iris’s love of learning
started young and carried her through
her career as the Velva School and Public Library librarian.  Her motto is,“LIVE EACH DAY TO ITS ULTIMATE.”

Next Adventure: Visiting her family in Alaska for Christmas

Currently Reading: The Farmer's Wife by Sarah Vogel

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