The Board serves as the HUD designated primary decision-making group and oversight board of the North Dakota Statewide Continuum of Care. As the oversight committee of the CoC, and its members, the Board will:

  1. Ensure that the CoC is meeting all responsibilities assigned to it by HUD regulations;

  2. Represent the relevant organizations and projects serving homeless sub-populations;

  3. Support persons experiencing homelessness in their movement from homelessness to economic stability and affordable permanent housing within a supportive community;

  4. Ensure that the CoC is inclusive of all needs of the North Dakota Statewide homeless population, including the special service and housing needs of homeless sub-populations;

  5. Facilitate responses to issues and concerns that affect the agencies funded by the COC that are beyond those addressed in the annual CoC application process.

Board of Directors

Region 2: Cheryl Merck (Vice Chair) (Term ending 12/31/25)
Region 3: Rebecca Patnaude-Olander (Term ending 12/31/25)
Region 4: Jenna Richardson (Chair) (Term ending 12/31/24)
Region 5: Sara Wiederholt (Term ending 12/31/25)
Region 7: Amy Winkleman (Term ending 12/31/24)
Region 8: Heather Ingman (Secretary) (Term ending 12/31/24)

At-Large #1: Kim Hemphill (Term ending 12/31/25)
At-Large #4: Vacant, Youth Action Board

Advisory Members

ND Coalition for Homeless Persons: Chandler Esslinger
Institute for Community Alliances: Jayna Gray
ND Housing Finance Agency: Bridget Mattern

If you are interested in becoming a board member for the ND Continuum of Care, please fill out the board application and send to Shawnel Willer at