Ben Hershey

Chairman, City of Buxton Representative

Ben Hershey is the Associate VP of Weather Services Operations for Iteris, Inc. located in Grand Forks. He has served on the Traill EDC board since 2015.Ben is from the Minneapolis area and moved to Grand Forks in 2000 to pursue a degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of North Dakota. He completed his undergraduate work in 2004 and continued on to receive his master’s degree in Atmospheric Sciences from UND in 2007.Ben currently resides in Buxton with his wife and children where he is an active member within the community. He is currently the President of the Buxton Improvement Group (BIG), assistant fire chief for the Buxton Fire Department, and serves as a community member on the CTE Advisory Committee at Central Valley School.

Scott Hovde

Vice-Chairman, City of Portland Representative

Scott Hovde is a Loan Officer with the Goose River Bank in Mayville, ND and he also farms west of Portland. He was appointed to Traill County EDC in 2011.A Traill County native, Scott was raised on a rural Portland farm, graduating from Mayville-Portland-C-G High School. He holds a bachelor of science degree in Ag Systems Management and a masters degree in Agribusiness and Applied Economics, both from NDSU. He was previously employed as a banker in Grafton, ND, before returning to live in Portland.Scott enjoys sporting events and outdoor activities. He is a member of Ebenezer Lutheran Brethren Church. Scott and his wife Meghan live in Portland.

Roxanne Phipps

Secretary/Treasurer, City of Hatton Representative

Roxanne is the representative for the City of Hatton on the Traill County EDC board. Roxanne joined Traill County EDC in 2012.Roxanne grew up in New Town, N.D. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration form Minot State University. Roxanne is married with two children and currently lives in Hatton, N.D. She works at the Hatton Eielson Public School as the Business Manager.Throughout her life, Roxanne traveled with her husband while he served in the US Air Force. She experienced living in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Azores Island, Portugal, Mountain Home, Idaho, and Grand Forks AFB. During times of relocation, she worked at various entities.

Roxanne serves on the St. John. Lutheran Church Mission Endowment committee. Her hobbies include: golfing, scrap-booking and spending time with her family.

You can contact Roxanne at Roxanne.Phipps@k12.nd.us.


Gary Nysveen

Director, Hillsboro Representative

Gary Nysveen represents the City of Hillsboro on the TCEDC Board of Directors. He grew up on his family farm in rural Cummings, ND where he and his wife, Judy, currently reside. Gary is a partner in two local companies, EnviroTech and EnviroClean Gary and Judy began Hillsboro Cooling Heating Refrigeration in 2005, which later became EnviroTech. The companies specialize in light commercial and residential installation, repair of HVAC/R and restaurant equipment and installing and repairing geothermal systems. They also clean duct work as a service of EnviroClean.Gary received a certificate in Heating and Cooling Service and HVAC Layout and Design from North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, ND. He has more than 35 years of experience in HVAC. He is a certificate member and Past President of both the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (Red River Chapter – Fargo) and the Upper Midwest Regional Association of Refrigeration Service Engineers Society.Gary is President of the Hillsboro Business Association, and a member of the Hillsboro Economic Development Committee and Marketing Committee. He is also a deacon at Norway Lutheran Church and a longtime supporter of North Dakota Special Olympics.

Gary is a graduate of Hillsboro Public School, where he was involved in sports, FFA, and 4-H. He enjoys golfing, fishing, and watching high school and North Dakota college sports. He and Judy have three daughters and three grandchildren. They raise assorted animals, including cattle, on their farm.

Reach Gary at (701) 430-2112 or hchr@rrv.net.


Alana Gerszewski

Director, City of Mayville Representative

Alana Gerszewski is currently the owner of the Hometown Inn in Mayville. She graduated from the University of North Dakota with a BS in Math/Business Education. Alana taught at the high school and college level for 15 years. She also worked in the banking industry for several years. She and her husband Ray have four sons, two daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren. They have enjoyed raising their family in the Mayville community and feel very strongly about supporting the development of the local economy.

Ken Nesvig

Director, Traill County Commission Representative

Bio coming soon.

Rick Halvorson

Chairman, Galesburg Representative

Rick Halvorson is a farmer and rural mail carrier for the areas of Clifford and Galesburg, ND. He serves as the mayor of Galesburg and is in his first term on the Traill County Economic Development Commission.Having lived in Galesburg since he was a boy, Rick has a great understanding of Traill County and its residents and businesses. He is a graduate of Clifford-Galesburg High School and has a degree in Social Studies from Valley City State University.Rick and his wife, Mary, have been married for more than 35 years. They have three children – Justin, Ashley, and Jenna.

Contact Rick at 701.488.2748 or halvorsn@polarcomm.com.


Paul Geray

Director At-Large

Bio coming soon

Greg Krieger

Director, Galesburg Township

Greg Krieger was appointed to as a director to Traill County Economic Development Commission by the Traill County Commission in the spring of 2016. As a 29 year resident of Traill County, Krieger represents the Traill County Townships on the Commission and looks forward to seeing more emphasis placed on promoting tourism to Traill County. Greg is an Independent Crop Consultant with an Agronomy and Horticulture degree and minor in Botany and Chemistry from North Dakota State University. Following his time at North Dakota State, Krieger served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines for two years. Krieger currently serves as the clerk for Galesburg Township, President of Traill County Township Officers Association and Galesburg Area Foundation board member. He has formerly served as a member and president of Traill County Crop Improvement Association, parish council member for Our Lady of Peace Church, member of group that started the Mayville Waterpark and a member and past president of the Union Hospital Foundation board.Krieger is a Stanley, North Dakota native, and has made his home in rural Galesburg with his wife, Allison, and their three daughters.Contact: Krieger@polarcomm.com