The North Dakota Chapter of ASPIRE

North Dakota ASPIRE is a professional organization representing education professionals working in the 16 Federal TRIO programs in North Dakota.  The mission of the Federal TRIO programs is to increase the number of first generation, low income students and adults who enter and complete post-secondary education.


President: Ben Shapiro

Treasurer: Cathleen Ruch

Secretary: Christiana Pond

Committees (President serves an ex-officio on all committees): 

State Initiative Committee: – Mary Fredricks (chair), Derek Sporbert, Phil Coghlan

Alumni Committee: Cathleen Ruch and Joan Jorde

Professional Development: Mary Jo Dailey, Dawn Eckhardt, Lori Mattison

ASPIRE & COE Development: Ben Shapiro

ASPIRE Governmental Relations: Ben Shapiro

ASPIRE Social Justice Committee rep for ND: Michelle Pearson

Development Committee: – Vacant

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