Parish Council Elections 2024

Sts. Anne and Joachim 2023-2024 Parish Council

Parish council elections are taking place this week at Sts. Anne and Joachim Church.

You can vote by stopping by the election table in the gathering space.  There are a total of six people running for three positions.

My name is Ron DesMarais. I have been a member of our parish since 2007.

My wife, Brandi, and I have been married for 16 years. We have 6 children. I have been a religious education teacher for 2 years. I’m one of the owners of Accel Mechanical in Fargo.

Hi, my name is Don Lorsung. I am married to Deb and we have been parishioners for about 4 years. Our Catholic faith has always been the priority in our lives and this includes active participation and serving our parish in various ways. I have been blessed to be a member of the Fishermen group and serve as a Guide, assisting with formation of new members. I have also been a member of the choir and am a member of the Knights of Columbus.

I am asking for your vote for the Parish Council as I see it as another way I can serve our parish family. I have a background in administration and strategic planning that I believe would be beneficial for one serving on the Council. Also, as a father of 4 children and grandfather of 10, I have a broad perspective regarding the needs of all ages and members of our parish family.

Hello, my name is Lauren Young. I am a proud member of Sts. Anne and Joachim since 2015, where I have been actively involved in various parish initiatives. My husband, Ross, and I are raising our four young boys in the Catholic faith, a journey that is central to our family’s life. Our family has been enriched by the Catholic community at Sts. A & J, and I hope to continue fostering that sense of community through my involvement in the parish council.

Professionally, I work at Bobcat, where I specialize in technology product management. My skills in strategic planning and translating vision into reality would be valuable assets as we work together to guide our parish towards a brighter future.

Hi, my name is Karla Schell. I am currently the administrative assistant at Sts. Anne & Joachim. I am looking forward to my retirement in May 2024. I have a strong desire to remain active in the parish, and share my wisdom and knowledge through my involvement with the parish council which would begin after my retirement.

I’ve been a member since 1996 and employed at Sts. Anne & Joachim since 2001. I began my career working in a bank, then a hospital, and finally as a Human Resource Director for a construction company. My husband, Galen, and I have been married 40 years. We have two grown children and two grandchildren. Both my husband and are Eucharistic Ministers.

My name is Nathan Klair and I have been a parishioner at Sts. Anne and Joachim for 6 years. I graduated from Notre Dame in 2018 and moved to Fargo as a software engineer at Microsoft.

This past June, I got married here to my beautiful wife Megan. I have been volunteering with the high school religious education program here for 4 years, but you might also recognize me from Ignite the Night, KC Breakfasts, Live Stations of the Cross, and being a proclaimer/EMHC during the 9:15 Mass.

Hello, my name is Kendall Radke. I would be humbled to serve on the pastoral council. I was born and raised on the north side of Fargo and have since moved to the south side. I am currently involved in weekly adoration and am a member of the Knights of Columbus.

I met my wife, Tiffany, at Sts. Anne & Joachim and have been happily married for 5 years. Tiffany and I also served on the Fall Festival committee this past year. We have an awesome parish of families, and I would be happy to receive your support to serve as a pastoral council member.