Business Board of Advisers

The business department’s Board of Advisers helps further the mission, vision and goals of the department. The board meets three times each year to assist in developing strategic objectives and vision and provide accountability for the business department. The group also serves as a liaison between the department and the business community.

Catherine Bloom

Catherine Bloom ’97 is the chief marketing and strategy officer at Interstates. A member of Interstates’ executive team, she works to set the strategic direction for the company. She is responsible for developing and stewarding the marketing and branding efforts, as well as internal and shareholder communications. She has 20 years of experience in accounting and marketing. Prior to Interstates, she worked at DuPont Pioneer and Ernst & Young. Bloom previously served on Northwestern’s Board of Trustees and is a member of the board at her church.

Courtney Boone

Courtney Boone is the digital marketing manager for the Pizza Ranch Restaurant Support Center, which serves more than 200 restaurant locations. She oversees the company’s loyalty program, web-related projects, digital advertising and guest communication channels. Courtney earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, sales and advertising from the University of Northern Iowa. She regularly speaks to students about career development and serves on the Orange City Community Chest.

Beth  Feuchtenberger

Beth Feuchtenberger, a certified public accountant, is a partner with Eide Bailly in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she works with clients to strategize, plan and implement business solutions. She also conducts internal tax training, mentors staff members and assists with recruiting for Eide Bailly. Active in the community, Feuchtenberger serves several organizations, including Isaiah 55 Ministries in Mexico, Happy the Dog Ministry of Sioux Falls and United Way. She was nominated for the 2017 Tribute to Women award from EmBe of Sioux Falls.

Derrick Haskins

Derrick Haskins ’06 is the communications director for the South Dakota Department of Health. Haskins is a graduate of the Governor’s Leadership Development Program at the University of South Dakota. Campaigns under Haskins’ leadership have received awards at the state and national level from the American Advertising Federation and the National Public Health Information Coalition. He has served as a guest lecturer in business and public relations at Northwestern College, South Dakota State University and Black Hills State University.

Steve Roesner

Steve Roesner ’83 works for Vogel Traffic Services in Orange City as the vice president for strategic development.  Roesner serves Orange City as an elected member of the city council, as well as a member of the Orange City Economic Development board and Prairie Winds Event Center board. He is also a member of the Iowa Economic Development Authority work group. Roesner earned an MBA from the University of South Dakota.

John Swart

Dr. John Swart ’90 is the president of Exemplar Genetics, a biomedical research company in Sioux Center, Iowa, focused on the development of models of human diseases. Named the 2017 Iowa Biotechnicology Leader of the Year, Swart serves on the Animal Biotechnology Policy Committee of the Biotechnology Industry Organization and the Industry Advisory Board for the University of Nebraska’s chemistry department. Swart received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Nebraska.

Tony Vande Brake

Tony Vande Brake ’13 is the owner of Crossroads Financial Planning in Orange City. A certified financial planner, he develops financial plans for individuals, businesses and families. Vande Brake is an elected member of the Orange City City Council and serves on the Tulip Festival Steering Committee. He graduated from Northwestern with degrees in accounting and business administration–finance before earning a Financial Services Certified Professional designation from The American College of Financial Services.

Gretchen Zomermaand

Gretchen Zomermaand ’91 is a financial consultant with Zeutenhorst Financial Inc. in Sioux Center, Iowa. After earning a bachelor’s degree in business from Northwestern, she pursued and holds a Chartered Financial Consultant (CHFC) designation. Active in the community, Zomermaand serves on the board for Sioux Center Health and on the search and missions team at her church.