Frank Richard is Vice President, Human Resources and Risk Control for MDU Construction Services Group, Inc with his office in Bismarck, ND, providing direction, oversight and consultation to 18 subsidiary companies pertaining to environmental, health, safety, ethics compliance and human resources.
Frank holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota, a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR), a Society of Human Resources, Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) from the Human Resources Certification Institute, is a Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) and a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) since 1998. He is an active member of the National Safety Council and the ND Safety Council. Frank also co-chairs the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Contractor Safety Committee (investor owned utilities and their contractors). He has been involved with the Electrical Transmission and Distribution OSHA Strategic Partnership since inception in 2004, was chairman of the Steering Committee for eight years and is currently liaison to the training task team.
Frank lives in Bismarck with his wife of 32 years, Christy, has three daughters, three grand girls and one grandson. His hobbies are gardening, woodworking, the outdoors and enjoying the grandchildren.
Member-at-Large – Lee Wistrom
Lee Wistrom is an HSE Lead for ConocoPhillips in Dickinson, ND. He started working for ConocoPhillips in September, 2014. He has predominantly worked with their Projects, Base Capital and Maintenance groups.
Prior to working in the Williston Basin, Lee came from Flint Hills Resources, a downstream refinery in Minnesota, where he worked as an Industrial Hygiene Technician. Born in Two Harbors, MN, Lee received his Masters of Environmental Health and Safety from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2013. He is also a BCSP Certified Safety Professional and Occupational Health and Safety Technologist.
Lee lives in Dickinson, ND and is recently engaged to Caitlin Bracken. One of their favorite things to do in the summer is spend as much time as possible on Lake Sakakawea fishing with their four-legged son, Hank.
Tara Swegarden is the Health and Safety Coordinator for Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation in their Robinson Lake field office in New Town, ND.
Tara received her undergraduate degree from Minot State University and master’s degree from the University of Mary. She is currently enrolled in master’s level courses in Energy Management at the University of Mary. Prior to working in the oil and gas industry she was employed in the health care field as a mental health administrator.
Born and raised in North Dakota, Tara currently resides in Stanley, North Dakota and is married to Jim Swegarden, the principal at Stanley High School. She is the mother of Jara who resides in Fargo, ND and Noah who attends at Stanley High School.
Andy Reeves is the Manager of Training and Development for Williston State College – Train ND in Williston, ND. He started working for Train ND in July, 2015.