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Mark Billings joined BFMP in February 2015. As the senior program coordinator, Mark manages the school, community-based and foster care programs in Dickinson, Hebron, Glen Ullin, Bowman and New England. He recruits and coaches mentors, facilitates mentee referrals in the public schools and initiates and manages the matches. Mark also writes organizational messaging. A 2018-19 participant in the Change Network North Dakota funded by the Bush Foundation, Mark also worked with immigrants from African countries in creating the city of Dickinson’s first cultural mural. He also facilitated a Rwandan Traditional Dance performance in the Dickinson Area Chamber’s HarvestFest. An inaugural recipient of the 2017 MENTOR: National Mentoring Partnership Fellowship, Mark also worked with BFMP staff in creating the Family Fun Day Road Races — an event which has attracted 800 participants and raised nearly $60,000 for mentoring since its inception six years ago.
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Kris Fehr joined the BFMP in August 2000 as the first full time executive director funded by a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. When she was hired, there were only two matches in the program. Since then, the organization counts an estimated 2,000 matches! She has worked on board and staff training, strategic planning and evaluating program results. Kris manages administration, policies, staffing and board of director relationships. She has written grants to advance the program and started the organization’s two signature fundraising events, including Family Fun Day — which now spans 23 years — and the Chocolate Affair celebrating its 11th anniversary in 2020.
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Sylvia Hartford started in January 2001 as a contracted bookkeeper. She is highly respected by BFMP’s auditing firm, Brady Martz. She has worked as a bookkeeper and office manager for Wendy’s and Engineered Well Services, a company owned by her and her late husband serving the oil field during the 1970s and 1980s oil boom. Sylvia has also contracted her bookkeeping services with several other small businesses and nonprofits, including Youth for Christ, and has donated supplies, an office color copier and other items to BFMP. She is also known for her quilting skills. Her “baseball quilt” sold for $250 during a Badlands Big Sticks game in July 2019.
Dorothy Mosbrucker joined BFMP in August 2012 as the administrative assistant. With her seven years of experience, Dorothy has contacted thousands of mentor applicant character references and provided a steady, helpful disposition in-person and on the phone to callers and office visitors. A former truck driver and home health care provider, Dorothy is placed at BFMP through Experience Works, a government-funded job training program for seniors.
Megan Erickson started in June as a new intern at Best Friends. She is a senior at Dickinson State University, majoring in psychology. Originally from Belgrade, Montana, she has lived in Dickinson since 2012 and graduated from Dickinson High School in 2017. Throughout the years, Megan has participated in cross country, track and field and basketball, and in her free time loves to play with her two dogs, Champ and Kirby, spend time with her family and friends and take adventures. One interesting fact about Megan is that she has an extra bone in each of her feet! In addition to her internship, she works at a daycare full of wonderful and bright kids. Throughout the internship, she looks forward to interacting with youth, building a relationship with the program and eventually becoming a mentor herself while helping with fundraisers, supervising matches and sitting in on meetings with mentors and mentees.