Northwest Technical College Foundation Elects Officers to Board of Directors

Jess Frenzel (left), newly elected chair of the NTC Foundation Board of Directors, with outgoing chair Lori Paris.
Jess Frenzel (left), newly elected chair of the NTC Foundation Board of Directors, with outgoing chair Lori Paris.

The Northwest Technical College Foundation elected officers to its Board of Directors during its Oct. 17 annual meeting.

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Jess Frenzel was elected board chair; Warren Larson was elected vice chair; Corey Rupp was re-elected as treasurer; and Sarah Martinka was elected governance chair.

Frenzel, who joined the board in 2013 and previously served as vice chair, also is a member of the board’s Outreach Committee. He is the controller at Knife River Materials.

Larson, director of public affairs at Sanford Health, has been a member of the board since 2014 and serves on its Governance Committee.

Rupp is senior vice president of consumer lending at Affinity Plus Credit Union. A member of the board’s Fundraising Committee, he joined the board in 2013 and will begin his second term as treasurer.

Martinka joined the board in 2017 and is a member of its Governance Committee. She is an office administrator at Chester Berg Toyota.

The board also elected three new members:

  • Chelsea Bennett, First National Bank Bemidji
  • Wade Semeliss, Potlatch
  • Dr. Blake Smith, Bemidji Dental Clinic

The NTC Foundation is building a legacy for the college and its students. It advances the college’s mission and goals by seeking, receiving and managing charitable gifts and endowments for scholarships, equipment and the enrichment of academic programs and student services.



Northwest Technical College, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, is an open, inviting technological learning organization. For more than 40 years, the college has valued life-long learning and the worth and dignity of all people. The college serves 900 students with a high-quality education, an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition. NTC offers nearly 60 degree, diploma and certificate programs in areas such as business, health, human and protective services and environmental and industrial technology. Classes are offered on the Bemidji campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State.