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.
Carlos Bahena works for Bar K Cattle of Sioux Center, Iowa, where he is the compliance manager. An entrepreneur, Bahena runs Siouxland Translation and Interpreting and co-founded entegro LLC. He is a member of the Family Crisis Center board and is active with CASA of Sioux County. Bahena holds degrees in international relations: a bachelor’s from the University of Nebraska Omaha and a master’s from the University of Warwick in England.
Dr. Dave Bomgaars ’77, a veterinarian, is the president of Orange City Veterinary Clinic. He is also the CEO and president of RC Family Farms, based in Orange City. He serves on the board for the American Association of Swine Veterinarians Foundation and volunteers with community projects. Bomgaars served as chair of the fundraising campaign for Northwestern’s Juffer Athletic Fieldhouse. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University.
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 ’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.
Angela Jiskoot ’08, a Professional Certified Marketer®, is a senior account manager for Lessing-Flynn in Des Moines. Jiskoot is a past president of the Iowa chapter of the American Marketing Association. Jiskoot was named a 2016 Business Record 40 under 40 honoree and a 2015 Juice Young Professional of the Year finalist. She volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa, Variety–the Children’s Charity of Iowa and Volunteer Iowa. Jiskoot is pursuing a master’s degree from the University of Iowa, where she is the president of the student association.
Bill Kepp ’82 works for Northwestern Bank in Orange City as the senior vice president of bank operations. He works with commercial lending, deposit services, marketing and Northwest Investments. He also works with Northwest Realty as the broker and an agent. Kepp is a member of the Orange City Development Corporation board.
Rachel Leavitt ’01 is the director of curriculum for Le Mars Community Schools in Le Mars, Iowa. She supervises the district’s curriculum, instruction and assessment programs and coordinates professional development for staff. She earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Governors State University and has served as a high school math teacher and principal for schools in Illinois and Iowa.
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 a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Dakota.
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 ’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.
Drew Vogel ’72 is chairman and CEO of Vogel Paint, Inc., headquartered in Orange City. Vogel serves on several boards, including the Iowa College Foundation, the American Coatings Association, Iowa State Bank of Orange City, Living History Farms, the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, the Luke Society and the NOVA Paint Club of London, England. He was inducted into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame in 2017 with his father, Frank; was presented the Manufacturing Award by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry in 2015; and was honored, along with his wife, Jean, with the Distinguished Service to Northwestern College Award in 2009.
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.