Geri Langseth, Coordinator
701-232-2452 ext. 118
Geri Langseth has been the SENDAA Child and Adult Care Food Program Coordinator since 2000.
Geri grew up on a farm near Argusville, North Dakota. She graduated from Argusville High School and NDSU with a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Relations. Geri has had several different jobs across the country. She was lead teacher at a preschool in Huntington Beach, California; owned and operated a home Child Care business in Santa Ana, California and Fort Collins, Colorado; and worked at IBM in Charlotte, North Carolina. When her family relocated to Rochester, Minnesota she began working for Child Care Resource and Referral – 3 years as a Nutrition Educator for the Child & Adult Care Food Program and 7 years as a referral counselor. In September of 2000 Geri moved to Fargo where she began working for SENDCAA as the Coordinator for the Child & Adult Care Food Program.
Geri is married and lives in Fargo with her husband, Roger. She has two children and two step-children; John, who lives in Minneapolis with his wife Amy; Jessica, who lives in China; Justin, who lives in Zimmerman, Minnesota, and Kari, who lives in Harwood with her husband, Ryan. Geri and her husband are blessed with 12 grandchildren. Geri enjoys summers on Cotton Lake at their cabin, traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Jenny Nelson, Program Assistant
701-232-2452 ext. 132
Jenny Nelson started at SENDCAA in the summer of 2006 and has been a great help to our program. Previous she worked as an Abstract Assistant.
Jenny is married with two boys, ages 8 and 4, living in the Fargo area. Originating from LaCrosse, Wisconsin and an avid Packers fan, her office is proof displaying a supply of Packers memorabilia. She graduated from Onalaska Luther High School and has lived in numerous states until finally settling in Fargo, North Dakota. Jenny's youngest son, Joshua, has Treacher-Collins Syndrome. 1 in 50,000 babies are born with it and he has a mild case, still requiring surgeries throughout his life. These surgeries will help reconstruct some of the distinctive facial features presented with Treacher-Collins. Jason, age 5, attends a local daycare and is very outgoing and rambunctious, just like many young five-year-old boys, but most of all he is a loving brother and very, very proud of his little brother.
Sharla Olson, Nutrition Educator
701-232-2452 ext. 156
Sharla Olson has been a Nutrition Educator with the SENDCAA Food Program since 2008.
Sharla was raised on a farm near Sabin, Minnesota and was active in 4-H, where she developed her love for cooking and baking. She graduated from Moorhead High School and received a bachelor's degree in Food and Nutrition from NDSU. After graduation, Sharla worked at WIC (Women, Infant and Children) in St. Paul, Minnesota and later in Fargo, as a Licensed Nutritionist. After her employment at WIC, Sharla became a stay-at-home mom for eight years. Sharla and her husband have three boys who are 18, 16 and 14. In her spare time, she is kept busy driving her boys to sport activities and slowly learning the rules of the games. She is an active PTA volunteer at her boy's schools in Fargo. Sharla also enjoys traveling to new places and trying new recipes to share with Child Care Providers.
Heide Martin, Nutrition Educator
701-232-2452 ext. 126
Heide Martin has been a Nutrition Educator with the SENDCAA Food Program since January 2014.
Heide grew up on a farm south of Wahpeton, North Dakota and graduated from Wahpeton High School. She then received her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Development from Valley City State University. After college Heide began working as a School Age Supervisor for a daycare center. After her first child was born, Heide started her own family daycare business and was enrolled in the SENDCAA Food Program during that time.
Heide and her husband, Travis, live in Fargo with their two children Reilly, age 14, and Sierra, age 12. In her spare time Heide enjoys cooking and baking and has a passion for cake decorating.
Diana Freese, Nutrition Educator
Diana Freese has worked with the SENDCAA Food Program since 1988, serving providers in Richland, Ransom & Sargent Counties.
Diana grew up on a farm in Western Nebraska. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor's in Home Economics (back when it was still called Home Economics). She learned about cooking and baking through many years of 4-H projects and by helping her Mom in the kitchen. Diana grew up with great meals and tried to do the same for her own family.
After meeting her husband Pat in Nebraska, they moved to his family's farm north of Breckenridge, Minnesota to raise their family. They have two grown children and Diana is happy to say that both of her children have learned to cook and are great at it. Now that they are grown, they are willing to try any kind of food and seem to enjoy it all! Diana is active in the Southern Valley Early Childhood Initiative and helps with fundraising for the Weekend Backpack Food Program in Richland & Wilkin Counties. She is a Master Gardner and her focus is flowers, but she loves fresh produce and also raises a few vegetables. Diana also enjoys traveling and trying out new restaurants.
Grand Forks Staff
Bonnie McNamee, Nutrition Educator