Board of Directors

North Dakota Workforce Safety & Insurance (WSI) is controlled by North Dakota’s Governor, who appoints the agency’s Executive Director and the 11 member Board of Directors. The Board of Directors serves as a quasi-advisory with members serving 4-year terms.

The 11 member board consists of:

  • 6 members represent employers with active accounts at WSI
  • 3 members represent employees
  • 1 member is a member of the North Dakota Medical Association
  • 1 member is appointed as a member-at-large

Bobbie Ripplinger, CGO (member-at-large)
January 2015 – December 2018

Karel Sovak, Vice CGO, Employer Rep (at-large)
January 2013 – December 2016

Michael Gallagher, Employer Representative (under $10,000)
January 2013 – December 2016

Patricia Clement, Employer Representative (at-large)
January 2015 – December 2018

Vicki Kunz, Employee Representative
January 2015 – December 2018

Edward Grossbauer, Employee Representative (WSI benefit recipient)
January 2013 – December 2016

Pamela Link, Employee Representative (organized labor)
June 2014 – December 2016

Dr. Michael Quast, ND Medical Association
January 2015 – December 2018

Tom Coons, Employer Representative (over $25,000)
January 2013- December 2016

Wally Keller, Employer Representative (over $25,000)
January 2015 – December 2018

Vacant, Employer Representative (under $25,000)
January 2013 – December 2016

Contacting a Board Member:
You can write to a board member at any time at PO Box 2174, Bismarck ND 58502-2174.