Shelly Peterson, President

Phone: 701-354-9773

Shelly E. Peterson is President of the North Dakota Long Term Care Association. Peterson has been President for the Association for 34 years. Shelly will be retiring January 1, 2024.


Ms. Peterson has a Masters degree in Social Work with specialization in social planning and administration from the University of Denver. Peterson represents the Association before the legislative and executive branches of government and works with government agencies to assure sound long term care policies. Ms. Peterson has also been very involved in long term care issues on a national level.


Shelly is past President of the American Society of Health Care Executives. She has served on many national committees studying quality of care, staff retention, and women’s health issues. Prior to her employment with the Association, she worked for the North Dakota Department of Human Services for 11 years.

Nikki Wegner, President

Phone: 701-354-9773

Nikki Wegner, has joined the North Dakota Long Term Care Association as the Association’s President.  Nikki graduated from Colorado State University, Fort Collins in May 2012 with a M.S. degree in Occupational Therapy.  She is a dynamic leader and occupational therapist with 12 years of experience collaborating with and educating the public and professionals on Alzheimer’s Disease.  Nikki also has 10 years of experience with policy makers at the local, state, and federal levels.


Nikki has a keen interest in continuing to improve and maintain the quality of care, quality of life and safety of older adults in North Dakota.  Nikki says, “The passion of the teams that I’ve worked with in my past role have inspired me to dream big. This led us to make many of our innovative ideas related to improving quality of care a reality. I’m looking forward to building on the association’s great momentum to continue to improve our ability to help individuals live fulfilling lives across our communities.“


Nikki joins the Association on September 18, 2023.  She will work with current President, Shelly Peterson, until the end of the year.  Shelly is retiring after 34 years of service with the Association.  On January 1, 2024, Nikki will take over as President of the Association.


North Dakota Long Term Care Association is the leading long term care organization representing basic care, assisted living, and skilling nursing facility providers since 1977.  The Association was established as a non-profit trade association and currently represents 190 facilities.  The Association is dedicated to serving facilities who strive to maintain the highest quality of care for the elderly and disabled.

Peggy Krikava, Education Director

Phone: 701-354-9774

Peggy Krikava is the Director of Education. Peggy has been the Education Assistant of the Association since March 2015. Peggy is responsible for planning and coordination of statewide educational events for long term care member facilities.


Prior to joining the NDLTCA, Peggy worked for Sanford Health (formerly Medcenter One) for 15 years. She worked in the Marketing Department as the Office Manager and most recently had been promoted to Project Coordinator in digital marketing. She also worked in the Foundation as their Annual Support Manager.

Carol Ternes, Executive Assistant

Phone: 701-354-9777

Carol is the Executive Assistant and is responsible for office operation and assist with member services.


Prior to joining the Association, Carol was with AVI Systems, Inc. for 30 years as their Branch Administrator.

Casidie Fladeland, Education Assistant

Phone: 701-354-9775

Casidie Fladeland is the Education Assistant at NDLTCA. Casidie uses her 10 plus years of experience focusing on expert administrative support. She is responsible for assisting in the planning and coordination of statewide educational events for long term care member facilities.


Prior to joining the Association, Casidie worked for FMI Inc. for 9 years as the Safety Coordinator & Office Assistant; focusing on workforce safety programs and employee engagement.

Vanessa Raile, Director of Emergency Planning

Phone: 701-354-9776

Vanessa J. Raile has been hired as the Director of Emergency Planning. In this position she will work with long term care facilities in North Dakota to assist them in being prepared for unexpected disasters. Having staff trained in the event of an emergency improves the outcome in assuring everyone is safe.


Prior to joining NDLTCA, Vanessa worked with Puklich Chevrolet as the Process Coordinator; focusing on workforce safety programs. Prior to that, she worked with Sanford Health Foundation as their Office Coordinator. Vanessa’s previous work experience includes 21 years in supervising Customer Service for various corporations in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.