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.“

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.