Board Members

Don Bottemiller is the Board Chair of Northern Great Plains Inc, the parent of Meadowlark, and retired CEO of Homecrest, a leading manufacturer of casual and outdoor furniture located in Wadena, Minnesota.
Don graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry.  He has also done graduate work in meteorology at St. Louis University and served as a meteorologist in the US Air Force.
Don has served as a regent of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, as a board member of the American Furniture Manufacturers Association and as president of the Summer and Casual Furniture Manufacturers Association.  In addition to Meadowlark/NGP, he is the currently on the boards of Luther Theological Seminary, Tri-County Heath Care, and Homecrest Outdoor Living.  Don is, and has been, active in a number of community organizations and activities.


Lorin Brass is a native of rural southeastern South Dakota and a graduate from Lennox High School, Lennox, SD.  He received a BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a Masters degree in Material Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.  He then joined Shell Oil Company as a Research Engineer at Shell Development Company in 1977.  He progressed through a variety of technical and business assignments primarily in Shell Oil's Exploration and Production divisions in Texas, California, and Louisiana.  He also held positions in Corporate Planning and was Vice President, Operations for Shell Services Company, a newly formed information technology and services company in the US.  In 1997 he and his family moved to The Hague, The Netherlands, where he became CEO of Shell Services International, the global IT company for Shell.  Once this company was up and running, he moved into Shell International Exploration & Production and was appointed Director of Global Business Development in January 2000, responsible for oil and gas property related acquisitions around the world.  In 2005 he became Senior Advisor of Business Development for all Shell related activities, with particular emphasis on corporate acquisitions and divestments globally.  Lorin retired from Shell in June 2006 after nearly 30 years of service.  Upon retirement, he and his wife moved back to South Dakota. 

Since retirement Lorin has been involved with boards of regional non-profits including being the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Foundation.  He enjoys collecting and restoring antique tractors and operates a small farming operation.

Lorin and his wife of 35 years, Mary, have three daughters, all of whom have graduated from college and are pursuing their career goals.


Ron Vantine is a retired business attorney with the Minneapolis, Minnesota law firm of Lindquist & Vennum.  As an attorney, he served primarily as outside general counsel for entrepreneurs and mid-cap companies.  Much of his work involved negotiating complex national and international business agreements that supported long term business relationships.

Ron served for 12 years on the Board of Trustees for United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, including 5 years as Board Chair, and continues to be an active member of several seminary committees.  Ron is a member of the Board of Directors of Mill City Commons, a membership organization building community and lifestyle among residents in a neighborhood along the Mississippi river near downtown Minneapolis.  Ron is also a volunteer in various other community organizations.

Ron is an avid cyclist who organizes European bicycling trips for a group of friends.  He is a casual birder and photographer and enjoys  international travel,  reading history and historical biographies, and spending time at the family's cabin on a Wisconsin lake.


Christine E. Hamilton is the Managing Partner of Christiansen Land and Cattle, Ltd., a large diversified farming and ranching operation in central South Dakota, and she is a partner in Dakota Packing, Inc., a company based in Las Vegas that provides center-of-the-plate protein products to Las Vegas and the Southwest markets.  In addition, she and her family formed the MHCH Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation established to promote South Dakota and its future in the changing global economy.  Ms. Hamilton also serves on the boards of directors of a number of other entities, including Home Federal Financial Corporation and Home Federal Bank, South Dakota Rural Enterprise, Inc, SDBio, and the Board of Governors of the South Dakota State University Foundation.  Christine has her undergraduate degree from Smith College in Northampton, MA, and her MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona.  Christine is married to Dr. Eddie Hamilton, and has four daughters who live in Texas: Corey, Anna, Leah and Edee; and five grandchildren.


Diana Vander Woude was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD.  She has over 28 years of experience in healthcare, quality improvement, public policy and administration.  Diana is currently the Vice President of Learning & Development for Sanford Health and oversees the Center for Learning. Sanford Health employs over 17,000 health care professionals and encompasses primary care clinics, hospitals, specialty centers, rehabilitation, laboratory services and long-term care facilities in more than 75 communities across the United States, including SD, ND, MN, IA, NE, OK and CA.

Diana is a Registered Nurse and holds a Masters Degree in Nursing Management from South Dakota State University.  She previously served for 11 years as the Executive Director for the SD Board of Nursing and has held a variety of leadership roles at the state and national level.  She is past-Chair and current Board Member of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of South Dakota and also serves on a number of advisory councils. She was one of the original stakeholders of the Meadowlark Project Leadership Laboratory that was launched in 2006.

Diana has two teenage children, Skye and Cole, and loves spending time with the kids at sporting events and school activities. She enjoys gardening, swimming, and traveling with her family.