CLEARWATER COMMUNICATIONS IS

Clearwater Communications is a full-service association management and public relations firm located in Bismarck, North Dakota. Founded in 2001 by Dana Bohn, a communication professional, and Mike Dwyer, an attorney, the firm has grown to more than 15 association management and communication professionals and support staff.

 

The Clearwater staff has a thorough understanding of all aspects of providing management, communication and administrative services for a wide variety of nonprofit, business and government clients in the areas of association management, government relations, meeting and event planning, financial and database management, communication, and strategic planning.

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LEAD TEAM

 
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Dana Bohn

President

Dana Bohn has more than 20 years of communications, association management, program development, public relations, event planning, fundraising and political experience. Prior to partnering with Mike Dwyer to form Clearwater Communications, she was the vice president of the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce. Dana began her career at the University of North Dakota Alumni Association and Foundation and later became the executive director of the North Dakota Water Coalition and assistant executive director of the North Dakota Water Education Foundation. Dana earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations/political science and a master’s degree in communication, both from the University of North Dakota.

 

When she isn’t busy working, Dana enjoys boating, camping and attending her children’s activities. She grew up in Grant County, N.D.

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Deana Wiese

CEO

Deana Wiese has 15 years of experience in communications, association management, public relations, business and feature writing, and lobbying. Her previous work experience has been as an account executive for Clearwater Communications and as public relations director for KK Bold. She graduated from North Dakota State University with degrees in animal science and mass communications.

 

Deana enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, doing anything outdoors or traveling. She is originally from Belfield, N.D.

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Miranda Hoffert

Chief Office & Financial Manager

Miranda Hoffert serves as the office and financial manager. Her prior work experience includes working at Northwestern Federal Savings and Loan. Since 1988, she has provided office and financial management services to numerous organizations, associations and businesses. She earned her legal secretary associate degree from Valley City State College.

 

In her spare time, Miranda enjoys camping, fishing, reading and, most importantly, spending time with her grandkids. She is originally from Balta, N.D.

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Jennifer Greuel

Vice President of Business Development

Jennifer Greuel assists clients with association management, meeting and event planning, public relations, and government affairs. Prior to joining Clearwater in 2015 she worked in the banking and nonprofit sectors. She holds degrees in communications and psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.

 

In her free time, Jennifer enjoys running, traveling, volunteering, reading, and enjoying outdoor activities. She is originally from Minot, N.D.

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Robin Pursley

Vice President of Creative Services

Robin Pursley oversees all aspects of Clearwater Communications’ design services. Her team is responsible for production of all design and print material developed for Clearwater Communications staff and clients. Among Clearwater’s notable publications are the North Dakota Blue Book, North Dakota Horizons magazine, The Gavel and the award-winning Minnesota Adventuring magazine. Robin has been with Clearwater Communications for more than 16 years.

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Shannon Schutt

Vice President of Operations

Shannon Schutt has been employed at Clearwater since 2017, where she assists clients with association management, meeting and event planning, and public relations. Previously, she worked for a commercial roofing company as a marketing/office coordinator. She holds a degree in public relations and advertising from North Dakota State University.

 

In her free time, Shannon is a true-crime buff and coffee connoisseur. She also enjoys spending time with her family and dog, Mack. She is originally from Bismarck, N.D.

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES

 

Alyssa Mutschelknaus

Alyssa assists with association management, communication services, meeting and event planning, and public policy. She graduated from Dickinson State University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business/marketing and international agribusiness. Prior to joining Clearwater Communications, she worked in the banking sector and interned with the North Dakota Trade Office, while earning her degree.

 

In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors on the farm/ranch and spending time with family and friends. She is originally from Elgin, N.D.

Sam Vangsness

Sam Vangsness assists with association management, communications services, meeting and event planning, and public policy. She is a Dickinson State University graduate, where she obtained a bachelor of science degree in agricultural studies with a business/marketing option. Prior to working at Clearwater Communications, she worked as a farm and ranch reporter for KFGO and a program technician for the USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

 

In her free time, Sam enjoys thrifting and antiquing, cheering her husband on at rodeos and spending time with her family and friends. She is originally from Mandan, N.D.

COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALISTS

 

Annie Bennett 

Annie Bennett assists clients in sales, event planning and marketing. Prior to working at Clearwater Communications, she was a marketing and event coordinator for G1 Group in Glasgow, Scotland. She holds a degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from North Dakota State University.

 

In her free time, Annie enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors and scrapbooking. She is a native of Bismarck, N.D.

Kylie Blanchard

Kylie Blanchard meets the needs of clients through clear written communication and attention to detail. Her previous experience includes working as a grant writer for Coal Country Community Health Center in Beulah, N.D., and working as a freelance writer and editor in Bismarck. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in technical writing from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

 

In her free time, Kylie enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking part in outdoor activities, working on home projects and reading. Kylie is originally from Bismarck, N.D.

Scooter Pursley

Senior communications specialist James (Scooter) Pursley assists Clearwater Communications staff and clients through his writing and editing, newsletter production and distribution and all other communication needs. He has worked in the communication and marketing fields for 40 years, including 20 years as an information specialist for the North Dakota Tourism Division, where he produced the official North Dakota Travel Guide for 20 years. He also made daily content updates on the division's website. Scooter attended Dickinson State University.

In his free time, Scooter writes sports for the Bismarck Tribune and water-related articles for the North Dakota Water Education Foundation and produces North Dakota's Pigskin Preview magazine. He enjoys long trips with his wife, Robin, on their Harley-Davidson. Scooter is a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., and a graduate of Killdeer High School.

 

GRAPHIC DESIGNERS

Shelly Duppong

Shelly Duppong has more than 20 years of graphic design experience and is able to create distinctive layouts for a variety of publications. Duppong earned an associate degree in arts from Bismarck State College, associate degrees in desktop publishing and design and graphic arts from Northwest College in Powell, Wyo., and a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson State University.

 

Shelly spends her free time with her family, and enjoys baking and exercising. She is a Bismarck, N.D., native.

Robin Pursley

Robin has been a graphic designer for more than 40 years and is especially proficient in quality designs in a fast-paced environment. Robin’s 24 years of experience in the journalism field and 16 years within Clearwater’s creative services has created a strong understanding of clients’ communication needs. She has an associate degree from Bismarck State College and a bachelor's degree from Dickinson State University.

In her free time, Robin enjoys riding Harley-Davidson with her husband. She is originally from Bismarck, N.D.

ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS

 

Julie Ellingson

Database Specialist

Julie Ellingson is the secretary/receptionist and database manager for Clearwater Communications, and also provides membership and administrative support to clients. She earned an associate degree in applied medical from Bismarck State College.

 

Julie loves being with family, playing sports and riding horse. Julie is a native of Maddock, N.D.

Danielle Hauck

Finance Assistant

Danielle Hauck provides financial and administrative support to clients, including membership management and bookkeeping services. Danielle has been employed by Clearwater Communications since 2004 and has a degree from Bismarck State College.

 

When she isn’t at the office, Danielle likes to spend time with her husband and children. She also enjoys reading, walking and taking family vacations. She is originally from Elgin, N.D.