Committee Members



Sarah Moe
Founder of A Taste Of Culture Event
Sarah is a 3rd generation German. She has an AS degree in Dental Assisting and a BA in Cross Cultural Studies. She recently started her own business Moe Events LLC. She loves culture and believes culture is one of the great gifts we have been given in this world. She runs her business from home as she cares for her two children under 5. In her spare time she is involved at her church Calvary Chapel.
Urja Aryal
Support Coordinator
I am from Nepal. I have lived here for 5 years. I graduated from DSU with Human Resource Management and Business Administration degree. I am currently working at ABLE Inc. as a Support Coordinator. I am a mentor and a board member of the Best Friends Mentoring Program. I love spending time outdoors, meet new people and get involved in the community.
Karen Hale Lewis
Associate Professor of Sociology
Karen is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social Sciences at Dickinson State University. Karen relocated from the borderland area of Texas and Mexico, born and raised in Laredo, TX. She is bilingual and bicultural due to the intertwined relationship with Laredo's sister city Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She is an active member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Hebron, ND and Catholic Daughters of the Americas court in Richardton, ND.
Olya Kleinjan
Olya is originally from Russia and has been a resident of Dickinson for over 13 years. She has a husband and 2 children ages 5 and 2. She deeply cares about her community and is excited to be a part of this intercultural event.
Rose Mcmurtry
Technical Test Operator
Rose is originally from Philippines. She spent half of her life traveling most of Asian countries. She is now residing in Richardton ND for 7 years. She is married and has one daughter. She enjoys getting involved in her community association. She is working at KMM Killder Mountain Manufacturing as a Technical Test operator.
Wynter Miller
International Programs & Multicultural Affairs Coordinator
Wynter is a native of Missouri who lived in 5 countries on 3 continents and traveled extensively throughout the world before landing in North Dakota. She holds a Master's degree in Languages Cultures and Religions from the University of Stirling in Scotland and a Bachelor's degree in Religious Studies from the University of Missouri. She currently heads the department of International Programs & Multicultural Affairs at Dickinson State University where she eagerly engages with students and educators from around the globe.
Barnabas Yandiba Nyaaba
CNC Machinist
Barnabas is from Ghana and currently works as a CNC machinist at the Dakota Energy Technologies. He has a B.A in International Relations and loves to travel while experiencing different cultures. So far he has been to 12 countries on different continents and hopes to see more. He resides in Dickinson and has been a part of this community for about 4 years now. Barnabas is interested in contributing whichever way he can to make our community better and was recently part of the Change network project which sort to highlight the African immigrant community in Dickinson. He is also a soccer coach with the Dickinson soccer club and handles the U12 recreational team when work permits. He has been coaching for 3 years.
Feye Zhong
Student Accounts Coordinator
Faye Zhong, a native of the People's Republic of China, was educated both in China and the USA. Growing up in a rural coastal area in China, and working in Shanghai, she now enjoys the relaxed mid-western lifestyle. She currently resides in Dickinson, North Dakota and is employed with Dickinson State University. She embraces both cultures and frequently travels to Asia.
Katsu Ogawa
Associate Professor of Chemistry / Web Master
Katsu is an associate professor of chemistry at Dickinson State University. He was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. A former highschool loser moved to Minnesota in mid 90s. He has been promoting cultural diversity wherever he has been. He held the office of the President of International Student Association while he was at Mankato State University, MN. He was also a co-chair of the Mankato Area International Festival 1999. He used to teach Kendo (a type of Japanese martial art) in Mankato and also at NDSU. After getting his Ph.D. he moved around USA (FL & CA) but he finally came back to Midwest. He is also a huge animal lover keeping a variety of animals in his office at DSU.