Staff & Board

Our Staff

Andrea Olson, MS, CCAP, NCRT/NCRI

Executive Director
701-232-2452 ext. 119

As the Executive Director for the State Association, Andrea works on a number of initiatives and programs including training and technical assistance for North Dakota’s Community Action Agencies. She has worked in the non-profit sector for 17 years and has been with the CAPND since 2008.

Andrea has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from North Dakota State University and a Master’s Degree in Public, Human Service, and Health Administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Andrea is a Certified Community Action Professional and National Certified ROMA Trainer and ROMA Implementer. She also serves as the Lead for the Regional Performance Innovative Consortium for Federal Region 8; a successful collaboration between the Community Action State Associations and State Community Services Block Grant Offices who serve all 75 Community Action Agencies and CSBG-eligible entities in the states of: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

Andrea has served as the Chair on the Board of Directors for the North Dakota Coalition for Homeless Persons and is a previous member of the North Dakota State PTA Board. She is the proud recipient of the 2017 Charles Braithwait Award for Leadership for her efforts to ensure ongoing National support for the Community Action Network.  Andrea was also recognized as an Honored Member of the Governor's 2020 Census Task Force in appreciation for her dedicated services for a complete count in North Dakota. In 2021, Andrea was honored as a nominee for the YWCA Woman of the Year as a recognition for her contributions to her community. 

Andrea lives in West Fargo with her husband, daughters and rescue pups (Archie and Holden) who are reminded on daily basis that they are devastatingly handsome!  She has a strong affinity for people who use their turn signals in parking lots, is an ardent supporter of daily chips and salsa consumption, a die hard Conan O'Brien fan, and feels strongly that the world is a better place when we all learn to love, respect and enjoy each other.


Carmel Froemke
Statewide Programs Director
701-232-2452 Ext. 167

Carmel Froemke serves as the Statewide Programs Coordinator for CAPND. Carmel works across the state with the our Community Action Agencies  to administer our Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), Sportsmen Against Hunger, and COVID Emergency Rent Assistance Pograms. Additionally, Carmel works alongside community partners to conduct outreach to potential clientele with the goal of providing a coordinated system of communication and supports. 

Carmel’s North Dakota roots led her to NDSU, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in the field of Human Development and Family Science. For the past 20 years, she has lived and worked in the Fargo/Moorhead area with other local agencies and non-profits; most recently providing Care Coordination services to older adults and those with chronic medical and/or mental health needs. Carmel’s passionate about advocating for people and helping those in need of extra support.

Carmel lives in Dilworth, MN with her family, husband David and children, Lydia and Avery. She most enjoys being a Dance & Basketball Mom. Her household also includes a quirky Corgi, elderly Scotty and an attitudinal cat. When relaxing at home, Carmel can be found creatively cooking or experimenting with new recipes, Her philosophy is “never make the same thing twice because you throw in whatever you have on hand”. She also enjoys watching documentaries on Netflix or searching for whatever new bird species arrives at her backyard feeder.

Faith Marthe

State Association Specialist
701-232-2452 ext. 136

Faith Marthe is the State Association Specialist for CAPND. Faith has worked heavily in the health insurance and tech industries. She has a passion for data and technology and has always wanted to find somewhere she could combine her passion with her strong desire to make the world a better place.  At CAPND, she provides administrative support and manages our website and social media presence. In addition, she helps with the coordination of training and technical assistance.

Faith lives in Fargo, ND with her son, Dexter, and four furry felines (Charlie, Zazzy, Big Kitty, and Rosie). She keeps a ranked list of her favorite Microsoft Office applications, has a passion for organization, and is a hopeless Diet Coke addict. She enjoys curling up with a good book and has been known to spend hours perusing the shelves of bookstores and libraries.  When she isn't buried in a book, she can be found looking for her next adventure, from camping in the middle of nowhere to getting lost in a city.  

Our Board

Community Action Partnership of North Dakota's Board of Directors is comprised of the Executive Directors from each of the seven Community Action Agencies in the state.


Community Action Partnership Region I and VIII Dickinson/Williston Erv Bren administration@dickinsoncap.org
SouthEastern North Dakota Community Action Agency Fargo Brandon Kjelden brandonk@sendcaa.org
Red River Valley Community Action Grand Forks Kaye Seibel kseibel@rrvca.com
Dakota Prairie Community Action Agency Devils Lake Lora Papachek lpapachek@dpcaa.org
Community Action Program Region VII Bismarck Andrea Werner andreaw@cap7.com
Community Action Partnership Minot Region Minot Willy Soderholm willy@capminotregion.org
Community Action Program Region VI Jamestown Kristina Brownell kristina@cap6.com

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