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 16 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. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the North Dakota Coalition for Homeless Persons and is a member of the Governor's 2020 Census Task Force. Andrea is also a Certified Community Action Professional and National Certified ROMA Trainer and ROMA Implementer.  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.  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.


Chandler Esslinger, CCAP

Statewide Program Coordinator
701-232-2452 ext. 133

Chandler Esslinger is the Statewide Programs Director for the Community Action Partnership of North Dakota. In her role she manages the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program which provides assistance to unstably housed and homeless Veteran families as a strategy toward ending Veteran homelessness, among other statewide and national projects. Chandler holds a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She is also a NEW Leadership Northern Lights alumna (2014), a trained Adverse Childhood Experiences presenter, Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory, and a Certified Community Action Professional. Chandler currently sits on the North Dakota Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Chandler is a passionate community advocate who is feeling particularly inspired by Grace Lee Boggs these days. In her spare time you can find her making memories with her partner Claire and their diabetic chihuahua Sage, grooving to her family's favorite outlaw country hits, and meditating on how to be a good ancestor. Chandler has lived in the Fargo/Moorhead area for almost 10 years.

Carmel Froemke
Statewide Outreach Coordinator
701-232-2452 Ext. 167

Community Action Partnership of ND has developed a new position of Statewide Outreach Coordinator, which has been filled by Carmel Froemke. Carmel will be working across the state with the 8 Regional Community Action Agencies, other community partners and providing outreach to potential clientele with the goal of providing a coordinated system of communication and supports. Carmel will also assist with the role out of the new CERA program - COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance across the state.

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.

Stephanie Scallon, LMSW

SSVF Healthcare Navigator
701-232-2452 ext. 136

Stephanie Scallon is the SSVF Healthcare Navigator. In her role she assists SSVF clients and their families with accessing healthcare and adhering to healthcare plans from medical care, mental health, substance use, and general health and well-being. Stephanie holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of New Orleans and both a B.S. and Master's degree in Social Work from the University of North Dakota. She is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) in the state of North Dakota.  She has previous experience working with crisis stabilization, case management, discharge planning, dual diagnosis, research, as well as interdisciplinary COVID-19 response through Grand Forks City Hall. She currently serves as a board member for the African Arts Arena in Grand Forks.

Stephanie was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana but moved to North Dakota in 2015. She has shown extreme resiliency and tenacity through the last several winters. She is passionate about building resiliency across generations through teaching adults and children about how to integrate self-care behaviors into everyday activities and life. It is highly likely that her clothes and hands are covered in some sort of arts and crafts supply if you run into her unexpectedly. In her spare time she will talk to anyone who will give her the time of day about her two sweet dogs, Chauncey (pit bull mix) and Phoebe (yellow lab).

Chelsea Barnette

Fiscal Director/Accountant
701-232-2452 ext. 153

Chelsea Barnette is the Fiscal Director for CAPND and an Accountant with SENDCAA.  She received her B.S. in Accounting from NDSU and is a North Fargo graduate.  She has worked in the Accounts Payable, Procurement, and Contract Management areas in the corporate world but has always dreamed of accounting for a non-profit.  At CAPND Chelsea pays the bills, maintains the budgets, and keeps track of every last penny.   She is happy to be doing work for programs that give back to our communities and help those in need. 

Over the years, Chelsea has volunteered her time to support United Way, Susan G. Komen, 4 Luv of Dogs, and mentoring programs.  In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys coffee dates, yoga, art, and spending time with friends and family. 

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 Jim Kappel jimk@sendcaa.org
Red River Valley Community Action Grand Forks Kevin Cooper kcooper@rrvca.com
Dakota Prairie Community Action Agency Devils Lake Perry Lundon dpcaalundon@yahoo.com
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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