NDAD Adds Chief Operations Officer

Don Santer has joined NDAD as chief operations officer, giving him oversight of the North Dakota nonprofit organization’s entrepreneurial efforts.

Don Santer
Don Santer is NDAD’s chief operations officer.

“Don will supervise the charitable gaming activities as well as management of income-producing property,” said Ron Gibbens, NDAD president and chief executive officer. “Don’s background supervising multiple locations across the country is ideal for his role with NDAD.”

Santer had been a program manager and, before that, manager of clinical support staffing for international contract research organization PRACS Institute, based in Fargo. He started at PRACS in 2005.

NDAD operates charitable gaming in Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck and Minot, in independently owned private establishments and at its own properties.

The addition of Santer “will free me up from supervising the daily operations to concentrate on the long-range direction of NDAD,” said Gibbens, one of NDAD’s founders. “Most CEOs do not spend the time with direct supervision of daily activities that I have in the past. This will place me in a more traditional role of president/CEO.”

Santer said his new NDAD role offers “a lot of things I’m excited about.”

“I’m excited to learn a whole new aspect – the gaming side – and at the same time applying my experience to the operations of the company,” he said.

Santer’s work as PRACS’ program manager included creating standardized processes across the company’s five research clinics. As clinical support staff manager, Santer coordinated and directed five teams totaling more than 300 personnel, at PRACS’ sites in Fargo and in East Grand Forks, Minn.

From 1996 to 2005, Santer served as technical director and then program director for Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre.

Santer graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree in theater production and design from Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Mich. He received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Mary’s Fargo campus.

Santer also served five years in the U.S. Navy.

He and his wife of 12 years, Alisen, have three children.

Learn more about NDAD by visiting NDAD’s website, NDAD.org; the NDAD Facebook page, this NDAD Areavoices blog, or by contacting NDAD at one of its four offices:

■ 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201; (701) 775-5577; (800) 532-NDAD

■ 21 University Drive N., Fargo, ND 58102; (701) 281-8215; (888) 363-NDAD

■ 1808 20th Ave. S.E., Minot, ND 58701; (701) 838-8414; (888) 999-NDAD

■ 309 Washington Ave., Williston, ND 58801; (701) 774-0741 or 774-0444; (877) 777-NDAD