About Us


About Us

St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation was founded on the principles of responding in a just manner to basic human needs. The foundation is the legacy of the Sisters of St. Francis who arrived in Minot in 1914. Their mission of caring for an individual as a whole still resonates today through St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation. The mission of SJCHF is to promote healthy and sustainable communities by providing financial gifts, strengthening collaborative relationships and supporting local initiatives that impact the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of residents in the counties of Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, McLean, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville, Rolette, Sheridan, Ward and Wells. The Foundation also serves as a resource and catalyst to promote and stimulate voluntary financial support especially in the building of endowments that will address the long-term needs of communities in North Dakota.


St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) public charity community foundation formed in June of 1998. The Foundation has awarded over $11.3 million in grants to organizations for many worthwhile projects to assist with programs that address quality of life issues in our communities. More information can be found at sjchfnd.com or by contacting the Foundation President, Shelly Weppler at sjchf@minot.com or 837-1726.

“No one is useless in the world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else”    –Charles Dickens

Board of Directors

  • Rick Beall, Chair – Minot
  • Jane Hirst, Vice-Chair – Minot
  • Randy Hauck, Treasurer – Velva
  • JoAnn Linrud, Secretary – Bottineau
  • Marisa Albertson, MD – Minot
  • Marisa Asheim, OD– Minot
  • Elizabeth Brodell – Minot
  • Katelyn K. Denne – Minot
  • James English – Harvey
  • Jasmin Enockson, Newtown
  • Melissa Messerly, MD – Garrison
  • Alecia Pulver – Stanley


  • Shelly C. Weppler, President – Minot – Ex-Officio Board Member
  • Victoria R. Conner, Office Staff – Minot

NOTE: Board members do not accept solicitations for grant funds. Please contact the Foundation office.