Scandinavian Cultural Center

Scandinavian Cultural Center

Executive Board


The Executive Board consists of the following: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Outreach Group Coordinator, Activities Group Coordinator, Services Group Coordinator, and the immediate Past President. The SCC Director, the Chair of the Scandinavian Studies Program, the Curator of the Scandinavian Immigrant Experience Collection, and a representative from PLU's Development Office serve as ex officio members. The Executive Board conducts the business of the Cultural Council between its business meetings, fixes the hour and place of meetings, authorizes expenditures, and makes recommendations to the Cultural Council for action.

Cultural Council


The Cultural Council consists of the members of the Executive Board, standing committee chairs and co-chairs, and at least one person of Nordic heritage to represent each of the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden). The Cultural Council meets monthly to plan and organize events and exhibits sponsored by the Cultural Center.

Executive Board Members

SCC Director - Elisabeth Ward

The Director overseas the planning and implementation of events and activities of the SCC; works with the Treasurer to maintain accurate accounts of income and expenditures related to the Council; serves as liaison between local Nordic groups, museums, foundations and other Nordic organizations; oversees the coordination and ongoing development of the membership organization; provides supervision, training and coordination of office assistants and volunteers; serves as curator of artifacts; and serves as Editor of the Center's bimonthly newsletter.

President - Melody Stepp

The President presides at meetings of the Executive Board and the Cultural Council, performs such duties as ordinarily pertain to the office, and works with the Director in overseeing the planning of the activities of the SCC.

Vice President - Linda Caspersen-Andresen

The Vice President presides at meetings of the Executive Board and the Cultural Council in the absence of the President and performs other duties as pertain to the office.

Secretary - Judy Scott

The Secretary records the minutes of the Executive Board and Council meetings, sends out notices of meetings, and preserves the minutes of all meetings.

Treasurer - Lisa Ottoson

The Treasurer works with the Director in preparing the annual budget, verifies monthly financial reports, and is responsible for the collection of admission fees at SCC events.

Group Coordinators

          Outreach Group - Kim Kittilsby
          Activities Group - Janet Ruud
          Services Group - Karen Kunkle

Coordinators maintain close contact with committee chairs in their group and make monthly repots to the Executive Board

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board meets on an ad hoc basis to consider matters of management, operation, and capital improvement. The Board consists of the Director of the University Center, the Chair of the Scandinavian Area Studies Program, the SCCC President, the SCC Director, the Dean of Humanities, and up to five members of the Cultural Council.