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Two New Members Added to the Dakotas America Advisory Board

March 13, 2015

Dakotas America has named two nationally known advocates for low-income communities to its Advisory Board. The newly chosen board members are Bonnie Malo, director of the Division of Community Services for the state of North Dakota, and John Mengenhausen, CEO of Horizon Health Care, Inc., the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in South Dakota with 18 clinics covering 10,500 square miles of service area.

The advisory board provides advice to Dakotas America in connection with its work to bring the value of the New Markets Tax Credit program to low-income communities on a national scale. By reviewing investment proposals and providing advice on Dakotas America’s placements, the advisory board keeps the focus of the organization’s efforts on residents of low-income communities. 

A graduate of North Dakota’s Mayville State College, Bonnie Malo has pursued a career in making communities stronger and providing economic opportunities for families in her home state. Currently director of the Division of Community Services for the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Malo manages a staff of nine and a budget of $66 million. Her office provides the people of North Dakota with effective, efficient and customer oriented administration of federal and state programs for community development, energy efficiency and renewable energy, housing and self sufficiency.

She has worked in the ND Department of Commerce since 1993, funding public facilities, housing rehabilitation and economic development projects in eligible communities and providing affordable housing activities throughout the state. 

Following a tour with an army airborne company, John Mengenhausen completed an accounting degree and returned to his hometown of Howard, South Dakota to open a small accounting and tax preparation firm. In 1983, Mengenhausen assumed the role of CEO of a small community health center, Miner-Hamlin Health Care Project, which included clinics in Howard and Bryant with a total staff of 14 and a $700,000 annual budget. Through a number of mergers and expansions over the course of two decades, Mengenhausen grew the organization into what is today Horizon Health Care, Inc. He is also board vice chair for Community Health Advocates, Inc., a for-profit corporation formed to promote the accessibility of adequate health care to individuals residing in medically underserved U.S. communities. 

For a complete list of Dakota America Advisory Board members and their biographies, click here

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