Welcome to Grand Forks!

We are excited to welcome you to the great Northern Prairie! We can't wait to explore this gem with you and build new friendships in this beautiful little city. 

-Derek and Julia

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City Coordinators

Derek Roush

Derek Roush lived in Kansas his entire life before making the trek North to the Red River Valley to "long-term visit" Grand Forks. Derek attended Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas where he developed many lifelong friendships and earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering. When he isn't working as a business development professional, he spends his days dreaming of entrepreneurship and getting to know the greater Grand Forks area. In his free time you will find him on a sports field of some type, often a soccer field. Though an avid Sporting KC fan, at the top of his bucket list is watching Spain and the USA play in Barcelona someday. Derek loves authentic relationships, beer of all varieties, and the vibrant movement of young adults within the New Evangelization.

Julia Swanson

After studying in Montana, Denver, and Austria, Julia finally finished her degree in English Literature with a minor in Philosophy at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Due to an unexpected change in direction, she is currently working as a housemother at St. Gianna's Maternity Home in Warsaw, North Dakota. She started writing for the CBC Times in January 2015, and as she got to know CBC, she wanted to get more involved. She is excited to be learning and working with a talented group of people, to bring about the New Evangelization through authentic leisure, with a healthy dose of truth and beauty. She loves traveling and exploring new places, and is currently falling in love with the American prairie. When she isn't playing with babies or cleaning the beautiful, historic Gianna home, she likes cooking without a recipe, driving without a destination, and dancing without an audience. 

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