Carol Rogne joined the Sanford Health Foundation Fargo Board of Directors in 2010.

Q&A with Fargo board member Carol Rogne

October 24, 2019

Carol Rogne joined the Sanford Health Foundation Fargo Board of Directors in 2010 at a pivotal moment in Sanford’s history. Now nearing the end of her third and final term, she reflects on Sanford’s past, future and the meaning of giving back.


Please share a few details about yourself, your work and your family.

I am a lifelong North Dakota resident. I founded DFC Consultants, a Microsoft Technology company, and managed it for almost 30 years. I sold DFC to Stoneridge Software in 2018 and have continued working with them as a consultant. I plan to retire at the end of the year.

Besides working, I love to paint and travel. I also serve on other boards including the Plains Art Museum and the FM Opera Company, and I am involved in the Fargo West Rotary group. I am married, to my husband Kent, and I have one son, Steven, who lives in Chicago with his wife, Amber, and two sweet kids, Oscar and Freja.


What moved you to join the Foundation’s board?

Paul Nelson, a past Foundation board president asked me to join. I believed in the cause and I looked forward to being involved with Sanford.


How would you describe the board’s role?

The board is an ambassador between the Foundation, Sanford and the community. We hear what is going on with Sanford and help with the communication. We also bring back praise and concerns we hear from the public.

In addition, we are supporters of the Foundation, and we help the development team make important connections in the community.


What has inspired you to continue serving for three terms?

I realize the importance of philanthropy in health care, and I have been excited to be part of it. In addition, I have met so many great people, and I have also learned so much about health care. My background is not in health care — I am a CPA involved in technology. My involvement with Sanford has been extremely interesting.


Do you have any favorite moments or proudest accomplishments?

I started my first term right when the campaign for the new Sanford Medical Center Fargo was announced. It was exciting to be part of the Foundation from the initial groundbreaking, all the way to the opening of the new medical center. When I see the center, I am very proud that I had a small role in making it a reality.


How has Sanford changed over the years?

When I first joined the board, the acquisition of MeritCare had just happened. The Foundation board was just being integrated with Sioux Falls. Since then, there have been more acquisitions, and Sanford has found a solid way to integrate the boards.

We have regional boards, so that we maintain a connection to our local hospital and community, yet, we are under the umbrella of the corporate board, so that we can maintain consistency and savings across the organization. The boards also meet annually, so we get to know and learn from each other.


What excites you most about Sanford’s future in Fargo?

Sanford has made huge investments in Fargo. That is important in being able to attract the best health care providers and to provide excellent health care locally. It’s good to know that if we have a serious illness, we can be treated locally.

I truly believe that Sanford is doing the right things to continue to grow in the changing health care landscape.


You’re also a donor to the Foundation. What inspires your giving?       

Being on the Foundation board, I have learned the importance of philanthropy for health care centers. Being able to help with the building of the medical center, which is so important to the community, and also helping with research and other special projects is very meaningful to me.


Can you talk about the personal meaning behind your gifts? 

I have contributed to the endowment to support the heart clinic, as my dad died very young of heart disease. I have also contributed to the Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center. When families need to support a loved one who has cancer, it is so helpful for them to be able to get treatment in the area.