Director Jolene Stading PuhallaOur director

Jolene Stading Puhalla serves as the Director of the Open Door Community Center. Jolene holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Mary, Bismarck.

Assistant Director LeAnn LindteigenTeacher's Assistant

Jean Rexine attended Minot State University where she earned a degree in Social Work. She has worked with children in childcare centers, home childcare, and providing home visitis to families with young children.


In addition, the Open Door utilizes assistants, including parents and other volunteers, in the preschool and summer day camp programs. Deidre Wessner prepares the noon meal. Carol Nelson volunteers as librarian, processing and organizing the library and media center. Marvia Boettcher reads and tells stories each month. Jim Karn visits weekly with "little Jimmy on the Farm" stories. Many other volunteers read to the children and engage them in various activities. Students from the University of Mary and area high schools are typically employed as summer staff.

The University of Mary SPURS host holiday parties for the preschool children, and United Methodist mission and youth groups assist at special events, clean-up of the grounds, and other tasks.