Candidates for the Board of Directors

Candidates for the Board of Directors

Apr 29, 2019

District 1:
Michael Hosek
Lincoln, NE, Lodge 426


  • Operations Manager for a Telecommunications Company
  • In charge of accounting, billing, human resources and inventory control.
  • Lending and operations in the banking/credit union industry.
  • Finance committee at his church and Pius X High School.

Volunteer/Lodge Activities

  • Lodge secretary
  • YELL! group organizer, pack meals for Kids Against Hunger, Join Hands Day, place flags at veterans graves, sing at nursing homes, Trunk-or-Treat, and organize lodge annual picnic.
  • Chairman of Building Committee at his church.


  • B.A. Accounting & Business Administration, Doane University

District 2:
Brenda Vrieze
Holmen, WI, Lodge 32


  • Knowledge of governance within a regulatory environment.
  • Experience in many diverse areas, such as accounting, finance, sales, legal, compliance, process improvements, and managing a team.
  • Has served as District 2 Director since 2011, member of audit, investment, and fraternal committees.
  • Governance committee.

Volunteer/Lodge Activities

  • Lodge president, secretary, and correspondent
  • Junior Achievement
  • United Way
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Difference Makers


  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Communication degree program, Purdue University

District 3:
Don Krall
Cedar Rapids, IA, Lodge 13


  • Long time business owner.
  • Manage financial and personnel requirements for a business.
  • Board member of various local and state organizations.
  • Has served as District 3 Director since 2003, member of audit, fraternal, and personnel and executive committees.

Volunteer/Lodge Activities

  • Lodge officer
  • State meeting officer
  • Pre-Convention committee member for four terms.
  • St. Ludmila church and school committees. Kolache festival volunteer.
  • Iowa Fraternal Alliance Board member and officer.


  • B.S. Industrial Administration, Accounting and Economics, Iowa State University
  • Apprenticeship training, plumbing

District 4:
Duane Jirik
New Prague, MN, Lodge 2


  • Serving as a deputy sheriff and city council member has given me the ability to work with constituents to find a balance of their wants and needs.
  • Played a large role in changing Western’s Bylaws in 2007.
  • Has served as Chairman of the Board since 2008.
  • Has served as District 4 Director since 1998, member of investment, and personnel and executive committees.

Volunteer/Lodge Activities

  • Board of Governor’s Minnesota Scholarship Fund
  • Lodge and district officer.
  • Dozinky Festival
  • New Prague Domaci Dancers
  • New Prague ambulance service, Lions Club and City Council
  • US Navy Sea Cadets
  • Elder and past chairman of Friedens Ev. Lutheran Church


  • A.A.S. Law Enforcement, Normandale Community College
  • B.S. Criminal Justice, Concordia University

District 5:
Mary Bradley
Chicago, IL, Lodge 225


  • Leader in public education and oversees quality programming, public funds, and the development of new initiatives.
  • Provides support and training for senior leaders and governing boards.
  • Work with complex financial structures and organizations.
  • Collaborates with communities.
  • Has served as District 5 Director since 2011, member of investment, audit, and governance committees.

Volunteer/Lodge Activities

  • Volunteer at Bannister Czechoslovakian Harvest Festival.
  • Bannister YELL! group.
  • Ashley Country Christmas
  • Run activities for individuals with disabilities.
  • Guide for blind and visually impaired skiers.
  • Kaboom! Playground build
  • Bannister Czechoslovakian Folk dancers


  • B.S. Education, Central Michigan University
  • MBA Business, Central Michigan University
  • JD Law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School

District 6:
Karen Ryba
Minot, ND, Lodge 106


  • Project Engineer for a site planning and building development firm.
  • Served on several non-profit boards and committees. Past committee work includes: strategic planning, marketing and public relations, and financial.

Volunteer/Lodge Activities

  • Serves as secretary/treasurer and board member of the Kosobud Lodge cemetery.
  • Volunteers with her lodge serving Thanksgiving meals, organizes activities for local nursing homes, veteran facilities, schools, pregnancy help centers.
  • Gathers items for Toys for Tots and Salvation Army food drives.
  • Upkeeps the lodge cemetery and is responsible for cemetery reporting and financial status.
  • Writes grants, newsletters, and promotional material for local non-profits.
  • Served as president and board member for Circle of Friends Humane Society.
  • Participated in National Federation for Press Women.


  • B.A. Public Relations, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks
  • M.A. Communications, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks

District 7:
Ross Sestak
Prague, OK, Lodge 46


  • Work with youth to develop life-skills.
  • Work with families to provide financial security.
  • Has served as District 7 Director since 2015, member of audit, fraternal, and personnel and executive committees.

Volunteer/Lodge Activities

  • Lodge officer
  • State Officer
  • 2007 National Convention President
  • Prague Kolache Festival Association
  • Deacons Ministry team
  • Prague Ag Boosters, Ag Youth Foundation
  • Lincoln County Cattlemen’s Association
  • Prague Little League baseball, basketball, and softball coach


  • B.S. Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University
  • M.S. Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University

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