North Dakota first lady appointed to Betty Ford Foundation

February 15, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum has been named to the board of directors of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

The foundation is the nation’s leading nonprofit provider of addiction treatment and recovery resources.

Helgaas Burgum adopted addiction recovery as her platform as the state’s first lady. She’s a recovering alcoholic and says she wants to use her experience to help others.

She’s chairing a seven-member advisory council that will guide the efforts of a new Office of Recovery Reinvented. Gov. Doug Burgum created the office by executive order last month.

Helgaas Burgum has a master’s business administration degree in human resources from the University of North Texas.

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s 25-member board meets quarterly to provide governing oversight for the organization’s activities.

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