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Voices

"Our school district engaged Ms. Smith Warren's services for strategic planning last spring.  She took time to consult with district leadership regarding outcomes, anticipated needs and cultural nuances regarding a very comprehensive planning process.  We had many diverse thinkers in the room, positioned with many different priorities.  She was extremely respectful of this, inclusive of all and created a climate where these differences created a stronger final product, embraced by all who participated."

Dr. Jill C. Louters, Superintendent

"Our school district engaged Ms. Smith Warren's services for strategic planning last spring.  She took time to consult with district leadership regarding outcomes, anticipated needs and cultural nuances regarding a very comprehensive planning process.  We had many diverse thinkers in the room, positioned with many different priorities.  She was extremely respectful of this, inclusive of all and created a climate where these differences created a stronger final product, embraced by all who participated."

Dr. Jill C. Louters, Superintendent

Wonder Lanes Bowling Alley, Project Manager & Fundraising 

Sarah served as project manager for the new bowling alley facility in New Rockford, North Dakota. Sarah led community meetings, research, fundraising, grant-writing, design and marketing.  The facility received thousands of dollars in grant funding and included the first public mural project in the community. The facility opens fall of 2021.

“Sarah resolves every challenge with a mix of good humor and sensitivity to the situation while making intelligent use of resources.  She is inspiring and uniquely prepared to work in economic development, social relationships of business and community, and the arts.”​

Barbara Handy-Marchello, Ph.D. 

Community & Business Development

In 2018, Sarah rehabilitated and redesigned a historic property in downtown, New Rockford, creating a beautiful storefront artists studio in the heart of downtown, leading to several adjacent properties to redevelop their storefronts. The studio was used for public events, a maker’s and artist marketplace and a place to support small business ventures including Sarah’s photography business.

"I have had the opportunity to work with Sarah on several occasions. She is very professional and relational in her approaches to work. She is a skilled facilitator, strategic thinker and planner, and innovator. She will be an asset to any initiative."

Jerry Nagel, Ph.D., CEO, Worldview Intelligence Inc.

Community Pool Project, Project Management & Fundraising


Sarah managed the multi-million dollar project resulting in new community swimming pool and bathhouse. Management included research, community outreach, fundraising and grant writing, tax bonding coordination, fund development, bid solicitation, contractor management.

"Sarah was very professional to work with. She challenged our board of directors to think outside of the box and to think deeper into what we wanted to accomplish. I enjoy working with her in many capacities. She is community orientated, and is a great resource to brainstorm with!"

Amanda Hegland, Executive Director, New Rockford Area Betterment Corporation

City Hospital Clean Up Project

Sarah led the efforts to clean up and redevelop the condemned and contaminated city hospital property. Project management included writing and securing a federal EPA grant for $200,000 to assist with property clean up. Project management included soliciting bids, managing contractors, updates and communication with city and state officials, final reports and research. Sarah then coordinated the redevelopment of the property into affordable housing. 

"I have worked with Sarah many times as a commissioner for the city of New Rockford and as County commissioner. She is a very organized  person in detail of projects she has worked on with me. She is also very organized when it comes to time management, and the personality to fulfill the needs you are looking for."

Dave Gehrtz, County Commissioner, Eddy County