Meet Our Staff Members


Michael Bockorny Chief Executive Officer
Michael joined the Aberdeen Development Corporation in August of 2014. He previously worked for Primrose Retirement Communities and the Northern State University Foundation. In addition, Michael co-founded a construction development, rental development and a venture capital firm which focuses on real estate sales and development. He holds a BS in Business Management from Northern State University and an MM from the University of Mary. Michael is responsible for communicating the ADC’s mission, overall direction, and leading the development and implementation of the organization’s strategy.


Heidi Barclay Vice President of Finance
Heidi is originally from Minnesota but has enjoyed living in South Dakota for the past few years. Prior to joining the Aberdeen Development Corporation in November of 2014, she worked at Colorado State University and the University of Minnesota. Heidi holds a BBA degree in Accounting and Management from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and an MBA from St. Thomas University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the ADC she is responsible for overseeing the financial position of the organization, including the budget process, variance reporting, and financial forecasting.


Cheryl Olson Executive Assistant
A native of Aberdeen, Cheryl has been with the Development Corporation since 1994. She previously worked for First Bank Trust, N.A. Cheryl handles the day-to-day accounting and financial preparations, oversees scheduling of meetings, and greets all personnel and visitors to the Development Corporation.


Justin Tollefson Property Maintenance Manager and Technician
Justin was born and raised on a small farm just outside Aberdeen. He was an electrician before purchasing an electric motor repair service, which he operated from 2005-2010. Justin then started a family and went to work for the City of Aberdeen before starting with the Aberdeen Development Corporation in November 2014. Justin is responsible for maintaining the appearance and mechanical aspects of the buildings and properties owned by the Development Corporation.

Jill Vining Director of Training and Educational Programs
Jill is originally from North Dakota. Before joining the ADC, she worked in the Admissions Office at Northern State University for over 14 years. During her employment with NSU she was a secretary and an admissions counselor working with non-traditional and transfer students. Jill earned a Bachelor’s degree from NSU in August 2014. At the ADC she is responsible for the scheduling of classes and day-to-day operations of The Training Place.

Lauren Bittner Director of Operations and Business Development
Lauren was born and raised in Aberdeen. Prior to joining the Aberdeen Development Corporation in April of 2017, she worked at the Northern State University Foundation for five years. Lauren holds a BS in Business Marketing and Management from Northern State University and an MBA from the University of Mary.

Olaf Hanson Intern
Originally from Fargo, ND, Olaf has been interning with the ADC since May of 2016. He attends Northern State University and plans on graduating in the Fall of 2018 with a degree in Finance with minors in Economics and Accounting. Olaf is also an offensive tackle for the Northern State University Wolves Football team. Go Wolves!

Gabriella Laimer Intern
Gabriella Laimer is from Monticello, MN and is currently an Intern at the ADC. She is a student-athlete at Northern State University where she is the point guard for the Women’s Basketball team. Gabby is going to school for a degree in International Business and Marketing with a Spanish Minor. She is currently a Junior and plans on graduating in the Spring of 2018.