Loren Balkowitsch (Founder / Owner) was inspired to begin Give 5 while watching his sister-in-law battle breast cancer. Loren wanted to get off the sidelines and become more proactive in the fight against cancer. Slowly watching a loved one being taken away left him feeling helpless and frustrated. He wanted to help other families who are also dealing with the pain of losing someone that special. Under the Golf Tournament link above you can read about the amazing event Give 5 supports every year, Loren also was a co-founder of the Volkowitsch Open. Loren is the VP of Fundraising on the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation. His favorite part of working with the BCCF is working with amazing people who always put others first. He enjoys watching the funds raised directly impact the patients supported by the foundation. Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation Loren also serves on the North Dakota State Commission for National and Community Service Board
Josie Gienger (General Manager) has one daughter and was motivated to teach her how to give back to the community the way her Grandmother and Mother taught her. Loves working for a great company providing excellent customer service. Always makes time to volunteer at local events and to help support great causes.
Ashley Schumacher is happily married to her high school sweetheart. Born and raised in Bismarck she is excited to be part of such a great company that gives back to the community. Some of her family members have been affected by cancer so she wanted to help make a difference for others. Ashley has a passion for making kids smile and has participated in Brave The Shave to help little warriors that have directly touched her heart. She enjoys cooking, baseball, traveling and all things Disney, and doing DIY projects/building furniture.
Christie Dockter is a mom of four, wife, and Bismarck native with a passion for health and wellness. Christie is also a Les Mills fitness instructor, active runner and currently training to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Her family takes pride in modeling generosity and kindness to help others, by giving back in their community. Striving to instill compassion, humbleness and the value of volunteering, is her focus in the upbringing of her children. “I love working for a company that is committed to make the world a better place”
Destiny Portanova has one fur baby, Roxie, deals blackjack around Bismarck and Mandan. She really enjoys participating in bucks for bras as our model every year. She works part time here as a way to give back to the community. "The amazing company and staff are a big plus as well!"
Shalia Guy was always taught by her grandma how important service to others is. She is thankful to have found a company that aligns with her values. She is grateful to come to a place where she isn't just an employee but family!
Malissa McKee grew up on a farm in Central IA, but has called Bismarck home since 2005. She lives here with her boyfriend Justin and their 'fur baby' Thor. Justin has a son Gavin whom lives in OK. Malissa has a passion to care for others, always wanting to generate smiles. Both she and Justin have had cancer touch their lives through friends and family, some loosing their battles. She is very excited to be a part of a team that is a family and that gives back in all of their work to cancer aid directly to patients.