Our Executive Director and Board of Directors are here to assist you with both long-term or emergency solutions and services to help those in need regain their footing.
Executive Director | Mike Zimmer


Current Board of Directors
  • Josh Wolla, Board President                                                                                

  • Wayne Pettibone, Vice President                                                                   

  • Kara Vetter, Treasurer                                                 

  • Jennifer Weigel, Secretary 

  • Katie Ramsdell       

  • Brian Kellebrew     

  • Monica Olson                                                    

Mike Zimmer has been the Executive Director of the Minot Area Men's Winter Refuge since February of 2015. He brought a wealth of administrative and managerial experience to his position at the Men's Winter Refuge.


In Mike's six-plus years at the helm, the Men's Winter Refuge has provided shelter, food, clothing, transportation, basic nursing care, employment assistance and housing assistance to more than 900 homeless men and has helped more than 2,000 others in need through the shelter's other services.

A native of Glendive, Montana, Mike has resided in Minot since April of 2014. Prior to coming to the Men's Winter Refuge, Mike had a 25-year career as a sports editor and sports writer. 

Mike attended Lake Region College and Dickinson State University and has worked at newspapers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. Prior to coming to Minot, Mike was the sports editor at The Billings Gazette from December 1998 to April 2014.

Mike has three children, Corissa, Jacob and Luke, and a 1-year-old grandson, Dayce :)


Mike is the son of Ken and Mary Zimmer of Glendive, Mont.