Meet the Team

Karla Eisenbiesz

Executive Director

Karla was born August 15, 1956 in Bismarck, ND and lived in Mandan until age 23. She moved to Southern California and lived there for 25 years. "Once a North Dakotan always a North Dakotan" she came back home in 2008. She has two grown sons and five grandchildren. She has had an extensive career ranging from being the assistant to a CPA/Forensic Accountant for 13 years to numerous years working as a bookkeeper/office manager and catering for Fiesta Villa here in Bismarck. When the restaurant was sold she went to work at the Elks in Bismarck as the office manager. She started as The Banquet Director part-time and because The Banquet added several additional feeding meals she resigned from The Elks and started full-time as the Director for The Banquet and has been the director for eight years. Her interests are reading, entertaining, football, decorating and being with her grandchildren. Friends and family are the most important thing in her life.

Theresa McKendrick

Marketing

Theresa was born in Bismarck and raised in Wilton ND. Pursuing a career with the airlines took her out of North Dakota for schooling and extensive travel.
Theresa along with her husband, Reiley, came to live in Mandan ND in 2014. Since then they have added two dogs and a set of boy/girl twins to their family.
People have always been at the heart of what Theresa enjoys doing; customer service or management with an airline, shipping and receiving, a temp agency and insurance have all lead her to this roll with The Banquet.

"A warm meal opens so many hearts!" Theresa says

Michele LaRoche

Kitchen

Michele was born June 8, 1983 in St. Paul, MN and grew up in Rapid City, SD. She has also lived in Sioux Falls and Lower Brule, SD. She attended Mitchell Technical College in Mitchell, SD in August 2001 for culinary arts. Michelle moved to Bismarck, ND August 2004 to attend college at United Tribes Technical College and received her AAS degree in Early Childhood Education in December 2012. She has 11 children, 7 girls and 4 boys, and 3 granddaughters. She worked various jobs from daycare to fast food and in a bakery before coming to The Banquet in April 2018. Her interests are cooking/baking, beading, sewing and spending time with her granddaughters. Michele's children and granddaughters are the most important part of her life. They keep her young and going every day!

"I am truly blessed to have been offered the position as Director of the Banquet. It is my belief that without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It's important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It's the way in which we ourselves grow and develop. And so, I will continue to grow with the wonderful people that surround me at The Banquet."

Quote from Karla