What if people could change the way they view addiction? Kathryn Helgaas Burgum sheds light on the addiction crisis through personal storytelling and encouragement that addiction is treatable and recovery is possible. Kathryn Helgaas Burgum became First Lady on December 15, 2016, when her husband Governor Doug Burgum was sworn in as the 33rd Governor of North Dakota. Kathryn has donated her time and leadership to supporting and developing initiatives for fighting addiction in North Dakota’s communities. First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum has donated her time and leadership to many charitable endeavors including at-risk women and children, animal welfare, visionary artists and the arts. Now, as First Lady, her priority is supporting and developing initiatives for fighting addiction in North Dakota’s communities.