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Published June 11 2011

Hires and Promotions (June 11, 2011)

Thorne joins CCRI as development associate

Chuck Thorne has joined Creative Care for Reaching Independence in Moorhead as a development associate.

Thorne graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor’s degree in graphic communications and has more than 20 years of experience.

Zimmerman joins Houston Engineering

Bret Zimmerman has joined the water resources department at Houston Engineering in Fargo as a civil engineer.

He is a graduate of North Dakota State University.

AgCountry Farm Credit hires one, promotes one

AgCountry Farm Credit Services in Fargo has hired Lance Darwin as a loan officer and promoted Debbie Svenningsen to associate insurance specialist.

Darwin has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Valley City (N.D.) State University. He has more than 19 years of banking and lending experience. Prior to AgCountry, he worked for 14 years at Bremer Bank in Wahpeton, N.D., most recently as assistant vice president and retail supervisor.

Svenningsen graduated from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She has worked as an insurance tax support technician for AgCountry since 2006.

Dakota Heritage Bank promotes two, hires one

Dennis Erdmann has been named branch manager of the Hope, N.D., office of Dakota Heritage Bank of North Dakota, Dawn Flaten has transferred to the Hope office and Ben Olson has been hired by the bank as a loan officer in the Hunter office.

Erdmann has worked for the bank since 1992. He graduated from Valley City (N.D.) State University and worked for the bank as a compliance officer, internal auditor, ag loan officer and manager of the First State Agency. He was later promoted to vice president.

Flaten worked for the bank from 1989 to 1994 as a customer service representative. She rejoined the bank in 2000 as branch manager and ag loan officer in the Grandin, N.D., office and was later promoted to vice president.

Olson is a graduate of Mayville (N.D.) State University with degrees in business administration, banking management and marketing.

Cronin named clinic director at Luther Hall

James Cronin has been named clinical director at Luther Hall, a psychiatric residential treatment facility for youth in Fargo operated by Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota.

A residential counselor at Luther Hall for the past two years, Cronin previously was with the U.S. Army Reserve, Denver Medical Center and Ruth Meier’s Adolescent Center, Grand Forks.

He has a master’s degree in social work from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

Holt joins Anne Carlsen Center as chaplain

The Rev. Ethelind S. “Lindy” Holt is joining the Anne Carlsen Center in Jamestown, N.D., as chaplain.

An ordained United Church of Christ pastor, Holt has more than 12 years of church experience and also has chaplaincy experience in hospitals, hospice, nursing homes and with individuals with mental health and developmental issues.

She has worked with children as a camp counselor, a parish pastor and oversaw six school-based mentoring programs with children, youth and adults.

She is the former pastor at the Congregational United Church of Christ and was the chaplain to resident and staff at Luther Memorial Nursing Home, both in Mayville.

N.D. Credit officer hired at State Bank and Trust

Melissa Peterson has been named a commercial credit officer at State Bank and Trust, Fargo.

Peterson has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

She has been in banking and finance for the past 10 years and previously worked three years with First Community Financial in Phoenix.

Three hired at Pedigree Technologies in Fargo

Pedigree Technologies, Fargo, has hired Vicki Klein as an accounting assistant and Zachary Hanson Thurn and Matt Sorenson as software engineers.

Klein previously worked at DSI Automotive Products and has seven years of experience in accounts receivable, accounts payable, QuickBooks, collections and billing.

With bachelor degrees in computer science, mathematics and classical languages, Hanson Thurn has five years of experience in software development. He previously worked for Open Systems International where he worked on generation and distribution applications.

Sorenson received a degree in business computer information systems from St. Cloud (Minn.) State University and has 10 years of experience in the field. Previously he worked as a developer for Forum Communications Co.

Petry joins Jay Bartley State Farm Agency

Bethany Petry has joined the Jay Bartley State Farm Insurance Agency in Fargo as a sales and marketing specialist.

Petry is a graduate of North Dakota State University and is licensed in property/casualty and life/health insurance. She also has six years of customer service experience.

Nicklay, Steinkopf hired at General Equipment

General Equipment and Supplies, Fargo, has hired Brad Nicklay as a service technician and Melinda Steinkopf as an equipment sales coordinator.

Nicklay earned a master technician degree from the North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton.

Prior to joining General Equipment, Steinkopf served in administrative and human resource roles at Otter Tail Corp.

Fargo Babe Ruth League names exec director

The Fargo Babe Ruth League has hired Jessica Hanson as executive director.

Hanson graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in recreation management.

She worked for two years as a recreation specialist in Williston, N.D., and has been the assistant executive director with the Fargo Babe Ruth League since February.

Spherion staff named PI Worldwide consultants

Jill Berg, John Funk and Karen Witzel of Spherion Staffing, Fargo, have been named consultants for PI Midwest, an Omaha-based consulting company.

PI Midwest, affiliated with PI Worldwide of Boston, is an international management consulting organization known for its Predictive Index assessment tool and targeted sales assessment and training services.

Berg is president and franchise owner of Spherion in Fargo. She has been a trained analyst in Predictive Index for 15 years.

Funk, area manager for Spherion, is a trained analyst with the Predictive Index for 10 years.

Witzel is the sales manager for Spherion and also a trained analyst.

Two new hires at High Point Networks

High Point Networks, Fargo, has hired Clyde Pickett as a telecommunications specialist and Branden Rasmussen as a systems engineer.

Pickett is a graduate of Alexandria (Minn.) Technical College. He was previously employed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota as an advanced telephony administrator.

Rasmussen graduated from Dickinson (N.D.) State University and was previously employed by Connecting Point Computer Center as a network engineer.

Three Realtors join Re/Max Realty 1

Realtors Kim Meyers, Erin Bradley and Justin Peterson have joined Re/Max Realty 1 in Fargo.

Meyers has 15 years of real estate and customer service experience. Bradley was previously project and inside sales manager of new construction for Jordahl Custom Homes in Fargo for the past five years, and Peterson has nine years of customer service experience.

Seventeen MSUM faculty promoted

Seventeen Minnesota State University Moorhead faculty members have been awarded promotions, nine to the rank of professor and eight to associate professor.

Promoted to professor status: Jane Bergland, School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership; Laurie Blunsom, music; John Early, English; Wendy Frappier, health and physical education; Ellen Hill, mathematics; Chang-Seong Hong, philosophy; Ruth Lumb, School of Business; Pam Werre, public services librarian; and Kenyon Williams, music.

Those promoted to associate professor include Kevin Carollo, English; Mary Drake, speech/languages/hearing sciences; Tracy Gompf, paralegal; Adam Goyt, mathematics; Linda Houts-Smith, languages and cultures; Justin James, mathematics; Randall Smith, health and physical education; and Rebecca Theisen, School of Teaching and Learning.

Faculty who have also received tenure status are Gompf, Goyt, Houts-Smith, James and Theisen.

Cota, Herbold promoted at Bremer Bank

Bremer Bank in Fargo has promoted Chad Cota and Josh Herbold to business bankers.

Cota and Herbold were previously working as credit analysts at Bremer in Fargo.

Cota joined Bremer in 2006 and has served as a credit analyst for the past five years. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from North Dakota State University.

Herbold joined Bremer in 2007 as a credit analyst. With more than six years of banking experience, he was previously a credit analyst at Minnwest Bank and a customer service representative at Gate City Bank. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from NDSU.

Concordia announces promotions, tenure

The Concordia College Board of Regents has approved 12 faculty members for promotion and/or tenure.

Those promoted to professor include: Douglas R. Anderson, Anderson, mathematics and computer science; Richard A. Gilmore, philosophy; Roy Hammerling, religion; Mark B. Jensen, chemistry; and Heidi Manning, physics.

Those promoted to associate professor include: Gregory R. Hamilton, music; Julie Mach, chemistry; and Leonor Valderrama de Sillers, Spanish and Hispanic studies.

Jean C. Bokinskie, nursing, Scott A. Jones, music, Jill M. Holmstrom, nursing, and Jan H. Pranger, religion, were granted tenure and promoted to associate professor.

Elements hires group exercise instructor

Margie Hieb has been hired by Elements Diet and Fitness for Women in Fargo as a certified group exercise instructor.

Hieb has been teaching group exercise for over 15 years and also works in Elements’ member services department.

Four new hires at Vanity’s corporate

The Vanity corporate office in Fargo has hired Mollie McDougall and Christa Lavey as merchandise planners in the planning and allocations department, Ann-Jeanette Swenson as a field sales recruiter in the operations department and Amy Hashbarger as a sourcing assistant in the sourcing and fit department.

McDougall comes to Vanity with analytical experience from Arvato Digital Services. She graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a minor in accounting.

Lavey has many years of retail management experience including The Buckle and Forever 21. She graduated from NDSU with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Swenson has experience in student recruiting from Concordia College. She graduated from Concordia with a bachelor’s degree in communication and minor in sociology.

Hashbarger worked for Maurice’s and graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College with an associate’s degree in business fashion retail management.

Bakkegard promoted to loan closing manager

Dakota Certified Development Corp., Fargo, has promoted Ashley Bakkegard to loan closing and portfolio manager. She most recently served as a loan operations officer.

Bakkegard is a graduate of the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and has been with Dakota CDC since 2006.

Roers hires McRorie as project superintendent

Michael K. McRorie has been hired as a project superintendent for Roers in Fargo.

He has over 20 years of field experience on medical and large commercial projects. His last project was with the Army Corp of Engineers and the U.S. Army Rangers at Fort Benning, Ga.

Restaurant Technology Services promotes 7

Restaurant Technology Services in Fargo has promoted Heather Speer, Steven Fick, Stan Hagen, Mike O’Rourke, Scott Sukut, Ryan Anderson, and Joel Neppl to coaching supervisors.

Phoenix hires advanced project tech engineer

Phoenix International A John Deere Co., Fargo, has hired Samuel Schroeder as an advanced project tech engineer.

He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the North Dakota State University.

TNT Kid’s Fitness promotes three

TNT Kid’s Fitness and Gymnastics in Fargo has promoted Rhanda LaQua to recreational gymnastics director, Scot Gallagher to special events manager and compulsory coordinator and Greg Gulbranson to assistant coach and strength coordinator.

LaQua is a graduate of the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. She joined TNT in 2009 and has more than 10 years of experience in the gymnastics industry, primarily with gym programs from the Minneapolis area. Her expertise is pre-school, progressive gymnastics for the recreational gymnast and USA team compulsories.

Gallagher graduated from North Dakota State University and has been with TNT since 2007 and has more than seven years of experience in the gymnastics industry.

Gulbranson has more than six years of experience in the gymnastics industry and in 2011 assisted in qualifying three athletes to regional and national competitions. He has been with TNT since 2010.

Disciplinary hearing officer named at Centre

Centre Inc., Fargo, has promoted Cheyenne Giere to disciplinary hearing officer.

She is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology.

She has been with Centre for two years, previously as a residential supervisor in the male unit.

Michael J. Burns Architects hires Mertz

Michael J. Burns Architects has added Chad Mertz as a registered architect.

Mertz is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accredited professional and has more than 14 years of architecture and construction experience.

His project experience includes specialized environments of health care facilities, long-term care, senior housing, K-12 education, financial institutions, commercial buildings, municipal facilities, and places of worship.

He is a graduate of North Dakota State University.