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Forum staff reports, Published January 13 2012

Hires and Promotions (January 14, 2012)

Pediatric Therapy Partners hires DuToit

Shera DuToit has joined Pediatric Therapy Partners in Fargo as an office assistant.

DuToit has a bachelor’s degree in community health education from North Dakota State University and a master’s degree in public, human service and health administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

She has seven years of experience in the health care field.

Harstad joins Fargo firm’s survey group

Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson, an engineering, surveying and planning firm, has hired Anna Harstad as a CADD technician I with the survey group in Fargo.

She earned an associate degree in architectural technology from Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Detroit Lakes.

Harstad has a year of related work experience and previously worked as a CAD drafter with Compass Consultants.

Sir Speedy hires Howell in sales department

Jeff Howell has joined the sales department at Sir Speedy in Fargo.

Howell has previous experience in graphic and Web design and implementing social media marketing tools.

5 promoted at Essentia Health in Fargo

Essentia Health in Fargo has promoted Sara Hanson to director of surgical and specialty departments, Emalee Muhonen to operations manager for ENT/podiatry/oral surgery/opthamology, Rachael Boyer to vice president of ambulatory and ancillary services, Melinda Nation to emergency department manager and Lisa Anderson to clinical evaluation unit/infusion center manager.

Hanson is a registered nurse and previously served as director of cardiovascular and orthopedic services. She has worked for Essentia for 23 years in numerous hospital and clinical areas. Originally from Alexandria, Minn., she received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

Muhonen is a registered nurse and previously served as infection prevention program manager and has five years of clinical experience on the medical/surgical unit at Essentia. A native of Moorhead, she received her nursing degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in nursing administration through the University of Mary.

Boyer is a physician assistant and previously served as senior director of perioperative services for Essentia and also worked as a physician assistant in general surgery at MeritCare, where she also served as bariatric coordinator for three years. She received a degree in biology/

chemistry from MSUM and completed her physician assistant degree at Augsburg College and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. She is a native of Hawley, Minn.

Nation most recently worked in Essentia’s Emergency Department. She has been in the nursing profession for 18 years with the majority of her career working in a critical care setting. She has also been a clinical instructor at MSUM for the past four years.

Anderson is a registered nurse and previously served as infusion coordinator. She has worked as a staff nurse in oncology, medical-surgical and intensive care nursery units. She received her nursing degree from Medcenter One College of Nursing, Bismarck.

Morris named assistant Fargo city attorney

Nancy Morris has been named the assistant attorney for the city of Fargo.

Morris is an associate attorney at the Erik R. Johnson and Associates firm in Fargo, where she specializes in employment law issues.

A lifelong resident of Fargo, Morris graduated from Fargo South High School and graduated from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, with a degree in banking and finance and the UND School of Law.

Her previous experience includes law clerk to Federal Magistrate Judge Karen K. Klein and Federal District Judge Rodney S. Webb. She was also an associate attorney at the Conmy Law Firm in Fargo.

Northwestern Bank promotes Hinton

Northwestern Bank has promoted Danielle Hinton to a customer service representative II at the Dilworth location.

Hinton has been with Northwestern Bank since August and has four years of banking experience.

Pedigree Technologies hires 2, promotes 1

Pedigree Technologies in Fargo has hired Jim Spielman as chief financial officer, Brian Gramer as chief operations and revenue officer, and Vice President of Marketing and Product De-velopment Ian McPherson has been promoted to chief strategy officer.

Spielman’s experience in financial management includes roles as an investment banker with Houlihan Lokey and Bank of America Securities’ Global Investment Banking Group. He also has an extensive background in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, bond and equity underwriting, and shareholder defense advisory services. A certified public accountant, Spielman also held financial roles at Buy.com, Healthcare Property Investors and Arthur Andersen LLP.

Gramer is an entrepreneur who founded three successful companies: niche search engine AnyCollege.com, marketing automation company Vtrenz (acquired by Silverpop), and media buying automation company Avenue Right.

McPherson has more than 20 years of experience as an analyst, entrepreneur and marketing and product management executive. Prior to joining Pedigree, he was co-founder and vice president of Marketing and Solution Architecture at Apprion. A former Gartner analyst, McPherson founded the Wireless Data Research Group (now Harbor Research).

RRVF hires special events coordinator

The Red River Valley Fair Association has hired Judy Dvoracek as special events coordinator.

Dvoracek has extensive hospitality and public relations experience, including the Metro Area Tournament Committee, Fargodome Marketing Committee and past president of the Fargo Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau, West Fargo Chamber of Commerce and the North Dakota Hospitality Association.

She previously was an agency director at In-House Advertising and Consulting and the general manager of the Best Western Kelly Inn.

Herrmann hired as customer service rep

Choice Financial has hired Melissa Herrmann as a customer service representative at its location at 210 Sheyenne St., West Fargo.

Herrmann attends North Dakota State University, where she is pursuing a degree in criminal justice and psychology.

High Point Networks hires systems engineer

High Point Networks, West Fargo, has hired Kyle Bishop as a systems engineer.

Bishop is a graduate of Minnesota State Community and Technical College with a degree in computer and network technology.

He has worked in the information technology industry for the past eight years.

Widmer Roel hires Stenvold as associate

Josh Stenvold has joined the agricultural division of Widmer Roel PC, a public accounting and business advisory firm with offices in Fargo, Bismarck and Hazen, N.D., as an audit associate.

Stenvold was previously employed for three years with Blain L. Christianson and Associates.

He has a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University.

Architect, engineer firm in Fargo hires Bischof

EAPC Architects Engineers has hired Rodney Bischof Jr. in the firm’s Fargo office.

Bischof is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED ac-credited professional and member of the U.S. Green Building Council (North Dakota chapter).

He graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental design and a master’s degree in architecture.

Bischof previously worked for Holabird and Root, Rochester, Minn., and also for JLG Architects, Fargo.

The Village Family Service Center hires 3

The Village Family Service Center in Fargo has hired Kathy Schommer as a facilitator in the Family Group Decision Making Program, Jude Lindgren has joined The Village Business Institute as a case aide in the Employee Assistance Program, and Madalyn Pezalla has been named an account executive for the Village Magazine.

Schommer graduated from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, with a master’s degree in social work. Her previous work history includes working with refugee and immigrant populations.

Lindgren previously worked at Sanford Health for 24 years as a specialist in the medical library and as a patient representative in risk management. She graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato.

Pezalla is a student at Concordia College, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communications and multimedia journalism.

Hassebrock joins MBN Engineering as designer

MBN Engineering, Fargo, has hired Curt Hassebrock as an electrical designer.

Hassebrock graduated from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in physics. He is a registered communications distribution designer with more than six years of experience is all facets of building electrical design including lighting, power distribution, telecommunications, audio/visual systems, security systems and fire alarm system design.

Fiebiger, Swanson, West promotes Sundquist

Fiebiger, Swanson, West and Co. has promoted Michael J. Sundquist to partner.

Sundquist has been employed by the firm in its Fargo office since 2010. He is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

He has many years of experience as a certified public accountant, including six years in Minneapolis and more than 19 years in the Fargo-Moorhead area before joining Fiebiger, Swanson, West and Co.

Nelson promoted to manager at Superfrog

Superfrog Signs and Banners, Moorhead, has promoted Justin Nelson to manager.

Nelson graduated from Moorhead High School and studied sales and marketing at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

He previously worked in the Scheels corporate office in Fargo for five years as a project leader for store development and was production leader for the Scheels Sign Shop.

Two new hires at Discovery Benefits

Discovery Benefits in Fargo has hired Jeremy Holm as a partner director and Ashley Jefferson as a claims adjudicator.

Jeremy was previously employed as a sales manager with Innovative Basement Systems and Foundation Supportworks.

Jefferson is enlisted in the Air National Guard.

6 new hires at Phoenix International in Fargo

Phoenix International A John Deere Co., Fargo, has hired Cassandra Mott as a component engineer, Stephen Hill as senior customer segment manager, Joshua Devine, Meharegzi Abreham and Ashten Breker as electrical design engineers and Joshua Meyer as a software design engineer.

Mott received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Hill is a graduate of the United Kingdom’s Britannia Royal Navy College, Dartmouth, and Devine received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

Abreham received a master’s degree in electromechanical engineering from East Ukrainian National University, Breker received a bachelor’s degree in electrical sengineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and Meyer earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville.

Eventide Senior Living hires Niemann, Griego

Eventide Senior Living Communities, Moorhead, has hired Allison Niemann as home care coordinator at Linden Tree Circle Assisted Living, Moorhead, and Angelo Griego as risk manager.

Niemann is a registered nurse and graduated from the University of Mary, Bismarck. She was previously employed by Hospice of the Red River Valley and Sanford Health, Fargo.

Griego is a registered nurse and graduated from Hesston (Iowa) College. He was previously employed by Lake Region Healthcare Corp., Fergus Falls, Minn.

Stael von Holstein joins Applied Engineering

Applied Engineering in Fargo has hired Alex Stael von Holstein as a design engineer.

He graduated from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Two promoted at Western State Bank

Western State Bank has promoted Andy Strand to president of Western State Bank in Chandler, Ariz., and Brent Wersinger to vice president/business banking manager of Western State Bank in West Fargo.

Strand joined Western State Bank in West Fargo in 2000 where he has served as a business banking officer and vice president/

business banking manager since 2005. He is a graduate of Mayville (N.D.) State University and the Dakota School of Banking.

Wersinger has been with Western State Bank since 2005 as a business banking officer and most recently as vice president/bank manager of the Fargo bank. Prior to joining Western, Wersinger spent three years with Community First Bank in various positions, including management trainee, relationship manager and direct consumer loan underwriter. He is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, Dakota School of Banking and he is in his final year at the Graduate School of Banking-Colorado.

Schumacher joins PT/OT Partners

PT/OT Partners, 2829 S. University Drive, Fargo, has hired Callie Schumacher as an occupational therapist.

She earned a master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Mary.

Schumacher specializes in low vision and hand rehabilitation.

Cornerstone Bank hires one, promotes one

Cornerstone Bank in Fargo has hired Elaine Gilbery as a business banking associate II and JoAnn Jacobson has been promoted to lead credit analyst.

Gilbery has over 28 years of previous banking experience, including 14 years as a business banking associate.

Jacobson has been with Cornerstone since 2010 as a credit analyst and works in the bank’s 45th Street location in south Fargo.

Knight Printing Hires two, promotes one

Knight Printing, 3401 Fiechtner Drive, Fargo, has hired Stephanie Sinness and Annah Hannasch as project managers. Amy Tommeraus has been promoted to mail specialist.

Sinness has a bachelor‘s degree in mass communications from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She previously worked in the marketing field as a project leader, media buyer and photographer.

Hannasch is a recent graduate of the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design technology.

Tommeraus attended North Dakota State University and has been with Knight Printing for two years. She previously worked for several Fargo mailing houses and has 22 years of experience.

Vanity’s corporate office in Fargo hires 4

Christine Vangsness has joined Vanity’s corporate office in Fargo as a graphic designer in the marketing department, Rebecca Sandell has joined the company as a sourcing assistant in the sourcing and fit department, Danielle Fraase has been hired as an assistant buyer in the merchandising department and Tiffany Szklarski has joined the company as payroll coordinator in the human resources department.

Vangsness has many years of graphic design experience from Valley Printing, Off the Wall Advertising and Northwest Professional Color. She graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College with an associate’s degree in graphic design.

Sandell previously worked at Target, JCPenney and CJ Banks. She graduated from University of Mary with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with concentration in marketing.

Fraase comes to Vanity with buying experience from Straus/a.k.a. She graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in apparel and textiles and a minor in business administration.

Szklarski has banking experience from Town and Country Credit Union and State Bank and Trust. She graduated from NDSU with bachelor degrees in mathematics and psychology and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in human resources through the University of Phoenix.

Three promoted at Sundog in Fargo

Sundog in Fargo has promoted Johnathon Rademacher to technology officer, Chuck Tomanek to director of solution engineering and Paul Bourdeaux to mobile engineering team lead.

Rademacher joined Sundog in 2004 as a system architect and was most recently the executive vice president of technology. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He also has a master’s degree in software engineering from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul.

Tomanek has been with Sundog since 2006 where he has served as a release manager and a senior systems analyst. He attended the Northern Arizona University College of Business Administration.

Bourdeaux began working at Sundog in 2005 as a senior software engineer. He graduated from Western Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and psychology.

Wells Fargo promotes Ackerman, Lea

Wells Fargo has promoted Stacey Ackerman to regional fiduciary manager for North Dakota and out-state South Dakota and Kate Lea has been promoted to business relationship manager.

Ackerman joined Wells Fargo in 1994 as a professional banker trainee. She joined the trust department in 1998 as an investment representative and was named senior trust team manager in 2009. A native of Jamestown, N.D., she graduated from North Dakota State University and earned a master’s degree from the University of Mary.

Lea works at Wells Fargo’s main branch in downtown Fargo. She has more than 10 years of financial services experience. She joined Wells Fargo in 2006 and served as an assistant manager for Wells Fargo Financial in Fargo before being named a business banking trainee in 2010. A Fargo native, she attended NDSU.

Syverson Tile and Stone hires designer rep

Syverson Tile and Stone in Fargo has hired Brenda Srejma as an architectural/designer representative.

Srejma is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in interior design and business administration. She has 15 years of experience in commercial and residential interior design.