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Published June 16 2012

Honors and Officers (June 16, 2012)

Youth for Christ board elects officers

The Red River Youth for Christ board of directors has elected new officers.

Those elected are John Eidsness, president; Gerry Skindelien, vice president; and Cyd Runsvold, secretary.

Other board members are Kent Satrang, immediate past president; and Pebbles Thompson, Jayne Olsgaard and Peter Schott.

Fargo-Moorhead DOVS elects new officers

Directors of Volunteer Services, a nonprofit, professional association providing education and support to volunteer managers and directors, has elected new officers and committee chairmen.

Those elected are Ruth Hagel, Ronald McDonald House Charities, president; JoAnn Matthews, Great Plains Food Bank, past president; Allison Bakke, Fargo Park District, vice president; Jesse White, Great Plains Food Bank, secretary; Judy Steinhouse, Internal Revenue Service, treasurer; Kerri Anderson, Essentia Health, community relations chairwoman; S. Francine Janousek, Presentation Sisters, education chairwoman; Brooke Zarling Hanson, Edgewood Vista, Golden DOVS chairwoman; and Georgia Dufault, Project HERO, membership chairwoman.

DOVS meets the first Tuesday of every month September through June at Edgewood Vista, 4420 37th Ave. S., Fargo. For more information about the group, call (701) 284-6111.

Sanford cancer program earns accreditation

Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, has received the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons’ three-year accreditation with commendation for its cancer program.

It received the accreditation by demonstrating an excellent level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program.

FM Home Gurlz earn Circle-Gold award

The FM Home Gurlz, Michele Evert, Shawna Huseth and Rachel Blankenship, Realtors with Prudential Premier Real Estate, Fargo, have received the Chairman’s Circle-Gold for 2011 award from Prudential Real Estate.

The award recognizes residential sales professionals or sales professional teams that have achieved certain sales goals.

They were recognized at Prudential Real Estate’s recent sales convention in Orlando, Fla.

Youth hockey board picks members, officers

The Moorhead Youth Hockey board of directors has elected new members and officers and named various members to committees.

New members elected to three-year terms are Stephanie Gess, Craig Grundstrom and Brian Stavenger.

Officers elected are Steve Iverson, president, Layne Hanson, vice president, and Brian Gramer, treasurer.

Gess will serve as chairwoman of the membership committee; Grundstrom, Gramer and Mark Johnson will serve as co-chairmen of the fundraising committee; Greg Krier and Ralf Mehnert-Meland are co-chairmen of the tournaments committee; and Stavenger will serve as the MYHA equipment chairman.

Others on the board of directors Dennis Bushy, arena and concessions manager and scheduler; Kathy Fischer-Thom, gaming manager; Stacy Wolff, office administrator and board secretary; Kaylee Black, Moorhead High School girls hockey coach; Pete Cullen, MHS boys hockey coach; Brad Franklin, MYHA hockey director; Tim O’Connor, assistant hockey director; and Tony Kunka, in-house hockey director.

Cameron earns national Star of Life award

Rick Cameron, Fargo, director of administration at F-M Ambulance, was named a 2012 Star of Life award recipient by the American Ambulance Association.

Cameron was selected for the award because of his dedication to emergency medical services in the Fargo-Moorhead community and his involvement in different departments at F-M Ambulance.

He has been with F-M Ambulance since 1991 in various capacities, including paramedic, corporate education coordinator, co-paramedic instructor. paramedic school coordinator and operations supervisor. He was promoted to director of administration in 2012.

Paula Bjerk passes national optician exam

Paula R. Bjerk, Sanford Eye Department, Fargo, has passed the National Opticianry Competency Exam.

The exam measures technical optical dispensing knowledge and is offered by the American Board of Opticianry.

Luckow wins annual wire-off competition

Andrew Luckow of Magnum Electric, Moorhead, was named winner of the annual wire-off competition for the Independent Electrical Contractors-Dakotas.

The competition was held during the recent annual business conference in Watertown, S.D.

The wire-off included a hands-on project that was judged for placement, code and safety, a written exam and an oral interview.

He will now compete in the national IEC wire-off in October in Fort Worth, Texas.

Serkland Law Firm, attorneys recognized

Chambers and Partners has ranked Serkland Law Firm, Fargo, and four of its attorneys in the 2012 publication of Chambers USA “The Client’s Guide.”

The firm ranked Band 1 in North Dakota for bankruptcy/restructuring; and litigation-general commercial.

Ranked firm attorneys were also recognized for litigation-general commercial: Ronald McLean, Star; Jack Marcil, Band 2; Joseph Wetch, Band 3; and for bankruptcy/ restructuring: Roger Minch, Band 1.

Chambers and Partners conducts research of attorneys and their clients to identify leading lawyers and law firms throughout the world with Band rankings of 1-6 or Star for exceptional recommendations.

Taves named manager of the year by auto club

Robbin Taves, AAA North Dakota field manager, Fargo and Bismarck, has been recognized as one of the top managers in the Midwest by The Auto Club Group.

Taves was recognized as manager of the year and received the President’s Elite Award, the highest level of recognition for managers in North Dakota and seven other Midwest states.

The award is attained by meeting or exceeding annual production goals for life, property and casualty insurance, and membership sales.