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Published February 23 2013

Hires and Promotions (February 23, 2013)

Blue Cross Blue Shield promotes Stimpson

Jessica Stimpson has been promoted to manager of health care reform analysis at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Fargo.

Stimpson is responsible for monitoring health care reform developments and evaluating impacts on BCBSND products and operations.

Stimpson joined BCBSND in 2006 as a member services representative and was promoted to quality assurance specialist, project manager in business delivery, quality and senior project manager and team leader in contract administration.

She earned bachelors degrees in political science and secondary education from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

Engineering firm hires GIS tech in West Fargo

Gretchen Gottsacker has been hired as a geographic information systems technician in the West Fargo office of Moore Engineering.

A native of Chanhassen, Minn., Gottsacker received a bachelors degree in GIS, cartography and human geography with a minor in GIS and spatial analysis from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

Page named consultant at Hawley IT firm

Joshua Page has been hired as an information technology consultant at Implementation Specialists, Hawley, Minn.

Page has previous experience as a support engineer for Microsoft Dynamics GP and the Microsoft Office accounting applications. He attended Rasmussen College, Fargo.

Three promoted at Hospice of RRV

Kari Dew and Beth Haseltine have been promoted to assistant directors of clinical operations and Wendy Tabor-Buth was promoted to bereavement supervisor at Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Dew, originally from Buffalo, N.D., is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead. She has been with HRRV since 2000 and previously was a manager of clinical development.

Haseltine is a native of Crookston, Minn., and graduated from MSUM and earned a masters degree from North Dakota State University. She has been with HRRV since 2006 and was previously manager of clinical development-bereavement.

Tabor-Buth has worked as a bereavement specialist and patient care social worker for HRRV since 1994. She is originally from Buffalo and graduated from MSUM.

Starion Financial hires business banking rep

Starion Financial has hired Shannon Hanson as a business banking representative at the Urban Plains location in Fargo.

Hanson has more than 10 years of banking experience, most recently as a loan document specialist focusing on commercial agriculture. She attended Lake Region State College, Devils Lake, N.D.

2 hired, two promoted at US Bank in Fargo

U.S. Bank in Fargo has hired Don Berg as a relationship manager in the business banking department and Connie May as a relationship manager in the private client group trust department.

Maggie Livingston has been promoted to branch manager of the office in Moorhead and Josh Astrup to private banker relationship manager at the southwest branch office in Fargo.

Berg is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelors degree in accounting. He earned a masters degree in military studies from the American Military University and served with the U.S. Air Force as a budget analyst/chief financial analyst. After leaving the military, he worked for various businesses in the Fargo area over the past 16 years, most recently as business development officer for the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp.

May has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry as a certified public accountant. She graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in accounting and worked for Ernst and Young, Morgan Stanley and Northern Trust.

Livingston has been with U.S. Bank for 10 years, serving most recently as sales and service manager at the Moorhead office. Astrup has been with U.S. Bank since 2012 most recently as a business banking relationship manager focusing on small business lending.

Two hired at Liberty Business Systems

Liberty Business Systems, Fargo, has hired Naomi Adrian as a supply coordinator and Pete Johnson as a service technician.

OBrien Lindbo named partner at law firm

Tatum OBrien Lindbo has been named partner at Kennelly & OKeeffe law firm in Fargo.

She has been an attorney at Kennelly & OKeefe for six years. She graduated from North Dakota State University and earned a juris doctorate at the University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks.

She worked as a law clerk at the Morley Law Firm, Grand Forks, and was also a law clerk for judges in the East Central Judicial District, Cass County.

Video Arts Studios hires office manager

Robyn Thorvilson has joined Video Arts Studios, Fargo, as office manager.

Thorvilson was previously the office manager for Century 21 Realty in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Ron Flemming hired as order process manager

John Deere Electronic Solutions, Fargo, has hired Ron Flemming as order fulfillment process program manager.

Flemming has a bachelors degree in business management from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

TMI Hospitality hires project assistant

Fargo-based TMI Hospitality has hired Andrew Wallin as a project assistant.

Wallin graduated from Central Lakes College, Brainerd, Minn., with an associate degree in liberal arts with a focus on chemistry and biology.

He previously worked for Anytime Services, Moorhead, and was most recently the supervisor of Home Depots electrical and lighting department in Fargo.

Josh Jaster promoted to personal loan officer

Gate City Bank has promoted Josh Jaster to personal loan officer at the Village West office at 3909 13th Ave. S., Fargo.

Jaster is a graduate of the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and was previously a customer service representative at the banks Southpointe office.

Appareo Systems hires Ridl as test engineer

Kent Ridl has joined Appareo Systems in Fargo as a test engineer.

Ridl served in the U.S. Air Force in Florida and California after earning a bachelors degree in computer science at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

He has more than 10 years of experience with high-tech communication systems and is also a rated commercial pilot.

Payroll Professionals in Fargo hires three

Payroll Professionals in Fargo has hired Larry Coltom as a network administrator, and Paula Dillon and Dan Rognile as customer service representatives.

Coltom was previously an owner at BNG Technologies, Fargo, Dillon previously worked as a customer service manager at Hornbachers in Fargo and at Yandos Grocery, Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Rognile previously worked for Service Oil, West Fargo, as payroll manager.

Eight attorneys join Vogel Law

Vogel Law announced that eight attorneys have recently joined the firm at their offices here and in Bismarck.

The Vogel Law Firm, which also has offices in Moorhead, Williston, N.D., and Minneapolis, now has 44 attorneys. The new lawyers and their areas of practice:

• David T. Hermanson, a native of Williston, is in the Fargo office, where his work includes real estate title research, surface and mineral estates, oil and gas exploration contract and lease review, pipeline agreements and other mineral agreements and easements.

Hermanson, who previously practiced law in Williston, is licensed to practice in North Dakota and Montana, including the federal courts in both states, and also is licensed to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court.

• Valeska A. Hermanson, originally from Mora, Minn., primarily practices in the areas of estate planning and probates in the Fargo office. When practicing law in Williston, she helped clients in planning for and protecting their mineral and other property from encroaching petroleum development.

She is licensed in the courts of North Dakota and Montana, including federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.

• Eeva M. Greenley, a native of Thief River Falls, Minn., concentrates her practice in Fargo on business and commercial litigation as well as creditor, debtor and collections.

Before joining the Vogel firm, she practiced in Fargo with a concentration in protecting creditors’ rights. She serves on the editorial board of the State Bar Association of North Dakota. She is admitted to practice in the courts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.

• Jacob T. Rodenbiker, a Fargo native, is a litigation associated in the Bismarck office who handles a wide range of legal disputes involving both individuals and businesses. He has substantial trial and appellate experience, and has prosecuted criminal offenses, including rape and murder, in Bismarck and Miami.

He serves on the law-related education committee of the State Bar Association and as a volunteer firefighter in rural Bis-marck. He is licensed to practice in the courts of North Dakota.

• Stephanie A. Asheim, a native of Rhode Island, concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial transactions, corporate law, business organization, mergers and acquisitions.

Asheim, who is in the Fargo office, previously worked at law firms in Minneapolis, Detroit and Boston, where her clients included large banks, publicly held companies, venture capital firms, individuals and business. She is admitted to practice in North Dakota, Minnesota and Massachusetts.

• Vanessa L. Anderson, originally from Jamestown, practices in civil litigation in the Fargo office. Before joining Vogel, she worked for two judges, including Judge Kermit Bye of the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. She is admitted to practice in North Dakota, and has published law review articles in the areas of collision and negligence theory and school district liability.

• Whitney M. Irish, who is from Fargo, works in the Fargo office with concentrations that include estate planning and oil and gas. She won scholarships and scholastic excellence awards for legal research and legal writing.

• Evan Knoblach is an associate in the Fargo office, where he focuses on corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, entity formation, corporate governance and contract review.

Before joining Vogel, Knoblach was an associate in a Chicago law firm, where he worked on a wide variety of complex business transactions, including private equity and venture capital investments, including strategic acquisitions and divestitures as well as corporate counseling. He also worked for Judge Kermit Bye of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.