Forum staff reports , Published August 23 2013
Hires and promotions - 08/24/13Sanford Health hires eight physicians
Eight new physicians have joined Sanford Health in Fargo. They include:
Dr. Kari Casas, genetics, and Dr. Matthew Wiisanen, interventional cardiology, and Dr. Varsha Babu, endocrinology, all at Sanford Broadway Clinic; Dr. Adam Jackson, neurosurgery, Sanford Brain and Spine Center; Dr. Vitaliy Starosta, Dr. April Hess and Dr. Devendranath Mannuru, hospitalists, Sanford Medical Center; and Dr. Joyoti Saha, obstetrics and gynecology, Sanford Southpointe Clinic.
Blue Cross Blue Shield hires Gleave, LeClair
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Fargo, has hired Damon Gleave as director of finance cost and budgets and Dan LeClair as director of financial reporting and risk management
Gleave was previously the controller of Tharaldson Hospitality Management, Casselton, N.D. A native of Stanley, N.D., he graduated from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy.
LeClair previously worked as an audit manager at Eide Bailly in Fargo. Born in Breckenridge, Minn., LeClair grew up in Wahpeton, N.D. He graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
4-H Foundation names development director
Cheryl Kuhn has joined the North Dakota 4-H Foundation as development director.
Kuhn replaces Mylie Lavold, who resigned in May because her family relocated.
Kuhn has nine years of experience in nonprofit development activities and more than 10 years of related experience, including youth development, marketing and public relations.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, with an emphasis in advertising and marketing, from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
She also holds a planned giving/nonprofit management certification from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, and nonprofit management/resource development/grants specialist certification.
Noridian Mutual hires Camp, Conrad
Noridian Mutual Insurance Co., Fargo, has named Amanda Camp vice president of enterprise strategy and Daniel Conrad as chief legal officer.
Before joining NMIC, Camp was a member of a think-tank unit under the Strategic Development Group at Premera Blue Cross in Seattle. She also has 10 years of experience at Chicago-based Accenture, formerly Andersen Consulting, in the health and life science field. She earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind., and a master’s degree in business administration and finance from Seattle University.
Conrad previously worked as lead counsel in tax and employee benefits law for FedEx Corp., Memphis, Tenn. A native of Lake Park, Minn., he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a juris doctor degree from the University of North Dakota Law School, Grand Forks.
Haugen promoted at Bell State Bank
Brian Haugen has been promoted to vice president/virtual bank manager at Bell State Bank & Trust, Fargo.
Originally from Moorhead, Haugen earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Concordia College and has been in the banking field for seven years.
He joined Bell State Bank & Trust in 2006 and has previously served in several retail capacities at multiple locations, most recently as retail systems coordinator.
Dawson Insurance hires Helm and Dawson
Bridget Helm has joined Dawson Insurance, Fargo, as a surety account assistant and Alex Dawson has joined the firm as a client services coordinator.
Helm is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, with a degree in health service administration. She previously worked as an assistant manager at The Windbreak in Fargo and has over 10 years of customer service experience.
Dawson earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from North Dakota State University. He previously worked for SECURA Insurance as a specialty lines underwriter in Madison, Wis.
NDSU IT Division promotes 1, hires 4
North Dakota State University’s Information Technology Division has promoted Micah McGowen to classroom technology manager and has hired David Hamiga as an audio-visual systems specialist, Josh Teegarden as a help desk consultant and Donovan Dobler and Zach Anderson as audio-visual technicians.
McGowen joined the division as a student classroom technician in 2002 and was later promoted to a student manager position. After graduating from NDSU with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, he worked as a support technician for Atlas Business Solutions Inc. He returned to NDSU in 2008 as a classroom technology specialist.
Hamiga has worked as a desktop support specialist in the Information Technology Division since 2010. Before coming to NDSU, he worked as a network support specialist for the Insurance Company of the West, San Diego, and as a regional IT technician for DHI Financial Services, Carlsbad, Calif. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at NDSU.
Teegarden has worked as a student employee at the help desk since 2008. He previously was the assistant technology coordinator for K-12 at Northern Cass School, Hunter, N.D., and he recently graduated from NDSU with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems.
Dobler joined the division as a student classroom technician in 2011 and was promoted to a student manager role. He also serves as an information technology specialist with the N.D. National Guard in Valley City. Dobler is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science at NDSU.
Anderson was previously the manager of software and content integration at GeaCom Inc., Duluth, Minn. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with bachelor’s degrees in communication arts - video production and cultural theory.
Gehrtz hires Risovi for Minot branch
Gehrtz Construction Services, Fargo, has hired Mike Risovi as a construction manager in its branch office in Minot, N.D.
Risovi has over 40 years of experience in construction.
Leier joins team at Captital Credit Union
Paul Leier has joined Capital Credit Union, 4900 13th Ave. S., Fargo, as business development specialist.
Leier is originally from Linton, N.D., and has more than 28 years of financial industry experience with other financial providers in Fargo, Casselton, N.D., Dilworth and Linton. He was also director of stewardship and development for the Diocese of Fargo and served as director and vice president of the Linton Industrial Development Commission.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from North Dakota State University.
Grunewald hired as exhibit coordinator
The Red River Valley Fair Association has hired Emily Grunewald as the Big Iron Farm Show exhibit coordinator.
Grunewald has extensive experience in the trade show and fair industry and a background in ranching. She was previously the exhibit representative at the Santa Cruz County Fair, Watsonville, Calif., and she is also a partner in the Walker Ranch Cattle Co., Salinas, Calif.
The annual Big Iron Farm Show will be Sept. 10-12 at the RRV Fairgrounds in West Fargo.
Huck joins Simply Relax Therapeutic Massage
Mariah Huck, a licensed massage therapist, has joined Simply Relax Therapeutic Massage, 715 13th Ave. E., West Fargo.
She is originally from Williston, N.D., where she graduated from Williston State College with a degree in massage therapy. Huck previously owned Body Restoration in Williston.
Eide Bailly promotes five to management
Eide Bailly, Fargo, a regional certified public accounting and business advisory firm, has promoted Ryan Beste, Toni Brummund, Matt Defoe, Liz Johnson and Sandy Kundert to managers.
Beste has been with the firm since 2012. He has bachelor degrees in accountancy and psychology from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Brummund has an associate’s degree in banking and financial services from the North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton. She has been with Eide Bailly since 2007.
Defoe has been with the firm since 2008. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mayville (N.D.) State University.
Johnson has been with the firm since 2007 and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with concentrations in accounting and fraud investigation from North Dakota State University.
Kundert has been with Eide Bailly since 1997. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Upper Iowa University, Fayette.
Lauinger, Hansen appointed reps
Cole Lauinger and Brady Hansen have been appointed financial representatives by Northwestern Mutual, Fargo.
Lauinger is a native of Velva, N.D., and he earned a bachelor’s degree in history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College.
Hansen is from Hankinson, N.D., and he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from North Dakota State University.
JDP Automation hires Steiner as writer
JDP Automation, Moorhead, has hired Jennifer Steiner as a technical writer.
Steiner attended North Dakota State University and has over 10 years of experience. She was previously employed with Pedigree Technologies.
BSE promotes Kvalheim to NW region manager
Brad Kvalheim has been named northwest region manager for Border States Electric.
Kvalheim joined BSE in 1989 as an electronic service technician. In 1992, he became a utility customer service representative and in 1995 an account manager.
He served as the branch manager in Sioux Falls, S.D., and most recently was the northwest region utility sales manager. Kvalheim will be located in the company’s Bismarck offices and will oversee BSE branches in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
RDO Equipment hires Thomas, Marsalek
Marisa Thomas and Jess Marsalek have joined RDO Equipment Co., Fargo. Thomas is an accountant, and Marsalek is an accounts receivable representative.
Thomas was previously employed as an accountant at Goldmark Property Management in Fargo. She received an accounting degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Marsalek previously worked at Strategic Fundraising as a team leader and assistant OPS manager. She is currently pursuing an accounting degree at Minnesota State Community and Technical College.
Lundberg, Knecht hired at TMI Hospitality
TMI Hospitality, Fargo, has hired Brian Lundberg as a help desk technician and Kathy Knecht as a human resources assistant.
Lundberg graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems. He was previously a system support associate for Ulteig, Fargo.
Knecht received a bachelor’s degree in business from Columbia College, Aurora, Colo., and has served as a human resources assistant for UNMC Physicians in Omaha, Neb. She has also earned the Professional in Human Resources certification.
Sundog names Beck associate designer
Sundog, Fargo, has hired Megan Beck as an associate designer in its marketing department. Beck was previously a design in-tern at Sundog.
She recently graduated from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design technology and a minor in visual arts and an entrepreneurial studies certificate.
Northstar Agri hires Brand and Storm
Northstar Agri Industries has appointed Stephen E. “Ted” Brand to vice president of merchandising and risk management, and Danielle Storm has been named grain originator. Brand will be working in the company’s Fargo office, and Storm will be working in the office in Hallock, Minn.
Brand has worked in agriculture for 40 years, the last 26 years directly involved in canola and canola processing. He has consulted for many oilseed processors worldwide on a variety of issues related to domestic and export markets.
Storm grew up on a corn, soybean and swine farm in southeast Minnesota and is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.
Vogel firm adds Weir as associate attorney
Vogel Law Firm in Fargo has added Jordan Weir to the firm as an associate attorney. He works in the areas of civil and criminal litigation.
Weir graduated from Shanley High School, Fargo, and from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn., with a degree in history. He went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Kaddatz Galleries adds two positions
The Kaddatz Galleries, Fergus Falls, Minn., has created two staff positions to help provide for continued growth of the organization.
Brooke Barsness has joined the gallery as executive director, and Gretchen Boyum will serve as the curator and education coordinator.
Appareo Systems in Fargo adds four
Appareo Systems, Fargo, has hired Alexander Boone and Bradley Schleusner as embedded software engineers, AJ Pflugrath as an electronics design engineer and Paul Mitchell as an electronics technician.
A native of Byron, Minn., Boone graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato with a bachelor‘s degree in electrical engineering.
Schleusner is originally from Spring Valley, Minn., and is a recent graduate of North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering.
A native of Fargo, Pflugrath is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
Mitchell graduated from the North Dakota State College of Science with an associate degree in microelectronic technology. He has over nine years of experience in the small electronics field.
Two new physicians join Essentia Health
Dr. Rachel Redig has joined the emergency department at Essentia Health St. Mary’s, Detroit Lakes, Minn., and Dr. Sara Houston has joined the pediatrics department at Essentia Health’s South University Clinic in Fargo.
Redig grew up in Staples, Minn., and graduated from Staples Motley High School. She earned her medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Forks, and she served a residency in emergency medicine at the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Medical Education and Research Center.
Houston earned her medical degree from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio, and served a pediatric residency at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.