Forum staff reports , Published October 11 2013
Hires and promotions - 10/12/13Six new employees at Discovery Benefits
Discovery Benefits in Fargo has hired Erin Schanz and Brandon Heimer as benefits implementation managers, Karen Rowcliffe as manager of benefits account management, Paul Olson as director of information technology strategy, Lynn Block as associate attorney and Kelsey Kraft as benefits renewal specialist.
NetWork Center adds three employees
Technology solution provider NetWork Center, Inc., Fargo, has added Dane Petersen as an application developer, Jason Keller as a network systems analyst and Katie Klevgaard as an accounting specialist.
Petersen graduated from Bismarck State College with an associate’s degree in web design and development. He previously worked in information technology with McLean County and he also did freelance work and repaired personal computers.
Keller received Cisco Certified Network Associate certification in 2005 before graduating from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, with a degree in general studies. He has over 10 years of experience in the technology field.
Klevgaard graduated with an associate’s degree in accounting from Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Moorhead. She previously worked for Fargo Jet Center.
Lucas promoted to adviser manager
Eide Bailly, Fargo, has promoted D.C. Lucas to business adviser manager.
He joined Eide Bailly in 2011 with more than 15 years of experience in the technology industry.
Lucas graduated from Valley City (N.D.) State University and he earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Mary. He is also a recent graduate of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber Leadership program.
Gunkelman joins Kennelly O’Keeffe firm
Jeff Gunkelman has joined the Kennelly O’Keeffe law firm in Fargo. Gunkelman’s practice area focuses on business, estate planning and real estate.
A Fargo native, Gunkelman’s undergraduate work was in banking and financial economics. He graduated from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and from the UND School of Law.
While in law school he clerked for the East Central Court of Appeals and a local law firm and following graduation, he clerked for the East Central Judicial District.
BSE promotes Stein to chief operating officer
Border States Electric, Fargo, has named Jason Stein chief operating officer. He joined BSE in 1995 as a management trainee and has worked in various positions from product manager to director of sales. In 2010, he was named vice president sales and appointed to the company’s executive council.
Most recently he was the vice president northwest region and executive vice president.
ND Farm Bureau hires public policy director
The North Dakota Farm Bureau has hired Pete Hanebutt as director of public policy.
Hanebutt has over 20 years of experience in public policy within the Farm Bureau system.
He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in animal agribusiness. He was previously the political education specialist for the Indiana Farm Bureau.
Houston Engineering hires CAD technician
Jeff Renner has joined Houston Engineering as a computer-aided design technician. He will work out of the company’s Fargo office.
Renner is a native of Bismarck and graduated from Hennepin Technical College with an associate’s degree in architectural drafting. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
He previously worked for Mechanical Energy Systems, St. Cloud, Minn., where he installed HVAC equipment.
NDSU enhancing private research partnerships
To further enhance the economic impact of research at North Dakota State University, Philip Boudjouk has been named executive director of corporate research relations at NDSU. He will work to enhance corporate research partnerships to bring NDSU-developed technologies to the marketplace.
Kelly Rusch has also joined NDSU as vice president for research and creative activity. She will facilitate, coordinate and advance research at NDSU and foster economic development. She was previously with Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, where she served in numerous leadership positions and was a Dow Chemical distinguished professor and a Formosa Plastics endowed professor in civil and environmental engineering.
Later this year, additional laboratories will open in Research 1 in the NDSU Research and Technology Park, where researchers will work to develop technologies with private companies that can be transferred to the commercial marketplace.
Flint Group adds three to Fargo office
The Flint Group, Fargo, has hired Kathryn Berg as a human resources generalist, Ashley Nowacki as a media planner and Lonna Whiting as a copywriter.
Berg graduated from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., with a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology and a minor in French.
Nowacki was previously a marketing manager at the Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks. She graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication.
Whiting has more than seven years of experience as a journalist, copywriter, editor, graphic designer and copy manager. She previously worked as a copy editor and page designer at The Forum. She also held positions at The Village and Sanford. Whiting earned a bachelor’s degree in English/writing and a master’s degree in creative writing from MSUM.
Thorpe joins coaching network
Don Thorpe, consultant and founder of Shared Experience Consulting, Perham, Minn., has become a member of the Small Business Success Coaching Network, which is affiliated with Mark LeBlanc, author of “Growing Your Business.”
Thorpe has operated a small chain of service industry businesses for 32 years and has been in the consulting, coaching and speaking business for 10 years.
Snider, Whitney hired as account executives
Melinda Snider and Melvin Whitney have been hired as account executives for Enventis, Fargo.
Snider has over 15 years of sales experience and focuses on expanding the St. Cloud, Minn., market.
Whitney earned a degree from North Dakota State University and was previously an account manager for Sprint and CableOne.
Dr. Koshnick seeing patients at Frazee clinic
Dr. Robert Koshnick, a family practice physician, is now seeing patients on Mondays and Thursdays at the Essentia Health St. Mary’s Clinic, Frazee, Minn.
He joins Frazee clinic providers Dr. Paul Hendrickson and nurse practitioner Karin Halverson.
Dr. Koshnick has been caring for patients at Essentia’s clinic in Detroit Lakes, Minn., and will continue to see patients there on Wednesdays.
Bryson promoted to branch manager
Dakota Supply Group of Fargo has promoted Anne Bryson to branch manager of its Grand Forks and Bemidji, Minn., locations. She will take over for Clair Zirnhelt, who will retire from DSG at the end of the year.
Bryson has worked at DSG since 1986 in various positions, most recently as an account manager.
Eight new providers at Sanford Health Fargo
Eight new providers have joined Sanford Health Fargo. They include:
Dr. Shaveta Goyal and Dr. Matthew McLeod, family medicine, Sanford West Fargo Clinic; Dr. Andrea Kaster, family medicine, Breast Clinic, Fargo; Dr. Jill Briggs, hospitalist, and Dana Lemnus-Elias, certified registered nurse anesthetist, anesthesiology, both at Sanford Medical Center, Fargo; and Dr. Oksana Anand, gastroenterology, Jamie Bartnick, nurse practitioner, cardiology, and Dr. Taylor Dowsley, cardiology, all at the Broadway Clinic in Fargo.
Dr. Goyal graduated from Government Medical College in India and the Himalayan Institute of Medical Science, Dehradun, India. She completed her residency in family practice at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks.
A graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Forks, Dr. McLeod served his residency in family medicine at the University of Minnesota/St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Paul.
Dr. Kaster graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth, and served her residency through the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program.
Dr. Briggs graduated from Creighton University, Omaha, Neb., and she completed her residency in internal medicine at Mayo Clinic and Graduate School, Rochester, Minn.
Lemnus-Elias graduated from Presentation College, Aberdeen, S.D., and Mount Marty College School of Anesthesia, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Dr. Anand graduated from Omsk State Medical Academy in Russia, and she completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City.
Bartnick graduated from the University of Mary, Bismarck, and the University of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver.
Dr. Dowsley graduated from Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada, and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, Ill. He served his residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic and Graduate School, Rochester.
Foley rejoins Gateway sales team in Fargo
Clark “Corky” Foley has rejoined Gateway Chevrolet-Cadillac-Nissan-Hyundai in Fargo as a sales consultant.
He has more than 15 years of experience in the auto industry and has earned numerous sales awards.
YMCA names Seery VP of member services
The YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties has named Julie Seery as vice president of member and program services.
Seery has worked for many years in fields relating to health, fitness and recreation. Her previous experience includes senior director of member activities and retention at LifeTime Fitness based in Chanhassen, Minn., founder, president and chief operating officer of Bear Paddle Swim School and Clubhouse, Chicago, and founder and owner of LifeCore Yoga, North Oaks, Minn.
Fraser hires Heilman as child care supervisor
Laura Heilman has joined Fraser Child Care Center in Fargo as the child care supervisor of the infant room.
Heilman received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Valley City (N.D.) State University and her teaching license from the state of North Dakota.
She also has a bachelor’s degree in child development and family science from North Dakota State University.