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Published April 19 2014

Hires and promotions (April 19)

Four promoted at Gate City Bank

Gate City Bank has promoted Stephanie Anton, Brady Duffy, Justin Dunn and Amy Durbin to assistant vice president.

Anton is a graduate of North Dakota State University and has been employed with Gate City Bank for six years in customer service roles. She is a personal loan officer at the bank’s Mandan office.

Duffy is a personal banking supervisor at the bank’s South University Drive office in Fargo. He received a business administration degree from Valley City (N.D.) State University and has been employed with Gate City Bank for 11 years.

Dunn is a personal banking supervisor at the bank’s north Fargo office. He graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He has been employed at Gate City Bank for six years.

Durbin is the marketing manager at the bank’s corporate office in downtown Fargo. She graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Moorhead, with a degree in accounting. She has 14 years of experience in the marketing field.


Three new hires in Ulteig’s Fargo office

Ulteig has hired Bruce Skipton as a technical manager in land services, Jeremy Houghtaling as a CADD technician in substation and Erin Stegman as a proposal coordinator in marketing. All will be working in the company’s Fargo office.

Skipton has more than 38 years of experience in surveying, including owning and operating a business in Walker, Minn. Most recently, he worked for two years at Karvakko Engineering, Bemidji, Minn., as the survey department manager. He received an associate degree in civil engineering technology from the North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton.

Since 2013, Houghtaling has worked for Estimates on Center, creating structural designs for new residential construction out of its Fargo office. He plans to graduate in May with an associate degree in architectural technology from Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Moorhead.

Stegman was previously a writing consultant for the Center for Writers at North Dakota State University. She was also the production manager and head non-fiction editor for Northern Eclecta, a student and alumni literary journal. Stegman plans to graduate this May from NDSU with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in management communication.


Eide Bailly promotes one, hires four

Eide Bailly has promoted Joseph Sornsin to systems engineer and has hired Paige Adams as a marketing communications specialist, Jenny Miner and Sabrina Schindler as project managers and Bruce Sjurseth as technology consulting manager.

Sornsin joined Eide Bailly in 2012 with more than four years of experience in the information technology industry. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from North Dakota State University.

Adams has more than three years of marketing and communications experience managing content, driving creative content and developing relationships. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

Miner has more than six years of business operations management experience, including facilitation of technology project management and business process analysis and

solutions. She is a graduate of Dakota State University, Madison, S.D., with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

Schindler has more than 12 years of health care business and revenue cycle operation experience and more than seven years of technology project management experience. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and a master’s of business administration from Ashford University.

Sjurseth has more than 18 years of experience in the information technology field, including all areas of software development life cycling and a comprehensive background in business analytics.


Katie Kaufman named administrative assistant

Katie Kaufman has joined Houston Engineering as an administrative assistant in the company’s corporate office in Fargo.

Kaufman is a native of Barnesville, Minn., and graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in history.

She previously worked at Integreon Managed Solutions in Fargo as a legal document processor/administrative assistant.


Wentz, DeMars join Spherion Corp.

Spherion Corp., a recruiting, staffing and workforce solutions provider, has hired Jody Wentz and Joe DeMars as client service supervisors in the Fargo office.

Wentz was previously the general manager for Suntana Tanning Salons, Fargo.

DeMars served with the U.S. Air Force for more than six years and currently serves with the North Dakota Air National Guard, Fargo. He has a background in construction management, facility maintenance and operations management. He has an associate degree in maintenance production management from the Community College of the Air Force.


Prairie Supply promotes seven employees

Prairie Supply and Form-All, a concrete and welding materials supplier with five locations in North Dakota, has promoted seven employees.

Those promoted are: Chris Dankert, vice president and North Dakota sales and heat manager; Kari Wehri, general estimating manager; Matt Neibauer, vice president, western North Dakota territory manager; Kurt Schirado, branch manager; Mike Ruffo, operations manager; Chaske Faulk, general rebar estimating manager; and Mike Bowley, rebar operations manager.


Dakota Medical Foundation names CFO

Michael Schumacher has joined Dakota Medical Foundation in Fargo as chief financial officer.

He replaces David Gibb, who is retiring after 12 years in the position of finance director.

Schumacher is a certified public accountant and has extensive accounting and finance experience, most recently as chief financial officer for a hospital in Bismarck. He previously served as an audit partner for Eide Bailly, where he worked for more than 20 years.

He is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.


Granites Unlimited hires Koch to sales position

Granites Unlimited, Fargo, a natural stone fabrication and installing company, has hired John Koch in business development/sales.

He is originally from Grand Forks and has over 20 years of customer service and sales experience, most recently with Tharaldson Enterprises, Fargo.

Koch will focus on commercial developers, hotels and multifamily properties.


Anderson promoted to tech specialist at NDSU

North Dakota State University’s Information Technology Division has promoted Zach Anderson to classroom technologies specialist in the technical support services unit.

Anderson has worked at NDSU for the past year as an audiovisual technician. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a double major in communication arts – video production and in cultural theory.


Bernardo joins BCBS as medical director

Dr. Rosaleah Bernardo has joined Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota in Fargo as a medical director in the health network innovation division.

Bernardo was previously a pediatric emergency physician at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, and as a pediatric critical care physician at Sanford Children’s Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in medical technology and a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. She completed her fellowship training in pediatric critical care medicine at Children’s Memorial Hospital/Northwestern University, Chicago.


Four new employees at Appareo Systems

Appareo Systems in Fargo has hired David Bellefeuille as an SMT operator, Laura Thornton as a supply management specialist, Kavin Dvorak as an internal tools developer and Kristi Bartelt as a recruiter and training specialist.

Bellefeuille served in the U.S. Navy as an electronic technician and became a chief of sonar advanced COTS submarine maintenance technician. A native of Detroit Lakes, Minn., he previously worked at Omni Engineering Services, Moorhead.

Thornton is originally from Wahpeton, N.D. She earned an associate degree in liberal arts from the North Dakota State College of Science and a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing technology/industrial engineering from North Dakota State University.

Dvorak will graduate from NDSU in May with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

Bartelt earned an associate degree in human resources from Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Moorhead. A native of Detroit Lakes, she previously worked in the HR and recruiting departments at Phoenix International and Volt Workforce Solutions.


Rohrer named general sales manager at WDAY

Joshua Rohrer has been named general sales manager of WDAY-TV and WDAY-AM radio.

For the past 11 years, Rohrer has held several positions with WDAY, including account executive and national sales assistant. Most recently he led the local sales team at WDAY as regional sales manager.

Rohrer is a graduate of North Dakota State University.


Marotske named to PATH director position

PATH, a private nonprofit child and family services agency, has named Hank Marotske as director of organization communication and development. PATH has offices in Minnesota, North Dakota and Idaho.

Marotske has 20 years of experience in public relations, community service and national child welfare consultation. He completed a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in executive leadership, strategy and nonprofit management from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of St. Thomas.

Marotske has been with PATH since 1987, starting as a foster child until 1994 when he aged out of the system. In 1998 he started his career as a licensed social worker. He served as PATH’s first therapeutic supports worker from 1998 to 2001 and served on the PATH board of directors from 2010 to 2014.


Noridian promotes Stolt to HR director position

Sara Stolt has been promoted to director of human resources planning, learning and development at Noridian Mutual Insurance Co., Fargo.

She joined NMIC in 2007 as a management development specialist and was promoted to manager of human resources planning in 2013.

Stolt earned a bachelor’s degree in speech and mass communication from North Dakota State University and graduated from the University of Mary in Bismarck with a master’s degree in strategic leadership.