RiverView changes:

RiverView Rehab Services has promoted Brad Neis to rehab services manager, Marie Johnstad to coordinator of speech language pathology, and Tracy Cameron to coordinator of occupational therapy.

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Nies earned his master's degree in physical therapy from UND. He's been with RiverView Health since 2000. Nies is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Johnstad earned her master's degree in speech language pathology from Minnesota State University-Moorhead before joining RiverView in 1992. She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Cameron earned her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from UND before joining RiverView in 1997. She is a native of Fisher, Minn.

Cameron was elected to serve on the Northern Occupational Safety and Health Association board of directors and is a member of the Northland Community and Technical College OTA advisory panel.

Presteng earns certification

Mark A. Presteng, a financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial in Grafton, N.D., has achieved the professional designation of certified financial planner. Presteng completed requirements including course work and exams in financial planning, risk management, investments, tax planning and management, retirement and employee benefits, and estate planning.

Ameriprise Financial has more than 12,000 financial advisers and registered representatives. The company is headquartered in Minneapolis.

Patrick A. Thibert, East Grand Forks, has received certified financial planner Certification by the CFP board of standards. The requirements include completion of financial planning coursework and passing a comprehensive examination.

Thibert is employed by the financial services firm Edward Jones in Thief River Falls. The company is headquartered in St. Louis. Its 10,000-plus financial advisers work with more than 7 million clients.

Hall joins Merial

Zac Hall, Bismarck, has been named sales representative for Merial, an animal-health company based in Duluth, Ga.

Hall will support customers in North Dakota, South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota. Hall recently finished a Master of Science in ruminant nutrition at the University of Nebraska. During his undergraduate work at NDSU, Hall was awarded the Outstanding Senior Undergraduate Scholar Award from the American Society of Animal Science.

Gate City hires Ford

Gate City Bank has hired Tom Ford as a mortgage loan officer at its downtown Grand Forks office, 501 DeMers Ave.

Ford earned a degree in psychology from MSU-Moorhead. He has previous experience as a personal banker.

A $957 million mutual community bank, Gate City Bank has been providing service since 1923. Gate City Bank has 28 locations across North Dakota and in Moorhead and employs more than 340 people.

Bell joins Otter Tail

George Bell joins Otter Tail Power Co. as director of finance. He will be accountable for long-range financial planning and financial evaluation of the company's projects and programs.

Bell most recently was with Utilities International, where he served as principal consultant to several large utilities regarding regulatory compliance and strategy. He also advised utilities on implementing budget systems and financial models. He also worked for Xcel Energy as project management director and as controller for Northern States Power, Wisconsin. Bell earned his bachelor's degree in 1980 from Boise (Idaho) State University and his master's degree in business administration in 1999 from the University of Wisconsin.

Otter Tail Power Co., is headquartered in Fergus Falls, Minn., and provides electricity and energy services to more than 250,000 people in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Information Technology Council elects board


The Information Technology Council of North Dakota recently elected 10 members to two-year terms on its board of directors. Incumbent directors are: Mike Eggl, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck; A.D. (Dale) Jensen, Ntractive LLC, Grand Forks; Kalvin Kingsley, K2 Interactive, Bismarck; Timothy O'Keefe, UND Department of Information Systems and Business Education, Grand Forks; Steve Shark, DakTech Computers, Fargo; and David Weiler, Precision Diagnostic Services Inc. (PDS), Fargo.

Directors serving their first term are: Ron Gronneberg, City of Fargo, Fargo; Nicole Hushka, Verety LLC, Fargo; Kevin Leier, Tao Interactive Inc., Bismarck; and Carol Rogne, DFC Consultants Ltd., Fargo, Bismarck and Dickinson, N.D.

ITCND also named Scott Kautzman of National Information Solutions Cooperative, Mandan, N.D., as its Association of Information Technology Professionals Central Dakota Chapter liaison.

Three out-going board members are recognized for their dedication of time and talent to the ITCND board of directors. They are Ben Klipfel, Greater Grand Forks Marketing Services Partnership, Grand Forks; Mike Kraft, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck; and Dan Polk, Edgepath Technology, Bismarck.

ITCND is the leading information technology advocacy organization in the state. It was founded by North Dakota business, government and education leaders to encourage the use, growth and development of information technology in North Dakota.

Roth named executive director

The Otto Bremer foundation recently announced Randi Ilyse Roth has been named executive director of the foundation effective May 1. Roth will succeed John Kostishack, who is retiring after 28 years with the organization.

Roth currently serves as the independent, court-appointed monitor in a civil rights lawsuit brought by African American farmers against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Roth also spent 17 years at the Farmers' Legal Action Group as a staff attorney and as an executive director. She's a graduate of Yale University and Northwestern University School of Law.

Kramer joins AgriData

Daniel Kramer has joined AgriData of Grand Forks as its Web application developer. He is responsible for further development of AgriData's Web-based projects and will handle the majority of the company's Web development, software development and Web design.

A native of Grand Forks, Kramer has more than 10 years of experience in computer programming. Before joining AgriData, he worked as a programmer for the UND Aerospace Network. Kramer has also owned his own Web-design company since 2001. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Crookston, with a degree in Information Network Management.

AgriData provides ag applicators, crop consultants, land managers, insurance agents and farmers with Surety Customized Online Mapping. To find out more, go to www.agridatainc.com.

Executive Mortgage hires Ouradnik

Kyle Ouradnik has joined Executive Mortgage in Fargo as an originator and mortgage adviser. Ouradnik will be responsible for originating, processing and selling real estate mortgages on the secondary market. Ouradnik has more than four years experience in the financial services industry.

EAPC hires Muhs

Brian Muhs has joined EAPC's construction administration and wind energy group. Muhs spend the past few years as a truck driver, concrete finisher and laborer for Strata Corp. in Grand Forks, where he also completed a construction management internship. Muhs is originally from Langdon, N.D., and earned his degree from Northwest Technical College in Moorhead.

EAPC is a consulting firm that provides architectural and engineering services to regional and national clientle from its offices in Grand Forks, Jamestown Fargo, Bismarck, Bemidji and Norwich, Vt.

Waind achieves recertification

Marsha Waind, OTR/L, CHT, CLT, program coordinator with Altru's Outreach Therapy, recently was recertified as a certified hand therapist by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission. This renewed credential is valid through Dec. 31, 2013. Waind holds a masters degree in occupational therapy.

Altru's Outreach Therapy provides comprehensive rehabilitation services for children and adults from more than 20 communities throughout northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.

Alerus Financial promotes, hires

Alerus Financial recently announced that Valerie Jensen has added managing the trust operations team to her responsibilities. Jensen has been with Alerus for 21 years.

Jensen is a member of the Grand Forks Master Chorale and a board member for the Grand Cities Children's Choir.

Jennifer Burris-Dirk has been welcomed as a consumer loan specialist at its Banksouth location, 2300 S. Columbia Road. Burris-Dirk has 20 years experience in the financial industry including the past 14 year with Bremer Bank. She attended UMC.

Ashley Hewitt is a property operations specialist also at the Banksouth location. Hewitt previously worked for Abercrombie & Fitch in Fargo. She is a graduate of Perham (Minn.) High School and earned her degree in management and marketing in 2007 from MSU-Moorhead.

Jamie Bolton has been hired as a teller and will rotate between the four Grand Forks locations. Bolton has worked as a sales associate for DEB Shops. She's a graduate of Grand Forks Central High School and is pursuing a nursing degree at Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks.

Alerus Financial provides banking to customers in the Red River Valley.

Bartuska achieves certification

Lynn Bartuska, benefit specialist with Altru Health System, has been designated a certified employee benefit specialist by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Bartuska has worked for Altru Health System since 2001.

Bartuska qualified for the designation by passing a series of college level national examinations on employee benefit subjects, and by meeting and attesting to high standards of business and professional conduct. She is one of more than 11,000 graduates.

Bartuska is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and holds their Senior Professional of Human Resources certification.

Choice Financial hires Sem

Choice Financial announces the addition of Heidi Sem to its Grand Forks location on South Washington.

Sem currently serves as a customer service representative. She worked part-time for Choice Financial while attending UND. In December, Sem graduated from UND with a degree in management and now works for Choice Financial full time.

Choice Financial is a premier provider of financial solutions with 11 locations in North Dakota, including two in the Grand Forks area.

Stallard joins Crary Homes & Real Estate

Lori Stallard recently completed 45 hours of North Dakota pre-licensing education and joined Crary Homes & Real Estate. Stallard will specialize in residential real estate and investments.

Her background includes 15 years of providing daycare. She and her husband, Tom, have a daughter and son.

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