As they become available, Prairie Business highlights the region's new hires and promotions. This week's new-hire spotlight includes the following:

Essentia Health adds new doctors in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. • Dr. Jennifer Kovatch, a pediatric hospitalist and pediatric oncologist, is now caring for patients at Essentia Health-Fargo.

Kovatch earned her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies. She did her residency in pediatrics at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. and a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa.

“Essentia Health provided me with a sense of community and an opportunity to make a difference. I was drawn to this great opportunity in the beautiful city of Fargo,” she said. “I love the diversity of hospital medicine in general, and I especially enjoy practicing pediatric oncology.”

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Essentia also has welcomed Dr. Mario Rivera Bernuy, an endocrinologist, at Essentia Health-South University Clinic in Fargo.

Dr. Rivera Bernuy earned his medical degree from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru. He did his residency in internal medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, N.M. and a fellowship in endocrinology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Rivera Bernuy is board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

“I am especially interested in thyroid and pituitary diseases as well as diabetes,” he said. “I was awarded the American Thyroid Association Ridgeway Trainee Grant in 2019, I was selected to participate in the Pituitary Society Master Course for fellows in 2020 and I was selected for and currently participating in the American Diabetes Association Focus on Fellows.”

Visit and click on “Doctors and Providers” to learn more about these new hires and their practices.

Marvin welcomes new board member

WARROAD, Minn. • Marvin announces the election of a new member, Rick Johnson, to its board of directors.

Johnson brings significant business experience to the Marvin board, currently serving as the corporate vice president, chief information officer of Sonoco (NYSE: SON), a global producer of consumer and industrial packaging solutions based in Hartsville, S.C. He leads the information technology organization and is a member of the executive committee at Sonoco, responsible for the global technology strategy that drives the digital transformation of the customer experience.

“We’re pleased to welcome Rick to The Marvin Companies board of directors, as his technology and business experience are excellent additions to our team,” said Board Chair Susan Marvin. “We are fortunate to now have his talents on the board.”

A graduate of Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He lives in Charlotte, N.C., with his wife and young son.

Elected by the owners, the Board of Directors oversees, guides and supports The Marvin Companies management. Its key responsibilities are long-term business strategy and leadership succession planning.

KLJ’s Jordan Benning receives promotion

FARGO, N.D • Engineering firm KLJ has promoted Jordan Benning to Help Desk team lead in its Fargo office.

As the team lead, Benning will be responsible for all matters related to the KLJ Help Desk, ensuring that the team provides efficient and responsive support to the entire organization. Benning, who has been with KLJ since 2011, received his associate degree in computer information sciences and support services from Dakota College at Bottineau.