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

Retired superintendent joins JLG Architects

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. • JLG Architects has welcomed retired Harrisburg School District Superintendent Jim Holbeck to the company’s K-12 education architecture studio. As an educational expert with JLG, he will be working with regional districts to prioritize and identify education modes and learning strategies and understand their impact on building design.

With nearly 40 years of experience in K-12 education – 29 of those as a superintendent – Holbeck has helped plan, design, and manage a number of major academic- and safety-focused building projects, including a renovation to Harrisburg’s facilities, which were identified as some of the lowest per-square-foot construction costs in the state at the time due to efficiencies and practicalities.

He holds an undergraduate degree from Northern State College, as well as two graduate degrees in school administration from the University of South Dakota.

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Apex hires senior transportation engineer

BISMARCK, N.D. • Troy Ripplinger joins Apex Engineering Group as a Senior Transportation Engineer located in the Bismarck, N.D., office. He brings 22 years of experience providing project management, planning and design on a variety of transportation projects. He is a registered professional engineer in North Dakota and Montana.

BCBSND hires new chief marketing officer

FARGO, N.D. • Kristi Huber, current president and CEO of United Way of Class-Clay, has been hired as senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. Huber will begin in her new role on June 1.

Prior to joining BCBSND, Huber served in various executive level roles, providing expertise in the areas of strategic leadership, relationship development, and many others, serving as a brand and community ambassador and spokesperson.

As CMO, Huber will be responsible for providing executive leadership and direction for the development and implementation of strategic marketing and sales plans for employer groups, brokers/consultants and government markets including brand marketing and communication.

In addition, this position directs the management and administration of the sales and account management function of Azurance Group (voluntary benefits and supplemental insurance).

Huber earned her bachelor’s degree in Business and English at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. She also earned her Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D.

Essentia Health welcomes several new health professionals

FARGO, N.D. • Nurse practitioner Danielle Chelmo, who specializes in cardiac electrophysiology, is now seeing patients at Essentia Health’s 32nd Avenue Clinic in Fargo, N.D.

Chelmo earned her doctorate degree from the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. and is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Constance Soper, PA, has returned to Essentia Health. Soper specializes in family medicine and is now seeing patients at Essentia Health-West Acres clinic, also in Fargo.

Soper received her master’s degree at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks, N.D. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Clinical Psychologist Alexandra Kohlhase is seeing patients at the South University Clinic in Fargo.

Kohlhase earned her Doctor of Psychology degree at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology in Eagan, Minn.