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

Alerus Financial Corp. announces CEO transition

GRAND FORKS, N.D. • Alerus Financial Corp. Board of Directors has appointed Katie A. Lorenson, the company’s current executive vice president and chief financial officer, as its next president and chief executive officer, effective Jan 1.

Katie Lorenson
Katie LorensonImage: Courtesy of Alerus Financial

Lorenson will also join the company’s Board of Directors upon assuming her new role. Current Chairman, President and CEO Randy L. Newman will transition to the role of executive chairman of the Board to ensure a seamless leadership transfer.

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In addition to serving as executive VP and CFO, Lorenson leads Alerus’ business segments, including banking, retirement and benefit services, wealth management, and mortgage. She also spearheaded Alerus’ initial public offering in 2019 and has played an integral role in the company achieving consistently strong financial results since it began trading on the NASDAQ in September 2019.

Lorenson brings extensive experience overseeing financial service organizations. Before joining Alerus in December 2017, she served as CFO for a publicly traded regional financial institution from 2015 to 2017 and with the same title for a large privately held financial institution from 2011 to 2015.

Prior to these roles, Lorenson served as manager on the financial institutions team for RSM US LLP.

Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Alternative HR expands to Minnesota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. • Alternative HR, LLC, a 30-year-old human resource consulting firm based in Sioux Falls, has expanded.

Sarah Meusburger
Sarah MeusburgerImage: Courtesy of Alternative HR

Sarah Meusburger, who has been with the firm for six years, recently relocated to expand consulting services to Minnesota.

Meusburger has nearly 20 years of experience within Human Resources, is a published writer, and has been active with community and statewide initiatives in the past. She works with clients from all industries in strategizing their search for talent, retention and engagement efforts, compensation analysis and planning, and all other human resource services and support.

In addition to human resources, Meusburger is trained in Title IX intake and investigation.

N.D. Information Technology names new chief customer success officer

BISMARCK, N.D. • North Dakota Information Technology has a new chief customer success officer: Evonne Amundson.

Evonne Amundson
Evonne AmundsonImage: Courtesy of North Dakota Information Technology

The position aligns with the goal of elevating NDIT’s focus on driving value for customers through a holistic strategy focused on people, process and technology to achieve business needs.

Amundson brings 14 years of experience in IT operations leadership focusing on the voice of the customer and improving the customer experience through technology. She is currently a business analyst manager with ND Information Technology Department.

Amundson has led multi-disciplinary teams in the development of products and alignment of technology solutions to customer’s strategies, including modernization and automation strategies.

In her new role, Amundson will be responsible for ensuring the appropriate integration of technology into business processes to ensure agencies perform at an optimal level.

She holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of North Dakota.

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