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

The Village names new CEO and president

FARGO, N.D. • The Village Family Service Center’s Board of Directors says that Kelly Olson has been selected as The Village’s next chief executive officer and president. She will be the first woman to serve as CEO in the organization’s 130-year history.

Kelly Olson
Kelly OlsonImage: Courtesy of The Village Family Service Center

Olson, MS, LMFT, succeeds Jeff Pederson, who will retire effective Dec. 31. Olson will assume the role of President and CEO on Jan. 1, 2022.

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Olson has been with The Village for 22 years and currently serves as the organization’s executive vice president and chief clinical officer, overseeing all client services. She previously served as a division director, regional program director, clinical supervisor, outpatient therapist, and in-home family therapist.

Olson earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Child Development and Family Science from North Dakota State University and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

She graduated from the Alliance for Children & Families Executive Leadership Institute at the University of Michigan and is a Jack Welch MBA candidate at the Jack Welch Management Institute.

North Dakota has new chief data officer

BISMARCK, N.D. • North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley says Ravi Krishnan has been named chief data officer. He will be responsible for helping reinvent government through technology and enhanced user experiences for citizens and stakeholders.

Ravi Krishnan
Ravi KrishnanImage: Courtesy of North Dakota Department of Information Technology

Krishnan brings more than two decades of experience in the data management space, having led large transformation efforts at various companies. His prior experience includes serving as the head of analytics and decision transformation at TransUnion, head of data strategy at Discover and consultant to several Fortune 500 companies.

He has an MBA from the University of Chicago-Booth School of Business and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in business administration from Florida Atlantic University.

Krishnan will assume the role effective Nov. 1 and will oversee data management, data science and development areas for a suite of applications for state agencies.

KLJ promotes team member to VP of sales

BISMARCK, N.D. • KLJ Engineering LLC has promoted Jeff Ostrom to vice president of sales. In this role, Ostrom will focus on the company’s sales model, which centers on collaboration across all markets and services to build on client management across KLJ.

Jeff Ostrom
Jeff OstromImage: Courtesy of KLJ Engineering

Ostrom is located in the company’s Saint Paul office and has worked since 2014 in a variety of sales and development roles serving KLJ’s transportation and municipal segments.

Combined with his extensive background in customer and stakeholder engagement, Ostrom brings a strong understanding of the importance of communication and collaboration in the project pursuit and development process, making him a perfect fit for this role.

Ostrom earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from St. John’s University. He is a board member for the American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota, ACEC Political Fund member, and Minnesota Surveyors and Engineers Society member.