Prairie People: New hires and promotions for the week ending Jan. 21, 2022.

Individuals profiled this week include those from Apex Engineering, Essentia Health, and Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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

Apex hires municipal engineering technician

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. • Ashlyn French joins the Apex Municipal group in Detroit Lakes as an engineering technician and will assist with design and construction on various city projects.

Ashlyn French
Ashlyn French<br/>
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She has a master’s degree in landscape architecture and a bachelor’s degree in environmental design. French also is the owner of ANN Design, a company specializing in lakeshore protection/buffers and planting design.

Essentia Health welcomes elder care specialist


FARGO, N.D. • Elizabeth Niemeyer, an advanced practice registered nurse and certified nurse practitioner specializing in elder care, is excited to welcome new patients at Essentia Health in Fargo.

Elizabeth Niemeyer
Elizabeth Niemeyer
Image: Courtesy of Essentia Health

Niemeyer received her education at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Minnesota State University Moorhead professor receives awards

MOORHEAD, Minn. • Jitendra Singh, a professor in Minnesota State University Moorhead’s School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership, has received both the 2021 Outstanding Leadership Award and the Quality of Research Paper Award from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).

Jitendra Singh
Jitendra Singh
Image: Courtesy of Minnesota State University Moorhead

Singh was nominated in two of the seven USDLA categories recognizing leadership and innovation within the distance/digital learning industry as part of its International Award program. These highly coveted awards are presented annually to organizations and individuals who compete across several categories of excellence.

Singh has reviewed more than 100 manuscripts and influenced key policy issues for these peer-reviewed journals. Singh’s published articles on issues of distance learning, LEAN principals, telehealth, and healthcare leadership, and he’s a frequent speaker at international conferences on these and other topics.

He developed MSUM’s online Health Services Administration (HSAD) program, created synergistic double majors with Project Management and Nursing, developed certificates in long-term care administration, and healthcare leadership, quality and patient safety, expanded transfer partnerships with community colleges, and led successful HSAD accreditation efforts.

Dr. Singh’s research award was for “ Leaning online education during COVID-19 pandemic – attitudes and perceptions of non-traditional adult learners ,” published in Quality Assurance in Education. This paper presents the results of a study integrating online, university education with the LEAN process.

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