Prairie People: New hires and promotions for the week ending Nov. 4, 2022

Individuals profiled this week include those from Cornerstone Bank, Essentia Health, and the Metro Flood Diversion Authority.

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As they become available, Prairie Business highlights new hires, promotions and employee achievements from organizations in the Dakotas and western Minnesota. This week's spotlight includes the following:

Cornerstone Bank welcomes chief risk officer 

FARGO, N.D. • Jeff Weiler has joined Cornerstone Bank as the chief risk officer in Fargo.

Jeff Weiler
Jeff Weiler
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He brings more than 26 years of banking experience, including previous roles as chief innovation officer, chief risk officer, executive vice president and an enterprise risk manager.

Originally from Dickinson, North Dakota, Weiler is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking and Northern State University. He currently resides in Fargo with his wife Beth. He has two grown daughters, a son-in-law and granddaughter, who are also in Fargo.


“We are excited to have Jeff join our team,” said COO Deneen Axtman. “He brings a depth of experience in managing risk, leading people, and thinking strategically all of which make him one of the best in the industry.“

Essentia Health-32d Avenue Clinic welcomes gastroenterology specialist 

FARGO, N.D. • Vanessa Walker, an advanced practice registered nurse and certified nurse practitioner specializing in gastroenterology, is excited to join the Essentia Health-32nd Avenue Clinic.

Vanessa Walker
Vanessa Walker
Image: Courtesy of Essentia Health

Walker received her medical education from South University in Savannah, Georgia, and is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

“I chose gastroenterology because there is such a variety in diagnosis and endoscopic procedures,” said Walker. “I love to help the patients find the root cause of their symptoms and serve as a resource to help them live a healthy life.”

Metro Flood Diversion Authority hires lands specialist

FARGO, N.D. • The Metro Flood Diversion Authority recently hired Madeline Gorghuber as its first lands specialist.

Madeline Gorghuber
Madeline Gorghuber
Image: Courtesy of Metro Flood Diversion Authority

In this role, she collaborates with the MFDA team and its partners as they work toward completion of the FM Area Diversion comprehensive project. She will provide property management support, coordinate information across multiple stakeholders, and make recommendations to leadership regarding land management.


Gorghuber brings experience in mapping, GIS and related land management tools. Prior to joining the MFDA, she worked for the city of Fargo, North Dakota, as a land management specialist where she processed, administered and documented land management transactions, parcel splits, new plats and annexation records.

"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to join this team and work on this project," Gorghuber said. "I know that there are many challenges that lie ahead, but I look forward to contributing to the flood protection of this area."

She earned a bachelor’s degree in biological science with an emphasis in soil science from North Dakota State University.

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