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Honors and officers (July 12)

ShareHouse Foundation board members elected

ShareHouse Foundation has elected Judge Ralph Erickson as chairman of its board of directors.

Other officers are Larry Borlaug, Thrivent Financial; Bill Wallwork, Wallwork Inc.; and Dr. Robert C. Montgomery.

Elected for a three-year term are Rick Thoreson, Thoreson Steffes Trust Co.; Doug Hamilton, Prairie Public; and Kim Meyer, Gate City Bank.

Carrie Simonson of Sanford Health was elected to a two-year term. Other board members include Stan Kaufman and Dr. Greg Bjerke, Sanford Health.

Rejuv earns designation from manufacturer

Rejuv Skin & Laser Clinic, Fargo, has earned a Platinum Plus designation from Allergan Inc., the manufacturer of injectable aesthetic products such as Botox Cosmetic, Juvederm and Voluma as well as the eyelash serum Latisse.

Platinum Plus status is awarded to the top 7 percent of providers of these products nationwide.

Rejuv, under the medical direction of Dr. Mark Yohe, has been providing these and other aesthetic services since 2004.

Starion makes list of best community banks

Starion Financial was named to “The Best of the Best” list by the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), an organization that represents more than 6,500 community banks of all sizes throughout the country.

Each top 25 listing measures community banks by their return on average assets (ROA) and return on average equity (ROE) ratios for 2013.

To allow for the most equitable peer-to-peer comparisons, ICBA ranked its member community banks within six asset-size categories. Starion was evaluated as a subchapter S bank with assets of $500 million to $1 billion, and ranked No. 20 for ROA and 15 for ROE.

Starion Financial is a $1 billion family-owned community bank and financial services organization with 14 locations in North Dakota and Wisconsin.

Bang appointed NCWE president-elect

North Dakota State College of Science Dean of Technologies and Services Barbara Bang has been named president-elect of the National Council for Workforce Education.

Bang has served as both the vice president for communication and the regional director for Region V, which consists of the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Her term began July 1. She will serve as president-elect for one year, and the next year as president.

The NCWE, an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges, provides a national forum for administrators and faculty in workforce education and basic skills, as well as representatives of business, labor, military and government, to affect and direct the future role of two-year and other post-secondary institutions in workforce education and economic development.

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Professor, student earn public health awards

A North Dakota State University professor and student were recently honored at the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health.

Mark Strand, associate professor of pharmacy practice and Master of Public Health program, was named Outstanding Rural Educator/Mentor, and Theresa Will, a student in the NDSU Master of Public Health program, was awarded the Outstanding Service Award at the 2014 Rural and Public Health Awards Banquet in Grand Forks.

Strand was recognized for his contribution to the education, development and placement of new health care professionals in rural North Dakota communities through his role with the university’s Master of Public Health program. He worked with the Southeast Central Region Collaborative Network in the past year to help improve public health services in eight North Dakota counties.

Will was honored for continued excellence in the field of public health. She has been the administrator for the Barnes County City and County Health District in Valley City, N.D., for almost a decade. She helped lead the charge on improved chronic disease management in partnership with local clinics, and helped spur the improvement of mental health screening and services in the county.

Border States honored as award semifinalist

Border States Electric was recognized as a semifinalist for the Department of Defense Freedom Award on June 25.

The Freedom Award is the department’s highest honor for employers that provide extraordinary support to their Guard and Reserve employees.

Employers are nominated by their employees who are Guard or Reserve members.

There were 162 semifinalists out of 2,864 nominations. Fifteen Freedom Awards are presented each year to employers in three categories: large business, small business and the public sector.

Michelle Kommer receives alumni award

Michelle Kommer was recently honored as a recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from Mayville (N.D.) State University.

The award is presented to a Mayville State alumnus who has been a proven leader in his or her field for more than 10 years.

Kommer is the chief administrative officer/general counsel at Western State Bank. She leads the human resource, information technology, legal and loan/deposit operations functions for the company.

Kommer previously served in executive leadership positions at Noridian/Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota and Otter Tail Corp. as the senior vice president of human resources, responsible for all human resources and leadership development functions for those companies.

Originally from Fargo, Kommer received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mayville State, a master’s degree in management from the University of Mary, Fargo, and a law degree from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

Filibeck named to New York Life council

Chris Ray Filibeck has been named a member of the 2014 Executive Council of New York Life Insurance Co.

Members of the Executive Council are among the most successful of New York Life’s sales force of 12,250 licensed agents.

Filibeck has been a New York Life agent since 2009 and is associated with New York Life’s North Dakota General Office in Fargo.

He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary and associate degree from Bismarck State College. He also serves on the local chapter board for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.