Hires and promotions - 05/04/13

Gjesdahl Law Firm in Fargo hires Wischer The Gjesdahl Law Firm, Fargo, has hired William Wischer as an associate attorney. Wischer graduated from Concordia College 2008 and from the University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks. His pract...

Gjesdahl Law Firm in Fargo hires Wischer

The Gjesdahl Law Firm, Fargo, has hired William Wischer as an associate attorney.

Wischer graduated from Concordia College 2008 and from the University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks.

His practice will focus on family law, including prenuptial agreements, separations and divorce, adoptions and gestational carrier agreements.

Nurse practitioner joins independent practice


Nurse practitioner Lori Schmidt has joined Independent Family Doctors, 1711 Gold Drive S., Fargo.

Schmidt earned a master's degree in nursing from Minnesota State University Moorhead and has worked in a variety of health care clinics in the Fargo-Moorhead area. She most recently was employed at the MSUM Student Health Center.

Ulteig hires Hanson as senior HR recruiter

Matt Hanson has joined Ulteig in Fargo as a senior recruiter in human resources.

Hanson graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor's degree in professional communication.

He was previously a human resources representative with Caterpillar, West Fargo.

Blazek joins First International Bank

Steve Blazek has joined First International Bank and Trust as a senior vice president/


business banking manager at the branch at 3001 25th St. S., Fargo.

Blazek, a lifelong resident of Fargo, has 20 years of banking experience and earned a master's degree in business administration from North Dakota State University.

SBA hires economic development specialist

Brittany Sickler has been hired as an economic development specialist for the North Dakota district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Fargo.

A native of Bismarck, she just completed a three-year term with the Peace Corps. In her most recent assignment, she was a volunteer leader in the sustainable community tourism program in Guatemala. She also previously worked for ACCION USA, Miami, as a marketing and outreach specialist.

Sickler has degrees in business administration and Spanish from Indiana Wesleyan University and a master's degree in international community economic development from Southern New Hampshire University.

Schlauderaff promoted to chief financial officer

High Point Networks, West Fargo, has promoted Kelly Schlauderaff to chief financial officer.


Schlauderaff has more than 10 years of accounting and operations experience. He has been with High Point Networks since 2008, most recently as an accountant/


Schlauderaff received a bachelor's degree in accounting from North Dakota State University and recently earned the certified public accountant designation.

Accounting firm adds Kathy Holman to staff

Kathy Holman has joined the staff of Fiebiger, Swanson, West & Co., as an accounting technician.

Holman attended Minnesota State University Moorhead and will work in the small-business department at the company's Fargo location.

She specializes in small- business accounting and payroll.

Morken joins PRG as real estate agent


Property Resources Group, Fargo, has added Jason Morken to its real estate agent team.

Morken will focus on agricultural and recreational land sales, and commercial real estate.

Morken has been self-employed as a farrier for the past 12 years.

Village hires Emmel as family-based therapist

Jenny Emmel has joined The Village Family Service Center in Fargo as a family-based therapist.

Emmel received a master's degree in counseling from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She specializes in dialectical behavior therapy and is experienced in residential treatment of adolescents.

Butler Machinery hires Stilwell as service tech


Butler Machinery, Fargo, has hired Bryant Stilwell as a service technician in its Fargo store.

Stilwell earned an associate degree in occupation studies at University Technical Institute, Phoenix. He served in the U.S. Army repairing power generation systems.

BlackRidgeBANK hires Schoer as VP

BlackRidgeBANK has hired Gretchen Schoer as vice president of mortgage operations and underwriting in the BlackRidge Financial offices in Fargo.

She has 18 years of management and supervisory experience in secondary market underwriting, processing, compliance and program management

Schoer most recently worked for Town and Country Credit Union as director of underwriting and compliance/secondary market.

4 receive promotions in Cass Sheriff's Office

Jim Thoreson has retired from the Cass County Sheriff's Office after serving 42 years. Thoreson served under three Cass County sheriffs throughout his years and was a chief deputy for 34 years.


The department has promoted Deputy Rick Majerus to chief deputy, Deputy Dean Haaland to sergeant, Deputy Tim Briggeman to corporal and Deputy Eric Swenson to the patrol division as a patrol deputy.

Majerus has been with the Cass County Sheriff's Office for 37 years, starting his career in 1976. He worked in many different areas within the department, with his most recent position being captain.

Haaland will be assigned to the patrol division. He has been with the Cass County Sheriff's Office for 24 years, beginning his career in 1989. Haaland previously held the position of corporal in the patrol division.

Briggeman will be assigned to the patrol division. He began his career in 2004 at the Cass County Jail and was later promoted to the patrol division, where he served as a field training deputy.

Swenson began his career at the Cass County Jail. Prior to his new assignment, he was a CERT team member in the jail and field readiness trained to work in patrol.

Telecommunications project manager hired

TMI Hospitality, Fargo, has hired Bryan Gerlach as telecommunications project manager.

Gerlach earned a bachelor's degree in math and science from North Dakota State University and previously was an account manager for Enventis in Fargo. He has more than 15 years of telecommunications experience.

MDA hires Wiger

as executive director

Sue Wiger has been hired as the executive director for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

She will oversee the North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota office at 4749 Amber Valley Parkway, Fargo.

Wiger was previously the executive director for Bluestem Center for the Arts, Moorhead, and resource development director at the United Way of Cass-Clay.

Two promoted at VISIONBank in Fargo

VISIONBank in Fargo has promoted Jody Benshoof to senior loan processor and Jayme Kautzman to assistant vice president of compliance.

Benshoof is originally from Jamestown, N.D., and has worked in banking for 33 years. She joined VISIONBank nine years ago as a loan operations specialist.

Kautzman joined VISIONBank in 2010 as a compliance officer and has 16 years of experience in the banking industry. She is originally from Jamestown and is a graduate of Valley City (N.D.) State University with an associate degree in accounting and finance. Kautzman is also a certified community bank internal auditor and a graduate of the Dakota School of Banking.

Minn-Dak Farmers' co-op names new CEO

The Minn-Dak Farmers' Cooperative board of directors, Wahpeton, N.D., has hired Kurt Wickstrom of Chaska, Minn., to succeed Dave Roche as president and chief executive officer. Roche is retiring on Aug. 31 after 12 years as president and CEO.

Wickstrom is currently president of Betaseed, Shakopee, Minn.

TNT Kid's Fitness promotes 2 in Fargo

Amanda Kuchar was promoted as TNT's new outreach program coordinator, and Sarah Anderson as manager to special events and No Bummer Summer program.

Kuchar is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor's degree in physical education. Kuchar is a native of Moorhead, has coached gymnastics for 15 years and has been a USAG judge for five years. She has been with TNT since 2011.

Anderson is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a degree in human development and family science. She has been with TNT since 2012.

Donnalley named  area manager for BSE

Kevin Donnalley has been named area manager for Border States Electric's west region.

He joined BSE in 1997 as a management trainee and has held a variety of positions including southwest region manager, branch operations manager for BSE's Phoenix location, corporate operations manager, south-central and southwest region corporate operations manager and branch manager for the company's Wentzville, Mo., location.

Most recently, he was the alliance manager for the Denver location.

Before joining BSE, Donnalley spent 15 years as a professional football player and college football coach. He was drafted in the seventh round by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1981. From 1976 to 1980, he played football for North Dakota State University, where he received a master's degree in education.

Bell State Bank & Trust promotes Paula Bakken

Paula Bakken has been promoted to vice president/branch manager at Bell State Bank & Trust, Breckenridge, Minn.

Originally from Wahpeton, N.D., she attended the North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, and has 15 years of banking experience.

Bakken joined Bell State Bank & Trust in 2008 and previously was personal banking officer in Wahpeton.

Klemetson joins Shear Madness Hair Salon

Sami Klemetson has joined Shear Madness Hair Salon, located within Edgewood Vista, Fargo.

Klemetson graduated from Josef's West Academy, Fargo. She pre-viously worked at Supercuts and Cost Cutters. She also attended Hair Styling Academy, where she learned advanced hair cutting and styling techniques.

Klemetson has more than five years of experience in the hairstyling industry.

Grace Lutheran School hires Lugo in marketing

Grace Lutheran School, Fargo, has hired Kari Lugo as marketing director.

Lugo has worked in various forms of advertising over the past seven years in Fargo and Los Angeles

She will market the school in the community and work with admissions and retention.

Cornerstone Bank makes three new hires

Cornerstone Bank in Fargo has hired Ryan Schumacher as an operations assistant, and Kristi Nodsle and Brandi Green as tellers.

Schumacher has more than five years of experience as a bank customer service representative, including two years in the lead role.

Nodsle has more than 10 years of customer service experience including seven years of cash-handling experience.

Green has more than three years of customer service and cash-handling experience. She is attending Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Moorhead.

Starion hires mortgage processing specialist

Starion Financial has hired Doug Lee as a mortgage processing specialist at the bank's Urban Plains location in Fargo.

Lee comes to Starion Financial with more than eight years of mortgage processing and credit experience.

Eide Bailly adds to partnership in Fargo

Nine staff members have been accepted into the partnership of Eide Bailly, a regional certified public accounting and business advisory firm, including Ava Archibald and Ann Rockswold from Fargo.

Archibald has more than 25 years of public accounting experience providing services to a variety of industries, specializing in estate, gift and fiduciary taxation, as well as wealth transfer and estate planning. She joined Eide Bailly in 2006 and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

Rockswold has more than 20 years of banking and management experience, and works with financial institutions to set up and monitor all aspects of their regulatory compliance programs. She joined Eide Bailly in 2000 and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

Other staff members accepted into the firm's partnership are Brian Bertsch, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Chad Weber, Aberdeen, S.D.; Danny Bresnahan, Grand Junction, Colo.; Linda Albrecht, Mankato, Minn.; Al Nolte, Minneapolis; Janice Wilburn, Tulsa, Okla.; and Joe Splinter, Dubuque, Iowa.

Houston Engineering hires HR administrator

Lois Erickson has joined Houston Engineering, Fargo, as human resources administrator in the Fargo office.

Erickson is originally from Mayville, N.D., and graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources.

Erickson previously worked in Fargo at The Forum, AgCountry and Global Electric Motorcars. She has more than 20 years of related experience in the human resources field.

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