Hires and promotions (July 4, 2015)

Ramada names outside sales manager Emaan Sourjah has been hired at the Ramada Plaza and Suites and Conference Center in Fargo as the outside sales manager. She is originally from Torrance, Calif., and moved to North Dakota in 2009. She has previo...

Ramada names outside sales manager

Emaan Sourjah has been hired at the Ramada Plaza and Suites and Conference Center in Fargo as the outside sales manager. She is originally from Torrance, Calif., and moved to North Dakota in 2009. She has previous sales experience in the hospitality industry and most recently was employed in the marketing department at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Fargo.

She will be working with the Ramada sales team on corporate accounts, meetings and events.

Hospitalist joins Essentia Health Fargo

Dr. Sagar Batajoo, a hospitalist, has joined Essentia Health in Fargo. He will care for patients who are hospitalized for a variety of health conditions.


Dr. Batajoo earned a medical degree from the Nepal Medical College and Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu. He completed a residency in internal medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, N.Y., and a fellowship in infectious disease at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Manhasset, N.Y.

Pedigree hires Salveson, Ryan

Pedigree Technologies, Fargo, has hired Keenan James Salveson as a software engineer and Michael Ryan as a hardware installation technician.

Salveson previously worked for Myriad Mobile as a mobile software engineer intern. He is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree in computer science.

Before joining Pedigree, Ryan worked as a general manager and has experience in

customer service and leadership.

Fortier hired as program coordinator

Boys & Girls Club of the Red River Valley, Fargo, has hired Amanda Fortier as a program coordinator. Fortier is a native of Twin Valley, Minn., and has seven years of experience working with children from ages birth to 12.


Most recently she worked with the White Earth (Minn.) Head Start Program. She earned a degree in early childhood from Northland Community and Technical College, East Grand Forks, Minn.

Seven hired, four promoted at Discovery Benefits

Discovery Benefits in Fargo has hired seven new employees and promoted four employees to new roles in the company.

Those hired are: Andrea Johnson, Karisa Michaud and Liz Kadlec as account specialists/benefit services; Krysta Anderson as an implementation manager/benefits; Mandy Finke and Stacy Wark as key account executives; and Tammy Aakre as an operations specialist.

The company promoted Katy Estrem to account management manager, and Rachel Cigelske, Angela Salberg and Alma Sabanovic to senior operations specialists.

Estrem began working at Discovery Benefits in 2011 as a participant services specialist. She graduated from the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University with a degree in business management.

Cigelske joined Discovery Benefits in 2009 as a participant services specialist. She was previously employed at Performance Centers.

Salberg joined the company in 2014 as a benefits operations specialist. She previously worked as a pultrusion operator at Tecton Products.


Sabanovic began working at Discovery Benefits in 2013 as a benefits account manager. Prior to Discovery Benefits, she worked at U.S. Bank as a team manager.

Morken joins JLG's Fargo office

Seth Morken has joined JLG Architects in Fargo in the construction services and project support department. He earned a bachelor's degree in construction engineering at North Dakota State University. Prior to joining JLG he was a teaching assistant at NDSU and an intern at Noridian Mutual Insurance Co. and Industrial Builders.

ONE names director of construction admin

Obermiller Nelson Engineering of Fargo has named Eric Rieniets as director of construction administration. Rieniets has been with the company for six years and during this time has worked in construction administration and as a commissioning specialist.

He has more than 14 years of experience in the construction and HVAC industry. With a degree and background in construction management, he is experienced in all aspects of the construction administration process. He also has expertise in quality control and schedule management during the construction phase, as well as coordinating construction on projects with multiple contractors.

Two promoted at Valley Premier Bank

Valley Premier Bank has promoted Kari Skauge to personal banking officer and Victoria Theisen to administrative assistant. Both work at the bank's Moorhead branch.

Skauge is a graduate of the University of North Dakota. Grand Forks, and Theisen is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Brenden hired at Lakeland Mental Health

Lakeland Mental Health Center, Moorhead, has added Courtney Brenden to its adult services team. Brenden earned a bachelor's degree in human development and family science at North Dakota State University and a bachelor's degree in social work from Minot (N.D.) State University.

She completed her internship with LMHC's Children's Services Department, and also worked as a direct service professional at Solutions in Moorhead.

Therapy firm hires Kunstleben, Mari

Pediatric Therapy Partners in Fargo has added Emily Kunstleben and Katelyn Mari to its team of professional therapists.

A speech-language pathologist with experience in school settings, Kunstleben has a master's degree in speech-language pathology from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She specializes in augmentative and alternative communication and language development in children.

Mari is an occupational therapist, and has a background in psychology and works with children with a wide range of diagnoses. She graduated from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, with a master's degree in occupational therapy.

Hodzic hired as social worker at Eventide

Eventide Senior Living Communities, Moorhead, has hired Dejlana Hodzic as a social worker at its Eventide on Eighth campus.

Hodzic received a bachelor's degree in gerontology and a bachelor's degree in social work from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She has worked at Eventide since 2014 as a social services designee and was previously with AllHealth Home Care, West Fargo.

Western State Bank hires Bristow

Jessica Bristow has joined Western State Bank in West Fargo as a mortgage loan processor.

She has more than six years of banking experience. Prior to joining Western, she was an executive assistant at Cornerstone Bank in Fargo. She also worked at various Wells Fargo locations in the Fargo area, where she was a teller, lead teller, customer service representative and a mortgage loan processor over the course of four years.

Originally from Ottertail, Minn., Bristow attended Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Braun Intertec hires Fetting as senior engineer

Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm in Fargo, has hired Loel Fetting as a senior engineer and associate principal.

Fetting has more than 25 years of geotechnical and client relationship experience. His previous roles included managing a variety of projects in a three-state region as well as drilling, field and laboratory technicians.

Prior to joining Braun Intertec, Fetting was a department manager at Terracon Consulting, a geotechnical engineer at Midwest Testing Laboratory and a project engineer at Twin City Testing Corp. He has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from North Dakota State University.

PATH of ND hires operations director

PATH of North Dakota, a private, nonprofit organization that provides treatment foster care and behavioral health services, has hired Heather Simonich as operations director for eastern North Dakota. Simonich will oversee operations for PATH offices in Fargo, Jamestown, Grand Forks and Devils Lake. She will also be responsible for new program development and trauma- informed training.

Simonich graduated from Concordia College with a double major in psychology and sociology. She earned a master's degree in counseling psychology from Ball State University, Muncie, Ind. Prior to joining PATH, she spent 14 years at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo, where she served as the program coordinator and trainer for the North Dakota Treatment Collaborative for Traumatized Youth.

Doran named dean of Offutt School

Concordia College has appointed K. Brewer Doran as dean of the Offutt School of Business. Her 30 years of higher education experience includes serving as dean of the Bertolon School of Business at Salem (Mass.) State University since 2005.

Doran earned a bachelor's degree in art history and anthropology from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, a master's degree in business administration from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal.

Her doctoral work focused on cross-cultural marketing, including a study of Chinese and North American consumers. She succeeds founding Offutt School Dean Greg Cant, who accepted a position as dean of the School of Business at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Starion's Heck joins risk management

Jenny Heck has taken a new role at Starion Financial as a compliance specialist in the risk management department. She is located at the bank's Fargo Urban Plains location.

Heck began working at Starion Financial in 1999 as a proof operator and has since held various roles at the bank including bookkeeper, lead bookkeeper and accounting officer.

BCBSND hires actuarial, forecasting director

Anthony Piscione has joined Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota in Fargo as director of actuarial reporting and forecasting.

Prior to joining BCBSND, Piscione worked at Anthem/WellPoint in Indianapolis. His career included several leadership roles, most recently as director of commercial pricing.

Piscione graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. He has also achieved designations as Fellow, Society of Actuaries and Member, American Academy of Actuaries.

Fraser Ltd. hires Ronningen

Ebonee Ronningen has accepted the position of program development coordinator with Fraser Ltd., Fargo.

Ronningen graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor's degree in social work and minors in sociology and psychology. She earned a master's degree in social work from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. She is a licensed social worker in North Dakota and Minnesota.

BlackRidgeBANK promotes two

BlackRidgeBANK, Fargo, has promoted Mitch Taralson to credit analyst and Haley Ney to accountant.

Taralson has previous experience at Bank of the West in various roles and joined BlackRidgeBANK in 2014 as a universal banker.

Ney started at BlackRidge Financial as a loan documentation specialist in 2014. She has a degree in accounting and finance.

Three new team members at RDO

Maleah Brakke, Shawnna Johnson and Chris Schroeder have joined the RDO Equipment Co. Field Support Office in Fargo. Brakke is as an accountant, Johnson is a financial planning analyst, and Schroeder is director of accounting.

Brakke graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in accounting. She was most recently employed at Cargill Financial Services.

Johnson has a degree in accounting from Rasmussen College in Fargo. She was most recently employed at Titan Machinery.

Schroeder has an accounting degree from the University of Minnesota and a degree in animal and range science from North Dakota State University. He most recently was employed at Eide Bailly.

Frank hired as optician at Eyesite on 43rd

Eyesite on 43rd in Fargo has hired Sammi Frank as a full-time optician. Frank is a licensed practical nurse and has worked in health care for 12 years. She also has experience in property management, as well as being a business owner.

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