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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week of March 12

Edgewood Healthcare’s Senior Living Division names new president 

GRAND FORKS, N.D. • Robert J. Ford Jr., a resident of Grand Forks, recently was promoted to president of Edgewood Healthcare’s Senior Living Division.

Ford has been the executive vice president/CEO of Edgewood’s Senior Living Division since 2019. Prior to that he served as central division vice president and regional vice president, initially beginning his career with Edgewood as executive director of the Edgewood Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Casper, Wyo. 

In his new role, Ford will continue to oversee the Senior Living Division operations as well as collaborate closely with the leadership of CaringEdge, Edgewood Healthcare’s Health Services Division.

Ford attended Montana State University in Billings, where he obtained a health care administration degree. He later obtained his Master in Business Administration from the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. 

New senior security advisor joins NCI 

FARGO, N.D. • John Mess joined Network Center, Inc. (NCI) to lead its information security division as a senior security advisor and sales engineer.

 Mess brings eight years of cybersecurity experience to his role and specializes helping businesses understand the importance of implementing appropriate administrative, physical and technical controls to make them more secure. 

His passion is educating organizations on where to start on their cybersecurity journey and how to improve their overall security posture.

Mess joined NCI from a Minneapolis-based information security consulting firm, FRSecure, as a partner channel manager. He has a bachelor’s degree in communication and business management from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.

KLJ hires new transportation engineer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. •  KLJ has hired Paul Knofczynski in an effort to enhance its available services throughout South Dakota.

Knofczynski received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from South Dakota State University and is a licensed professional engineer in South Dakota. He brings a wealth of well-rounded experience from the South Dakota Department of Transportation. 

During his tenure there, he worked as a road design engineer, consultant manager, plans review/specifications engineer, bid letting engineer, engineering supervisor, project identification coordinator, and quality management/value engineer. He understands the intricacies of working with public and private entities to develop sustainable infrastructure that meets the needs of its users.

Knofczynski joins KLJ with civilian and military leadership experience. He is an accomplished project manager and has overseen projects in every phase in both rural and urban settings. He has broad stakeholder coordination experience and recognizes the importance of giving customers, contractors, and end users a voice for projects that impact multiple parties.

Knofczynski is well-versed in highway safety and design, access management, drainage design, erosion control, environmental planning and ADA compliance.