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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending Nov. 10

Nurse joins Essentia Health in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. – Nurse practitioner Dustin Czapiewski has joined the Emergency Medicine Department at Essentia Health-Fargo in Fargo North Dakota.

Czapiewski earned a doctorate degree in nursing from North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D. He is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Internal medicine specialist joins Altru Health System

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Dr. Ramneek Nakai has joined the allergy and immunology team at Altru Health System. She treats conditions related to the immune system and how those conditions react to various triggers such as asthma, eczema, food and drug allergies and immune deficiencies.

Nakai earned her medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, N.Y. She completed her internal medicine residency at Rutgers University-New Jersey Medical School in Newark, N.J.

Nakai also attended Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University in New York, N.Y., where she earned her master of public administration with specialization in health services management and international health.

Blend Interactive welcomes new partners

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Blend Interactive has announced an expansion in its ownership, with the addition of Jessica Hutchinson and Joshua Folkerts as partners in the company.

The move expands the partnership team to five.

Hutchinson is production director for Blend and has been with the company for eight years. She is responsible for maintaining workflow and project success and leads the project management practice.

Folkerts is lead developer and has been with Blend for nine years. He is the lead developer for Blend’s .Net projects, a network and server technician and an Episerver Certified developer.

Hutchinson and Folkerts join founders Karla Santi, Deane Barker and Joe Kepley in the firm’s ownership group for the firm.

Blend is a full-service web design and development firm based in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Associate dean named at NDSU College of Engineering

FARGO, N.D. – Scott Pryor, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, has been named associate dean for undergraduate programs for the College of Engineering at North Dakota State University.

Pryor joined the NDSU faculty in 2006. He has been a researcher participating in 16 grants totaling $4 million. He also is an associate editor of the energy systems division for journals of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

Pryor earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural and biological engineering and doctorate in biological and environmental engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

North Dakota rural development, Farm Service Agency directors named

WASHINGTON – Clare Carlson has been named North Dakota state director for rural development.

Carlson previously served in this role for eight years during the Bush Administration. He has served as agriculture adviser to Govs. Ed Schafer and John Hoeven and has a farming interest in northwest Minnesota.

Then-Gov. Hoeven appointed Carlson deputy director of North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance in 2009.

▇ Brad Thykeson has been named North Dakota state director for the Farm Service Agency.

A farmer of 33 years in Barnes and Steele counties, Thykeson has firsthand knowledge of FSA policies and programs and how they will affect North Dakota producers. He has served as president of the North Dakota Grain Growers and been active in several other farm associations.

Sanford Health welcomes two new providers

FARGO, N.D. – Two providers have recently joined the Sanford Health Fargo-Moorhead team.

▇ Brittany Keller, a nurse practitioner, received her graduate degree from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She specializes in neonatal pediatrics and perinatal medicine at Sanford Medical Center Fargo.

She is board certified as a neonatal nurse practitioner by the National Certification Corporation.

▇ Caitlyn Cameron, a physician assistant, received her graduate degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D.

She specializes in family medicine at Sanford Moorhead Campus. She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Hall joins NSU Foundation as chief financial officer

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Northern State University Foundation has hired Cathy Hall as its new chief financial officer.

Hall began her duties on Oct. 30. She is a graduate of Northern State University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and did post-graduate work in accounting at the University of South Dakota.

She has worked for more than 30 years in public accounting, higher education and nonprofit accounting. In addition, she has served as a finance team member on numerous peer reviews and focused visits for the Higher Learning Commission.

Dakota CDC welcomes office manager/receptionist

FARGO, N.D. – Dakota Certified Development Corp. recently hired Erin Hemberger as office manager and receptionist.

A native of McLeod, N.D., Hemberger graduated from University of Northern Colorado with a business degree, and has worked in a variety of customer service and management roles.

Founded in 1982, Dakota CDC is the oldest and largest certified development corporation in North Dakota. Since inception, the nonprofit entity (which provides small business financing solutions) has provided more than $500 million in loans.

George McDonald to head Dakota League Service Corps

BISMARCK, N.D. – George McDonald has been named chief officer of strategic services for the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas.

McDonald joined the CUAD staff in 2016 as director of multimedia services and served as project manager for association initiatives.

McDonald’s experience in public relations and marketing includes 15 years with MDU Resources Group in corporate communications. He also acted as creative services director and operations manager in the broadcasting industry, production manager for a graphics and video production studio and an instructor at the University of Mary in Bismarck.

Headquartered in Bismarck, ND, the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas (CUAD) is the professional financial trade association serving 77 credit unions that employ more than 1,800 individuals in 214 branches.