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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending April 13

Mort named dean of South Dakota State’s College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions

BROOKINGS, S.D. Jane Mort, who served as interim dean of South Dakota State University’s College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions for the past two years, has been named dean of the college following a national search.

In her role as interim dean, Mort led a team that included 45 staff members and three degree programs with the doctor of pharmacy, the Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences and the bachelor of science in medical laboratory science. The college is also the academic home for the collaborative Master of Public Health program.

Mort has been at SDSU for 31 years, serving in roles as associate dean for academic programs, coordinator of assessment, coordinator for West River clinical education, acting head of clinical pharmacy department, professor of pharmacy practice and associate professor of clinical pharmacy. She began her career at State in 1986 as an assistant professor of clinical pharmacy.

Mort was awarded a doctor of pharmacy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1985 and earned her American Society of Health-System Pharmacists residency certificate from the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics the following year.

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Godfread named regional director of Make-A-Wish North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. – Make-A-Wish North Dakota has named Amanda Godfread as its first-ever regional director located in Bismarck-Mandan, N.D.

Godfread brings more than 15 years of public relations experience to this new role for the statewide chapter. She graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in communication and French and served her alma mater through the Alumni Association and UND Foundation for seven years.

She has served the state of North Dakota through the governor’s office  before becoming the director of strategic engagement at Odney.

She was one of the founders of the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals, and in 2015, she was named one of the top professionals in the upper Midwest by Prairie Business magazine in its annual 40 under 40 list.

She has served as a Make-A-Wish volunteer for the past year. She and her husband, Jon, have three children.

With the chapter’s statewide headquarters based in Fargo, Godfread will be the liaison to the western part of North Dakota for wish families, donors, volunteers and others. The chapter has a staff of seven and over 150 volunteers across the state.

Since its inception, Make- A-Wish North Dakota has granted more than 850 wishes, the average cash cost of a wish is nearly $7,000.

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New providers join Sanford Health

FARGO, N.D. – Seven providers recently joined Sanford Health Fargo. The added providers will enhance expertise in a variety of specialties and further improve access to care.

  • Maribel Hamm received her graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She is a board certified as a certified nurse midwife by the American Midwifery Certification Board. She specializes in obstetrics and gynecology at Sanford Medical Center Fargo.  
  • Brett Cadwell received her graduate degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. She is board certified by the National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists. She specializes in anesthesiology at Sanford Broadway Medical Center in Fargo.
  • Dr. Tania Gonzalez Santiago received her medical degree at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in San Juan. She is board certified in dermatology and dermatopathology by the American Board of Dermatology. She specializes in dermatology and dermatopathology, and she is practicing at the Sanford Dermatology and Laser Clinic in Fargo.
  • Amy Hecker completed her graduate degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She specializes in orthopedic surgery, and she is practicing at the Sanford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine clinic in Fargo.
  • Eric Heiden received his graduate degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He is board certified by the National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists. He specializes in anesthesiology at Sanford Broadway Medical Center in Fargo.
  • Laurel McKeever received her master’s degree from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Minneapolis. She is board certified as a certified nurse midwife by the American Midwifery Certification Board. She specializes in obstetrics and gynecology at Sanford Medical Center Fargo.
  • Kayla Quinn received her master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. She is board certified as a certified nurse midwife by the American Midwifery Certification Board. She specializes in obstetrics and gynecology at Sanford Medical Center Fargo.

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Williston State’s Bondy named to N.D. Women in Higher Education board

WILLISTON, N.D. – Kaylyn Bondy, vice president for student affairs at Williston State College, was named to the North Dakota Women in Higher Education Network board in February 2018.

The board meets most months to discuss how it can advance women’s careers and leadership in North Dakota Higher Education.

The group has two main programs to help with their mission: The Next Step Mentorship Program and the network’s annual conference in November.

Membership open to anyone with a commitment to advancing women’s leadership in North Dakota higher education.

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Dakota Resources announces new president

RENNER, S.D. – Joe Bartmann has been named president of Dakota Resources, a Renner, S.D.-based nonprofit that focuses on rural economic and community development.

Bartmann’s experience includes three years as vice president of community innovation at Dakota Resources, where he also led the organization’s local rural leadership development initiatives.

He was recently selected as one of just 25 BALLE Local Economy Fellows chosen from an international pool of rural leaders in 2018.

The appointment follows the retirement of former President Beth Davis, who led  Dakota Resources for 20 twenty years.