Biz Buzz for Monday, July 17
• Moline Machinery in Duluth announced the following:
Brook Rodberg was hired as human resource and office administrator. Originally from Duluth, Rodberg attended the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She was previously general manager at Black Woods Grill and Bar for 18 years.
Jared Brinkman was hired as a project engineer. Originally from Fosston, Minn., Brinkman graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He was most recently a mechanical and design engineering intern at Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls, Minn., and Erskine Attachments in Fosston.
Jon Nowak was hired as a project engineer. Originally from Phillips, Wis., Nowak earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He was previously an engineering intern at BW Papersystems.
• The Hills Youth and Family Services hired two culturally-specific community coaches to support youths involved with the juvenile justice system in St. Louis County.
Jes-wa' Harris was hired as an African American community coach. Harris has worked with children and families in the Duluth community since 2006. He has worked in The Hills Youth and Family Services' Woodland Hills residential program, Intensive Day Treatment program and the Community Transition Program, during which time he coached youths to five basketball championships. Most recently, Harris worked in the Duluth public school's Office of Education Equity, where he served as a bridge between families and school. During that time, he coached girls high school basketball, middle school track and field, and is currently the boys varsity basketball coach for Carlton High School.
Tammy Walker, a lifelong resident of Duluth, was hired as the Native American community coach. Walker is a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe and has 17 years of experience with Duluth public schools in a variety of roles within the American Indian Education department. She was the Indian student services coordinator, Indian youth advocate interventionist and most recently the Indian home school liaison under special services. Walker spent 18 years as costume director and tech director for East Hillside Youth Theatre Program, was a board member of the Grant Community School Collaborative, and served on subcommittees for the school district's Integration/Desegregation Council. She previously was employed by Spirit Bay Trading Co.
• St. Luke's announced the following:
Dr. Patrick Brown joined St. Luke's Dermatology Associates. Brown received his medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, and completed an internship at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. He completed his dermatology residency at San Antonio Military Medical Center, also at Fort Sam Houston. While there, he was recognized as not only the top dermatology graduate but also the top overall Army graduate from all disciplines.
Brown is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology, and is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Contact Dermatitis Society.
He previously practiced dermatology and was assistant professor of dermatology at United Services University, San Antonio Military Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, where he was also director of the Patch and Phototherapy Clinic and director of Dermatologic Research. He also practiced at Dermatology San Antonio.
Dr. Jason Klipsic was hired as a hospitalist. Klipsic received his medical degree in osteopathic medicine at ATSU-Kirksville (Mo.) College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis.
Dr. Tyler Severson was hired as a hospitalist. Severson received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and Fayetteville. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, N.C.
• Architectural Resources Inc. announced Maggie Furlong joined as a marketing intern. Furlong is pursuing a degree in marketing and graphic design at the University of Minnesota Duluth and is a 2015 graduate of Hibbing High School.
• Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet announced the following:
Registered nurse Jacque Volk was hired as director of surgical services and specialty clinic. Volk previously worked at Essentia Health-Sandstone, Augustana/Mercy Health Care Center in Moose Lake, as well as at Community Memorial Hospital several years ago. A graduate of Wrenshall High School, Volk received an associate degree in nursing from Hibbing Community College and a bachelor's degree in nursing from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.
Trina Storck was hired as director of imaging. She previously worked in interventional radiology at the hospital for the past five years and also in other nursing positions, as well as at Lakewalk Surgery in Duluth. Storck graduated from Proctor High School and the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a bachelor's degree in business administration. She earned her registered nursing degree from Lake Superior College in Duluth.
• Essentia Health announced the following:
Dr. Whitney Carow, an optometrist, joined Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic. Carow earned a degree in optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn. She is certified by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.
Nurse practitioner Teresa Valerio joined the sleep medicine department at Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic. Valerio earned a doctorate degree in nursing from the University of Alabama Birmingham and is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She has 14 years of experience caring for patients with sleep disorders.
Physician assistant Jamie Lea Bell joined the family medicine department at Essentia Health-Hayward Clinic. Bell previously worked at Essentia Health's clinic in Spooner from 2007-09. She earned a bachelor's degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
• Saturn Systems in Duluth announced Elliot Anderson, Jackson Houston, Devon Shustarich and Nathan Larson were hired as programmers. Anderson and Houston are graduates of the University of Minnesota Duluth; Shustarich graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato; and Larson graduated from Northern Michigan University.
Nathan Gieske was hired as a programmer intern. He is pursuing a degree at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
• St. Louis County Historical Society announced the following:
Pippi Mayfield was hired as program assistant at Veterans Memorial Hall, responsible for connecting volunteer oral historians with St. Louis County military veterans to secure their stories for the archives. Mayfield holds a master's degree in legal studies and previously worked for the Duluth News Tribune.
Charlene "Charley" Langowski was hired as museum collections assistant, responsible for assisting the collections manager/exhibits curator. She holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology.
Kathleen Cargill was hired as administrative assistant to the executive director. She assists with grant writing, interfacing with board members and serves as a genealogy research advisor. She holds a master's degree in anthropology and formerly taught anthropology at the College of St. Scholastica, where she was the first director of the McNair Scholars Program.
• GPM Inc. announced Peter Haines of Esko was named CEO effective July 17. He replaces Rob West, who will continue to serve the organization as director for the Board.
Haines earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of North Dakota. He has an extensive background in sales, marketing and general management, and most recently served as vice president of business development at BioBlend Renewable Resources. He started his career in 1985 with Lubrication Engineers Inc. in Texas, where he rose to vice president and general sales manager. He transitioned to Amsoil Inc. in 2002 as the company's first "outside" member of senior management, and joined Halvor Lines in 2012 where he focused on fuel strategies and sustainability.
• Lake Superior College in Duluth announced Kym Young, Stephan Witherspoon and Collene Wheeler were hired as TRiO Educational Opportunity Center temporary advisors. They will recruit students to participate in the EOC program and work closely with community resources to both recruit and support students in their academic careers.
Young has served as a community human rights advocate in the Duluth-Superior area, where she has worked for social justice and equal rights for marginalized groups. She earned a master's degree in art history from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2012 and founded the Superior African Heritage Community that sponsors and promotes social justice work locally and on a national level. She serves as regional coordinator with "Save the Kids," an organization that works to keep youths out of prison.
Witherspoon is president of the NAACP Duluth Chapter, co-chair of Clayton, Jackson, McGhee Memorial Board, and on various other boards and commissions in the Twin Ports. He earned a bachelor's degree in organizational behavior, an associate degree in human services and is pursuing a master's degree in project management at the College of St. Scholastica.
Witherspoon has worked in the criminal justice system, treatment centers, healthcare facilities, schools and a variety of other settings. He facilitates groups for homeless youths at Life House and works with men and women in transition after incarceration.
Wheeler recently served as an intern at Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency in Adult Basic Education and has more than six years of personal care attendant experience, working at Access North with people with physical and cognitive disabilities, and/or mental illness. She earned a bachelor's degree in social work from the College of St. Scholastica, where she is pursuing a master's degree in social work.
• Gary Zinter achieved membership in the Million Dollar Round Table-The Premier Association of Financial Professionals. Zinter is a 35-year member of MDRT.
• The Entrepreneur Fund is pleased announced seven business owners completed the "Be Strategic: Grow Your Business" program in Duluth. Spring 2017 graduates were: Pamela and Pete Bigelow, DekTek Tile, Sturgeon Lake; Chris Shubitz, Shubitz Plumbing and Heating, Duluth; Chiamaka Enemuoh, Lifestone Health Care, Proctor; Joe Tucker, Radiant Window Cleaning, Duluth; and Cindy Hale and Jeff Hall, Clover Valley Farms, Duluth.
• Bruce R. Williams of Virginia was appointed as an attorney-member of the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board. He will serve until Jan. 31, 2019.
The office of the Lawyer's Professional Responsibility handles complaints and investigations against other attorneys. Williams has practiced law for 27 years and served as past chair of the 20th District Ethic Committee.
• New York Life Agent Eric Herried of Duluth was chosen to serve a two-year term on the AARP Services Inc. Agent Advisory Board. The decision was based on Herried's commitment to serving AARP members; knowledge of life insurance and financial products; and knowledge of the Duluth community. Herried is one of 13 insurance agents nationwide serving on the volunteer board. He graduated from Augsburg College in 1999 with a business marketing degree and has been a financial services industry agent for 14 years, the past 11 at New York Life.