NEW HIRES/PROMOTIONS

• The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has named Stephanie Hammitt as interim president of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, effective July 1, following the retirement of current president Larry Anderson. Hammitt has served the college for 27 years and is currently the vice president of finance and administration.

• Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic announced that audiologist Kelsey Putvin has joined them. She will care for patients of all ages. Putvin earned a doctorate degree in audiology from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

• Maureen's LLC hired Patti Burggraff as a designer. Burggraff is an experience interior designer with over 14 years in the industry serving residential and commercial clients.

• St. Luke's Pulmonary Medicine Associates welcomes Dr. Trina Hollatz. She received her medical degree at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis, as well as completed an internship in internal medicine. Hollatz completed her residency in internal medicine and her fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease and critical care medicine. Prior to joining St. Luke's, Dr. Hollatz served as Director of Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison. While there, she also covered the Trauma and Life Support Center. Additionally, she had a pulmonary clinic at the William S. Middleton Memorial Hospital in Madison.

• Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet announces that physician assistant Lisa Leedham has joined their orthopedic department. Leedham graduated with a biology degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a focus on pre-med. She received her physician assistant degree from Idaho State University in Pocatello. Prior to this, she was employed in Michigan's Upper Peninsula at an urgent care facility.

• Johnson, Killen & Seiler announce two new associates, Amanda Mangan and Susan Waldie, have been added to their team. Mangan is a 2016 graduate of Mitchell Hamline Law School in St. Paul. She earned a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering in 2011 from the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus. She has worked on the Iron Range for Habitat for Humanity. Waldie earned her law degree in 2016 from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. She completed her bachelor's degree in economics in 2011 at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. She has experience working for an environmental law firm in West Virginia.

• Essentia Health welcomes Dr. Mark Gustafson, a weight management specialist, to the Essentia Health-Deer River Clinic. Gustafson will also see patients at the Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic. He earned a medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in Minneapolis. Gustafson completed his residency in family medicine at Appleton Medical Center in Appleton, Wis. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine in family medicine.

• Neil Witikko, Ed.D., has been named director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the College of St. Scholastica. Witikko is an associate professor of education at St. Scholastica, where he has taught since 2012. He was Minnesota's K-12 Teacher of the Year in 1997-98. The Center for Teaching and Learning was created to provide professional development assistance to beginning and experienced faculty in attaining excellence in teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

• Nurse practitioner Mark Wiita has joined the St. Luke's Community Care Team. Wiita will provide care to St. Luke's patients in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities and rehab centers. He received his master of science-family nurse practitioner degree and his bachelor's degree in nursing from the College of St. Scholastica. Wiita is certified as an advanced practice registered nurse by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Prior to joining St. Luke's, Wiita was employed with Essentia Health in the areas of family practice medicine and urgent care medicine. He has also been a volunteer at St. Luke's Hospice for a number of years.

• Hailey Sault hired Meghan Hurley as assistant strategist. She has a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Hurley double-majored in organizational management and marketing and minored in international business. She will assist strategists with project management and client communication as well as conduct competitor research.

• Essentia Health-Virginia hired nurse practitioner Melissa DeVries in their emergency medicine department. DeVries earned a master's degree in nursing from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D. She is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

• Nurse practitioner Mark Lykins has joined the urology department at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic. He worked as a registered nurse caring for urology and orthopedic patients in the hospital for the past six years at Essentia. Lykins earned a master's in nursing degree from Minnesota State University Mankato. He is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

• Mark Hansen joins Meyer Group Architecture as a senior CAD technician and production manager. Hansen graduated from Lake Superior College with his architecture drafting diploma. He has 40 years of experience in the architecture field and has worked on a variety of building types.

 

AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS

• Coldwell Banker East West Realty announced the following were the top listing and sales agents in their office for 2017: Ron Tondryk of Cloquet, Ginger Eckman of Superior, Peggy Kman of Iron River, Jay Emmert of Ashland, Kathy King of Minong, Danielle VanBuskirk of Spooner and Tom Little of Duluth. Little was also the top listing and sales agent for the entire company.

• Benedictine Living Community of Duluth was recently awarded an overall Top Performing ranking for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. Top performing awards are given those who have above-average quality compared to others in the state. It was also recognized by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living for its achievements through the Quality Initiative Recognition Program, which honors member facilities for their individual work in achieving AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative goals. Benedictine Living Community met or exceeded four of the eight Skilled Nursing Facility goals including reducing the use of antipsychotic medications among residents, achieving a high rate of residents who were successfully discharged back to the community, increasing the rate of functional improvements of residents, and successfully reporting customer satisfaction results to AHCA/NCAL.

• Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, P.A. announced that attorney Christopher Virta has been made a shareholder. Virta has been with the company since 2009.

CERTIFICATIONS/ACCREDITATIONS

• Jim Boileau of Lake Superior Financial Services Inc. has been awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies, the standards-setting body for Fi360. The AIF designation signifies specialized knowledge of fiduciary responsibility and the ability to implement policies and procedures that meet a defined standard of care. The designation is the culmination of a rigorous training program, which includes a comprehensive, closed-book final examination under the supervision of a proctor, and agreement to abide by the center's Code of Ethics and Conduct Standards. Boileau is a financial advisor and president of Lake Superior Financial Services Inc.

• Tara Burns, of Shell Lakes Art Center, graduated from the Leading and Managing Nonprofit Organizational Certificate Program offered through the Center of Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

• Age Well Arrowhead announces that Dylan Merriman, Toni Alleman and Evelyn Pleus, all of Dylan Merriman LLC American Family Insurance, have completed the Dementia Friendly at Work training. They are the first insurance company in the community to educate its employees about dementia.

BOARD APPOINTMENTS

• Ed Zabinski has retired from the board of directors after a 21-year tenure on the board for Grand Rapids State Bank. Shelly Steere, chief financial officer, chief operating officer and executive vice president of Grand Rapids State Bank, has been appointed to the board of directors. Steere joined the bank in 1990 and has held numerous staff and supervisory positions. She earned a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management and a master's degree in management from the College of St. Scholastica. She is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking's Senior Management Program. She joins Noah Wilcox, Steve Wilcox, Steve Burggraf and Stephen Welliver on the bank's board of directors.