Cameron Matter joins
DEERWOOD — Cameron Matter joined YourSix Communications in October as an account executive focused on health care and public sector market segments.
YourSix Communications is a division of Deerwood Technologies. Cameron has more than 12 years of experience in telecommunications and information technology (IT). His background includes central office technician, network services field technician, technical support engineer, IT technical analyst and sales engineer. He has a bachelor of science degree in information technology from Saint Mary’s University; associate in applied science degree in telecommunications technology and diploma in telecommunications systems from Dakota County Technical College. He has current certifications as CISCO Certified Network Associate, CISCO Certified Network Associate Voice, CISCO SMB Specialization for Engineers and carries a Power Limited Technicians License.
Cameron will lead the expansion of YourSix Communications. Through his experience and enthusiasm, he helps businesses leverage telecom technology with solutions tailored to their specific needs.
O’Leary named LSS senior director
Patrice O’Leary was named senior director of youth, housing and family resources at St. Paul-based Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS), the largest nonprofit human service organization statewide.
O’Leary moves into this new position after serving as operations director in Brainerd for Lutheran Social Service since 2000. In her new role, she will oversee statewide services for homeless youth and families, crisis shelter services for children and teens and services that offer support to at-risk youth, parents and relative caregivers.
“I am excited to broaden the scope of my work to statewide services and strengthen the network of supports for children, youth and their families,” O’Leary said. “The opportunity to support Minnesotans through difficult challenges is nothing short of awe-inspiring. I look forward to leading our statewide efforts that move people we serve toward a safe and stable life.”
O’Leary received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business administration from Minnesota State University in Mankato. Prior to joining Lutheran Social Service, she worked as a media director for a national advertising agency based in Brainerd.
O’Leary currently serves on the board of directors for Rural Minnesota CEP, offering workforce development programs in Central Minnesota. She has served on the governing board for Bridges of Hope, a faith-based organization providing supports and resources to families in the Lakes area. Patrice lives just outside of Brainerd and enjoys living in lake country.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, with more than 2,300 employees and 10,000 volunteers, serves more than 100,000 Minnesotans each year.
CLC hires Anderson as lab assistant
STAPLES — Rachel Anderson of Pequot Lakes was hired as a lab assistant for the medical assistant program at Central Lakes College, Staples campus.
Anderson will assist during the academic year to set up and provide for the required lab supplies and equipment as directed by program faculty and help operate simulation technology that ensures a safe environment for skill building. As a lab assistant, she also will assist recording student progress and ensure professional and ethical behavior.
Anderson has been a certified medical assistant (CMA) at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Pequot Lakes and Crosslake since 2005. From 2002-2005 she was lead CMA at Healtheast Clinic, Cottage Grove.
MPCA completes 78 enforcement
cases in third quarter of 2012
In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) concluded 78 enforcement cases in 35 counties throughout Minnesota during the third quarter of 2012.
More than a quarter of these cases were for stormwater violations. Improper stormwater management, during or after construction projects, can cause erosion and allow sediment-laden runoff to enter lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands. In addition to monetary penalties, stormwater-related cases usually require a series of corrective actions to bring projects back into compliance with state rules and regulations.
Penalties from all 78 cases totaled just more than $540,000. Imposing monetary penalties is only part of the MPCA’s enforcement process. Agency staff also provide assistance, support and information on the steps and tools necessary to achieve compliance for any company or local government that requests it.
In the lakes area, the list included the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Brainerd, for air quality violations - $1,562.
Fine Line stylists complete training
Fine Line Salon and Spa stylists Katherine Statz, Amy Hendrickson, Jolene Fromm, Alissa Lindner, Ashley Nelson, Laura Rozinka, Alesha Mjolsness, Kayla Winn and Kaitlyn Mowers completed the Bumble and Bumble education class on Semi-Sumo in October. Kathy Bjork also attended the Semi-Sumo education class and the Bumble and Bumble Summit Class.
Satterfield gains recognition
Amy Satterfield, a Crosby native who grew up in Brainerd, was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Vendor Contributor Award at the annual Minnesota Educational Facilities Management Professionals (MASMS) conference on Oct. 5.
This award is in recognition of Satterfield’s outstanding dedication and commitment to educational facilities.
MASMS is a professional organization committed to promoting excellence in the operation and care of educational facilities. It is a group of more than 600 individuals in the areas of facilities/grounds/health & safety/operations for Minnesota K-12 and Higher Education organizations. It is a member-oriented, problem solving, professional group committed to facilities management.
Satterfield’s parents are Dr. Nicholas and Kathy Bernier who still reside in Brainerd.
From Hair to There
Ashley Nordby-White, stylist who has been working in the Brainerd lakes area for five-and-a-half years, joined From Hair to There, Pillager.
HLC review team comes to CLC
A review team from the Higher Learning Commission, a division of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, will be in Brainerd and Staples Monday to Wednesday. The team is visiting Central Lakes College to evaluate accreditation status.
During the last 40 years such visits to the local college have resulted in sustained accreditation. This is the concluding phase of a process which CLC last completed in 2002.
Five consulting evaluators will examine the college’s self-study and assessment procedures, their outcomes and solicit input from administration, faculty, staff, students and individuals associated with higher education in the region.
Dozens of meetings are scheduled to examine academic leadership and standards, delivery of education, use of technology, access and effectiveness of support services, institutional research and relations with community, students, school districts and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.
The team will be on the Brainerd campus Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and at Staples Tuesday.
Brainerd chapter members attend
Tanya Digiovanni, Colleen Jackson, Brenda Jindra,
MaryAnn Lindell, Naomi Scott and Sandy Strom-Gieseke, all members of the Brainerd Chapter of the International
Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), recently attended the Minnesota-North Dakota-South Dakota Division IAAP Fall Educational Conference held at Ruttger’s
Bay Lake Lodge in Deerwood.
The three-day annual event included a business meeting as well as educational sessions on leadership and professional success, mobile technology, blogging for business, social media crisis planning and stress management. Jindra, who currently serves as president of the Minnesota-North Dakota-South Dakota division, conducted the division’s formal business meeting while Scott acted as delegate and Digiovanni acted as alternate on behalf of the Brainerd chapter.
Digiovanni, Breezy Point, is the land listing and closing coordinator at Close-Converse. She has been a member of IAAP and the Brainerd chapter since 2008 and has designation as a Certified Administrative Professional-Organizational Management (CAP-OM) through IAAP.
Jackson, Brainerd, is an accounting technician at Crow Wing County Social Services. She has been a member of IAAP and the Brainerd chapter since 1984 and currently serves as secretary of the Brainerd chapter.
Jindra, Brainerd, is grants compliance manager with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. She has been a member of IAAP and the Brainerd chapter since 1998.
Lindell, Motley, is an executive assistant at the Initiative Foundation. She has been a member of IAAP and the Brainerd chapter since 2002 and holds CAP-OM designation through IAAP.
Scott, Mission Township, is the administrative professional at Productive Alternatives. She has been a member of IAAP and the Brainerd chapter since 2010, holds CAP-OM designation through IAAP, and currently serves as president-elect of the Brainerd chapter.
Strom-Gieseke, Nisswa, is a retired legal secretary and current representative with Avon. She has been a member of IAAP and the Brainerd Chapter since 1989, holds designation as a Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) through IAAP, and holds designation as a Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) through NALS (formerly the National Association of Legal Secretaries).
IAAP, an international nonprofit professional association, provides its members with opportunities for growth through education, community building and leadership development.
Lahr passes specialist exam
Brian Lahr, Brainerd Lakes Heart & Vascular Center at Essentia Health - St. Joseph’s Medical Center, passed the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist exam.
Lahr is an invasive cardiovascular technologist who joined the cardiac catheterization laboratory team in April 2011.
The Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist exam requires many hours of study and hands-on experience.