Strom joins BMC in obstetrics/gynecology
Dr. Janelle Strom joined Brainerd Medical Center's team of specialists in women's health.
Strom is an obstetrics and gynecology specialist. Strom will begin seeing patients at Brainerd Medical Center and the Good Beginnings Obstetrics Clinic and Family Birthplace at St. Joseph's Medical Center in mid-January.
Strom has been caring for women in her OB/GYN practice for 15 years. She attended medical school at the University of North Dakota, and completed her residency in OB/GYN at Creighton University Affiliated Hospitals in Omaha, Neb.
She has completed a master's of business administration degree from the University of St. Thomas.
Dregney joins Lakewood Health System
STAPLES - James Dregney joined Lakewood Health System as its chief financial officer.
Dregney graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in accounting.
He joined Lakewood Health System in August 2006 as a reimbursement specialist and had been working with the hospital through his previous employer for the previous five years.
As CFO, Dregney will be responsible for providing the overall direction of financial activities of the organization and is responsible for direct oversight of the accounting, patient financial services, information technology, materials management and process improvement departments.
Roragen attends training in Washington
Emily Roragen, Brainerd Lakes Chamber Main Street coordinator, recently attended a four-day Main Street Basic Training in Washington, D.C.
The forum was presented by the National Trust for Historic Preservation at the National Main Street Center.
Each day focused on one key aspect of the four points of the Main Street approach: organization, design, economic restructuring and promotion. The training and networking with other Main Street coordinators from around the country provided insight and connections that can be applied in the revitalization of Brainerd's central business district.
Two IAAP members gain professional certification
Two members of the Brainerd Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals obtained professional certification.
Laura Larson, certified professional secretary, Little Falls, and MaryAnn Lindell, CPS, Scandia Valley, took the certified professional secretary examination in Minneapolis in November and were recently notified that they had obtained certification.
The CPS examination requires that candidates have a minimum of four years experience in administrative support, depending on educational background. The examination consists of testing in three areas: office systems and technology, office administration and management.
Larson serves as office administrator at LarsonAllen in Brainerd and has been a member of IAAP since 2004. She serves as president-elect of the Brainerd Chapter of IAAP. Larson also serves on the Member Outreach Committee for the Brainerd Lakes Chamber. She has a bachelor's degree in business management from the College of St. Scholastica and has been in administrative and management roles for her entire professional career.
MaryAnn Lindell, Scandia Valley, serves as president of the Brainerd Chapter of IAAP and has been a member of IAAP since 2002.
Lindell serves as executive assistant at the Initiative Foundation in Little Falls and has more than 20 years experience in a variety of administrative support positions. Lindell is a graduate of St. Cloud Technical College.
Olson gains certification
STAPLES - Lakewood Health System employee Pam Olson gained certification as a nurse executive through the American Association of Nurse Executives.
AANEX is a nonprofit professional association representing nurse executives in long-term care facilities. The AANEX Nurse Executive Certification Program provides nurses with the skills needed to be successful leaders in long-term care. Participants must complete courses that focus on topics such as leadership, human resource management and quality improvement.
Olson is the nursing director for the Lakewood Health System Care Center.
Resseman named LF employee of the month
LITTLE FALLS - Jill Resseman, retail store manager of the Clothes Hanger, was named the January Employee of the Month by the Little Falls Chamber of Commerce.
The Holdingford resident "has been a valuable long-term employee who is dependable, creative and a strong advocate for persons with disabilities," according to Byron Quinn, executive director of Employment Enterprises Inc.
"During her years of service, she has been assigned several positions including one providing special one-on-one assistance for those with challenging behaviors," Quinn said. "Since 1994, she has been manager and coach of our retail-store training location."
Resseman has been working with adults with disabilities for more than 20 years and has been working with customers at the Clothes Hanger in Little Falls for the past 13 years.
Lofgren gains promotion
Jamie Lofgren, Brainerd, was appointed Global Business Continuity Management program manager by the Wolters Kluwer Executive Board, a global information services and publishing company.
The Business Continuity Management Program has been approved for all of Wolters Kluwer that will kick off starting in 2008. The objective of the program is to ensure the organization protects the enterprise value and reputation and has a solid and consistent recovery strategy in place to make certain there is continuity of operations in emergency situations.
Lofgren most recently worked as BCM Manager for Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, which was formerly Banker Systems Inc. in St. Cloud. The BCM program implemented within Wolters Kluwer Financial Services is being used as the model for the Wolters Kluwer program worldwide.
Lofgren graduated from Brainerd High School in 1989 and works from his Brainerd home four days a week.
CTC donates to Bridges of Hope
Kevin Larson, chief executive officer/general manager of Consolidated Telecommunications Co. in Brainerd presented a check to Tami Lueck for $500 in support of Bridges of Hope for Crow Wing County.
Bridges of Hope is a nonprofit that links families to community support and resources. It creates partnerships within the broader community to help strengthen, stabilize and support families in the lakes area.
Vehicle inspector re-certification class offered
A commercial vehicle inspector re-certification class will be 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 24 at the Business and Industry Center on the Central Lakes College campus in Brainerd.
Re-certification is required every two years. This class will review Minnesota commercial vehicle inspection laws and federal regulations. It will cover new law changes; inspection changes and will include a test for re-certification. The test will be taken during the last hour of class.
The class fee is $80. Instructor is Douglas Brown.
Deadline to register is Jan. 17. For more information, call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142.
Food manager certification course to be offered
A certified food manager course is planned from 5-9 p.m. Jan. 15, 17 and 22 in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.
Certification is required in most Minnesota food establishments.
Participants are trained and tested through the ServSafe Serving Safe Food Certification course. They will learn about potentially hazardous foods and safe food handling practices, the HACCP system of food safety, setting up standards and completion upon passing the required exam.
Colette Pohlkamp is the instructor. Tuition is $160.
Registration deadline is Tuesday. For more information, call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142.
'Going Into Business' class offered Jan. 17
Central Lakes College in Brainerd will host a Going Into Business For Yourself class from 6 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 17 in the Business and Industry Center on the Brainerd campus.
This class covers all areas of business startup, helpful advice on how to get a dream off the ground, how to become and stay profitable, including financing a new venture.
This session will assist the potential business owner through the process of developing the project, provide you with the opportunity to have your questions addressed and identify other assistance resources.
Follow-up counseling is available to qualified individuals from the Small Business Development Center's team of consultants free of charge. Tuition is $40 per person and $60 for two business partners. Instructor is Jay Bock.
The deadline to register is Jan. 10.
For more information, call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142.
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