* Tamara Lowney was hired as business developer for Area Partnership for Economic Expansion. Lowney will work on all aspects of attracting, expanding and retaining business in Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin. She also will support APEX’s partner, the Itasca Economic Development Corp. in Grand Rapids. She has 17 years of management experience and extensive knowledge in project management.
* The University of Minnesota Duluth appointed Melissa Honkola as director of human resources and equal opportunity. Honkola graduated from UMD with a degree in business administration and has worked in St. Louis County’s human resources department for the past 15 years.
* Dr. Matthew Severs joined the staff of Superior Animal Hospital and Boarding Suites in Superior. Severs received a bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Scholastica and earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Iowa State University. His special interests are in neurology, internal medicine and surgery.
* Essentia Health announced the following hires.
Dr. Darren Perttu, a general surgeon, joined Essentia Health-Hayward Clinic. Perttu earned a medical degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing, where he also completed his residency in general surgery.
Psychotherapist Julianne Davis joined the behavioral health department at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic and Essentia Health-
Hermantown Clinic. Davis earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Argosy University in Eagan, Minn.
Hospitalist Dr. Tochukwu Igwe joined Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center. Igwe earned a medical degree from the University of Nigeria College of Medicine in Enugu, Nigeria, and completed a residency in internal medicine at Harlem Hospital Center in New York City.
Dr. Lisa Arvold, an emergency medicine physician, joined Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center. Arvold earned a medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. She completed a residency in emergency medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in emergency medicine.
Dr. Gratia Pitcher joined Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center as a hospitalist. Pitcher earned a medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo and completed a residency in internal medicine at Kalamazoo (Mich.) Center for Medical Studies. She is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in internal medicine.
* St. Luke’s announced the following:
Dr. Luke Midlo, an internal medicine physician, joined St. Luke’s Internal Medicine Associates. Midlo received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica, West Indies. He completed an internal medicine residency at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation in La Crosse, Wis.
Emergency medicine physician Dr. Brock Urie joined the St. Luke’s Regional Trauma Center. Urie received his medical degree at the University of Minnesota School of medicine and completed his emergency medicine residency at Western Michigan University School of Medicine in Kalazazoo.
St. Luke’s Regional Cancer Center hired radiation oncologist Dr. Nils Arvold. Arvold received a medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and a radiation oncology residency in the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. Arvold is board certified in radiation oncology. He previously practiced at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital, all of Boston. He was an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and has 40 peer-reviewed publications. He served as director of the radiation oncology fellowship program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Pulmonolgist Brian Aebly joined St. Luke’s Pulmonary Medicine Associates. Aebly received a doctorate in osteopathy from Des Moines (Iowa) University. He completed an internal medicine residency and a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Aebly is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary disease and is board eligible in critical care.
* Mark Walkowiak joined Bell Brothers and Jarvi Dowd funeral homes as a family service adviser. He has an extensive finance and insurance background. Walkowiak’s specialty is in funeral preplanning.
* TKDA announced the following hires.
Will DeRocher, a Duluth native, was hired as a graduate engineer in the Municipal Services Division. DeRocher has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Before joining TKDA, he worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Research Institute at UMD, where he co-authored several scientific papers. He has been working on Hermantown school projects.
Michael Iallonardo of Duluth was hired as an engineering specialist in the Rail Division. Iallonardo has 18 years of engineering and design experience and is a licensed master electrician. He has served as a foreman on a variety of electrical upgrade projects for several Northland clients, including BNSF Railway Co., Western Lake Superior Sanitary District, Sappi Fine Paper and the College of St. Scholastica.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
* Essentia Health announced the following:
Teri Manisto, Essentia Health organizational learning and development leadership and staff development coordinator, was recognized as Employee of the Year. Manisto was the creator of Essentia’s “Pay it Forward” program. She has been in the organization for four years and an Essentia Health employee for five years.
Essentia Health’s Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation oncology program received national recognition at the program’s national conference in Boston where STAR coordinator Joan Jeanetta spoke. The program, which focuses on helping patients heal physically and emotionally from cancer, began two years ago. More than 200 professionals have been certified in the program.
* Knutson Construction promoted Ryan Christenson to project manager. Christenson has been managing the $20 million Essentia Health parking ramp project in Duluth, which started in 2013 and is scheduled to be completed in the next few months.
* Kenneth D. Butler of the law firm of Kenneth D. Butler Ltd. was named a 2015 Minnesota Super Lawyer for the second consecutive year. Butler concentrates in the areas of business law, litigation and municipal law. He also serves on the boards of directors for the Duluth Airport Authority, Goodwill Industries and Bentleyville.
* Coldwell Banker East West Realty of Cloquet announced Ron Tondryk was the top listing agent for July, and Pat Turonie was the top selling agent.
* Bridget A. Brine of Brine Law Firm Ltd. completed 36 hours of training to become a qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice for civil mediation and arbitration including the areas of real estate, employment and debtor/creditor matters.
* Emily Silverness was the top sales agent for July at Century 21 Gilderman & Associates Inc.
* Pioneer Critical Power/Titan Energy Systems announced the opening of Titan Energy’s Duluth-based sales and service operations center at 4206 Enterprise Circle. The company works in sales, service and management of onsite power generation assets for industrial, commercial and institutional customers. It recently was awarded a contract with a national wireless carrier for the addition of 1,400 critical radio tower sites in the Midwest.
* Food Farm offers an open house from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at 2612 County Road 1 in Wrenshall. Tours of the farm and root cellar will be given, and there will be hayrides and other family activities.
* Attorney and Duluth native Cyri (Lillejord) Wiggins was hired by Maslon Law Firm and will practice law in the real estate and financial services group. Her area of focus will be commercial real estate transactions. Wiggins is a graduate of the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth and Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul.
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