Prairie People: New hires and promotions for the week ending June 3, 2022

Those profiled this week include individuals from Kraus-Anderson, Central Payments, and Oak Grove Lutheran School.


As they become available, Prairie Business highlights new hires, promotions and employee achievements from companies in the Dakotas and western Minnesota. This week's spotlight includes the following:


Kraus-Anderson hires two superintendents

BISMARCK, N.D. • Kraus-Anderson Bismarck has hired Steve Clark and Greg Adams as superintendents.

Clark comes to Kraus-Anderson with more than 25 years of construction management experience overseeing multimillion-dollar projects in the residential, industrial, commercial, health care and hospitality building sectors across the U.S. He most recently served as general superintendent at Calamar Construction Midwest in Kansas City.

Adams has been a trade foreman with JE Dunn Construction. He received degrees in architectural design from Tulsa Jr. College in Tulsa, Oklahoma and in drafting and design from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Miami, Oklahoma.

Central Payments hires, promotes several

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. • A number of individuals have recently been hired or promoted at Central Payments, payments subsidiary of Central Bank of Kansas City and headquartered in Sioux Falls. Some of the individuals profiled this week include the following:

Tiffany Anderson was promoted to senior IT platform administrator.


Joy Kurtweil has been promoted to AML/BSA investigator.


Jen Miller has been promoted to director of Employee Success.


Mandi Moore has been promoted to AVP, information security officer.


Kenta Mount has been promoted to AML/BSA/Fraud senior manager.


Christian Rivera had joined Central Payments as implementation manager.


New president appointed to Oak Grove Lutheran School

FARGO, N.D. • Bob Otterson has been appointed as the 12th president of Oak Grove Lutheran School in Fargo.


The school’s Board of Regents made the announcement recently following its spring meeting. The appointment takes effect June 1. Otterson has been serving as the school’s interim president since January.

Board of Regents chair Sherri Thomsen noted that Otterson’s 25 years of experience in higher education, his background in advancement and his four months as Oak Grove’s interim president appealed to the governing body.

Otterson previously served as the president and chief executive officer of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota and the director of Philanthropy and Mission Innovation with the Eastern North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. His career in higher education has included positions as a university chief of staff, vice president for advancement, director of marketing and communications, and director of development.

Otterson is a CASE Laureate, a distinction recognizing outstanding volunteer leadership to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the preeminent organization for professionals in development, alumni relations, and marketing and communications at member institutions around the world. He was the recipient of the 2020 CASE District VI Distinguished Service Award.

A native of Marshall, Minn., Otterson completed a bachelor’s degree in communications from Augustana University, a master’s degree in mass communication and journalism from South Dakota State University, and the course work for a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of South Dakota.