Prairie People: New hires and promotions for the week ending Oct. 14, 2022

Individuals profiled this week include those from Central Payments, Dakota Carrier Network, Essentia Health, and Interstate Engineering.


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


Central Payments hires nine new team members

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. • South Dakota-based Central Payments recently hired a number of new team members. They include the following:


Colin Ingalls, project manager

Emma Abbas, staff accountant/financial analyst

Ilka Cader, senior platform support analyst (no photo)

Tanisha Olson, account payable manager

Chris Schattin, senior vice president of revenue

Jessica Drew, senior vice president and general counsel

Jason Snyder, marketing compliance analyst

Chad Noble, interim CFO & senior vice president of analytics and business intelligence

Michael Halvey, smartsheet system manager


Dakota Carrier Network information systems manager earns CISSP certification

BISMARCK, N.D. • Aparna Subramanian, information systems manager at Dakota Carrier Network (DCN), has earned the prestigious CISSP certification.


The Certified Information Systems Security Professional is one of the most globally recognized certifications in cybersecurity. CISSP validates a cybersecurity professional’s deep technical and managerial knowledge and experience to effectively design, engineer and manage an organization’s overall security posture.

Created by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, earning this vendor-neutral, accredited certification requires both practical knowledge and professional experience. The extensive exam covers the areas of access control systems and methodology, business continuity planning and disaster recovery planning, physical security, operations, security, management practices, telecommunications, and networking security.


Other areas important to the CISSP certification are cryptography, security architecture application and systems development, law, investigation, and ethics.

In addition, following successful completion of the exam, individuals must subscribe to the consortium’s Code of Ethics and have an endorsement from another Consortium professional who can verify their professional experience.

“This certification is rigorous,” said DCN CEO Seth Arndorfer. “The coursework is extremely challenging and the required endorsement by another member adds a layer of integrity to the process. This demonstrates Aparna’s hands-on cybersecurity experience and can give DCN customers additional assurance that when they partner with DCN their data is secure.”


Essentia Health welcomes several members

FARGO, N.D. • Essentia Health recently welcomed several new members.


Neonatologist Dr. Justin Sharp joins Essentia Health-Fargo.

Dr. Sharp earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He completed his residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, a fellowship at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.


Steven Condon, an advanced practice registered nurse and certified nurse practitioner specializing in walk-in care, has joined the Essentia Health-32nd Avenue Clinic.


Condon received his education from North Dakota State University in Fargo and is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Dr. Jason Jeffress is excited to join Essentia Health-Fargo, where he will specialize in interventional radiology.


Essentia’s interventional radiologists diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions using image-guided procedures that are minimally invasive.


Jeffress received his medical education at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at Creighton University and is certified by the American Board of Radiology.

The Essentia Health-Casselton Clinic welcomes Cassandra Plante, an advanced practice registered nurse and certified nurse practitioner specializing in family medicine.


Plante received her education from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and is certified by the American Board of Nurse Practitioners.


Interstate Engineering employee earns grant writing certification

JAMESTOWN, N.D. • Interstate Engineering says that Rebecca Shaw-Quiñones, AICP, is now a Certified Grant Writer.


With this credential, Shaw-Quiñones will continue to help clients with long-range planning, community development, and capacity building for new projects.

Interstate Engineering says the experience of a Certified Grant Writer highlights thec ompany's continued commitment to building on upon 45 years of success. The American Grant Writers’ Association administers the Certified Grant Writer credential.

Shaw-Quiñones looks forward to using her expanded knowledge of grant-seeking to assist clients by securing new opportunities that will enhance communities.