Business Briefs

Mel Smith now on LifeWorks Charitable Foundation board

Mel Smith, of Dakota City, has joined the LifeWorks Charitable Foundation board of directors. Smith graduated from Humboldt High School and attended Northwest Iowa Technical College in Sheldon. He is a resident of Dakota City, and is the vice president of Campus Support Services at Friendship ...

Charlene Kelley and Brennan Vaverek join LifeWorks board

Charlene Kelley and Brennan Vaverek have joined the LifeWorks Community Services board of directors. Kelley is a substitute teacher in the Southeast Valley School District. She a member of the LifeWorks Charitable Foundation board of directors, is involved with Christian education at ...

John Ueltschy now a commercial banker at Northwest Bank

Northwest Bank in Fort Dodge has announced that John Ueltschy, of Fort Dodge, is part of its team as a commercial banker. His responsibilities include developing and servicing commercial businesses to help meet their banking needs while supporting their business growth and development ...

Gottula now at UnityPoint Clinic Palliative Medicine

UnityPoint Clinic Palliative Medicine has welcomed Rod Gottula, M.D., who will also be serving as the new UnityPoint Hospice medical director for the Fort Dodge region. Gottula received his Medical Degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Lincoln, Nebraska. He completed a ...

Danielle Berglund joins UnityPoint Clinic Palliative

Danielle Berglund is now providing care at UnityPoint Clinic Palliative Medicine as a nurse practitioner. Bergland, a Webster City resident, who started with UnityPoint Health as a nurse in March 2017. She recently completed her education to become a nurse practitioner at the University of ...

Joe Larson, D.O., joins UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine

Joe Larson, D.O., is now part of the team of primary care physicians at UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine. Dr. Larson received his Medical Degree at Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. He completed a residency at Iowa Lutheran Family Medicine. Larson is board certified by the American ...

Mahesh Shrestha, M.D., now at UnityPoint Clinic Pediatrics

Mahesh Shrestha, M.D., has joined UnityPoint Clinic Pediatrics. Dr. Shrestha received his Medical Degree at the Universal College of Medical Sciences in Nepal, India, and completed a residency at Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York. Shrestha is board eligible by the American ...

Rose Zach is part of UnityPoint Clinic Surgery team

Rose Zach has signed on with UnityPoint Clinic Surgery as a nurse practitioner. Zach is a Fort Dodge native and has been a part of the UnityPoint Health family for six years as a nurse. Rose received her nurse practitioner degree at Clarkson College. She has experience in treating patients ...

Stephanie Bishop joins Kesterson Realty

Stephanie Bishop, of Fort Dodge, is now part of the team at Kesterson Realty, 1926 First Ave S. She brings 25 years of experience to her new role. She has extensive expertise in the sale of residential properties.

Changes announced at Salon Posh

Toryn Pederson has joined Salon Posh, 21 S. 12th St. Pederson specializes in eyelash extensions and facial and body waxing. Carmie Halligan is new co-owner of the business along with Alecia Moritz. Moritz is a cosmologist with 17 years of experience specializing in cuts and color. Halligan is ...

Darci Mersch is now part of CASA

Darci Mersch, of Clare, is this area’s newest Court Appointed Special Advocate. She was sworn in June 16 by the Honorable Judge Adria Kester and joins other volunteers for the Iowa Child Advocacy Board, which provides oversight and training for the CASA program. As a CASA, Mersch will ...

Shandra Birkett now at Friendship Haven

Shanda Birkett, RN, of Fort Dodge,recently joined the Friendship Haven assisted living team as residential nurse in The Gardens. She comes to Friendship Haven with 11 years of nursing experience. Birkett started her career in Ames working as a medical surgical nurse then moved to Fort Dodge ...

Andrea Doster achieves health coach certification

Andrea Doster, Friendship Haven wellness assistant, recently received the certification as an ACE Health Coach. Health coaches are qualified to help individuals safely and effectively lead healthier lives, by encouraging and implementing long-term change. ACE certified health coaches can assist ...

Jeremy Price attends National Tax Practice Institute

In order to stay up-to-date on the latest changes in tax regulations, Jeremy Price E.A. with Price Tax Consulting attended the three-day National Tax Practice Institute in Las Vegas, July 31 through Aug. 3 to further develop and fortify his skills in representing taxpayers before the IRS. ...

Security Savings Bank promotes Trevor Johnson

FARNHAMVILLE — Trevor Johnson has been promoted to the position of marketing director at Security Savings Bank. Johnson joined the Security Savings Bank team at the bank’s Farnhamville office one year ago as administrative secretary.

Shelby Wright earns certification

Shelby Wright, account manager for Kingsgate Insurance in Fort Dodge, recently earned the prestigious Certified WorkComp Advisor designation, conferred by the Institute of WorkComp Professionals. The Asheville, North Carolina-based organization trains insurance professionals to locate costly ...

First American Bank welcomes Andy Reed as a VP

Andy Reed has joined the Fort Dodge team of First American Bank as vice president/community banking. Reed received his Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration at Buena Vista University and has more than eight years of experience in the banking industry. He has expertise in commercial ...

Christa Willson promoted at Security Savings Bank

Security Savings Bank has promoted Christa Willson to customer service supervisor. Willson is a 2008 graduate of Eagle Grove High School and of Buena Vista University with a major in finance and accounting. She began her career with Security Savings Bank as a summer intern and then became a ...

Tom Condon joins Kesterson Realty

Tom Condon has joined the team at Kesterson Realty, 1926 First Ave. S. He earned his real estate license in 2005 and his broker’s license in 2013. Condon has a family farming operation in the Barnum area. He has been a member of the Manson Northwest Webster school board and the St. Edmond ...

Donni Mitchell now at Kesterson Realty

Donni Mitchell, broker/associate has joined Kesterson Realty, 1926 First Ave. S. She has been a licensed Realtor in Iowa since 1987. Mitchell specializes in listing and selling residential, income and commercial properties.