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Atomic Learning announces leadership change

LITTLE FALLS — The Board of Directors of Atomic Learning, Inc. announced Dan Meyer will be transitioning to chairman of the board and strategic adviser and appointed Lisa Barnett as CEO.

Meyer was among the group of technology educators who, committed to creating online products to empower educators use technology, launched Atomic Learning in 2000. He has served as CEO since 2007, leading Atomic Learning to become a global leader in helping learners effectively bring technology into curriculum, learning and life throughout the U.S. and in more than 45 countries. Under Meyer’s leadership, Atomic Learning expanded its market presence through higher education and international product lines and added a corporate division. That division — Atomic Training — recently teamed up with Best Buy’s Geek Squad to provide technology training and support to the more than two million subscribers of Geek Squad’s Tech Support.

“I’m proud of how the company has grown over the past 12 years and the impact that we continue to make in bringing technology and learning together,” said Meyer in a news release. “The company is at a point where I can confidently transition my role and know it is poised for continued success. I have full confidence that under Lisa’s direction, the foundation is in place for continued growth as a Top 100 Workplace to continue to empower educators world-wide.”

Meyer will be succeeded by Atomic Learning’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Lisa Barnett.

Barnett has been with the company since 2007. As COO, Barnett has drawn upon her expertise to bring the often opposing areas of technology innovation operational discipline and processes together in a way that supports organizational strategies and growth.

Barnett’s passion for uncovering market-driven solutions led her to create Atomic Learning’s framework for a defined product development group and company-adopted product development and strategic planning/roadmap process. This foundation allowed her to lead the company’s innovation efforts, including the launch of the award-winning 21st Century Skills Professional Development product. Barnett’s operational leadership focuses on fostering this type of ongoing technology innovation by providing the systems, processes, and team and project management that integrates activities across functional areas. She is able to combine a focus on continuous improvement and operational efficiencies, while still being an advocate and driver of new approaches to solving the needs of current and future customers.

Barnett draws upon previous leadership experience in product management/development, marketing and operations, including more than four years with Atomic Learning in senior management and executive roles.

“The board of directors understands the vision Dan and the founders had, and the evolution of what that vision looks like as we continue the growth of Atomic Learning,” said Jesse Serventi, Atomic Learning board member and partner at Renovus Capital Partners, a primary owner of Atomic Learning Inc. “We are pleased to be able to have Dan’s insights and Lisa’s leadership and vision as we continue the great work of Atomic Learning.

“We’ve been working with the Board to ensure a smooth transition, and I’m honored to be leading us in to the next chapter,” said Barnett.

Fine Line stylists complete courses

Stylists at The Fine Line Salon and Spa in Brainerd completed the Aveda Be Curly product education class with Kim Meyer.

Stylists completing the course include Katie Noska, Amy Hendrickson, Laura Rozinka, Katherine Statz, Brooke Dixon, Ashley Nelson, Marcie Hendrickson, Alesha Mjolsness. Nelson and Hendrickson also completed training in Babe hair extensions.

Essentia Health Clinics in Crosslake and Pierz Welcome Nurse Practitioner Naomi Roepke

Roepke joins Essential

Health clinics

Nurse Practitioner Naomi Roepke is joining Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Clinics in Crosslake and Pierz.

As a family nurse practitioner, she cares for people of all ages, from children to those young at heart. Roepke will begin seeing patients in late November.

Roepke earned a master’s degree in nursing from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D. She is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Monse and Rasmussen join CTC

Jenna Monse and Shawn Rasmussen recently joined Consolidated Telecommunications Company (CTC).

Monse is a customer service and sales representative. In this position she will be responsible for answering incoming telephone calls, direct callers, as well as support the daily customer staff in the daily work processes. Monse previously worked at Good Samaritan Society in human resources and is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with her bachelor’s degree in business management.

Rasmussen is a network administrator. In this position, he will be responsible for the application of system analyst techniques and procedures including consulting with users, to determine hardware, software, or system functional applications. To design, develop, document, analyze, create, test and modify network and computer systems for CTC. Rasmussen previously worked at Syvantis Technologies as a senior system engineer and senior technical consultant and has his numerous Microsoft certifications, along with his bachelor of art’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Farleo joins RedHouseMedia

Matthew Farleo recently joined the creative staff of RedHouseMedia as a graphic designer.

Originally from St. Cloud, Farleo grew up with an understanding of the industry, learning from his father, a long-time advertising man himself. Farleo graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with degrees in graphic design and anthropology, where he gained acclaim for his freehand drawing skills and became interested in advertising strategy.

Farleo worked as a designer/photographer at a manufacturing company in Willmar prior to joining RedHouseMedia, a Brainerd-based advertising agency, in October.

Stroot and Schumer attend

investment symposium

BAXTER — Scott D. Stroot and Luke J. Schumer, financial advisers with Ameriprise Financial Inc., Baxter, recently attended an offsite investment symposium conference.

During the two day conference, Stroot and Schumer heard from numerous industry experts and wholesaling firms. Topics included investments themes for 2012, taxes and politics, global real estate outlook and charitable giving.

Area resorters named to board

Roger Lykins of Lykins’ Pinehurst Resort in Nisswa and Chuck and Marilyn Appledorn of Appledorn’s Sunset Bay Resort in Isle were recently elected to the Congress of Minnesota Resorts (CMR) board of directors.

CMR, a Minnesota organization committed to supporting resort owners, had its annual meeting and Fall Conference in Ottertail. CMR stated the resorters’ ideas and passion for small family owned resorts, will be an asset to all Minnesota resorts.

Gilbertson named

apartment manager

PINE RIVER — Good Samaritan Society–Pine River announced Sandy Gilbertson is the new manager at Riverside Apartments.

Gilbertson, who moved to the area with her family about five years ago, has a background in senior care and apartment management.

The Good Samaritan Society–Pine River campus consists of a Care and Rehabilitation Center, Therapy Center, Assisted Living, Home Care, Hospice, and Senior Living Apartments.

Edina Realty launches

‘Veterans to Realtors’ program  

Edina Realty is launching a “Veterans to Realtors” program to help veterans launch a career in real estate.

This new program will offer special incentives — $1,500 in training, technology tools and marketing support — to help veterans get their real estate career off the ground.  

The Edina Realty Veterans to Realtors program is aimed at veterans who are trying to re-enter the workforce. Veterans can use their GI funding to drastically reduce real estate licensing coursework and exam fees, but there are several other start-up costs. Aspiring Realtors must also pay for new agent training, technology tools, professional photos, business cards, open house signs, and marketing mailings. Edina Realty will now cover those fees — up to $1,500 — for veterans of any age or branch of service.  

“Veterans are hard working, disciplined and persistent men and women who have sacrificed a lot for our country,” said Barb Jandric, president, Edina Realty, in a news release. “We think they deserve some special benefits when they come back home. This is our way of saying ‘Thank you.’”

Jandric is expecting a strong response to the program.

“Veterans are a great fit for a career in real estate because they can be their own boss while supporting themselves and their families,” Jandric said. “And it’s an excellent time to get into real estate, as the market has been steadily improving; 2012 has consistently outperformed 2011 and housing market values are rising.”

For more information on the Veterans to Realtors program of Edina Realty, go to or call 952-928-5563 or 877-270-1289.

Minnesota Housing

names Butcher top

producing loan officer

BAXTER — Bremer Bank loan officer Becky Butcher was recently named a top producing loan officer by Minnesota Housing.

Butcher was recognized for her work on Federal Housing Administration and Home Help loans completed in the first six months of 2012.

Butcher is a mortgage consultant for Bremer Financial Services in the Baxter branch location. She has 30 years of banking experience, including 26 years working in the mortgage industry.  

Minnesota Housing finances affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households while fostering strong communities. The agency will invest more than $800 million in affordable housing this year. For more information, please visit


Center for Lifelong Learning to

present ‘Future of Technology’

The Center for Lifelong Learning at Central Lakes College in Brainerd will host a one-hour program, “Future of Technology,” from 7 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 19 in E 203 of the Business and Industry Center at CLC.

Michael Amick, Central Lakes College dean of academic and technology services, will be the presenter.

Technology has changed dramatically in the past ten years; and more changes are on the horizon. This session will be a discussion of the latest developments in technology and give a preview of what’s coming next, taking a look at both the impact and benefits of these developments.

Admission for the event is free for CLL members and $6 for non-members. For more information, email or call 855-8142.

Dine and Discover’s session

promotes ‘Better You’

PIERZ — The November Faith in Action’s Dine and Discover plans to provide easy-to-follow tips and ideas for healthy eating, moving and healthy belonging.

The event is 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Horizon Health’s Community Room in Pierz.

Nicole Wacker and AJ Olson, both have BAS degrees in exercise fitness and are fitness trainers. They will share ideas and tips on healthy moving, which is just the beginning of the tools to help participants along the way to a healthy lifestyle.

A free will donation will be accepted for this seminar and lunch. Registration is required by calling Horizon Health at 320-468-6451 or 800-224-6451 on or before Monday. Free blood pressure screenings, compliments of Horizon Health Homecare will also be available before and after the session. This Dine and Discover is sponsored by F & M State Bank, Faith in Action and Horizon Health.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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