Agent achieves

Joseph F. Wald, Dickinson, has been named a member of the 2017 Executive Council of New York Life Insurance Co. Council members are among the most successful of New York Life’s 12,000 licensed agents.

Wald has been a New York Life agent since 2010 and is associated with New York Life’s North Dakota General Office in Fargo.

Christianson hired

Tami Christianson has been hired in the counseling services department of Catholic Charities North Dakota, serving Bismarck, Minot and Dickinson.

Christianson, of New England, received a bachelor’s degree from Minot State University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of North Dakota. Most recently, she was a social worker, bereavement counselor and volunteer coordinator for Home Health and Hospice in Dickinson.

Promoted at Starion

Nagoshia Gangl, Nickolas Schmidt, Royann Schmit and Seth Weber have been promoted at Starion Bank in Bismarck.

Gangl was promoted to human resources generalist. She joined Starion in 2009 as a teller and joined the human resources team in 2014 after earning a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from Dickinson State University.

Schmidt is now a universal banker I at the branch on North Fourth Street. Schmidt started at the bank in 2015 as a teller. He earned a degree in business and human relations from Bismarck State College.

Schmit was promoted to executive assistant. She joined Starion in 2014 as an administrative assistant.

Weber is now a universal banker II at the branch in south Bismarck. He joined Starion in 2015 as a teller in Mandan and most recently was a universal banker I.

Two certified

Demy Hall and Sara Henley recently completed ophthalmic coding specialist certification. The American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives and the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology are partners in offering the online testing.

Hall and Henley have both worked at Dakota Eye Institute for two years.

Jensen an agent

Patrick Jensen, Bismarck, has been hired by the North Dakota General Office of New York Life as an agent for the company.

Pelton joins

Brady Pelton has joined the North Dakota Petroleum Council as government affairs manager.

Pelton, who has a farm and ranch background near Killdeer, holds bachelor's degrees in political science and public administration from the University of North Dakota and earned his law degree from the UND School of Law in May.

He served as deputy executive director of the North Dakota Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties and, while attending law school, was industry liaison for the Energy Law Association.

Mirzai with clinic

Dr. Michael Mirzai, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, recently joined Sanford Seventh & Rosser Clinic in Bismarck.

He graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., and completed his residency from Texas A&M in Temple. He is board certified in general and child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Wald recognized

David Wald, a representative in Mandan with Securian Financial Advisors of N.D. Inc., has been named adviser of the month for August based on production and client service.

Lawyers recognized

Patrick Durick, Larry Boschee and Zachary Pelham, all of Pearce Durick PLLC law firm, were named Super Lawyers by 2017 Great Plains Super Lawyers.

This designation is granted to the top 5 percent of lawyers in the state.

Rachel Bruner-Kaufman, Jack Zuger and Andrew Askew were named Rising Stars, given to lawyers under the age of 40 with 10 years of practice or less, who make up the top 2.5 percent of lawyers in a state.

Gabriel hired

Dr. Abigail Gabriel, a hospitalist, recently joined Sanford Health in Bismarck.

Gabriel graduated from St. George’s University in True Blue, Grenada, and received her residency in internal medicine from Harlem Hospital Center in New York.