Business briefs for Feb. 17

Markell receives CUF awards

Catholic United Financial sales representatives were recently recognized for their achievements in 2013 at the annual award banquet in Brooklyn Park. Area sales representative Dan Markell earned the Peter Loskiel Award for the most new members recruited as well as his fifth consecutive Century Club plaque, fourth award President’s Club award and his second appointment to the Catholic United Financial Advisory Council.

Markell started with the company in April 2009 and serves Catholic parishes and schools in southwest Minnesota including Lyon, Lincoln, Yellow Medicine, Redwood and Pipestone counties.

Avera names Stanley VP for Behavioral Health Service Line

Avera has named Dr. Matthew Stanley as vice president for the Behavioral Health Clinical Service Line across the Avera system.

Stanley currently is medical director of Avera Behavioral Health Services in both Sioux Falls, S.D., and Marshall and is a board-certified psychiatrist with Avera Medical Group University Psychiatry Associates.

In his new role, Stanley will provide physician leadership for the behavioral health service line, establishing best practice standards, quality goals and transparent communication within the service line.

Stanley has a medical degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. He completed psychiatry residencies at the University of South Dakota Sioux Falls Residency Program and Western Missouri Mental Health Center in Kansas City.

Northwestern Farm Management adds Christensen to staff

Northwestern Farm Management Co., Marshall, recently added Jon Christensen as a farm real estate manager, licensed real estate salesperson and farm appraiser. Christensen grew up on a farm near Morgan and was a retail location manager for an area farm co-op before joining NFM.

McCarron receives state honor

Diane McCarron, the special education director for the Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative, has been named the 2014 New Special Education Leader by the Minnesota Administrators for Special Education. McCarron will be honored for her commitment to students with disabilities and their families and her active involvement in professional and community affairs at a statewide recognition ceremony March 13-14 at the MASE/MASA spring conference at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park.

McCarron has been a special education director for four years, serving families and students with disabilities. Although relatively new to her administrative career, McCarron is considered a role model and mentor by her peers. She has mentored teachers in the beginning of their careers and has encouraged experienced teachers to pursue leadership positions and training. McCarron has also trained staff, parents and community members on a range of special education topics.

McCarron demonstrates her leadership abilities daily while serving more than 15 districts in the SW/WC Service Cooperative. She has worked with these districts to establish and maintain strong programs including data collection use, professional development and interagency efforts.

McCarron is an active MASE member, currently serving on the board of directors and the Special Education Advisory Panel. McCarron has a bachelor’s degree in special education from St. Cloud State University, a master’s degree in elementary education from the College of Charleston and an educational specialist degree in administration from St. Cloud State University.