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Department of Commerce

Michelle Kommer
Commissioner
701-328-5300

Shawn Kessel 
Deputy Commissioner
701-328-5300


Administrative Staff

Karla Koenig
Executive Assistant to Commissioner Kommer
701-328-5324

Sherri Frieze
Boards and Commissions Executive Assistant

701-328-5311

Denise Faber
Executive Assistant to Deputy Commissioner/HR Specialist
701-328-7282
Main Street Community

Emily Brown
Main Street Community Engagement Manager
701-328-5312

Maria Effertz Hanson
Community Development Leader
701-328-5300

Brett Gurholt
Community Development Liason
701-328-7264

Fiscal Services

Celeste Engelhard
Account/Budget Manager
701-328-5306

Michelle Halone
Accounting/Budget Specialist

701-328-5398

Megan Reis
Account/Budget Specialist
701-328-7255

Lori Nitsch
Grants and Contracts Officer
701-328-2693

Kerri Kraft
Program Specialist/Procurement Specialist
701-328-7263
Marketing & Communications

Heather LeMoine 
Marketing and Research Manager
701-328-5372

Penny Blotsky
Marketing Specialist
701-328-7265

Chris Addison
Graphic Design Specialist
701-328-7260

Kim Schmidt 
Communications Manager
701-328-2532

Kayla Jo Finley
Communications Specialist
701-328-5300


Alicia Jolliffe
Social Media Strategist
701-328-2548
Digital Systems

Tricia Miller
Digital Systems Manager
701-328-5328

James (Scooter) Pursley 
Content Development Specialist
701-328-2874

Cassie Theurer
Digital Asset Specialist
701-328-5387
Research/Commercialization

Joseph Mwagura
Economic & Market Research Analyst
701-328-5300
Census

Kevin Iverson
Demographer
701-328-5385

Joe Cicha
Census Specialist
701-328-7283

Gabrielle Proffitt
Census Assistant
701-328-5300
 
Partners

Tony Richards 
Director of Impact Dakota (Manufacturing Extension Partnership)
701-354-0976

Christy Dodd
Director - Center for Technology & Business
701-223-0707

Tiffany Ford
Associate State Director - SBDC
701-777-8700

Drew Combs
North Dakota Trade Office
701-929-6702
2020 Tourism Main Street Expansion Grant LIFT Applications Available