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Department of Commerce

James Leiman
Commissioner
701-328-5300

Shawn Kessel 
Deputy and Interim Commissioner
701-328-5300


Administrative Staff

Tammy Heick
Executive Assistant to Commissioner & COO/Deputy Commissioner

Sherri Frieze
Boards and Commissions Executive Assistant


Denise Faber
HR & Payroll Specialist

Peggy Weiss
Database and Computer Specialist

Gabrielle Proffitt
Program and Grants Specialist

Main Street Community

Cynthia Graffeo
Main Street Community Development Liaison

Tracey Miller
Main Street Community Development Liaison
Finance

Celeste Engelhard
Lead Fiscal Officer

Michelle Halone
Account/Budget Specialist


VACANT
Account/Budget Specialist

Lori Nitsch
SEP/Grants Contracts Officer
Marketing & Communications

Heather LeMoine 
Marketing and Research Manager

Penny Blotsky
Marketing Specialist

Chris Addison
Graphic Design Specialist

Kim Schmidt 
Communications Manager

Kayla Jo Finley
Communications Specialist


Alicia Jolliffe
Social Media Strategist
Digital Systems

Tricia Miller
Digital Systems Manager

James (Scooter) Pursley 
Content Development Specialist

Cassie Theurer
Digital Asset Specialist
Research/Commercialization

Joseph Mwagura
Economic & Market Research Analyst
Census

Kevin Iverson
Demographer

Joe Cicha
Census Specialist
Partners

Paul Lucy 
Interim CEO of Impact Dakota (Manufacturing Extension Partnership)
701-412-3319

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
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