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Published on June 23, 2015

Altru Announces New People Resources Division Leadership

Grand Forks, ND – Altru Health System is proud to announce four new roles within its people resources division.

Marlene Miller | Director of Talent Strategy

In this new role, Miller will be responsible for developing and implementing an overall learning, organizational development and talent management strategy to support operations. She will oversee Altru’s professional and clinical education, organizational development, employee and physician engagement, and recruitment in collaboration with leadership. Miller joined Altru in May 2012 as manager of Learning and Organizational Development. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of North Dakota.

Karen Mellum, PhD | Manager of Learning and Organizational Development

Mellum will oversee daily operations of Learning and Organizational Development, incorporating evidence-based leadership principles and organizational development theory and practices, as well as succession and continuity planning for leadership positions. Mellum joined Altru in December 2012 as an organizational development consultant. She received her PhD in counseling psychology from Ball State University in Indiana and is a licensed psychologist.

Sara Dvorak, RN, BSN | Manager of Clinical Talent Development

Dvorak will oversee student and clinical orientation and education designed to attract and prepare students to join Altru and ensure current employees maintain and develop clinical competencies to serve patients and exceed expectations. Dvorak graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor of science in nursing. She joined Altru in 2004 as a medical-surgical nurse, later serving as a patient care coordinator and clinical learning coordinator.

Nina Gerber, MBA | Manager of People Engagement & Performance

Gerber will oversee implementation of employee engagement and performance strategies designed to create and contribute to a culture of engaged employees clear on purpose and contribution to organizational strategy. Gerber joined Altru in 2012 as an organizational development consultant. She received her bachelor’s degree in finance from Mankato State University and Master of Business Administration from the University of Mary in Bismarck.

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, a large home care network, and a congregate living facility. It employs more than 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $450 million. As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.