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Edith Armey, Director

(701) 662-1593

Edie Armey is Director for TrainND Northeast. Based at Lake Region State College, her mission is to help businesses expand their efficiency and effectiveness by training their employees. In our changing economy, TrainND is here to support business and industry by providing the training they need…when and where they need it. Prior to becoming director, Edie served as the LRSC Program Manager, assisting the Vice President of Academic Affairs in maintaining and coordinating learning programs.  "Workforce training goes along with my sincere interest in the people of our region and how we can increase their knowledge to function in today's fast-paced, society.” Ms. Armey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from North Dakota State University. 

Rene LaFrance, Training Manager

(701) 662-1638

Rene LaFrance is the Training Manager in the Northeast. LaFrance has been with the workforce training division since August, 2006. Prior to coming to Lake Region State College, she worked in the Tourism and Hospitality industries for over 25 years. Eight of those years were with the South Dakota Department of Tourism, where she managed the information centers, travel shows and hospitality programs.

Melissa Moser, BSN, RN, CNA/Health Career Training Manager

(701) 662-1589

Melissa Moser, BSN, RN, is the CNA and Health Career Training Specialist for TrainND Northeast. She joined TrainND in April, 2011. Her professional experience includes serving as the school nurse at Head Start and working with the geriatric population at Heartland Care Center in Devils Lake.  Melissa also has helped as a part-time clinical instructor with the Dakota Nursing Program.  She is married with two children.


Tabitha Bachmeier, Account Specialist

(701) 795-3731

Tabitha Bachmeier joined TrainND Northeast as an Administrative Assistant in April. Formerly, Tabatha was a legal assistant and office manager with the Frith & Steffan Law Office, in Devils Lake. She completed her paralegal degree at LRSC in May of 2010, and just completed her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and International Business from Minot State University. Tabitha grew up in South Florida, where she worked in the private aviation industry with some famous clients. "She has some interesting stories from those days," remarked her new boss, Edie Armey. "She brings diversity as well as years of professional, polished, experience - all things much needed in our world of customized training."  In 2000, Tabitha visited North Dakota and was so taken by its beauty and serenity, she decided to say goodbye to the Atlantic ocean and relocate to the waves of grain. In her spare time, Tabitha enjoys spending time reading, practicing yoga, and playing outdoor sports with her son.

Jill Morseth, Account Specialist

(701) 795-3707

Born and raised in “The Valley”, Jill says that she is proud to be working in the TrainND department helping to make a difference for workers close to home.  Jill graduated from Aaker’s Business College with a Medical Secretary Diploma.  “My former career was with the United States Postal Service.  After 26 years of service to the public, I retired as a Postmaster.  Customer service and management are two skills that I feel will transition well into my new career—I know the importance of serving customers in a friendly, caring, and efficient manner; and, that being organized is a must in today’s busy world.”

Annie Alexander, Operations Manager

(701) 662-1584

Annie Alexander has returned to TrainND Northeast to fill the new position of Operations Manager. “Annie’s attention to detail, commitment to accuracy, and straight forward communication is the perfect recipe for this position. Annie is industrious, energetic, and committed to giving our team, our clients and our participants top-notch service,” remarked Edie Armey, Director. Annie is married and enjoys family time at the lake and watching their children in their shooting sports. Annie said, “Being able to provide our community and region life-long training through our Workforce Training and Community Education is gratifying.  It’s a pleasure to help people sharpen current skills and learn new things to better themselves, their employers, and other lives they touch.”
Grace Kurtz is an energetic trainer, and she admits, sometimes loud! She earned a BA in Business Marketing from Mercyhurst University in PA and a MEd in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University in MA. With 20 years of experience in administration, management and sales, she engages participants in thoughtful and lively discussion and is adept at helping leaders learn to make sound business decisions. She specializes in soft skills training such as workplace communications, customer service, coaching, generations, team building, leadership, employee motivation, personality styles, and project management. Grace has worked with TrainND since 2009.

Terri Horpedahl brings a high energy presence and a diverse career to TrainND. She has  had two dream careers—one in education and one in sales. In both, she helped others achieve their goals. Since 2005, she has won travel, prizes, and recognition for her sales achievements, become a division manager, taught a web course, and presented at national conferences. Still a teacher at heart, Terri’s training philosophy is to dream as big as you can, believe you can achieve, and then become the person to accomplish it. She knows it works because she’s done it! Terri joined Train ND in 2011 and specializes in soft skills training such as communication, customer service, leadership, and motivation.

 Terry Beich  

Terry Beich’s keenness makes his classes fun. Terry has worked in the education field for over 20 years with a wide range of students. He currently teaches courses for Lake Region State College and Park University at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. He is a graduate of Southwest State University, Winona State University, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He holds BA and BS degrees in Speech/Theatre Arts, Physical Education, and Education as well as an MA degree in Theatre Arts/Communications. 

Jolie Johnston enjoys working with students and seeing them succeed. She is a facilitator who develops curriculum for Sanford Health, with a focus on new employee orientation. She specializes in Microsoft® products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. A friendly, positive trainer and communicator, Jolie believes learning should be fun and exciting. She hopes participants can take at least one new idea or process and implement it in their work to make their day a bit easier. Jolie finds joy in seeing that "a-ha" moment. She has a BS degree in Business Management from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND.
Kyle Ternes has served as a law enforcement officer for over 20 years, with more than 10 years experience in a mid-level management position. Kyle is highly structured and gives tremendous attention to detail. He motivates participants to stay on track to achieve their goals. He often says, "You have to know where you are going if you want to get there!" Kyle is a graduate of Lake Region State College and Mayville State University. He holds a BS degree in Business Administration with specializations in Marketing and Management.  He is a time management expert, and has conducted trainings on coaching and conflict, meetings, delegation, and business communications. Kyle joined TrainND's team February 2011.
 MissyOhe.jpg   Missy Ohe has spent more than 20 years encouraging and inspiring clients in a variety of roles, including keynote and breakout speaking, hosting a weekly radio program, writing magazine articles and a quote book, coaching business individuals, and facilitating groups of various sizes. Missy's style is upbeat and leaves you with information that you can utilize on a daily basis.
Melissa Moser, BSN, RN, is the CNA Lead Instructor and Health Career Training Specialist for TrainND Northeast. Melissa's goal is to ensure her participants are well-prepared for their certification exams, as well as the health career that lies ahead. She coordinates the In Home Care Provider program that trains Qualified Service Providers for the ND Division of Medical Services. Formerly, she served as the school nurse at Head Start and worked with the geriatric population at Heartland Care Center. Melissa also serves as a part-time clinical instructor for the Dakota Nursing Program Melissa's passion is, "teaching others to care for people."
Registered Nurse Trainers

Qualified Service Providers (QSPs) are friends, family and community members who care for people who want to continue living in their own homes. TrainND Northeast, in conjunction with the Department of Human Services (DHS), provides instruction to potential QSPs. 40 Registered Nurses (RNs) throughout the state are contracted as part-time trainers. This is a great service to the home care giving community so people do not have to travel long distances to get quality instruction. DHS covers the cost of training except for a $10 processing fee.
Greg Blanchfield is an experienced instructor for CDL, aviation  ground school, and commercial  pilot. "I want participants to gain insight into what it means to be responsible, legally capable, and safe," Greg says. "My objective is that they leave with the confidence to pass the tests and the commitment to be a responsible driver." He has an easy, relaxed style and relates well with participants. Greg received his education at Lake Region State College and UND. He holds a commercial pilot's license and teaches ground school for LRSC's simulator technician program. Greg's many experiences keep his students intrigued.
 Edie Armey is the director for TrainND Northeast. Additionally, she is an experienced trainer and public speaker, focusing on topics including communications, motivation, leadership, and computer skills. "I have always advocated for employees. Workforce training gives me the way to show employees how they can increase their value to an employer—for me, the bottom line is always people." Edie says. Prior to joining TrainND, Edie served as the LRSC Program Manager, assisting the Vice President of Academic Affairs in maintaining and coordinating learning programs. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from North Dakota State University and certification for Business and Office Education by the ND Department of Career and Technical Education.
Jay Johnson is the instructor for the Wind Energy Technician Program at LRSC.  Additionally, Jay helped build the program from the ground up (so to speak). Before joining LRSC, Jay was a technician at Langdon Wind, the wind farm near Langdon, ND.  Jay has a BS in Industrial Technology and a MA in Communications from UND.
Cindy Brown enjoys working with people of all ages and says, "It's never too late to learn something new!" She graduated from Valley City State University with majors in Business Administration & Business Education, and earned a masters degree in Educational Leadership from NDSU. With her vocational certifications in Business Technology and Marketing, as well as certification as a Microsoft® Office Specialist, Cindy is truly a subject matter expert. Cindy has worked with TrainND since June 2009.
Rick Senger has extensive experience in law enforcement and martial arts. "When a master is no longer a student he is no longer a master," Rick says. "Always be learning, then give it away. To teach is to learn twice." He is a Navy veteran and has been teaching martial arts since 1985. He has conducted trainings in self-defense and personal protection to groups, such as police officers, nurses, teachers, women's groups, state organizations, Canadian RCMP officers, North Dakota National Guard security personnel, and private security firms. His certifications include Japan Karate-do Ryobu-kai, Redman (force on force), P.P.C.T. Defensive Tactics, and pepper spray. Rick earned a BA in Business from Dickinson State University.
Jack Knopp   Jack Knopp has taught business and technology related classes for over 25 years. His relaxed, laid back approach in the classroom helps relieve students of the “fear factor” when dealing with new topics and technology. Jack admits that his passion for helping people is the driving force behind his love of sharing his knowledge and skills. While Jack has taught from middle school to college; his fondest memories are of his Adult Education classes. One of his favorite quotes is the Chinese adage, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Jack has a BS and MS in Business Education, and has completed his coursework for his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, all from UND.

TrainND Northeast Advisory Board Members

President Brad Ortzman Assembly Director Ideal Aerosmith
Keith Reitmeier Manager Job Service North Dakota
Lori Brown Director of Finance Spirit Lake Nation
Dennis Johnson Representative District 15
Ashley Decker General Manager Amazing Grains
Karissa Olson Administrator Heartland Care Center
Mike Venaccio Corporate Risk Manager Strata Corporation
Kathy Langowski Learning Coordinator Altru Health Systems
Kim Klinger HR Manager/Safety Training Custom Aire
Matt Slater General Manager Pizza Ranch

Ex-Officio Committee

Dr. Doug Darling President Lake Region State College
Edith (Edie) Armey Director Lake Region State College
Lloyd Halvorson Vice President Academic Affairs Lake Region State College

Statewide Workforce Training Network

Williston State College
Northwest region
Lake Region State College
Northeast region
 Bismarck State College
Southwest region
   ND State College of Science
Southeast region

Together TrainND is equipped to serve North Dakota workforce.  Our strength lies in the North Dakota University System. We comprise the largest network of academic and vocational specialists in the state. We work together to provide training for virtually every industry, in every corner of North Dakota.

Job Service North Dakota
has a long standing relationship with North Dakota’s workforce training system, TrainND. This relationship is beneficial to our citizens as they strive to enhance their working skills and increase their knowledge database.

Job Service provides funding to assist businesses with investment in training. Workforce 20/20 is a program to assist North Dakota businesses and industries in retraining and upgrading worker's skills to meet demands of new technologies and work methods.

The North Dakota New Jobs Training Program provides incentives to businesses that are creating new employment opportunities through business expansion and relocation to the state. The program provides primary sector businesses with no-cost funding to help offset the cost of training new employees.

The Department of Human Services partners with TrainND Northeast to train in-home care providers.  To participate in the training, individuals must first contact their county social service office for a referral to the training program.

The North Dakota Small Business Administration, working together with an extensive network of public and private resource partners, is dedicated to assisting the small business community and promoting economic development in the State of North Dakota.

Additional Partners and Collaborations

In addition to the alliances listed above, TrainND Northeast relies on contact with local, regional, and national organizations for demographic information, workplace trend information, service referrals, and consultation. Partnerships with regional economic developers have proved to be a valuable resource for rural and small businesses in Northeastern North Dakota. Links to some of these organizations are listed here for reference.

Cavalier County JDA
Forward Devils Lake
New Rockford Area Betterment Corporation
Pembina County Job Development Authority
Rolla JDA
Towner County EDC 


Provides training for North Dakota business and industry enhancing their ability to compete globally.


The goal of TrainND Northeast is to meet the workforce training needs of business and industry in northeast North Dakota by serving as facilitator and coordinator in the arrangement and delivery of training.

TrainND Northeast covers 10 counties in the northeast corner of the state: Rolette, Towner, Cavalier, Pembina, Benson, Ramsey, Walsh, Eddy, Nelson, and Grand Forks counties.

TrainND values Training that is:

 provided WHEN our customers need it
 designed for WHAT our customers need
 customized to SUIT our customers need
 developed with CURRENT trends in mind
 instructors who FIT the topic and the audience
 statewide partnerships to COLLABORATE efficiently
 committed to RESPOND promptly

American Productivity and Quality Center
An internationally recognized resource for process and performance improvement, APQC helps organizations adapt to rapidly changing environments, build new and better ways to work, and succeed in a competitive marketplace.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.

Business Week Online (small businesses)
Online version of the business magazine with emphasis on small business features and articles.

Discover North Dakota
Official home page for the State of North Dakota.

ND Department of Career and Technical Education
The mission of the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education is to work with others to provide all North Dakota citizens with the technical skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for successful performance in a globally competitive workplace.

ND Tourism
Official Web site of the North Dakota Tourism Division. Articles and links to activities and events throughout the state.

ND University System
Organized as a system in 1990, the North Dakota University System is made up of 11 public colleges and universities governed by the State Board of Higher Education.

Devils Lake Office


Grand Forks Office


Erlandson Wing of the Technical Education Center
1801 College Drive N
Devils Lake ND
  Grand Forks Job Service
1501 28th Ave South
Grand Forks ND 58201

(701) 795-3707


TrainND Northeast
Lake Region State College
1801 College Drive N
Devils Lake ND 58301-1598

Phone: 1-800-443-1313
FAX:  (701) 662-1570