Fargo ND Region Team

Mark Anderson


Mark has many years of experience in banking and utilizes his experience in his role as both President and CEO of BlackRidge Financial and as the Region President for BlackRidgeBANK. In his role at BlackRidgeBANK, Mark provides leadership and support for all of the BlackRidgeBANK activities in the Fargo-Moorhead and West Fargo market. He has earned multiple doctorates and masters degrees and also holds professional designations as a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder. In his free time, Mark serves as an Adjunct Professor in Finance and serves on the MSUM School of Business Advisory Council. He has also served on multiple nonprofit organization boards of directors.

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Laurie Pulkrabek

Vice President & Director of Bank Operations

Laurie has spent her entire professional career in banking,utilizing her extensive background in management, operations and retail banking to ensure that BlackRidgeBANK customers receive only the highest levels of quality and functionality. In her spare time, Laurie enjoys reading, going to the lake, shopping and spending time with family and friends.

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Marc Knutson

Vice President & Business Banking Manager

Marc has more than 7 years of experience in the banking industry. With BlackRidgeBANK, he enjoys creating customized lending solutions that fit his clients’ needs and also provides leadership on the business banking side in the Fargo region. A native of Fargo, Marc is a 2006 graduate of North Dakota State University, with a degree in business administration and a concentration in finance. In his spare time, Marc enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, working on cars and enjoying the outdoors.

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Kyle Haugland

Commercial Loan Officer

Kyle has more than 10 years in the banking industry. As a commercial loan officer, he values his relationships with his customers and takes pride in his high level of service. Kyle earned his degree from North Dakota State University in 2006 in business administration with a concentration in finance. Outside of the office, Kyle enjoys playing golf, following sports and spending quality time with his family and friends.

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Diana Chase

Assistant Vice President & Client Services Officer

Diana brings with her over 24 years of extensive banking experience in areas of consumer lending, operations and auditing. Her philosophy has always been to provide the highest quality of customer service to Clients by assisting them with attaining the best consumer products and services to meet their individual needs. In her role as AVP & Client Services Officer, Diana has access to a vast range of consumer products to assist her in continuing her exceptional customer service to the Clients of BlackRidgeBANK. In her spare time, Diana likes spending time at the lake, walking, watching sports, movies  and being with her family and friends.

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Jenni Peters

Vice President & Cash Management Officer

Jenni has over 12 years of banking experience in various capacities including audit, compliance, risk management, lending, operations and personal/commercial banking.  As the Cash Management Officer with BlackRidgeBANK, Jenni identifies deposit solutions to meet our commercial clients' everyday  needs.  She goes above and beyond expectations to create an outstanding banking experience for clients.  Jenni is a South Dakota State University graduate with a degree in Consumer Affairs.  In her spare time, Jenni enjoys running, shopping, volunteering in the community, and spending time with her husband and children.

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Jesse Rostad

Mortgage Loan Officer

Jesse has worked in the banking industry for more than 12 years.  As a mortgage loan officer he takes pride in finding a strategy that works with each of his customer's financial goals.  A native of Barnesville, MN, Jesse earned his business degree in 2001 from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.  Outside of the office, Jesse enjoys spending time with his family, going to the lakes, and following sports.

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Brenda Holman

Mortgage Loan Officer

Brenda has over 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry with experience in various banks before joining BlackRidgeBANK as a Mortgage Loan Officer. She specializes in programs like Rural Development, First Time home buyer loans and VA loans. Her passion is in helping people find a way to buy their first home or build their dream home. In her free time Brenda enjoys spending time at the lakes with her spouse and three children.

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Mike Mihulka

Mortgage Loan Officer

Mike has worked over eight years in both banking and mortgage. He brings previous experience in mortgages from Town and Country Credit Union to his position as a Mortgage Loan Officer with BlackRidgeBANK and enjoys helping people with USDA loans. When not in the office, Mike participates in various sports and cheers on his children in their travel ball sports. His family also enjoys watching hockey and are avid UND Fighting Sioux Hockey fans.

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Kayla Kallander

Mortgage Loan Officer

Originally from Walhalla, ND, Kayla has been in the banking industry since 2003. Kayla graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Kayla finds creative solutions for her mortgage clients and ensures that they receive a superior level of service. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys playing volleyball, running with her dog, cooking, and traveling with her husband.

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Nicole Rousar

Assistant Vice President & Retail Services Manager

Nicole has more than 5 years of banking experience, and now supervises the Customer Service Representative team, assists commercial and consumer deposit clients with all their banking needs, assists with cash/security controls; oversees IRA/ HSA exception processing, procedures and reporting; and supports management of Retail initiatives. Nicole joined our team in 2012. She is a graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead. In Nicole's spare time, she enjoys spending time playing volleyball, running mid-distant races, and volunteering at her church.

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Jaramie Schoepp

Assistant Vice President – Credit Manager

Jaramie has over fifteen years of banking experience in various capacities including commercial lending, agribusiness, capital markets, audit, credit, consumer lending/underwriting, compliance, and lending operations.  As a credit manager with BlackRidgeBANK, he is responsible for managing portfolio risk and providing credit expertise to customers.  Jaramie is a University of North Dakota and University of Mary graduate with Bachelor of Science and Masters of Business Management degrees.  In his spare time, Jaramie enjoys golfing, coaching hockey and spending time with family and friends.

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Sarah Larson

Credit Analyst

Sarah has 20 years of experience in banking and accounting, including financial statement preparation and analysis, small business development, SBA lending/underwriting, compliance, commercial and ag credit underwriting, and loan operations/servicing. In her role as Credit Analyst, Sarah provides credit expertise, focusing on credit review and portfolio risk management. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in accounting. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys golfing, volleyball, and strength training, as well spending time with family and friends.

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