Business briefs: Andersen Corp. names new chief human resources officer

Andersen Corporation today named Karen Richard as senior vice president and chief Human Resources officer. She succeeds SVP and Chief Administrative Officer Mary Carter, who is retiring Feb. 14.

Karen Richard
Karen Richard

“Karen brings a strong track record in building company culture, engaging employees and developing leaders,” Andersen Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jay Lund said. “She is a well-rounded and accomplished leader with a unique blend of Finance, Sales Strategy and Human Resources experience. She will be a great addition to the Andersen leadership team.”

Richard comes to Andersen from Minnesota-based mattress manufacturer and retailer Select Comfort, where she spent the majority of her career in progressive positions, most recently as their CHRO and senior vice president of Human Capital. At Andersen, she will be responsible for Human Resources, Corporate Communications, Community Relations, and Code and Regulatory Affairs. Karen serves on the board of directors for Make A Wish Minnesota. She has also served on the executive advisory board of People Answers, and on the board of directors, as board and executive committee chair and as a member of the Finance committee at St. David’s Center.

Mary Carter retires after 16 years with Andersen. “During Mary’s career with Andersen, we benefited from her extensive Human Resources experience as well as her leadership, which spanned development of the functions of Quality, Sustainability, Real Estate and Facilities, Communications, Community Relations, and Code and Regulatory Affairs,” Lund said. “She built an exceptional team of strong leaders, who will carry on her legacy of doing the right thing and leading for the future.”

Park Dental, St. Croix Valley Dental merge

Park Dental, an independent group practice based in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, has announced that St. Croix Valley Dental’s 14 general dentists and eight practice locations have merged with Park Dental effective Jan. 1. The combined organization now boasts a total of 111 doctors and 36 practice locations operating under the Park Dental name.

“St. Croix Valley Dental was dentist-owned and managed and this will continue to be the case,” said Dr. John Gulon, president of Park Dental. “We share the same core values of providing quality, patient-centered care, and both practices believe in the importance of oral health as a component of one’s overall health.”

“St. Croix Valley Dental’s similar philosophies make it a natural fit with Park Dental,” added Pete Swenson, Park Dental chief administrative officer. “Our strategies align very well, as do the communities we serve. There is very little overlap.”

St. Croix Valley Dental was comprised of young, driven doctors with a passion for enhancing dental care for all patients. The group has provided patients with exceptional dental care for more than 40 years. In joining forces with Park Dental, St. Croix Valley Dental shares the same unique practice model that enables dentists to work cooperatively, participate in quality assurance activities and collaborate to provide the best possible experience to each patient.

“The combined resources and talents of our two groups will further strengthen our presence in the Twin Cities market,” said Dr. Chris Browning of the former St. Croix Valley Dental.

“It’s an exciting growth opportunity for us and for our team members, and our patients will benefit from our shared approach and the expanded presence and experience we will have in combination with Park Dental,” said Dr. Lori Gmeinder, also of the former St. Croix Valley Dental.

The combination of St. Croix Valley Dental and Park Dental helps expand the new combined group’s geographic coverage throughout the seven counties in the Twin Cities metro area and into western Wisconsin. St. Croix Valley Dental doctors, team members and patients will benefit from Park Dental’s 40 plus years of experience in developing the structure and systems required to efficiently and effectively operate a large dental group practice. As the newly combined practice, Park Dental and St. Croix Valley Dental are committed to advancing the practice of dentistry through their involvement with the American Dental Association and the Minnesota Dental Association.

Kohl’s Cares scholarship applications

The Kohl’s Department Stores Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program will award nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes this year to more than 2,300 young volunteers who have made a positive impact in their communities.

Nominations for kids ages 6-18 will be accepted through March 14 at

Kohl’s is encouraging parents, teachers, neighbors and friends to nominate outstanding youth, in celebration of their time, energy and passion to helping others.

Two nominees from each of the more than 1,100 Kohl’s stores nationwide will win a $50 Kohl’s gift card and nearly 200 will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward higher education. Ten national winners will be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for higher education, and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf.