Vicki Stewart is the Executive Director of Business Resource Network in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Vicki has a B.A. in religion with a minor in psychology from Augustana University. She has worked in the field of disabilities for 30 years. Vicki serves on the Pathways to Inclusive and Equitable Workplaces Board, the Advisory Committee for Business Administration and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Technical College, the USD Health Sciences Advisory Board, the State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation and the South Dakota Parent Connection Board. She is a WINDMILLS: Changing the Perception of Abilities certified trainer.
Bonnie Duffy, Owner, Duffy Appraisals - Board Chair
Bonnie owns and operates Duffy Appraisals with her husband. She has been an appraiser since 1995 in addition to many years of experience with multiple boards, including Minnehaha County Planning and Zoning, Interlakes Community Action Partnership, East Dakota Educational Foundation, East Dakota Educational Cooperative, and Brandon Valley School Board.
Vicki Nelson, District Supervisor, Division of Rehabilitation Services - Vice Chair
Vicki Nelson currently serves as District Supervisor for the Division of Rehabilitation Services. She is a Certified Senior Rehabilitation Counselor and served in this capacity for 19 years, until she was appointed District Supervisor in 2014. Vicki received a BA Degree from South Dakota State University and a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from California State University in Sacramento. Vicki has worked in the field of disabilities for over 30 years. She has served on the Mayor’s Disability Awareness Commission and was a past President of the SD RehabACTion. She is currently a member of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month committee, TBI Workgroup, and Consumer Advisory Committee member.
Pat Herman, Department Manager/Event Planner, USD Center for Disabilities - Board Secretary/Treasurer
Patricia Herman, a native South Dakotan, is a problem solver, advocate, and architect of change who works to assist others in reaching their full potential. Graduating from Augustana College with no plans, an internship sparked an interest leading to a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a 20-year career in that field. Opening the door to new experiences, she joined the Center of Disabilities in October 2014 where she applies her management, planning, and communications experience to community outreach, special projects and grants. When not at the office, Herman is a champion dog sitter; DIY-er with home improvement projects; board game player; and a board member for the Sioux Falls History Club and Sioux Falls Community Veterans Engagement Board.
Dawn Ingalls, Human Resource Manager, Raven Industries, Inc.
Dawn Ingalls is a Human Resource Professional and has worked in the field for over 30 years. 15 of these years were spent in the banking industry with Citibank and BankFirst, 15 years in healthcare human resources with Avera, and currently HR Manager at Raven Industries, Inc. Dawn is SPHR Certified, has her SHRM-SCP, and is a Certified DiSC Facilitator. Dawn’s role as an HR Generalist, HR Manager, and Director of Workforce Engagement have given her the opportunity to work in the areas of Employment, Compensation, Benefits, Employee Relations, Leadership Development, and Employee Engagement.
Dawn has volunteered her time in the past as a Hartford City Council Member, SESHRM Board Member, and CCD teacher. She has been a Junior Achievement teacher in the West Central School District for the past 11 years, and regularly volunteers to pack meals for Kids Against Hunger.
Kellie Hauglid, Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor, Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired
Kellie Hauglid is a the Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor for the Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired. Kellie began working for the Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired in early 2011 as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. Kellie is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Kellie received a Bachelor’s Degree from South Dakota State University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Human Resource Development, double specialized in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling and Agency/Community Counseling. She also has a Vision Specialist graduate certificate from Mississippi State University. She serves on the National Disability Employment Awareness Month committee.
Joel Sylvester, Chief Marketing Officer, Five Star Call Centers
Joel Sylvester is the Chief Marketing Officer at Five Star Call Centers. Joel has spent the past 25 years building award winning customer service and contact center teams across the United States and internationally. At Five Star Joel works with a variety of industries including healthcare, financial services, retail, hospitality, technology, and others to develop custom world class customer service solutions. Joel and his partners provide employment opportunities for a variety of different skill levels and experience levels in Sioux Falls, SD North Sioux City SD, Fargo, ND, Wichita, KS, and Tulsa, OK.
Sara Garbe, Local Office Manager, South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
Sara Garbe has been with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation - Sioux Falls Office since 2008 and is currently the Local Office Manager. She has a B.A. from Augustana University in Psychology and Sociology and a graduate certificate from the University of South Dakota in State Government Leadership.Sara also serves as a volunteer on the Sioux Empire United Way’s Community Impact Team, the WomenUnite marketing committee, and is a volunteer with Junior Achievement.
Katie Medema, Vocational Specialist
Katie Medema is in private practice providing mental health and vocational rehabilitation services in conjunction with Vocational Rehabilitation, Division of Human Services, State of South Dakota. Katie has a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Avila University and a Master's Degree from South Dakota State University in Counseling and Human Resource Development, with specializations in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. Katie is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and a Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP). Katie also serves as a volunteer for the Alzheimer's Association.
Kory Allen, VP Retail Director & Branch Development, Security Bank Midwest
Kory Allen is the Retail Director for Security Bank Midwest. Kory has spent the past 20 years in the banking and financial services across the state of South Dakota. Kory has held a variety of roles from Collections, Customer Service, Training, Sales, Staff Development and Retail Banking. With his leadership role, Kory has focused his passion in the areas of recruitment and staff development, building relationships, strategic coaching to production targets and community outreach. Volunteering in the communities he has served has led to relationships with Special Olympics, Junior Achievement, Kiwanis, Varsity Baltic/Chester/Flandreau Fastpitch Softball Coach, Boys and Girls Club, Parks & Rec Board, Academic Mentorship with local schools and the United Way.
Peter Klein, Business Liaison Consultant, Wells Fargo Bank
Peter Klein is a Vice President, Business Liaison Consultant for Wells Fargo Bank. Peter has spent the past 14 years with Wells Fargo and held different positions within the bank from Student Loans Originator, Service Manager, and Branch Manager, to Regional Banking District Manager. Within his current role, Peter conducts research on customer escalated complaints to identify systemic issues. Those issues are presented to a line of business leaders to implement and make the necessary changes for a better customer experience. In addition to his role, Peter is the Chair for the South Dakota Pride Team Member Network at Wells Fargo which has over 370 members. Peter also is a member of the South Dakota Bankers Association Emerging Leader Group. Peter has a strong passion for giving back to the community and has spent time volunteering with the Boys and Girls Clubs, Feeding South Dakota, Junior Achievement, Mentorship Programs, Community Support Campaign, Arthritis Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity.
Valerie Loudenback, Vice President/Owner, Grand Prairie Foods
Valerie Loudenback has been the Vice President/Owner of Grand Prairie Foods since 2012. Prior to this, she was the Founder/Executive Director of Dress for Success. Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Communications from Ohio State University. She is also active on the following boards: REACH Literacy, EmBe, South Dakota Voices for Justice, and Dakota Horizons Girl Scouts.
Rylan Pearson, Chiropractor at ChiroFamily
Dr. Rylan was born in California but soon moved to Chamberlain, South Dakota. After high school, he joined the Marines. While serving he sustained an injury, was medically discharged, and went to further his education at Mitchell Tech where he graduated as a Lineman. After a fall on the job injuring his right foot and many surgeries later, he decided to switch careers and become a Chiropractor. In 2019 Dr. Rylan made the choice to amputate his right foot to avoid further bone fusions and constant pain. Now he loves playing adaptive sports and meeting other amputees and hearing their stories. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2021. He and his wife founded ChiroFamily in 2021. Dr. Rylan enjoys spending time with his kiddos, fishing, and learning new things.
Dawn Uthe, Human Resources Director, Carsforsale.com
Dawn Uthe is a HR Professional with over 30 years of Human Resources experience. She is currently the Human Resources Director at Carsforsale.com and previous HR experience includes 17 years at Citibank and 16 years at Capital One, formerly HSBC. Her work experience includes the management of recruiting and marketing strategies for the business, business client relationships, employee relations and training/development of current employees and the leadership team.
Dawn serves on the National Academy of Finance Board and has been a Junior Achievement teacher in the community for over 16 years. She is active in the SHRM local chapter and is a past SESHRM Board Member. Dawn is a Sioux Falls native and is active in the community; you may find her teaching classes on Human Resources to High School students or patrons at the Center for Active Generations. Dawn is PHR certified and maintains her SHRM-CP certification.
Julie Benz, Assistant Vice President of Ortho/Neuro/Rehab, Avera McKennan
Julie Benz has over 29 years of experience in healthcare, working as a physical therapist and in leadership in rehabilitation at Avera McKennan. Julie is the business liaison for Avera McKennan on the Project SEARCH Transition Program. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at the YWCA in Sioux Falls Julie received a BS Degree from the University of South Dakota, Certificate of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Administrative Studies from the University of South Dakota.
Jennifer Erickson, Co-Owner, Dolcezza Vita, LLC
Jennifer Erickson worked for Marathon Oil for 12 years as a process engineer and natural gas marketer after obtaining her Chemical Engineering degree at Tulsa University. She also obtained her MBA at Houston Baptist University. Her desire to leave the big city of Houston led her to seek employment closer to her family ties in the Midwest. She was National Marketer for MidAmerican Energy in Sioux City, IA for 2 years. She left Mid-American Energy in 1996 to join a start-up company located in Sioux Falls, PAM Natural Gas. Pam Natural Gas grew, and she bought into the partnership. The company was sold in 1998 and she became a Vice President with Otter Tail Power until she decided not to relocate. She and co-owner Beth Behal opened Camille’s Sidewalk Café in 2003 and operated this business until it was sold in 2019. She and Beth currently own Una Dolcezza Vita LLC.
Terry Rist, Credit Analyst, Black Hills Federal Credit Union
Terry Rist obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Augustana College and began a career in banking in 1993 with Norwest Bank. He is currently employed at Great Western Bank in Sioux Falls as a Senior Commercial Credit Analyst. Terry became paralyzed in 1983 as a result of a diving accident and has used a wheelchair for mobility since.