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Steve Westra

Commissioner: Steve joined the GOED team as Commissioner in January 2019. Prior to joining the GOED, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Hegg Companies.

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Joe Fiala

Community Developent Director: Joe oversees a statewide community development strategy that will assist local economic development corporations in positioning their community or region for economic growth. Joe can be reached at (605) 204-2306.

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Scott Amundson

Scott is the Community Development Representative assigned to northeast South Dakota. He provides technical assistance to economic development organizations and connects communities in his region with resources and tools available to promote growth. Scott can be reached at (605) 280-6299.

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Adam Molseed

Adam is the Community Development Representative assigned to southeast South Dakota. He provides technical assistance to economic development organizations and connects communities in his region with the resources and tools available to promote growth. Adam can be reached at (605) 367-4654.

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Lori Frederick

Lori is the Community Development Representative assigned to western South Dakota. She provides technical assistance to economic development organizations and connects communities in her region with the resources and tools available to promote growth. Lori can be reached at (605) 641-8320.

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Kristen Honey

Kristen is the Business Development Representative assigned to Lincoln and Minnehaha counties in South Dakota. She is responsible for generating leads, promoting business growth, expanding job opportunities in the state and conducting Retention and Expansion visits with existing South Dakota companies. Kristen can be reached at (605) 367-4301.

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Lisa Zens

Lisa is the Business Development Representative assigned to southeast South Dakota. She is responsible for generating leads, promoting business growth, expanding job opportunities in the state and conducting Retention and Expansion visits with existing South Dakota companies. Lisa can be reached at (605) 941-6342.

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Kyle Peters

Kyle is the Business Development Representative assigned to north central South Dakota. He is responsible for generating leads, promoting business growth, expanding job opportunities in the state and conducting Retention and Expansion visits with existing South Dakota companies. Kyle can be reached at (605) 773-5652.

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Dave Skaggs

Dave is the Business Development Representative assigned to north central South Dakota. He is responsible for generating leads, promoting business growth, expanding job opportunities in the state and conducting Retention and Expansion visits with existing South Dakota companies. Dave can be reached at (605) 280-4837.

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Haylee Beehler

Haylee is the Business Development Representative assigned to western South Dakota. She is responsible for generating leads, promoting business growth, expanding job opportunities in the state and conducting Retention and Expansion visits with existing South Dakota companies. Haylee can be reached at (605) 280-9075.

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Bryan Sanderson

Bryan Sanderson

Bryan is the Business Development Representative assigned to south central South Dakota. He is responsible for generating leads, promoting business growth, expanding job opportunities in the state and conducting Retention and Expansion visits with existing South Dakota companies. Bryan can be reached at (605) 999-5122.

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Jeremy Freking

Jeremy Freking

Jeremy is the Business Development Representative assigned to Lincoln and Minnehaha counties in South Dakota. He is responsible for generating leads, promoting business growth, expanding job opportunities in the state and conducting Retention and Expansion visits with existing South Dakota companies. Jeremy can be reached at (605) 295-1635.

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Nate Graf

Nate Graf

Nate is the Business Development Representative assigned to northeast South Dakota. He is responsible for generating leads, promoting business growth, expanding job opportunities in the state and conducting Retention and Expansion visits with existing South Dakota companies. Nate can be reached at (605) 400-4751.

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Cassie Stoeser

Finance Director: Cassie's responsibilities include managing the various loan portfolios, other finance programs and finance staff.

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Cassidy Kulesa

Assistant Finance Director: Cassidy serves as the lead on the REDI (Revolving Economic Development & Initiative) Fund, as well as oversees the EDFA Bonds. In addition to her direct contact with borrowers, Cassidy also assists with management of the finance team.

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LaJena Gruis

Senior Loan Officer/Grant Coordinator: LaJena works with businesses across the state seeking funding from the MicroLOAN and SD Works programs, as well as coordinates the Building SD and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs.

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Ann Gesick Johnson

Workforce Training Coordinator: Ann works closely with business leaders on the Workforce Development Program to provide grants to companies to assist with training employees. Ann also administers the Dakota Seeds program, which helps businesses create internships and assistantships.

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Dale Knapp

Loan/Finance Specialist: Dale performs internal accounting duties for the various loan portfolios, administers contracts for the Future Fund, and serves as a project manager on various projects within finance.

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Paul Mehlhaff

CDBG Program Accountant: Paul handles the fiscal side of the CDBG program and administers the Energy and Ethanol Infrastructure grant programs. He also assists with administrative work on other federal grants, including processing payment vouchers, federal reporting requirements, database maintenance and fiscal grant management accounting.

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Ashley Moore

Loan Servicing Agent: Ashley is responsible for maintaining the finance division's loan portfolios, providing monthly and annual reports, and organizing and summarizing the monthly board meetings.

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Mary Lehecka Nelson

Marketing Director: Mary coordinates and implements the office marketing efforts. She works closely with development directors, advertising agencies and staff to ensure effective internal and external communications.

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Natalie Likness

Content Development Coordinator: Natalie is responsible for creating content on GOED’s websites. She is the lead on writing and managing printed pieces such as the annual report, industry specifics publications and our finance piece. She also serves as the editor of all electronic newsletters produced by the office. She is instrumental in the planning of the Governor’s Economic Development Conference and assists with several of the key prospecting events.

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Ashley McCloud

Graphic Designer: Ashley is responsible for creating and designing various GOED collateral print projects including brochures, newsletters, reports, conference materials and other promotional materials.

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Amy Gabriel

Outreach Specialist: Amy is responsible for assisting with lead generation through our marketing outreach program. In addition to researching and generating lists, Amy is also the one who reaches out to potential prospects through direct mail, phone calls and Linked In.

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Taylor Cole

Web/Digital Marketing Coordinator: Taylor is responsible for maintaining and designing all office websites. She is also the lead on our social media efforts, including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. She assists with prospect development through videos, presentations and other digital promotional materials.

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Mark Boehm

Tax & Industry Analyst: Mark's area of expertise includes income taxes, excise taxes, economic analysis, and finance. He provides tax savings analysis to out-of-state companies that are considering locating in South Dakota. Mark researches tax and regulatory issues for internal and external customers.

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Jenny Ondell

Data Coordinator: Jenny incorporates GIS technology into publications and presentations. She is the lead person in researching, developing, and assembling key industry packets of information for companies looking to expand into South Dakota, along with the information packets used at key industry trade shows attended by GOED staff.

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Travis Dovre

Director of the Administrative Division: Travis provides direction, coordination and supervision to meet the fiscal, human resources and office management needs of the Departments of Economic Development and Tourism.

Travis.Dovre@sdreadytowork.com
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Marcy Olsen

Administrative Assistant: Marcy handles Commissioner Westra's scheduling, assists with special projects and mailings, and serves as receptionist in the Sioux Falls office.

Travis.Dovre@sdreadytowork.com
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Brenda Badger

Support Coordinator/Accounting Assistant: Brenda is responsible for accounts payable, contracts and purchase order file maintenance. She also coordinates office efforts with Central Services agencies.

Travis.Dovre@sdreadytowork.com
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Karen Hirsch

Office Travel Coordinator/Fiscal Assistant: Karen manages office vehicles (scheduling, maintenance, etc). She reimburses employees' travel, processes and prepares non cash vouchers and vendor payments, and prepares cash receipt transmittals for the various divisions within the department.

Travis.Dovre@sdreadytowork.com
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Darcy Sorenson

Project Specialist: Darcy assists all divisions in the office with special projects, procurement needs, and database maintenance.

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Steve Westra

Commissioner: Steve joined the GOED team as Commissioner in January 2019. Prior to joining the GOED, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Hegg Companies.

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Joe Fiala

Community Developent Director: Joe oversees a statewide community development strategy that will assist local economic development corporations in positioning their community or region for economic growth. Joe can be reached at (605) 204-2306.

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Scott Amundson

Scott is the Community Development Representative assigned to northeast South Dakota. He provides technical assistance to economic development organizations and connects communities in his region with resources and tools available to promote growth. Scott can be reached at (605) 280-6299.

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Adam Molseed

Adam is the Community Development Representative assigned to southeast South Dakota. He provides technical assistance to economic development organizations and connects communities in his region with the resources and tools available to promote growth. Adam can be reached at (605) 367-4654.

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Lori Frederick

Lori is the Community Development Representative assigned to western South Dakota. She provides technical assistance to economic development organizations and connects communities in her region with the resources and tools available to promote growth. Lori can be reached at (605) 641-8320.

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Kristen Honey

Kristen is the Business Development Representative assigned to Lincoln and Minnehaha counties in South Dakota. She is responsible for generating leads, promoting business growth, expanding job opportunities in the state and conducting Retention and Expansion visits with existing South Dakota companies. Kristen can be reached at (605) 367-4301.

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Lisa Zens

Lisa is the Business Development Representative assigned to southeast South Dakota. She is responsible for generating leads, promoting business growth, expanding job opportunities in the state and conducting Retention and Expansion visits with existing South Dakota companies. Lisa can be reached at (605) 941-6342.

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Kyle Peters

Kyle is the Business Development Representative assigned to north central South Dakota. He is responsible for generating leads, promoting business growth, expanding job opportunities in the state and conducting Retention and Expansion visits with existing South Dakota companies. Kyle can be reached at (605) 773-5652.

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Dave Skaggs

Dave is the Business Development Representative assigned to north central South Dakota. He is responsible for generating leads, promoting business growth, expanding job opportunities in the state and conducting Retention and Expansion visits with existing South Dakota companies. Dave can be reached at (605) 280-4837.

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Haylee Beehler

Haylee is the Business Development Representative assigned to western South Dakota. She is responsible for generating leads, promoting business growth, expanding job opportunities in the state and conducting Retention and Expansion visits with existing South Dakota companies. Haylee can be reached at (605) 280-9075.

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Bryan Sanderson

Bryan is the Business Development Representative assigned to south central South Dakota. He is responsible for generating leads, promoting business growth, expanding job opportunities in the state and conducting Retention and Expansion visits with existing South Dakota companies. Bryan can be reached at (605) 999-5122.

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Jeremy Freking

Jeremy is the Business Development Representative assigned to Lincoln and Minnehaha counties in South Dakota. He is responsible for generating leads, promoting business growth, expanding job opportunities in the state and conducting Retention and Expansion visits with existing South Dakota companies. Jeremy can be reached at (605) 295-1635.

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Nate Graf

Nate is the Business Development Representative assigned to northeast South Dakota. He is responsible for generating leads, promoting business growth, expanding job opportunities in the state and conducting Retention and Expansion visits with existing South Dakota companies. Nate can be reached at (605) 400-4751.

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Cassie Stoeser

Finance Director: Cassie's responsibilities include managing the various loan portfolios, other finance programs and finance staff.

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Cassidy Kulesa

Assistant Finance Director: Cassidy serves as the lead on the REDI (Revolving Economic Development & Initiative) Fund, as well as oversees the EDFA Bonds. In addition to her direct contact with borrowers, Cassidy also assists with management of the finance team.

Email Cassidy
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LaJena Gruis

Senior Loan Officer/Grant Coordinator: LaJena works with businesses across the state seeking funding from the MicroLOAN and SD Works programs, as well as coordinates the Building SD and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs.

Email LaJena
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Ann Gesick Johnson

Workforce Training Coordinator: Ann works closely with business leaders on the Workforce Development Program to provide grants to companies to assist with training employees. Ann also administers the Dakota Seeds program, which helps businesses create internships and assistantships.

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Dale Knapp

Loan/Finance Specialist: Dale performs internal accounting duties for the various loan portfolios, administers contracts for the Future Fund, and serves as a project manager on various projects within finance.

Email Dale
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Paul Mehlhaff

CDBG Program Accountant: Paul handles the fiscal side of the CDBG program and administers the Energy and Ethanol Infrastructure grant programs. He also assists with administrative work on other federal grants, including processing payment vouchers, federal reporting requirements, database maintenance and fiscal grant management accounting.

Email Paul
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Ashley Moore

Loan Servicing Agent: Ashley is responsible for maintaining the finance division's loan portfolios, providing monthly and annual reports, and organizing and summarizing the monthly board meetings.

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Mary Lehecka Nelson

Marketing Director: Mary coordinates and implements the office marketing efforts. She works closely with development directors, advertising agencies and staff to ensure effective internal and external communications.

Email Mary
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Natalie Likness

Content Development Coordinator: Natalie is responsible for creating content on GOED’s websites. She is the lead on writing and managing printed pieces such as the annual report, industry specifics publications and our finance piece. She also serves as the editor of all electronic newsletters produced by the office. She is instrumental in the planning of the Governor’s Economic Development Conference and assists with several of the key prospecting events.

Email Natalie
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Ashley McCloud

Graphic Designer: Ashley is responsible for creating and designing various GOED collateral print projects including brochures, newsletters, reports, conference materials and other promotional materials.

Email Ashley
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Amy Gabriel

Outreach Specialist: Amy is responsible for assisting with lead generation through our marketing outreach program. In addition to researching and generating lists, Amy is also the one who reaches out to potential prospects through direct mail, phone calls and Linked In.

Email Amy
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Taylor Cole

Web/Digital Marketing Coordinator: Taylor is responsible for maintaining and designing all office websites. She is also the lead on our social media efforts, including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. She assists with prospect development through videos, presentations and other digital promotional materials.

Email Taylor
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Mark Boehm

Tax & Industry Analyst: Mark's area of expertise includes income taxes, excise taxes, economic analysis, and finance. He provides tax savings analysis to out-of-state companies that are considering locating in South Dakota. Mark researches tax and regulatory issues for internal and external customers.

Email Mark
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Jenny Ondell

Data Coordinator: Jenny incorporates GIS technology into publications and presentations. She is the lead person in researching, developing, and assembling key industry packets of information for companies looking to expand into South Dakota, along with the information packets used at key industry trade shows attended by GOED staff.

Email Jenny
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Travis Dovre

Director of the Administrative Division: Travis provides direction, coordination and supervision to meet the fiscal, human resources and office management needs of the Departments of Economic Development and Tourism.

Travis.Dovre@sdreadytowork.com
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Marcy Olsen

Administrative Assistant: Marcy handles Commissioner Westra's scheduling, assists with special projects and mailings, and serves as receptionist in the Sioux Falls office.

Travis.Dovre@sdreadytowork.com
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Brenda Badger

Support Coordinator/Accounting Assistant: Brenda is responsible for accounts payable, contracts and purchase order file maintenance. She also coordinates office efforts with Central Services agencies.

Travis.Dovre@sdreadytowork.com
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Karen Hirsch

Office Travel Coordinator/Fiscal Assistant: Karen manages office vehicles (scheduling, maintenance, etc). She reimburses employees' travel, processes and prepares non cash vouchers and vendor payments, and prepares cash receipt transmittals for the various divisions within the department.

Travis.Dovre@sdreadytowork.com
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Darcy Sorenson

Project Specialist: Darcy assists all divisions in the office with special projects, procurement needs, and database maintenance.

Travis.Dovre@sdreadytowork.com