Leadership South Dakota announces next class

From staff reports

Leadership South Dakota has selected 43 class members to participate in its eight-month leadership program, which will begin in September.

This is the fourth class for the statewide program with a mission to attract engaged citizens from across the state and provide them with the background, unique experiences and insights necessary to assume leadership positions at the community, state and national levels.

The purpose of Leadership South Dakota is to develop the state’s future leaders by providing them with experiences that will expand their knowledge of the state, access to people who have contributed to the fabric of the state and skills in the areas of leadership and organizational management.

“As we approach our fourth year, we continue to be grateful for our sponsors who provide the foundation for our work,” said Rick Melmer, program co-founder. “We also are excited about the quality of our applicants — we are attracting some of the finest leaders South Dakota has to offer. Even though the program is still young, we are seeing evidence of impact as our graduates are engaging with their local communities.”

The 2018 class will meet monthly in seven South Dakota communities to learn about key industries and issues in the state.

Leadership South Dakota is supported by First Premier Bank and Sanford Health as gold sponsors; Daktronics, American Bank and Trust, First Interstate Bank Foundation, Black Hills Energy, Raven Industries, SDN Communications, NorthWestern Energy, South Dakota Trust Co. and Valley Queen Cheese Factory as silver sponsors; and Boyce Law Firm and Lawrence & Schiller as in-kind sponsors.

Here are the members of the 2018 class:

Alex Jensen Lloyd Residential
Amanda Neugebauer First Premier Bank
Amy Bartling Johnson, Pochop & Bartling Law/Gregory County State’s Attorney
Amy Hockett Sanford Health
Angie Bakke EmBe
Anita Drummond First Premier Bank
Becky McElroy 724
Brittany Montecuollo Sanford Health
Chris Aeilts SDN Communications
Christina Lynn Lynn Financial
Christine Buell Avera Health
Dean Sigman Black Hills Energy
Dillon Haug Black Hills State University
Erika Young GenPro Energy Solutions
Jameson Berreth City of Volga
Jeff Veltkamp South Dakota Community Foundation
Jennifer Bunkers Boyce Law Firm
Jennifer Johnson Brookings Convention & Visitors Bureau
Jill Ireland American Cancer Society
John Meyer Lemonly
Josh Horak First Interstate Bank
Julie Ward Avera Health
Kara Frankman South Dakota Trust Co.
Karl Jegeris Rapid City Police Department
Keith Weber Valley Queen Cheese Factory
Lisa Groon Ovo Birth Services
Luke Lindberg Sanford Health
Megan Fischer South Dakota State University Foundation
Melanie Torno Torno Mediation & Mental Health Services
Melissa Johnson Oh My Cupcakes
Mikayla Mitzel Oglala Lakota College
Nick Stroot Pennington County
Pam Hanneman First Premier Bank
Paul Heinert Oglala Lakota College
Paul Mausbach South Dakota National Guard
Paul Rann Huron Regional Medical Center
Ryan Brown American Bank & Trust
Sarah Waltner Raven Industries
Sheila Kuchta Avera Health
Stuart Stein Stein Sign Display
Thomas Glanzer NorthWestern Energy
Tracy Saathoff Lawrence & Schiller
William Anderson The First National Bank in Sioux Falls


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Leadership South Dakota announces next class

Leadership South Dakota has selected 43 class members to participate in its eight-month leadership program, which will begin in September.

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