People You Should Know

SEPT. 19, 2017

This week’s feature includes news from The First National Bank in Sioux Falls, MetaBank, Sanford Health, Hegg Realtors, the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire, Gregory LaFollette and Make-A-Wish South Dakota.

The First National Bank in Sioux Falls

The First National Bank in Sioux Falls has promoted six staff members:

Joe Miller

Phil DeGroot

Jeff Russell

Jeff Russell to senior vice president, chief banking officer.

Phil DeGroot to vice president, ag banking team lead.

Joe Miller to vice president, ag banker.

Tyler Urban

Kelsey Stevens

Grant Olson

Grant Olson to vice president, ag banking team lead.

Kelsey Stevens to assistant vice president, wealth management operations manager.

Tyler Urban to crop insurance officer.

The First National Bank in Sioux Falls has added three staff members:

Erik Ustad

Kimball James

Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson as vice president, customer experience manager.

Kimball James as assistant vice president, retirement plans manager.

Erik Ustad as investment analyst.


Jennifer Warren

Lucas Kading

MetaBank has promoted four staff members:

Lucas Kading to director of corporate development. During his almost three years at MetaBank, Kading has held several positions within the treasury department, including fixed income analyst and senior corporate development analyst.

Jennifer Warren to head of operations. Warren, a senior vice president, most recently held the position of chief audit executive and has been with MetaBank for a year.

Jacques Apaloo

Trenton Brown

Trenton Brown to statistical analyst lead. Brown has been with MetaBank for two years and previously held the position of statistical analyst.

Jacques Apaloo has been promoted to senior vice president of audit and chief audit executive. Apaloo joined MetaBank in 2015 as the director of internal audit. He was named vice president of internal audit in December 2016.

Jeremiah Zuraff

Kaisha Stofferahn

MetaBank has added four staff members:

Kaisha Stofferahn as the director of internal audit. Stofferahn previously served as a senior auditor at Great Western Bank and the lead of the audit department at Midco.

Jeremiah Zuraff as a software engineer. Zuraff previously worked at Fiserv, where he was a software engineer – technical lead.

Randall Groenhagen

Debra Jensen

Debra Jensen as the business development manager. Jensen has extensive experience working with real estate and mortgage loans.

Randall Groenhagen has been hired as a database administrator III. He previously held positions with Premier Bankcard and Great Western Bank.

Sanford Health

Sanford Health has named its Employee of the Year winners. Here are the recipients from the Sioux Falls region:

Birkeland Administrative Innovation Employee of the Year: Jess Fjeldheim, informatics analyst, Clinical Informatics.

Birkeland Clinical Innovation Employee of the Year: Jessie J. Park, lead art specialist, Sanford Arts.

Broekhuis Family Information Technology Employee of the Year: Todd Beutler, personal systems technician, Information Technology.

Carlson Family Outstanding Pediatric Oncology Employee of the Year: Dan Steventon, physical therapist, Pediatric Therapy.

Conradi Family Intensive Care Nursery Employee of the Year: Brenda Norwick, Registered Nurse, Boekelheide Intensive Care Nursery.

Donna Gaspar Rising Star Nurse of the Year: Julie Babb, clinical care leader, Birth Place.

Dr. Ben Perryman Sanford Research Employee of the Year: Audrey Cushing, lead animal care technician, Research.

Egger Family Employee of the Year: Cal Hilligas, security officer, Security.

Eide Bailly Business Employee of the Year: Cathy Jorgensen, lead switchboard operator, Communications.

Electric Supply Company Award for Sanford Health Network Employee of the Year: June Huntimer, medication assistant, Sanford Health Orchard Hills.

Excellence in Women’s Health Employee of the Year: Laura Ready, Registered Nurse, Birth Place.

Outstanding Surgical Services Employee of the Year: Amanda Dieren, clinical care leader, Surgical Services.

Patricia K. Van Wyhe Nurse of the Year: Stephanie Deck, clinical care leader, Birth Place.

Sanford Health Network Clinical Employee of the Year: Lois Heald, Registered Nurse, Sanford Canby Medical Center.

Sanford Health Network Management Employee of the Year: Darla Toben, patient access manager, Sanford Clear Lake Medical Center.

Sanford Health Network Support Services Employee of the Year: Ericka Aldrich, administrative assistant, Sanford Webster Medical Center.

Sanford USD Medical Center President’s Leadership Award: Tara D. Stauffacher, director, Orthopedics/Neurology.

Sanford Clinic – Clinical Employee of the Year: Heather Johnson, nurse practitioner, Sanford Children’s Specialty Clinic.

Sanford Clinic – Management Employee of the Year: Janean Burke, manager, Radiology.

Sanford Clinic – Physician of the Year: Dr. Geoffrey Tufty, Sanford Eye Center & Optical.

Sanford Clinic – Support Services Employee of the Year: Kelsey A. Plimpton, financial counseling representative, Sanford Vascular Associates.

Sweetman Family Employee of the Year: Lisa Van Den Berg, senior director, Corporate Payroll.

Scott Dreessen

First Dakota National Bank

Scott Dreessen has a new role at First Dakota National Bank, moving from a credit analyst officer to a business banking officer. His office is at First Dakota’s downtown location.


Hegg Realtors

Justin Garry

Justin Garry has joined Hegg Realtors as a broker associate. Garry spent the past eight years managing medical clinics.

Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire

The Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire has chosen its Award of Excellence winners for the Fall Parade of Homes. Winners in the single-family home categories are Paul Fick Homes Inc., Allen Homes Inc., Veurink Contracting, Jeren Homes Inc., W.T. Construction Inc. and Amdahl Construction Co. Winners in the twin house, town house and condo categories are Allen Homes Inc., Oakland Homes and Blair Masonry Homes, and Krumvieda Cos. with two projects.

Gregory LaFollette

Gregory LaFollette

Gregory L. LaFollette  has been named to Accounting Today’s list of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting. LaFollette recently retired from the executive team at, a subsidiary of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and now serves as a strategic adviser, reporting directly to the CEO. He practiced in Sioux Falls for 23 years. LaFollette was inducted into the Accounting Technology Hall of Fame in 2011 and also participates annually in the Accounting Thought Leader Symposium, an invitation-only gathering of the top 25 award-winning, critically-acclaimed CPAs in the country. He travels extensively but works out of an office at Eide Bailly LLP when he’s in Sioux Falls.

Gina Hopkins

Make-A-Wish South Dakota

Make-A-Wish South Dakota has elected board members and officers.

Serving as chair is Gina Hopkins of CorTrust Bank; vice chair, Steve Morgans of Myers, Billion LLP; secretary, Bobbi Thury, Legacy Law Firm PC; and treasurer, Matt Hocks, Sanford Health.

New board members are:

Brad Derby

Trish Delaney

Ed Bloom

Ed Bloom, Sioux Falls Ford Lincoln; Trish Delaney of Mitchell, retired; Brad Derby, Brad Derby Agency Inc. in Rapid City; Chris Halverson, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls; Rae Morlan, First Premier Bank; and Ross Reitsma, Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management.

Ross Reitsma

Rae Morlan

Chris Halverson

In addition, Dr. Rick Kooima, Avera McGreevy Clinic, was elected as a new medical adviser.

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