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FEB. 20, 2018

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MetaBank has promoted three staff members.

Kris Long

Darla Wellendorf

Kari Bigelow

Kari Bigelow is the vice president of accounting. She has been with MetaBank for 11 years, most recently as director of accounting.

Darla Wellendorf is the director of training. She joined Meta in 2014 as a training specialist.

Kris Long is a senior business intelligence analyst. He was hired in 2012 and previously served as a business intelligence analyst I.

MetaBank has hired six staff members.

Julie Van Luvanee

Joel Corlew

Alison Christian

Alison Christian is the vice president of product management, technology product. Christian has 15 years of product experience, including product strategy, development and application design.

Joel Corlew is the director of tax accounting. Corlew, a CPA, previously was a tax manager at Eide Bailly.

Julie Van Luvanee is a project manager. With more than 25 years of information technology and project management experience, she will join Meta’s enterprise project management office team.

Brittany Nichols

Damon Punt

Scott Oehlerking

Scott Oehlerking is a system administrator III. He has more than 20 years of experience as a systems engineer.

Damon Punt is the branch manager at the MetaBank location at 33rd Street and Minnesota Avenue. He has experience in financial institution management, mortgage and small-business lending, and small-business management.

Brittany Nichols is a personal banker at the 33rd Street and Minnesota Avenue branch.

Sioux Falls Development Foundation

The Sioux Falls Development Foundation’s board of directors has named its executive committee: chairman, Bob Thimjon; vice chairman, Jay Rasmussen; secretary, Pat Costello; treasurer, Todd Ernst; past chairman, Steve Statz

Nate Marshall


Adwerks has hired Nate Marshall as its “social scientist” to work on digital and social strategy and tactics. Marshall previously was the marketing director of Playback Theatre.

Caliber Creative

Caliber Creative has added two staff members.

Kristi Kooima

Jake Zastrow

Jake Zastrow is the art director. He has experience in the advertising industry and corporate marketing.

Kristi Kooima is an account executive. Kooima’s advertising background includes working with clients in technology, health care and financial services.

Capital Services

Capital Services has promoted two staff members.

Mike Olafson

Michelle Mueller

Michelle Mueller is the chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Mueller joined Capital in 2001 as a controller and was named CFO in 2010.

Mike Olafson is the president of prepaid services. Olafson joined Capital in 2014 and previously served as vice president.

Cutler Law Firm

Eric Matt

Eric Matt has joined Cutler Law Firm as an estate planning attorney. Matt previously worked at Redstone Law Firm where his practice areas included business transactions and organizations, estate planning and government relations. He also lobbied the Legislature for a variety of public and private entities. After graduating from law school in 2009, Matt served in Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s office, providing legal and policy advice and lobbying the Legislature on behalf of the governor’s priorities.

Dakota State University

Dakota State University has been ranked as one of the 10 best cybersecurity programs in the nation for veterans and military students. Dakota State placed third out of the more than 600 colleges and universities that participated in a Military Times survey.

Shad Carney

Michael Gengler

Hegg Realtors

Hegg Realtors has added two broker associates. Michael Gengler and Shad Carney have joined  the Tyler Goff Group. Gengler has a background in sales and customer service in sports nutrition. Carney previously worked as a health care business consultant.

Stacy Jones

Legacy Developments

Stacy Jones has joined Legacy Developments, overseeing public relations, marketing and community relations. Jones came from Sanford Health, where she spent 13 years, most recently as executive director of marketing for the development and research division overseeing Profile by Sanford, Sanford Health Plan, Sanford Research, Sanford World Clinic and Sanford Health Foundation. She previously spent 10 years at KELO-TV as a news and sports anchor, and reporter.

James Dykes


Former Paulsen intern James Dykes has joined the marketing company as a digital marketing coordinator/ad ops. He interned at Paulsen in summer 2017. He graduated from South Dakota State University in December 2017 with a major in advertising and a minor in marketing.


Mark Lovre

Security National Bank of South Dakota

Security National Bank of South Dakota has promoted Mark Lovre to senior vice president of commercial services. Lovre joined the bank in 2006 as vice president of commercial services. He began his banking career in 1975 as a messenger and teller.

Sioux Falls Tennis Association

The Sioux Falls Tennis Association board of directors has elected officers: President, Carissa Dice, Fiserv; vice president, Jessie Daw; treasurer, Pip Ong, Thrive Pilates; secretary, Virginia DeBoer, freelance writer; and past president, David Peterson, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls. New board members are Marc Kurtz, GreatLIFE Woodlake and Augustana University; Jennifer Wiese, Avera Behavioral Health; Thomas Chiu, CareTrends Pharmacy; Richard Thomason, Nelson Commercial Real Estate; John Schreurs, Maverick Recruiting; Cara Lovrien; and Beth Stoutamire. Lydia Healy of Hegg Realtors serves as the association’s executive director.

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