People You Should Know

AUG. 7, 2018

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Avera Health

Avera Health has new officers and new members for its board of directors.

Cathy Clark, a recently retired Wells Fargo executive, has been named board chair.

Sister Janet Horstman will serve as vice chair. She is the immigration legal specialist for Caminando Juntos.

New members are Bob Sutton, the new president and CEO of Avera Health; Sister Penny Bingham, prioress of Sacred Heart Monastery in Yankton; Dr. Luis Rojas, a gynecologic oncologist with Avera Medical Group; and Dr. Jason Wickersham, an Avera Medical Group family practitioner in Parkston.

Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center has several new members for its board of trustees.

Hugh Venrick, a portfolio management director with the Venrick Goeman Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, will serve as the board chair.

Mary Dally, a CPA partner with Thurman, Comes, Foley and Co., will serve as vice chair.

Dr. Rick Kooima will serve as chief of staff at Avera McKennan. Kooima has been a pediatrician with Avera Medical Group McGreevy since 1998 and was formerly the chief of the pediatrics department at Avera Children’s Hospital.

Other new board members are Dr. Cristina Hill Jensen, a gastroenterologist with Avera Medical Group and a clinical professor for the USD Sanford School of Medicine; Dr. Katherine Wang, a neonatologist with Avera Medical Group and medical director of the Avera McKennan NICU; and Randy Knecht, president and CEO of Journey Group.


Heather Mergen

Greg Schoer

Greg Schoer of TSP has passed the Architect Registration Examination’s seven divisions to receive his license as a Registered Architect in South Dakota. Schoer earlier was registered in Minnesota. Schoer joined TSP in 2010.

Heather Mergen has joined TSP as an interior designer. Mergen is licensed with the National Council for Interior Design Qualification.

Charles Schwab

Zach Hanson has joined Charles Schwab as a financial consultant. He previously was a financial adviser with Merrill Lynch.

Mark Millage

Dakota State University

Mark Millage has been named as the vice president for institutional advancement at Dakota State University. He will begin at DSU on Aug. 20. Millage most recently served as a planned giving and major gifts officer at LifeScape. Previously, he served as president of Kilian Community College and news director at KELO-TV.


Karla Johnson

Karla Johnson, quality and projects director of EmBe, has been chosen by the Riley Institute at Furman University in South Carolina to participate in the White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship. The 10-month program is designed to equip graduates with a real-world understanding of policy-making for after-school and expanded learning. As part of the fellowship, Johnson will develop and implement a state-level policy project in cooperation with the South Dakota Afterschool Network and the national Afterschool Alliance. Throughout her career, Johnson has established before- and after-school programs in numerous public and private elementary schools throughout southeast South Dakota and has provided technical assistance to several school districts across the state as they created programs for their students.

Addie Graham-Kramer

The Event Company

Addie Graham-Kramer, president of The Event Company, has been recognized as a member of Connect Association magazine’s 40 Under 40. The honor highlights the top young professionals in the events industry. Graham-Kramer started The Event Company in 2013. In the past five years, her company has hosted more than 100,000 guests at events and has been a part of fundraisers that have garnered $6 million for their charities.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls

Rocky Welker has been hired as the executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls. He has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past five years.

Carrie Aaron

Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation

Carrie Aaron, a retired principal at Memorial Middle School, has joined the board of the Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation.


SME Sioux Falls

Sales and Marketing Executives Inc. of Sioux Falls has named six new members to its board of directors: Derek Kattenberg, Real Property Management; Mindy Kroll, Time Management Systems; Rick Rysavy, Great Western Bank; Cindy Van Gerpen, American Family Insurance; Mike Knudson, HenkinSchultz Creative Services; and Ginnie Zobel, Wireless World.

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