People You Should Know

MAY 2, 2017

Augustana University

Scott Fish

Scott Fish, Ph.D. and an associate professor of French at Augustana University, has put together an annotated edition of a collection of fairy tales by the French author Charles Perrault. “Tales and Stories of the Past: Mother Goose Tales by Charles Perrault” features an introduction, annotations and a glossary written by Fish.

The book is part of a series by Moliere & Co. The editions are prepared by American scholars and are designed for English-speaking students who are studying French.  Fish worked on the project during a sabbatical.

Larry Petersen

Larry Petersen, Ph.D., has been named assistant director of bands and music education at Augustana University. Petersen will direct the Blue & Gold Band and the Athletic Bands, as well as lead the coordination of the Augustana music teacher education program, beginning in fall of 2017.

He currently serves as director of bands at Huron High School.


Avera’s telemedicine for senior care has been recognized for innovation by AARP and MedCity News. Avera eCare’s Senior Care made the inaugural list of 50+ Innovation Leaders. Senior Care uses telemedicine to support geriatric-led health care through innovative programs, including long term care, geriatric services and medical directorship. Instead of transferring long-term care facility residents, the long term care program provides a team 24/7 to assess residents’ conditions from hundreds of miles away, using Avera eCare technology. Through the geriatric services program, geriatricians provide several benefits for the aging population. Residents, long-term care facilities, hospital discharge personnel, home health agencies and assisted living facilities have access to the geriatric-led team for 24/7 urgent care services. Additionally, through advanced two-way video equipment, a  geriatric-trained physician can take on the medical directorship role at a long-term care facility. Avera’s eCare Senior Care provides services in five states, including 51 senior care communities and covers more than 4,000 long-term care beds.

A follow-up article publishing results of an 11-year clinical trial of the targeted therapy trastuzumab, or Herceptin, recently published in The Lancet was co-authored by Brian Leyland-Jones,  vice president for the Avera Cancer Institute Center for Precision Oncology. Leyland-Jones, Ph.D., was one of the select few on the original planning committee for the trial and was pivotal in its design. In October 2005, Leyland-Jones was a lead author in the initial article revealing early results of this study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The Lancet article was published in February. The study found that one year of trastuzumab following adjuvant therapy for HER2-positive breast cancer remained associated with improved disease-free and overall survival compared with observation. No additional benefit was observed for two years of trastuzumab. “Herceptin has had a huge impact in the control of HER2-positive disease and the 20 percent of breast cancer patients impacted by this more aggressive form of disease. Clearly, these results show that this targeted therapy is not evolutionary in the treatment of breast cancer, but revolutionary,” Leyland-Jones said.

Interstate Office Products

Interstate Office Products has been named as a 2017 Steelcase Premier Partner. The company is one of only four Steelcase dealers in North America to achieve this distinction every year since the award’s inception six years ago. Premier Partners are recognized for outstanding performance in market share, superior customer satisfaction scores, investment in community, sustainable financial performance and co-branding with Steelcase.

SAB Biotherapeutics

Christoph Bausch

SAB Biotherapeutics has hired Christoph L. Bausch, Ph.D., as chief science officer. Bausch joins SAB’s executive team as an experienced research scientist and business development executive who has led the successful discovery, development and commercialization of platform technologies. Former CSO Jin-an Jiao has transitioned to a strategic consultant role for the company. Bausch previously served in business development positions for Poet LLC and in research and commercialization roles for Sigma-Aldrich. He is the founder of Nanopore Diagnostics LLC, a next-generation microbial diagnostic company, and Keion Group LLC, which offers services to commercialize new technologies and start new businesses. In addition to his own ventures, he serves as a strategic adviser for academic and industry groups, applying his global experience to develop a robust infrastructure and biotech competency in the Midwest.

Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith PC

Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith PC attorneys Elizabeth A. Lewis, Kristine K. O’Connell and Heather R. Springer have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Best Lawyers Women in the Law spring business edition.

Lewis was recognized for her work in commercial transactions/UCC law and real estate law. Since joining the firm in 1994, Lewis has represented banks in financing transactions, loan workouts and commercial law matters. She also has extensive experience in real estate transactions and development matters.

O’Connell was recognized in the areas of collaborative law (family law), family law and health care law. She has been with the firm since 1993, focusing on litigation defense, health law and family law. O’Connell also has extensive experience in state regulatory law.

Springer was recognized for her work in health care law. Her practice focuses on health care and employment matters, representing hospitals, physicians, physician groups and ambulatory surgery centers in South Dakota, Minnesota and throughout the country. She also guides employers, from publicly traded companies to small employers, in all areas of employment law.

Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation

Mary Kolsrud

The Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, which gathers, grows and grants charitable dollars to fund worthy community projects, has added two staff members:

Mary Kolsrud is a gift planning officer. She has experience in nonprofit management, operations and community outreach. She will focus on accepting special gifts such as farmland and simplify the process for donors and advisers.

Molly Donohue is a development associate.

Molly Donohue

Donohue is a graduate of Augustana University and has a Masters in Communications from California State University, Fullerton.

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