People You Should Know

JUNE 11, 2019

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Kiana Overby

Augustana University

Augustana University has promoted Kiana Overby to director of annual giving and alumni relations. Overby is a 2018 graduate of Augustana.


Augustana University has hired two staff members.

Robin Anderson Thormodsgaard

Joel Gackle

Joel Gackle is the director of development within advancement. With over 10 years of team leadership experience in higher education, Gackle most recently worked at Click Rain developing and managing new business.

Robin Anderson Thormodsgaard is the associate athletic director for development and executive director of the A-Club. Her most recent position was director of development at UC Santa Barbara.

SDN Communications

Six SDN Communications member companies were named Connect South Dakota grant award recipients and will receive funding for projects to extend broadband internet into unserved and underserved areas across the state. They are Alliance Communications, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority, ITC, Mitchell Telecom, RC Technologies and Venture Communications Cooperative.

Expansion Capital Group

Expansion Capital Group has hired two directors.

Jason Gross has joined the team as director of marketing. Gross worked at US Foods, where most recently he was leading digital strategy and customer experience to attract new business and increase customer retention. Before that, he developed digital and customer journey expertise in his roles at Best Buy, Cabela’s and the Argus Leader.

Kelsey Hillberg was been named director of human resources. Hillberg has worked at LifeScape and Sanford Health.

Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls

Three agents have joined Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls.

Gavin Lewis

Jolene Masloski

Jared Conkling

Jared Conkling of Hartford has two years of experience in real estate.

Jolene Masloski started her business journey taking over as the third-generation owner of Hiebert Greenhouses. Along with real estate, Masloski owns NIJAC Roofing and Insulation with her husband.

Gavin Lewis has transitioned into a career in real estate after working in sales for two years in Iowa City, Iowa. Before that, he served in the Marine Corps.

James Dykes


Paulsen has promoted James Dykes to media strategist from digital marketing coordinator/ad ops. Dykes interned with the ag agency in the summer of 2017 and joined the staff after graduating from SDSU in December that year.


Primrose Retirement Communities

Primrose Retirement Communities LLC has been named one of the top 20 best employers in the senior-living industry by health care intelligence firm NRC Health. The award recognizes and ranks senior-care organizations across the country for engaging and inspiring their employees. Primrose, founded and headquartered in Aberdeen, has grown to include 40 communities in 17 states. The organization ranked No. 16 based on employee recommendations.


Reliabank has promoted three employees.

Jamie Westendorf

Adam Lund

Erik Barnes

Erik Barnes has been named manager of the Tea branch to replace Jenni White, who is moving out-of-state with her family. Barnes had been serving as a commercial loan officer in Watertown.

Adam Lund has been named to a newly created operations leadership position.  Lund has served the bank is a variety of ways, most recently as Humboldt branch manager.  Lund will continue to work at the Humboldt location, enhancing bankwide operations.

Jamie Westendorf will replace Lund as Humboldt branch manager. Westendorf has been with Reliabank since last summer and in the Sioux Falls branch since it opened in September.

Security National Bank

Kayla Pederson

Kayla Pederson has rejoined Security National Bank as branch manager of the Lake Lorraine office. Pederson began her 30-year career as a part-time teller. She has served in personal banking, consumer lending and banker training, including at the bank’s Louise Avenue branch. She most recently worked as a personal banker for another financial institution in Prior Lake, Minn.

Swier Law Firm

Dawn Olmstead

Dawn Olmstead has joined Swier Law Firm as vice president of business development. Olmstead began her career in banking at Central Bank, managing retail liability banking products for the Colorado-based bank holding company. More recently, she led key accounts for Gannett Co. Inc. in health care, finance and retail verticals, earning a top 30 sales leader commendation for the U.S. Olmstead also worked in the airline industry, where she gained multilocation management experience, working with over 90 member stations.

South Dakota State Medical Association

The South Dakota State Medical Association has elected officers and members of its board of directors: president, Dr. Robert Summerer, Madison; president-elect, Dr. Benjamin Aaker, Brandon; vice president, Dr. Kara Kahl, Aberdeen; secretary-treasurer, Dr. Jessica Claussen, Mitchell; immediate past president, Dr. Christopher Dietrich, Rapid City; at-large directors, Dr. Susan Anderson of Sioux Falls, Dr. Robert Marciano of Mobridge and Dr. Stephan Miller of Rapid City; policy council chair, Dr. Mark Harlow, Rapid City; delegate to the AMA, Dr. Mary Carpenter, Winner; alternate delegate, Dr. Robert Allison, Pierre.

The South Dakota State Medical Association has presented its annual awards.

Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Timothy Soundy, Sioux Falls.

Distinguished Service and Past President’s awards:  Dr. Robert Van Demark Jr., Sioux Falls.

Outstanding Young Physician Award: Dr. Laura Hoefert, Madison.

Community Service Award: Dr. Rick Kooima, Sioux Falls.

Richard P. Holm, MD, Media Award: Dr. Jerome Freeman, Sioux Falls.

Young at Heart Award: Dr. Tad Jacobs, Sioux Falls.

Special Presidential Award: Dr. Brett Lawlor, Rapid City.

50-Year Awards: Dr. Patrick McGreevy, Dr. Gregory Naughton and Dr. Loren Tschetter, all of Sioux Falls; and Dr. Eldon Bell, Dr. Dale Berkebile and Dr. Arthur Lampert, all of all of Rapid City.

Thomas James Jewelers/Bechtold Jewelry

Kellie Garrett has been named vice president of Thomas James Jewelers and Bechtold Jewelry.

Van Buskirk Cos.

Marshall Selberg

Marshall Selberg has joined Van Buskirk Cos. as a commercial broker. He has 12 years of experience in real estate investment and sales.

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