People You Should Know

JUNE 25, 2019

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Augustana University

Career site Zippia has named Augustana University as one of the top colleges nationally for post-graduate employment. Using data from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, Zippia found the college in each state that had the highest rates of employment for students 10 years after they enrolled. It then ranked those 50 schools, with Augustana’s 96.05 percent employment rate ranking it the second best in the nation.

Augustana University has been selected to receive a small grant as part of the U.S. Department of State’s 2019 Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad. Augustana is one of 21 colleges and universities from across the United States selected from over 120 applications to create, expand or diversify American student mobility overseas in support of foreign policy goals. Augustana will use the grant to research which student groups, majors and locations are missing to better serve its student body. The grant also will fund Augustana assistant biology professor Dr. Sally Mallowa’s travel to Kenya in preparation for a January 2021 course co-led with Dr. Julie Ashworth, Augustana elementary education assistant professor.

Avera Research Institute

Jyoti Angal

Jyoti Angal, director of clinical research at Avera Research Institute, has been appointed to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections. Her three-year appointment makes her one of only 11 individuals on the federal advisory board, which works to advise the Department of Health and Human Services on research regulations and topics associated with the protection of human subjects.

Eide Bailly

Eide Bailly has been named to the list of Best CPA Firms for Women by the Accounting MOVE Project. To earn a spot on the list, an employer must have both a high proportion of women at most or all levels of management and proven success with the MOVE factors.

City of Sioux Falls

The city of Sioux Falls has been recognized for its improvements to the Sioux Area Metro Transit Station. The project received an Award of Excellence from the International Parking & Mobility Institute in the category of best parking/transportation facility rehabilitation or restoration. Walker Consultants, G.A. Johnson Construction Inc. and Michael Huber Architects were noted for their work on the 2017 project that remodeled the downtown transit station.

Insurance Professionals of Greater Sioux Falls

Members of the Insurance Professionals of Greater Sioux Falls have been recognized at regional and annual conventions of the International Association of Insurance Professionals.

Samantha DeBates

Jennifer Christensen

Nachole Gillis

Nachole Gillis, a client adviser at Howalt-McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency company, was named national Rookie of the Year after being recognized as a regional Rookie of the Year.

Jennifer Christensen, a risk management strategist at Howalt-McDowell, was a national runner-up for an International Risk Management Institute education scholarship.

Samantha DeBates, a commercial account executive at McKinneyOlson Insurance Agency, was named Insurance Professional of the Year at the regional conference.

The Insurance Professionals of Greater Sioux Falls recognized several members at its annual membership appreciation banquet.

Antje Peters

Chris DeSchepper

Chris DeSchepper, a client adviser of Howalt-McDowell Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency company, was named Insurance Professional of the Year.

Antje Peters, a client coordinator at Howalt-McDowell, was named Client Service Professional of the Year.

Kathy Moore-Stark, an underwriter and marketing specialist at Berkley Classics of Luverne, Minn., was named Professional Underwriter of the Year.

Kathy Justice-Lueth

Krista Ahrendt

Kathy Moore-Stark

Krista Ahrendt, a commercial underwriter at Continental Western Group of Luverne, was named Young New Professional of the Year.

Kathy Justice-Lueth, who retired in January from Brenner and Justice Insurance Agency, was recognized for over 30 years of active membership in IAIP. She served as a past South Dakota council director and president, and was named Insurance Professional of the Year.

Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls

Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls has added three agents.

Collin Huether

Angela Hruska

Teri Beeson

Teri Beeson serves on several community committees in Beresford.

Angela Hruska spent the past 16 years working for AT&T Wireless.

Collin Huether started his career in real estate after graduating from USD.

Steve Shaykett

NAI Sioux Falls

Steven Shaykett has joined NAI Sioux Falls as a broker associate. Shaykett has 40 years of appraisal experience and founded Shaykett Appraisal Co. Inc. in 1984.



Michael Strand

Paulsen has promoted Michael Strand to digital engineer. Strand joined the ag agency in 2017 as a front-end developer after working independently for six years. He also works with back-end development, marketing automation, third-party platform integration, Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager.

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