Catherine has earned a strong reputation over the years by holding numerous positions in business development for fortune 500 companies. She has built territories from the ground up throughout the western United States, providing project management, business development, media buying, public relations, physician relations, and patient education. The industries she has worked in include repertory centers, hospice, long-term care centers, rehabilitation centers, Alzheimer’s units, retail, casinos, and tourism.
Catherine began her career in broadcasting here in South Dakota with KBHB and KOTA and was the media relations director for the Sturgis motorcycle rally. She has served as president of a number of non-profits and is currently on the Mayor’s Committee for people with disabilities and the board of directors for South Dakota National Federation of the Blind.
Catherine, who herself is visually impaired, along with her daughter, Mary, are advocates for all the abilities of people with disabilities. She is committed to educating and connecting resources to create a culture where everyone can reach their full potential.
Kathleen, a shareholder in the Rapid City, South Dakota office of Jackson Lewis P.C., has designed welfare benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements, and has counseled sponsors and administrators of these types of plans, for fifteen years. She has appeared on behalf of clients before the national offices of the United States Treasury and the Department of Labor Employee Benefit Security Administration.
Kathleen received her law degree with honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she was a managing editor of the Oklahoma Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. She also received her Master’s in Business Administration degree in finance with high honors from Oklahoma City University.Kathleen actively participates in national coalitions of counsel that assist employers in defending audits of welfare and pension benefit plans. She advises clients and counsel across the country with regard to defined contribution arrangements that provide post-retirement health benefits to employees.
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John Fenske is currently the Human Resource Manager at Lowe's Home Improvement Center in Rapid City. John has been with Lowe's for the past 8 years. In Sept 2013 he participated on the Governor's Task Force on Employing People with Disabilities. Before working with Lowe's he work for Taylor Corporation for over 20 years in some of their locations in Minnesota and Idaho. John has been active in the hiring and promoting people with disabilities for the past 30 years.
Margie has deep roots in the Black Hills. Her family has played an important role in the development of the region for four generations, and Margie has continued that tradition through her work with individuals with disabilities and her involvement with the Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills. She believes that individuals with disabilities each have a unique contribution to make to their community and should be given every opportunity to be included.
Margie received a Master’s degree in counseling and human resource development from South Dakota State University. She also completed the additional requirements to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Margie worked for the State of South Dakota as a rehabilitation counselor for 17 years, and was the district supervisor for the Western South Dakota District for five years. She served as president of SD RehabACTion and has been involved in planning the ADA picnics, the National Disability Employment Awareness Month events, and the Mount Rushmore Disability Employment event.
Margie is retiring from her work with the State in June 2015, but will continue to contribute to the community through her work with the Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills and as a counselor in private practice.
Sandy is the founder, president, and CEO of Project Solutions, Inc. She has over 25 years of project management experience with government projects, such as developing and planning projects, scheduling, estimating, budgeting, and business development training. Sandy has successfully taken many projects from conception to completion, and she has been responsible for analyzing budget and performance data, determining the effect on the project, and reporting and publishing the information to the government. She also has experience in preparing and reviewing proposals and determining cost estimates and schedules based on the scopes of work and blueprints.
As a consultant for small construction companies, Sandy has provided business development, marketing, and training to increase firms' abilities to bid on and manage projects. She has a Bachelor of Science, Chemical and Petroleum Refining Engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines. She has previously worked for Rockwell International, IBM, OHM Remediation, The IT Group, and Shaw Environmental.
Nick has been working passionately in human resources for over 10 years. His current role is the human resources director for Pennington County in Rapid City, where his primary focus has been organizational and leadership development. He regularly works with managers and employees to ensure they are reaching their full potential while focusing on organizational strategic goals.
Nick has a Bachelor of Science degree in both human resource management and business administration from Black Hills State University. He shows an understanding of the importance of continuing education and professional growth by holding both a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification.
Nick is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and currently the president of Black Hills SHRM. Being a part of the continuing evolution of HR from personnel clerk to valued and trusted strategic business partner is a diving motivator in his career and life. Volunteering and giving back to the community is important and he demonstrates that by serving on the City of Rapid City Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, the Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills Board and various other charities around the Black Hills.
Jared has been working in adult education for ten years and the HR career field for six of them. His primary focus has been organizational and leadership development. He is currently the director of talent management for the Human Resources Division of Regional Health. Before assuming this role, he was a continuous improvement gemba coach manager working specifically with cardiovascular and perioperative service lines in healthcare. Prior to working in continuous improvement, he was the organizational development consult and corporate trainer for 4,700 employees.
Jared received his master’s degree in public administration from Wayland Baptist University with a primary focus on government administration, and his bachelor's degree in general studies with a focus on business administration from William Carey University. He received his teaching practicum in 2006 and two associate degrees in applied science from the Community College of the Air Force.
Additionally, Jared served in the United States Air Force as a communications and computer systems non-commissioned officer. He led current airmen and new recruits and served the majority of his service time as an adult educator in communications training courses. Jared is a member of ASHHRA and the Society for Human Resource Management. He is also an active member in the community through the work he does in his church and the Junior Achievement Program.
Gloria is the director of education and workforce development for the Black Hills Special Services Cooperative (BHSSC). She began working for BHSSC, based in Sturgis, as the equity coordinator. In this position, she developed and implemented programs for girls and women that promoted education and training, leading to economic self-sufficiency. In her current role, she administers and supervises a variety of programs providing education, training, and employment services to individuals of all ages and walks of life throughout the Black Hills area. Gloria has also been involved with economic development efforts in South Dakota and was the first economic director for the city of Sturgis. During this time, she coordinated and organized economic development efforts for the local board including marketing of the area, solicitation of primary, out-of-state businesses, and planned and implemented monthly board and annual planning meetings.
Ronda is the District Supervisor for South Dakota Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services, and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Ronda received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Sociology and History from the University of Maryland Europe while living in Germany. She received her Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia.
Ronda worked as Rehabilitation Counselor for 8 years with her primary area of expertise in Mental Health prior to assuming her current role of District Supervisor for Rehabilitation Services. Ronda also has expertise in assisting young people with various disabilities prepare for life after high school. Ronda has been, and continues to be, involved in NDEAM events, ADA events, building partnerships in the community, and passionately promoting employment and inclusion for people who experience disability.
Aimee Mullins, athlete, actress, and model, had both legs amputated below the knees when she was a child