Aimee Mullins, athlete, actress, and model, had both legs amputated below the knees when she was a child
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.
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.
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.
Jon has been working in human resources for more than 20 years, across a wide spectrum of industries. His current role is the human resources director for Pennington County in Rapid City, where his primary focus has been process analysis and employee development. He partners with employees and managers to ensure they are provided adequate resources to excel in their roles, and are then able to demonstrate excellent customer service and value to the communities served.
Jon has a Bachelor of Science degree in both Management-Human Resource Management and Business Administration-Industrial Relations from Minnesota State University-Mankato; and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Southwest Minnesota State University. He also demonstrates his continued commitment to the HR field by holding SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification.
Jon is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Black Hills SHRM Chapter. Participating and giving back to the community is important to Jon and his wife. Before relocating the Black Hills in 2018, they had been involved in the adult foster care systems of Minnesota and South Dakota for 19 years, providing guidance and support to young adults with various disabilities. Jon has also served on the advisory board for the South Central College in Mankato for several years, and worked with local Scouting organizations.
Allen is Vice President of Human Resources for Monument Health, western South Dakota’s largest employer.
Allen leads a division that meets the human resource needs of approximately 5,000 physicians and caregivers at five hospitals and more than 30 clinics and specialty centers across the region. The Human Resources team administers services such as compensation, benefits, employee health and wellbeing, recruitment, talent development, workforce diversity, spiritual care and the Children’s Center.
Allen has worked as a Human Resources professional in Rapid City for over 20 years. She started with the Monument Health organization in April 2015. Over the past five years she has successfully grown in her responsibilities becoming a Manager, Director and now Vice President.
“I love working with compassionate people who care about their communities and are dedicated to high-quality care,” Allen said. “My goal is to make Monument Health one of the best places to work in our region. To do that, we must employ the best and ensure we all understand and live our vision. We owe it to our communities.”
She holds a Master of Science degree in Higher Education from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Communications from the University of Northern Iowa. She is certified as a Senior Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resource Management and certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resource Certification Institute.
She has been active locally, serving as President of the Black Hills Society for Human Resource Management and as a Junior Achievement volunteer for almost 20 years. She has been an adjunct faculty member for both graduate and undergraduate level HR courses.
Allen currently serves on the Workforce Diversity Network Board, Western Dakota Tech’s Skilled Workforce Advocacy Council and will soon join Elevate Rapid City’s Leadership Task Force.
Patrick is an experienced Human Resources Business Partner with a demonstrated history of working in the Military, HealthCare, Banking, and the Manufacturing industries. Skilled in Operations Management, Management, Interviewing, Recruiting, and Training. Strong operations professional with a Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) with a Human Resource Management Certificate (HRMC) .SHRM-SCP Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®), Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management (Pursuing) focused in Health/Health Care Administration/Management from Western Governors University.
Kim Dodd is a Rapid City native and works as a Generalist for the City of Rapid City’s Human Resources Department; where her primary focus is Recruiting and On Boarding new employees. One of the most satisfying aspects of her role is working with managers and hiring teams to discover the best fit in the City for both the potential candidate and the team they are joining. Throughout her professional life, she has always worked with people and found her passion to be in Human Resources, starting as an Administrative Assistant with the City in 2018 and growing into her current position.
Kim is currently working on obtaining her Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certified Professional (CP) Certification and this is her first board appointment. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their animals, their families; travelling when they can, and giving back to the community she grew up in.
Kathleen works for Fox Rothschild LLP and 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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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 retired from her work with the State, 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.
Debbie is the Finance Manager for Elevate Rapid City. She has worked for Elevate Rapid City in several different positions for over 19 years. She has been involved in many different organizations through volunteer work, as committee member and as a board member. She is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Rapid City.
She has lived in Rapid City since 1995 when her husband was stationed at Ellsworth AFB. When her son attended Central High School he became friends with a young man who lives in a wheel chair. The issues involved and the struggles he had daily brought to light the importance of accessibility to those with different abilities. Over the years since she has learned the importance of bringing education and awareness to people who are not aware
Nick has been working passionately in human resources for over 10 years. His current role is the human resources director for the City of 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.
John passed away Friday, October 5, 2018. John served on the board of The Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills from 2013 through 2018 and was the President for 2017 and 2018. John changed the way Western South Dakotans looked at disabilities, stating "Its the right seat on the bus." John will be missed.
The Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills has been chosen to be the Brand Ambassador for the Rocky Mountain ADA.