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Laura Zabel

Laura Zabel is the Executive Director of Springboard for the Arts, an economic and community development agency run by and for artists. Springboard provides programs that help artists make a living and a life, and programs that help communities connect to the creative power of artists. Springboard is a nationally recognized leader in artist-led community development, creative placemaking and cross-sector collaboration. Springboard’s work has been featured by the New York Times, PBS, Wall Street Journal, Stanford Social Innovation Review and The Guardian and directly impacts over 25,000 artists each year in their home state of Minnesota. Through their free toolkits, training and resources Springboard’s programs have been replicated in over 80 communities across the U.S. and internationally. Zabel has been honored with numerous awards, including the YBCA 100, Gard Foundation Award of Excellence, Common Future Local Economy Fellowship and the Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship. Zabel is on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers and serves as an advisor to Dakota Resources, The Laundromat Project, Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the University of Kansas Department of Theater and Dance.

By |2023-03-31T15:32:08+00:00January 1, 2023|Advisory Council|0 Comments

Alisha Vincent

Alisha Vincent is a dedicated and innovative educator who cares about creating practical and relevant learning experiences that matter to her students and make a difference in the communities that students come from, reside in, and go back to. In addition to being an educator for the past ten years, she has also been a long-time small business owner with her husband. She is proud of her three children and thankful to have them attend a thriving school at Sioux Valley. She loves SD and is an outdoor enthusiast as well.

By |2023-03-31T15:32:31+00:00January 1, 2023|Advisory Council|0 Comments

Heidi Zeller-Crawford

As a successful Independent Sales Director for Mary Kay Cosmetics and co-owner of Brown County Choppers, LLC, Heidi’s ambition, enthusiasm and genuine love of South Dakota provides the Dakota Resources board with unique ideas and the perspectives of a home-based business owner. She grew up in South Dakota and her love of the state led her to pursue a job with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and an internship with the SD Department of Tourism. Her roles on the Dakota Resources board and RuralX Design Team allow her to be part of something bigger, where she can feel like her efforts are directly making a difference. Her experience as a successful home-based entrepreneur is a great asset to Dakota Resources, as working from home is a rapidly growing option for people in rural communities.

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Rachael Sherard

Rachael’s role as Senior Vice President of Rural Health Services for Avera Health brings a vital perspective to the Dakota Resources board, as healthcare is a critical economic partner of any rural community. She is an engaged Dakota Resources board member, providing experience with community facilitation, grant writing, management and the ability to quantify and document outcome data. Rachael still lives in the same small town where she was born, choosing to commute from her rural community to Sioux Falls each day because of her deep love of the rural lifestyle. She finds it a privilege to serve on a board dedicated to helping rural communities succeed and is proud of the positive influences Dakota Resources has on South Dakota.

By |2023-03-31T15:38:10+00:00January 1, 2023|Board|0 Comments

Rebecca Undem

Rebecca Undem learned early in her life that people are what matters most. As the author of How Mommy Got Her Groove Back™, inspirational speaker, and community advocate, she’s helped hundreds of companies and leaders improve their people processes. Today, she inspires people to live BIG no matter their zip code through her speaking events, retreats/workshops, and podcast, The Small Town Big Talk Show, where she serves up a passionate and playful take on how to bloom where you’re planted. In 2019, Rebecca founded a non-profit organization called Growing Small Towns, which offers dynamic co-working space, entrepreneurial supports, and innovation services to the people who work and live in small towns. Rebecca believes that everyone has something positive to contribute, that if you’re not growing, you’re dying, and that anything really is possible. Her biggest champions and daily dose of reality are her 3 kids under the age of 12, Andrew, Carter, and Brynlee, along with her farmer husband, Jeremiah. They both ground her and keep her from taking herself too seriously. Rebecca and her family call Oakes, North Dakota, home, where her roots are the deepest, and her heart belongs.

By |2023-03-31T15:32:49+00:00January 1, 2023|Advisory Council|0 Comments

Ngoc Thach

Ngoc Thach is a Vietnamese American entrepreneur raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She is the owner and operator of Mix Maker, a content production company she founded in late 2020. Prior to starting her own business, Ngoc enjoyed a formative career in hospitality where she served as Vice President of Communications for My Place Hotels of America.

By |2023-03-31T15:33:31+00:00January 1, 2023|Advisory Council|0 Comments

Erica Stone

Erica Stone is the Director of Future of Work Strategy for Citibank, based in Sioux Falls, SD. She oversees Citi’s Home Office Program across North America and is heavily involved in long-term roadmap activities for Operations. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Citicorp Trust South Dakota. Erica has been at Citi for decades, holding a variety of Chief of Staff and Program Management leadership roles.

By |2023-03-31T15:33:51+00:00January 1, 2023|Advisory Council|0 Comments

Linda Salmonson

In addition to living in rural places her entire life, Linda spent 30 years as the Economic Development Manager for East River Electric Power Cooperative, where she managed a diverse portfolio of community and business development loans andworked with communities in a 60,000 square mile region of South Dakota and Minnesota. In addition to Dakota Resources, Linda serves on the boards of Interlakes Community Action Partnership, Girls Scouts Dakota Horizons, and Estelline Area Economic Development. She lives on a farm between Estelline and Lake Poinsett and is a diehard Jackrabbit.

By |2023-03-31T15:38:50+00:00January 1, 2023|Board|0 Comments

Tanya Olson

Tanya is a landscape architect and co-owner of Tallgrass Landscape Architecture in Custer, SD. Our mission is to be a creative partner for inspired placemaking, helping to create flourishing communities with high quality everyday lives through collaborative place-inspired design throughout the Northern Great Plains and American West. Tanya's personal commitment to this mission extends to her volunteer activities; she serves on the Custer Area Economic Development Corporation and Foundation Board, the Rushmore Region Board, is the South Dakota section chair for the Nebraska Dakotas Chapter of ASLA and is an organizer of the annual AIA SD Design in the Hills conference. She is a past Dakota Rising Fellow and is honored to support Dakota Resources by serving on the Advisory Council.

By |2023-03-31T15:34:08+00:00January 1, 2023|Advisory Council|0 Comments

Amy Miller

Amy Miller was born and raised a South Dakotan. Growing up in Faulkton instilled in her small-town pride from a young age: Believing that with the right tools anything is possible. She has been a teacher and spent the last 10 years as an administrator for Webster High School. In 2020 she joined the SD Department of Education as the Assistant Director of Career and Technical. Helping students identify career paths that keep our rural life viable and connecting existing industry to our schools to keep the workforce pipeline strong are two of her greatest passions.

By |2023-03-31T15:34:26+00:00January 1, 2023|Advisory Council|0 Comments

Mark Litton

Mark was born in Breckenridge, MN and attended Moorhead State University where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Finance. He served the banking industry for 35+ years within the states of SD, ND, NE, CO, and MN. Mark retired in 2018 as the Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of BankWest, Inc., in Pierre, SD. He held this position since 2004 and was elected as a Director in 2011. Mark supervised the lending, sales and branch functions of all nine BankWest branches throughout the state of South Dakota. Mark’s community involvement starts with Team BankWest, which is a group of employees who volunteer their time each year on various community projects including: raising money for various community fundraising efforts, Meals on Wheels, stocking the shelves at the local food banks, etc. He has also held positions within the following clubs: Optimist Club, Habitat for Humanity, Elks Member, President – Huron Community Development Corporation, Board Member – Huron Clinic, President – Huron Sertoma Club and Board Member – Community Counseling. He has also been very active in his church and numerous hockey boosters clubs.

By |2023-03-31T15:39:27+00:00January 1, 2023|Board|0 Comments
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