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Dan Ammon

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Program Co-Director

Diesel Technology

(605) 718-3062
Dan.Ammon@wdt.edu
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Education and Credentials

A..A.S. in Specialized Technology at Wyoming Technical Institute

Todd Anderson

Program Co-Director
Computer-Aided Design

(605) 718-2986
Todd.Anderson@wdt.edu
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Education and Credentials

A.A.S. in Computer-Aided Drafting at Western Dakota Technical Institute

B.S. in Technical Occupations at Chadron State College

Bio:

Todd Anderson is a Computer-Aided Design Program Director. He received his A.A.S. in Computer-Aided Drafting at Western Dakota Technical Institute and a B.S. in Technical Occupations at Chadron State College. Anderson has worked in Architectural Design and Drafting since 1996. His experience spans multiple disciplines, including work in the casino industry, and in both residential and commercial building design. His experience includes design work on over 100 casinos across the US, Canada and Mexico. He has also worked on several local design projects in and around Rapid City including Black Hills Community Bank, Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino, The Lodge at Deadwood, and many others. In addition to teaching Architectural CAD at Western Dakota Tech, Todd continues to work part time as a design consultant for several casinos in the state of California.


Eric Anderson

Adjunct Instructor


Eric.Anderson@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

B.A.T.S. in General Supervision at Black Hills State University

A.A.S. in Computer-Aided Drafting at Western Dakota Tech

Bio:

Eric Anderson has been the CTE teacher for the past five years in the Belle Fourche school district. Anderson is an adjunct CTE teacher for Western Dakota Tech, helping students complete their dual enrollment credits. Anderson and the Belle Fourche School District have built an extensive high school CTE program allowing the students to take part in building a house in the city of Belle Fourche for the past few years. His hard work and community involvement have allowed them to build a program to be proud of for years to come.


William Armstrong

Adjunct Faculty


William.Armstrong@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

B.A. in History/Phys Ed at Pacific Lutheran University

M.Ed. in Guidance & Counseling/School Administration at South Dakota State University

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Angela Baker

Administrative Assistant V - Academics

(605) 718-2909
Angela.Baker@wdt.edu
Admin D222


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Business Management at National American University

Troy Barry

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Welding Instructor

(605) 718-2989
Troy.Barry@wdt.edu
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Education and Credentials

Diploma in Welding/Manufacturing at Western Dakota Tech

Bio:

Troy Barry, a 2005 graduate of Western Dakota Tech’s (WDT) Welding Program, brings 14+ years of industry experience to classroom instruction. While a student, Barry was a SD State SkillsUSA Champion and now currently serves as the Vice President of the SD SkillsUSA Board of Directors. Additionally, Barry was recently named as one of five 2019 SkillsUSA Outstanding Career and Technical Educators and was honored at their national conference. In 2020, WDT’s Welding and Fabrication program earned the American Technical Education’s Association Outstanding Technical Program Award.


Karen Baumbach

Adjunct Faculty


Karen.Baumbach@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Electrical Engineering at University of Cincinnati

M.A. in Secondary Mathematics at College of Notre Dame of Maryland

Anthony Beaty

Adjunct Faculty


Anthony.Beaty@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Biology at Black Hills State University

A.A.S. in Paramedic Studies at Western Dakota Tech

Vanessa Benavidez

Adjunct Faculty


Vanessa.Benavidez@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

M.S. in Project Management at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs

M.B.A. in Healthcare Management at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs

B.S. in Biology at Colorado State University - Pueblo

Kate Berger

Practical Nursing Instructor/Coordinator

(605) 718-2920
Kate.Berger@wdt.edu
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Education and Credentials

M.S.N. in Nursing Education at University of Mary
B.S.N. in at South Dakota State University

Jennie Best

Assistant Director of Scholarships

(605) 718-3061
Jennie.Best@wdt.edu
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Education and Credentials

A.S. in Legal Studies from Crown College

Nicole Bisgaard

Adjunct Faculty


Nicole.Bisgaard@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Mathematics at South Dakota State University

M.A. in Education, Science/Mathematics at Chadron State College

Ann Bolman, Ed.D

President


Ann.Bolman@wdt.edu
Dakota Hall-Admin


Education and Credentials

B.A. in English at Texas A&I University

M.A. in English at Texas A&I University

Ed.D. in Education at Texas A&M University

Joelle Boshart

Program Director, Health Information Management

Simulation Operations Specialist

(605) 718-2918
Joelle.Boshart@wdt.edu
W131A


Education and Credentials

Certified Professional Coder - Coder II

Doyle Bouzek

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Program Co-Director

Automotive Technology

(605) 718-2924
Doyle.Bouzek@wdt.edu
L109B


Education and Credentials

A.A.S in Advanced Automotive Repair at Lake Area Tech

Hannah Bowman

Adjunct Faculty


Hannah.Bowman@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

B.A. in Comm Studies & Theater at South Dakota State University

M.S. in Communication Studies at SDSU

Noah Boydston

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Adjunct Faculty


Noah.Boydston@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at University of Missouri

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at University of Missouri

Ethan Burk

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Program Co-Director

Automotive Technology

(605) 718-3063
Ethan.Burk@wdt.edu
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Education and Credentials

A.A.S. in Automotive Technology, Northeast Community College

ASE Auto Master Certified

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Taylor Calderon

Adjunct Faculty


Taylor.Calderon@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

B.A. in English, Literature Emphasis at Western Washington University

M.L.I.S. in Library and INformation Science at San Jose State University

Kayla Calhoun

Nursing Administrative Assistant III

(605) 718-2914
Kayla.Calhoun@wdt.edu
W131


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Elementary Education from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla.

Chandra Calvert

Director of Industry Relations & Grant Management

(605) 718-2419
Chandra.Calvert@wdt.edu
L110


Education and Credentials

B.S. in English/Music Ed at University of Mary

M.A. in English at Colorado State University

Georgina Cavin

Adjunct Faculty


Georgina.Cavin@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

M.B.A. at University of Sioux Falls

B.S. in Accounting at National American University

A.A.S. in Accounting @ National College

Bret Clark

Program Director Construction Technology

(605) 718-3054
Bret.Clark@wdt.edu
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Education and Credentials

B.S. in Education at Black Hills State University

Bio:

Bret Clark is the Construction Technology Program Director. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Education at Black Hills State University. He taught in the Rapid City School District for five years. Clark then began his own construction company working primarily in western South Dakota, Wyoming and North Dakota. The main focus of his company was commercial construction and post frame construction, but it also branched out into the residential homes and concrete. After 15 years in construction, Clark began teaching the Construction Tech program at Western Dakota Tech in the Fall of 2018.


Walter Cline

Director, Instructor

Plumbing Technology

(605) 718-2983
Walter.Cline@wdt.edu
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Education and Credentials

Rapid City Plumbing Contractor

State of South Dakota Plumbing Contractor

Jessica Clutter

Accounting Manager

(605) 718-2414
Jessica.Clutter@wdt.edu
Admin - D225D


Education and Credentials

A.A.S. in Business Management & Marketing at Western Dakota Tech

B.S. in Management at National American University


Abby Cook

Adjunct Instructor


Abby.Cook@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

B.B.A. in Health Services Administration at University of South Dakota

M.B.A in Business Administration at Mounty Marty College

Janna Cowling

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Instructor

Medical Laboratory Technician

(605) 718-2913
Janna.Cowling@wdt.edu
W131P


Education and Credentials

CLS Certification, University of North Dakota

B.S. in Biology at University of Mary

M.S. in Health Service Administration at University of South Dakota

Bio:

Janna Cowling initiated the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program at Western Dakota Tech (WDT) in 2016. She currently instructs Immunology, Immunohematology, and Microbiology MLT courses. Prior to joining WDT, Cowling was a Supervisor and Medical Technologist at Regional Health specializing in Microbiology, Blood Bank, and Serology for almost 15 years. She has a Clinical Laboratory Scientist Certification, ASCP, Bachelor’s degree in Biology at University of Mary, and a Master’s degree in Health Service Administration at University of South Dakota. In her free time, Cowling enjoys spending time with her family, running, skiing, and soccer.


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Scot Dannenbring

Instructor

Electrical Trades

(605) 718-2943
Scot.Dannenbring@wdt.edu
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Education and Credentials

A.A.S. in Industrial Electronics at Western Dakota Tech

A.A.S. in Electrical Trades at Western Dakota Tech

Tamara (Tami) Dewes

Assessment Coordinator

Instructor - General Education

(605) 718-2984
Tamara.Dewes@wdt.edu
Admin - D225B


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Elementary Education at Dakota State University

B.S. in Home Economics at South Dakota State University

Elias Diaz

Adjunct Faculty


Elias.Diaz@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

B.A. in Biblical Studies at The Masters University

Master of Divinity in Theological Studies at the Masters Seminary

Melissa Diedrich

Adjunct Faculty


Melissa.Diedrich@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

M.B.A. in Business Administration at American Public University School

B.S. in Business Administration, Tourism, and Hospitality at Black Hills State University

A.S. in Computer Technology at Black Hills State University

Carol Duncan

Adjunct Faculty


Carol.Duncan@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

M.A. in English at University of Central Florida at Orlando

B.S. in English at Black Hills State University

Mary Duncan

Adjunct Faculty


Mary.Duncan@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Accounting at Southwest State University

C.P.A.

Bio:

Mary R. Duncan, CPA, CGMA, has been an Adjunct Accounting Instructor at  Western Dakota Tech since 2018.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Southwest Minnesota State University and has been a Certified Public Accountant for more than 33 years. Duncan worked in public accounting for 15 years, where she did auditing, tax preparation and financial statements.  She was also the CFO of a non-profit community mental health center for 10 years, prior to becoming the Accounting Manager for the Rapid City Area School District - a position she has been in for the last 12 years. Duncan is a member of the South Dakota CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Justin Eiesland

Technology Technician 1

(605) 718-4032
Justin.Eiesland@wdt.edu
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Education and Credentials

A.A.S. in Computer Systems Technology at Mitchell Technical Institute

Diploma for Computer Networking Specialist at Western Dakota Tech

Kaden Eisenbraun

Farm & Ranch Management Program Director

(605) 718-3060
Kaden.Eisenbraun@wdt.edu
L201


Education and Credentials

A.A.S. in Agricultural Sciences at South Dakota State University

B.S. in Agriculture at New Mexico State University

Jill Elder

Director of Admissions & Financial Aid

(605) 718-2411
Jill.Elder@wdt.edu
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Education and Credentials

B.S. in Business Administration at National American University

NASFAA Return of Title IV Funds Credential

NASFAA Consumer Information Credential

NASFAA Gainful Employment Credential

NASFAA Professional Judgement Credential

NASFAA Direct Loan Credential

NASFAA Verification Credential

NASFAA Administrative Capability Credential

NASFAA Satisfactory Academic Progress Credential

NASFAA Federal Pell Grant Credential

NASFAA Cost of Attendance Credential

Michael Elston, M.D.

Adjunct Faculty

(605) 718-2511
Michael.Elston@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Chemical Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

M.S. in Chemical Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

M.D., Sanford School of Medicine at Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota

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Beth-Anne Ferley

Adjunct Instructor


BethAnn.Ferley@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing at Slippery Rock University

M.B.A. in Business Administration at National American University

Tonia Fischer

Adjunct Faculty


Tonia.Fischer@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

M.S. in Administrative Studies at University of South Dakota
B.S. in Human Services and Sociology at Black Hills State University

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John Geiman

Program Director

Computer Science

(605) 718-3052
John.Geiman@wdt.edu
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Education and Credentials

B.A. in Industrial Technology with emphasis in Drafting at Chadron State College

Bio:

John Geiman is the Computer Science Program Director. He started in February 2016 at WDT. He has a Bachelor’s degree, Composite Major in Industrial Arts with an emphasis in Teaching Methods, Electronics and Drafting, from Chadron State College. Geiman has 22 years of experience in the Computer Science field.


Christine Goldsmith

VP for Finance and Operations

(605) 718-2403
Christine.Goldsmith@wdt.edu
Admin - D226


Education and Credentials

M.B.A. at San Diego State University - Imperial Valley Campus
B.S. in Business Administration at California State University
A.A. in General Studies at Santa Rosa Junior College

Shelley Good

Adjunct Faculty


Shelley.Good@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

A.A.S. in Environmental Engineering at Western Dakota Tech
A.A.S. in Industrial Technology at Black Hills State University

Kayla Grams

Adjunct Faculty


Kayla.Grams@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Sociology at Black Hills State University

M.S. in Counseling at South Dakota State University

Mary Grassrope

Program Director

Paramedic

(605) 718-2549
Mary.Grassrope@wdt.edu
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Education and Credentials

B.S. in Physics at SD School of Mines & Technology

M.Ed. in Instructional Design at Western Governors University

Paramedic, Advanced Medical Life Support, Prehospital Trauma Life Support

Bio:

Mary Grassrope has worked at Western Dakota Tech since 2015 and is the Paramedic Program Director. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Physics at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a Master’s degree in Instructional Design at Western Governors University. Grassrope is a certified Paramedic and has additional certifications in Advanced Medical Life Support, Prehospital and Trauma Life Support. She is also a certified PALS/ACLS provider. 




PALS/ACLS Provider


Matthew Greene

Director of Information Systems

(605) 718-4038
Matthew.Greene@wdt.edu
L213D


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Information Technology - Emphasis Network Management/Microsoft at National American University

Joseph Guttierez

Adjunct Faculty


Joseph.Guttierez@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Sociology & Psychology at Black Hills State University

M.S. in Strategic Leadership at Black Hills State University

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Krista Hagemann

Instructor, Surgical Technology

(605) 718-2917
Krista.Hagemann@wdt.edu
W131C


Education and Credentials

A.A.S. in Surgical Technology, Rasmussen College, Moorhead, Minn.

Certified Surgical Technologist

Krista Hagemann received her A.A.S. in Surgical Technology at Rasmussen College in Moorhead, Minn. She has been a practicing Certified Surgical Technologist since 2010 and an Instructor at Western Dakota Tech since 2017. Hagemann is an active member of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) and has served as Treasurer and Board of Directors for the South Dakota State Assembly. Hagemann was the recipient of the 2019 AST Chris Keegan Conference Scholarship. She was a presentor at the 2019 AST Educator’s Conference with Tiffany Howe, WDT Vice President for Teaching and Learning, and Jade Hollister, Surgical Technology Program Director, detailing Inter-Professional Simulation.

Fawn Hall

Director of West River CTE Consortium

(605) 718-2961
Fawn.Hall@wdt.edu
D127


Education and Credentials

B.A., Black Hills State University

Toni Hall

Adjunct Faculty


Toni.Hall@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

B.A. in Political Science

M.A. in Econ/Finance at Middle Tennessee State University

Donna Hanks

Instructional Technology & Design Specialist

(605) 718-2951
Donna.Hanks@wdt.edu
Admin - D224


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Marketing at Southwest MN State University

M.S. in Administrative Studies at University of South Dakota

LeeAnn Hanks

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Instructor Math

(605) 718-3056
LeeAnn.Hanks@wdt.edu
W263A


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Mathematics at South Dakota State University

M.E. in Curriculum & Instruction at Concordia University - Portland

Chanin Hartnett

Dental Assisting Director

(605) 718-3057
Chanin.Hartnett@wdt.edu
W141


Education and Credentials

B.A. in General Studies at Southern New Hampshire University

A.A.S. in Pharmacy Technician Program at San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersville, CA

A.A.S. in Dental Assisting Program at San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersville, CA

Mandy Hertel

Program Director

General Education - Social Science

(605) 718-2935
Mandy.Hertel@wdt.edu
W232


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Sociology & Psychology at Black Hills State University

M.S. in Educational Psychology at Capella University

John Hohn

Adjunct Faculty


John.Hohn@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Education at University of South Dakota

M.S. in Education Technology at Dakota State University

Jade Hollister

Program Director

Surgical Technology

(605) 718-2934
Jade.Hollister@wdt.edu
W131C


Education and Credentials

Diploma in Surgical Technology at Western Dakota Tech

A.A.S. in Allied Health at Western Dakota Tech

B.A. in Business at University of Sioux Falls

Certified Surgical Technologist

Bio:
Jade Hollister is the Surgical Technology Program Director. She received her Diploma in Surgical Technology at Western Dakota Tech (WDT), A.A.S. in Allied Health at WDT, and B.A. in Business at the University of Sioux Falls. She has been a practicing Certified Surgical Technologist since 2010 and an Instructor at Western Dakota Tech since 2016. Hollister is an active member of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) and has served as Vice President and Board of Directors for the South Dakota State Assembly. In 2020, she was appointed to the Education and Professional Standards Committee by the AST. Hollister  was the recipient of the 2018 AST Chris Keegan Memorial Educator’s Scholarship and one of the recipients of the 2018 AST Didactic Educator of the Year award. In 2019, she received the 2019 Outstanding Technical Teacher Award from the American Technical Education Association.

Forrest Holso

Admissions and Recruitment Specialist

(605) 718-2434
Forrest.Holso@wdt.edu
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Education and Credentials

B.A. in Music Industry at Chadron State College
A.A. in Elementary Education and Music at Northwest College

Tiffany Howe

Vice President for Teaching and Learning

(605) 718-2905
Tiffany.Howe@wdt.edu
Admin - D220


Education and Credentials

A.A.S. in Surgical Technology at Presentation College

B.A. in Organizational Management - Biology at Ashford University

M.B.A. in Project Management at Colorado Technical University

M.B.A. in Healthcare Management at Colorado Technical University

Jamin Hubner

Adjunct Faculty


Jamin.Hubner@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at University of South Africa

M.S. in Applied Economics at Southern New Hampshire University

M.A. in Religion at reformed Theological Seminary

Tracy Hunt

Adjunct Faculty


Tracy.Hunt@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Psychology at BHSU

M.S. in Counseling Program at South Dakota State University

Kristen Hybertson

Registered Nursing Instructor

(605) 718-2428
Kristen.Hybertson@wdt.edu
W131L


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Nursing at University of Wyoming

M.S. in Nursing - Nurse Educator at South Dakota State University

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Justin Jutting

Assessment Coordinator

Instructor - General Education

(605) 718-4703
Justin.Jutting@wdt.edu
Admin - D225A


Education and Credentials

A.A.S. in Automotive Technician at Western Dakota Tech

A.A.S. in Transportation Technology at Western Dakota Tech 

B.S. in Education at South Dakota State University

M.B.A. in Business Administration at Chadron State College

ASE Auto Master Certified

ASE Medium Heavy Duty Master Certified

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Bandy Kaiser

Adjunct Faculty


Brandy.Kaiser@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

A.A.S. in Surgical Technology at Western Dakota Tech
B.S. in Anthropology at University of South Dakota

David Karlinski

Adjunct


David.Karlinski@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

M.S. in Engineering Management at Southern Methodist University

B.S. in Electrical Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Christi Keffeler

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Director of Nursing

(605) 718-2910
Christi.Keffeler@wdt.edu
W131H


Education and Credentials

A.S.N. in Nursing at University of South Dakota

B.S.N. in Nursing at South Dakota State University

M.S.N. in Nursing Education at Grand Canyon University

Karie Kennedy

Program Director

General Education - Behavioral Science

(605) 718-2928
Karie.Kennedy@wdt.edu
W236B


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Psychology, Sociology & Human Services at Black Hills State University

J.D. in Law at University of South Dakota

Michele Klapprodt

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Instructor Biological Sciences

(605) 718-2584
Michele.Klapprodt@wdt.edu
W141


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Biology & Health/ Phys Ed & Recreation at South Dakota State University

M.S. in Biological Sciences at Western Governors University (in progress)

Kevin Klingbile

Adjunct Faculty


Kevin.Klingbile@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

M.B.A. in IT Management at Western Governors University

B.S. in Specialization in General IT at Capella University

A.A.S. in Computer Network Security at Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Jodi Kor

Team Leader

Program Director, Medical Laboratory Technician

(605) 718-2939
Jodi.Kor@wdt.edu
W131M


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Arts & Science at South Dakota State University

M.S. in Business Administration at Baker College

Certified Medical Technologist

Bio:

Jodi Kor began working for Western Dakota Tech (WDT) in the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program in 2017 and transitioned into the Program Director and Team Leader positions in 2018. Prior to working at WDT, Kor was a Laboratory Manager, Supervisor, and Medical Technologist with Regional Health for more than 20 years. She has a Medical Technologist Certification, ASCP, a Bachelor’s degree in Arts & Science from South Dakota State University, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Baker College. In her free time, Kor enjoys spending time with her family, trail riding, and skiing.


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Charles Leeper

Instructor

Welding & Fabrication

(605) 718-4709

L223


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Agriculture at Illinois State University

AWS Certified Welding Inspector

Bio:

Charles Leeper received a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture at Illinois State University. Leeper has more than 38 years of industry expertise from many years with Caterpillar and other business roles. While at Caterpillar Inc, he helped move Motor Grader Welding and Fabrication production to North Little Rock, Ark. While at Caterpillar Reman, West Fargo, N.D., as their weld engineer, he designed and implemented a new weld shop and oversaw the installation of three new robotic weld cells with their specialized processes. He was on the North Dakota State College of Science Mechatronics Advisory Board. He is an AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI). In 2020, WDT’s Welding and Fabrication program earned the national American Technical Education Association’s Outstanding Technical Program Award.



Nora Leinen

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Assistant Director for Enrollment and Offsite Services

(605) 718-2541
Nora.Leinen@wdt.edu
SS - D111


Education and Credentials

BA in English from University of Minnesota

MA in English from Marquette University

Heidi Linngren

Adjunct Faculty


Heidi.Linngren@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

B.S. in English/Elementary Education at Northern State University

J.D. in Education Law at University of South Dakota

Angela Love

Adjunct Faculty


Angela.Love@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

Dr.B.A. in Finance at Walden University

M.B.A. in Accounting at Columbia College

 B.S. in Business Administration in Finance and Management at Columbia College

James Loverich

Program Co-Director

Computer-Aided Design

(605) 718-2941
James.Loverich@wdt.edu
L214


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Computer Aided Drafting at Northern Arizona University

M.S. in Engineering Mechanics at Virginia Tech

Bio:

James S. Loverich is Computer-Aided Design Program Director and a Mechanical Computer-Aided design instructor. He teaches PTC Creo, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Fusion 360 software in addition to mechanical design and CNC machining. He graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and continued his education at Virginia Tech where he received a M.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of South Dakota. Loverich worked at as a mechanical engineer for 10 years before making the transition to teaching in 2008. His engineering work experience includes: Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, Wellstream, Inc.; Sanmina-SCI; and RPM and Associates.


Zachary Ludens

Adjunct Faculty


Zachary.Ludens@wdt.edu


Education and Credentials

J.D. in Law and Communication at the University of Miami School of Law

M.A. in Public Relations at University of Miami School of Communication

B.A. in Liberal Arts at Augustana College

B.A. in Biology at University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Brittney Lystad

Recruiter

(605) 718-2964
Brittney.Lystad@wdt.edu
SS-D128


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Business Administration with specialization in Human Resources at Black Hills State University

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Duane Martenson

Program Director, Instructor

Business

(605) 718-2929
Duane.Martenson@wdt.edu
W236D


Education and Credentials

B.S. in Marketing at Black Hills State University

M.S. in Administrative Studies at University of South Dakota

Bio:
Duane Martenson is the co-program director for the Business and Accounting Programs. He has been teaching at Western Dakota Tech for more than 20 years. He has presented on using innovative technology-based teaching strategies at national conferences and was named a finalist for ATEA National Outstanding Technical Teacher of the year. He has his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, a Business and Technology K-12 Teaching Certification from Black Hills State University, and a Master’s degree in Business from the University of South Dakota. Martenson has owned a business in the retail and service sector and currently owns and operates two businesses in the real-estate sector.

Sharon Martin

Financial Aid Coordinator

(605) 718-2422
Sharon.Martin@wdt.edu
SS - D119


Education and Credentials

NASFAA Return of Title IV Funds Credential

NASFAA Consumer Information Credential

NASFAA Gainful Employment Credential

NASFAA Professional Judgement Credential

NASFAA Direct Loan Credential

NASFAA Verification Credential

NASFAA Administrative Capability Credential

NASFAA Satisfactory Academic Progress Credential

NASFAA Federal Pell Grant Credential

NASFAA Cost of Attendance Credential

Stephanie Mayfield

Director of West River Area Health Education Center

(605)718-4077
Stephanie.Mayfield@bhsu.edu
BHSU—RC Campus, 4300 Cheyenne Blvd, Rapid City, SD 57703 Office 114D


Education and Credentials

    B.S. in Business Administration @ Dickinson State University

    Stephanie McCoy

    Adjunct Instructor




    Education and Credentials

    B.S. in Interdisciplinary Sciences at South Dakota School Mines and Technology

    M.A. in Interdisciplinary Sciences at The University of South Dakota

    Mark McGrath

    Director of Data Research and Analytics

    (605) 718-2575
    Mark.Mcgrath@wdt.edu
    SS-D116


    Education and Credentials

    B.S. in Composite Business Administration at Black Hills State University

    B.S. in Computer Information Systems at National American University

    Bryan Mitchell

    Program Director, Instructor

    Electrical Trades

    (605) 718-2942
    Bryan.Mitchell@wdt.edu
    L201


    Education and Credentials

    A.A.S. in Industrial Electronics at Western Dakota Tech

    Electrical Journeyman's License

    Ann Murano

    Program Director

    Computer Literacy

    (605) 718-2930
    Ann.Murano@wdt.edu
    W236C


    Education and Credentials

    B.S. in Business Administration at Black Hills State University

    B.S. in Business Education at Black Hills State University

    Kelsey Murray

    Photo of Kelsey Murray.

    Program Director Environmental Engineering Tech & Pharmacy Technician

    (605) 718-2992
    Kelsey.Murray@wdt.edu
    L201


    Education and Credentials

    A.S. in Respiratory Care at Dakota State University

    B.S. in Biochemistry at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

    Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

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    Duane Nestor

    Team Leader Program Director

    General Education - Mathematics

    (605) 718-2954
    Duane.Nestor@wdt.edu
    W236A


    Education and Credentials

    B.S. in Mathematics United States Naval Academy

    M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering at Naval Postgraduate School

    Sara Nolen

    Program Co-Director Dental Assisting

    (605) 718-3057
    Sara.Nolen@wdt.edu
    W141


    Education and Credentials

    B.S. in Dental Hygiene at University of South Dakota

    M.S. in Dental Hygiene/Public Health at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science

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    Kristy O'Kief

    Financial Aid Advisor

    (605) 718-2425
    Kristy.Okief@wdt.edu
    SS - D118


    Education and Credentials

    B.S., University of NE at Kearney

    M.A., University of Phoenix

    NASFAA Return of Title IV Funds Credential

    NASFAA Gainful Employment Credential

    NASFAA Direct Loan Credential

    NASFAA Verification Credential

    NASFAA Administrative Capability Credential

    NASFAA Federal Pell Grant Credential

    NASFAA Cost of Attendance Credential

    Kelly Oehlerking

    Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success

    (605) 718-2931
    Kelly.Oehlerking@wdt.edu
    Admin - D206


    Education and Credentials

    B.S. in Business with an emphasis in Business Administration at Black Hills State University

    M.S. in Administrative Studies with an emphasis in Human Resources at University of South Dakota

    NASFAA Satisfactory Academic Progress Credential

    ATIXA Investigator Level One Credential

    Christina Olinger

    Adjunct Faculty


    Christina.Olinger@wdt.edu


    Education and Credentials

    B.A. in Complementary and Alternative Health at Ashford University

    M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at University of the Rockies

    John Olson

    Adjunct Faculty


    John.Olson@wdt.edu


    Education and Credentials

    B.A. in Criminal Justice at Moorhead State University

    M.S. in Administrative Studies at University of South Dakota

    Christine Ousley

    Program Director

    Phlebotomy - Laboratory Assistant

    (605) 718-2912
    Christine.Ousley@wdt.edu
    W131N


    Education and Credentials

    A.A.S. in Medical Lab Technician at Hibbing Community College

    Certified Phlebotomist

    Bio:

    Christine Ousley started at Western Dakota Tech (WDT) nine years ago transitioning to the Phlebotomy/Medical Laboratory Assistant Program Director position in 2013. She instructs the first semester of the Medical Laboratory Technician program in which students can earn a Phlebotomy Certificate. Ousley came to WDT with more than 15 years of industry experience as a Patient Service Center Manager for Regional West Medical Center in Rapid City and as a Medical Laboratory Technician and Phlebotomist/Outpatient Services Coordinator in Minnesota. She received her A.A.S. in Medical Lab Technology from Hibbing Community and Technical College. She is Medical Laboratory Technician certified, ASCP. In her free time, Ousley enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and traveling to see sloths.


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    Ann Perry

    Adjunct Faculty


    Ann.Perry@wdt.edu


    Education and Credentials

    B.B.A. in Business Education at University of IA

    M.A. in Education Counseling at Northern State Univeristy

    Ryan Phillips

    Adjunct Faculty




    Education and Credentials

    B.S. in Animal Science – Missouri State University

    Michael Prugh

    Program Director

    Welding & Fabrication

    (605) 718-2926
    Michael.Prugh@wdt.edu
    L233


    Education and Credentials

    B.A. in Industrial Design at Metropolitan State College of Denver

    Bio:

    Michael Prugh is the Welding and Fabrication Program Director and has been a full-time faculty member for Western Dakota Tech (WDT) for six years. Prugh has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design. He  serves as a Team Leader and is a member of WDT’s Persistence and Completion Committee. Prugh has more than 20 years of welding and fabrication experience to include being a successful business owner. In 2020, WDT’s Welding and Fabrication program earned the American Technical Education’s Association Outstanding technical Program Award.


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    Peter Ragnone

    Program Director

    Criminal Justice

    (605) 718-2927
    Peter.Ragnone@wdt.edu
    W236G


    Education and Credentials

    B.S. in Criminal Justice at Ferris State University

    M.A. in Political Science at University of South Dakota

    Danielle Ragnone

    Photo of Danielle Ragnone

    Registered Nursing Coordinator/Instructor

    (605) 718-2916
    Danielle.Ragnone@wdt.edu
    W131F


    Education and Credentials

    B.S. in Nursing at South Dakota State University

    M.S. Nurse Educator Specialization at South Dakota State University

    Marvia Ray

    Adjunct Faculty

    (605) 718-2927
    Marvia.Ray@wdt.edu


    Education and Credentials

    B.S. in Physics at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

    Rob Reagan

    Instructor

    Business

    (605) 718-4743
    Robert.Reagan@wdt.edu
    W236D


    Education and Credentials

    B.S. in Business Administration at Black Hills State University

    M.B.A. in Business Administration at Webster University

    Bio:

    Robert Reagan is the Director of the Western Dakota Tech Business programs. The programs include Business and Technology, Entrepreneurship, Office Professional, Social Media Marketing and Hospitality. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Black Hills State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University. Reagan has been teaching in the Business programs for more than 10 years and brings 20 years of work experience in investments, real estate and entrepreneurship. Reagan has worked as a manager, financial advisor, small business owner (hotel, auto dealership, rental real estate), librarian and soccer coach.


    Wanda Roe

    Photo of Wanda Roe.

    Admissions & Event Specialist

    (605) 718-2963
    Wanda.Roe@wdt.edu
    SS - D106


    Education and Credentials

    A.A.S., National American University

    B.S., National American University

    M.M., National American University

    Kurt Russow

    Program Director

    General Education - English

    (605) 718-2932
    Kurt.Russow@wdt.edu
    W232


    Education and Credentials

    B.S. in English at Minnesota State University

    M.A. in English at North Dakota State University

    Dorothy Ryan

    Adjunct Instructor


    Dorothy.Ryan@wdt.edu


    Education and Credentials

    B.M. in Music at University of Arizona

    M.M. in Music at Illinois State University

    M.A. in Information Resources & Library Science at University of Arizona

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    Leah Saiz

    Student Success Coach

    (605) 718-2956
    Leah.Saiz@wdt.edu
    D160T


    Education and Credentials

    B.A. in English @ University of South Dakota

    Theresa Scharn

    Director of Human Resources Assistant Title IX Coordinator

    (605) 718-2402
    Theresa.Scharn@wdt.edu
    Admin - D204


    Education and Credentials

    B.S. in Business Administration at University of South Dakota

    ATIXA Investigator Level One Credential

    Michele Seaman

    HVAC Instructor

    (605) 718-3047

    L201


    Education and Credentials

    A.A.S. in Business Administration at Bismarck State College

    Cassi Severson

    West River Area Health Education Center Coordinator

    (605) 718-4327
    Cassi.Severson@bhsu.edu
    BHSU—RC Campus, 4300 Cheyenne Blvd, Rapid City, SD 57703 Office 114E


    Education and Credentials

    M.Ed. in Administration of Student Affairs at South Dakota State University

    B.A. in History in History/Education at South Dakota State University

    Paul Shankle

    Adjunct Faculty


    Paul.Shankle@wdt.edu


    Education and Credentials

    A.A.S., Instructor of Technology & Military Science / Mechanical & Electrical Instructor, Community College of the Air Force

    B.S. in Occupational Education at Wayland Baptist University

    M.A. in Education/Adult Education & Training at University of Phoenix

    Adam Stratmeyer

    General Education Instructor


    Adam.Stratmeyer@wdt.edu
    W232


    Education and Credentials

      Juris Doctor at University of South Dakota School of Law

      M.A. in Human Factors Psychology at University of South Dakota

      B.S. in Psychology with a Minor in Biology at University of South Dakota

      A.A. at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

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      Olimpia Tilles

      Adjunct Faculty


      Olimpia.Tilles@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.A. in French at Florida International University

      M.S. in Human Resources at Florida International University

      Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University

      Bio:

      Olimpia Tilles has been teaching at Western Dakota Tech since 2017. She started her educational leadership career at Tallahassee Community College, Florida in 2013. With a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management, Tilles progressed from a Human Resources Specialist to a Business Analyst of Human Capital Management, in the Information and Technology Department. Tilles has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She has worked as an instructor at Tallahassee Community College and Bryant and Stratton College - Online, and Black Hills State University. Tilles is a recipient of the National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates National Conference Award (2017), Florida A&M University Graduate Studies and Research Poster Competition (2015), Golden Key International Honor Society (2015), and the Holmes Scholars Organization Membership (2015). She  is currently an affiliate of several national educational and research organizations.


      Debbie Toms

      Director of Student Success/Registrar

      Western Dakota Tech Title IX Coordinator

      (605) 718-2958
      Deborah.Toms@wdt.edu
      D113


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education at Northern State University

      M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction at Black Hills State University

      NASFAA Consumer Information Credential

      NASFAA Satisfactory Academic Progress Credential

      ATIXA Investigator Level One Credential

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      Bill Urban

      Program Director

      Precision Machining

      (605) 718-4704
      William.Urban@wdt.edu
      L114


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Welding and Fabrication at Western Dakota Technical Institute

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      Anthony Verchio

      Adjunct Faculty


      Anthony.Verchio@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in English at Ball State University

      M.S. in Criminal Justice/Organizational Leadership at USD

      M.S. in Strategic Studies at US Army War College

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      Dody Weller

      Adjunct Faculty


      Dody.Weller@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Nursing at Excelsior College

      B.S. in Agriculture Production/Animal Science at Montana State University

      Jennifer Williams-Curl

      Library & Disability Service Coordinator; Adjunct Faculty

      (605) 718-2904
      Jennifer.Williams-Curl@wdt.edu
      Library - D160


      Education and Credentials

      B.B.A. in Mass Communications at Morningside College

      M.S. in Library and Information at Wayne State University

      Tracy Wyman

      Instructor Practical Nursing

      (605) 718-2925
      Tracy.Wyman@wdt.edu
      W132


      Education and Credentials

      B.S.N. in Nursing at University of NE Medical Center

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      Marvin Youpee

      Custodian

      (605) 394-2430
      Marvin.Youpee@wdt.edu
      L107


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies @ National American University

      B.S. in Paralegal Studies @ National American University

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      Academics

      Angela Baker

      Administrative Assistant V - Academics

      (605) 718-2909
      Angela.Baker@wdt.edu
      Admin D222


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Business Management at National American University

      Donna Hanks

      Instructional Technology & Design Specialist

      (605) 718-2951
      Donna.Hanks@wdt.edu
      Admin - D224


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Marketing at Southwest MN State University

      M.S. in Administrative Studies at University of South Dakota

      Tiffany Howe

      Vice President for Teaching and Learning

      (605) 718-2905
      Tiffany.Howe@wdt.edu
      Admin - D220


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Surgical Technology at Presentation College

      B.A. in Organizational Management - Biology at Ashford University

      M.B.A. in Project Management at Colorado Technical University

      M.B.A. in Healthcare Management at Colorado Technical University

      Adjunct Faculty

      Eric Anderson

      Adjunct Instructor


      Eric.Anderson@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.A.T.S. in General Supervision at Black Hills State University

      A.A.S. in Computer-Aided Drafting at Western Dakota Tech

      Bio:

      Eric Anderson has been the CTE teacher for the past five years in the Belle Fourche school district. Anderson is an adjunct CTE teacher for Western Dakota Tech, helping students complete their dual enrollment credits. Anderson and the Belle Fourche School District have built an extensive high school CTE program allowing the students to take part in building a house in the city of Belle Fourche for the past few years. His hard work and community involvement have allowed them to build a program to be proud of for years to come.


      William Armstrong

      Adjunct Faculty


      William.Armstrong@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.A. in History/Phys Ed at Pacific Lutheran University

      M.Ed. in Guidance & Counseling/School Administration at South Dakota State University

      Karen Baumbach

      Adjunct Faculty


      Karen.Baumbach@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Electrical Engineering at University of Cincinnati

      M.A. in Secondary Mathematics at College of Notre Dame of Maryland

      Anthony Beaty

      Adjunct Faculty


      Anthony.Beaty@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Biology at Black Hills State University

      A.A.S. in Paramedic Studies at Western Dakota Tech

      Vanessa Benavidez

      Adjunct Faculty


      Vanessa.Benavidez@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      M.S. in Project Management at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs

      M.B.A. in Healthcare Management at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs

      B.S. in Biology at Colorado State University - Pueblo

      Nicole Bisgaard

      Adjunct Faculty


      Nicole.Bisgaard@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Mathematics at South Dakota State University

      M.A. in Education, Science/Mathematics at Chadron State College

      Hannah Bowman

      Adjunct Faculty


      Hannah.Bowman@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.A. in Comm Studies & Theater at South Dakota State University

      M.S. in Communication Studies at SDSU

      Noah Boydston

      Photo of Noah Boydston.

      Adjunct Faculty


      Noah.Boydston@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at University of Missouri

      M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at University of Missouri

      Taylor Calderon

      Adjunct Faculty


      Taylor.Calderon@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.A. in English, Literature Emphasis at Western Washington University

      M.L.I.S. in Library and INformation Science at San Jose State University

      Chandra Calvert

      Director of Industry Relations & Grant Management

      (605) 718-2419
      Chandra.Calvert@wdt.edu
      L110


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in English/Music Ed at University of Mary

      M.A. in English at Colorado State University

      Georgina Cavin

      Adjunct Faculty


      Georgina.Cavin@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      M.B.A. at University of Sioux Falls

      B.S. in Accounting at National American University

      A.A.S. in Accounting @ National College

      Abby Cook

      Adjunct Instructor


      Abby.Cook@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.B.A. in Health Services Administration at University of South Dakota

      M.B.A in Business Administration at Mounty Marty College

      Elias Diaz

      Adjunct Faculty


      Elias.Diaz@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.A. in Biblical Studies at The Masters University

      Master of Divinity in Theological Studies at the Masters Seminary

      Melissa Diedrich

      Adjunct Faculty


      Melissa.Diedrich@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      M.B.A. in Business Administration at American Public University School

      B.S. in Business Administration, Tourism, and Hospitality at Black Hills State University

      A.S. in Computer Technology at Black Hills State University

      Carol Duncan

      Adjunct Faculty


      Carol.Duncan@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      M.A. in English at University of Central Florida at Orlando

      B.S. in English at Black Hills State University

      Mary Duncan

      Adjunct Faculty


      Mary.Duncan@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Accounting at Southwest State University

      C.P.A.

      Bio:

      Mary R. Duncan, CPA, CGMA, has been an Adjunct Accounting Instructor at  Western Dakota Tech since 2018.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Southwest Minnesota State University and has been a Certified Public Accountant for more than 33 years. Duncan worked in public accounting for 15 years, where she did auditing, tax preparation and financial statements.  She was also the CFO of a non-profit community mental health center for 10 years, prior to becoming the Accounting Manager for the Rapid City Area School District - a position she has been in for the last 12 years. Duncan is a member of the South Dakota CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

      Michael Elston, M.D.

      Adjunct Faculty

      (605) 718-2511
      Michael.Elston@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Chemical Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

      M.S. in Chemical Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

      M.D., Sanford School of Medicine at Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota

      Beth-Anne Ferley

      Adjunct Instructor


      BethAnn.Ferley@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing at Slippery Rock University

      M.B.A. in Business Administration at National American University

      Tonia Fischer

      Adjunct Faculty


      Tonia.Fischer@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      M.S. in Administrative Studies at University of South Dakota
      B.S. in Human Services and Sociology at Black Hills State University

      Shelley Good

      Adjunct Faculty


      Shelley.Good@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Environmental Engineering at Western Dakota Tech
      A.A.S. in Industrial Technology at Black Hills State University

      Kayla Grams

      Adjunct Faculty


      Kayla.Grams@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Sociology at Black Hills State University

      M.S. in Counseling at South Dakota State University

      Joseph Guttierez

      Adjunct Faculty


      Joseph.Guttierez@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Sociology & Psychology at Black Hills State University

      M.S. in Strategic Leadership at Black Hills State University

      Toni Hall

      Adjunct Faculty


      Toni.Hall@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.A. in Political Science

      M.A. in Econ/Finance at Middle Tennessee State University

      John Hohn

      Adjunct Faculty


      John.Hohn@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Education at University of South Dakota

      M.S. in Education Technology at Dakota State University

      Jamin Hubner

      Adjunct Faculty


      Jamin.Hubner@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at University of South Africa

      M.S. in Applied Economics at Southern New Hampshire University

      M.A. in Religion at reformed Theological Seminary

      Tracy Hunt

      Adjunct Faculty


      Tracy.Hunt@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Psychology at BHSU

      M.S. in Counseling Program at South Dakota State University

      Bandy Kaiser

      Adjunct Faculty


      Brandy.Kaiser@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Surgical Technology at Western Dakota Tech
      B.S. in Anthropology at University of South Dakota

      David Karlinski

      Adjunct


      David.Karlinski@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      M.S. in Engineering Management at Southern Methodist University

      B.S. in Electrical Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

      Kevin Klingbile

      Adjunct Faculty


      Kevin.Klingbile@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      M.B.A. in IT Management at Western Governors University

      B.S. in Specialization in General IT at Capella University

      A.A.S. in Computer Network Security at Minnesota State Community and Technical College

      Heidi Linngren

      Adjunct Faculty


      Heidi.Linngren@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in English/Elementary Education at Northern State University

      J.D. in Education Law at University of South Dakota

      Angela Love

      Adjunct Faculty


      Angela.Love@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      Dr.B.A. in Finance at Walden University

      M.B.A. in Accounting at Columbia College

       B.S. in Business Administration in Finance and Management at Columbia College

      Zachary Ludens

      Adjunct Faculty


      Zachary.Ludens@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      J.D. in Law and Communication at the University of Miami School of Law

      M.A. in Public Relations at University of Miami School of Communication

      B.A. in Liberal Arts at Augustana College

      B.A. in Biology at University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

      Stephanie McCoy

      Adjunct Instructor




      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Interdisciplinary Sciences at South Dakota School Mines and Technology

      M.A. in Interdisciplinary Sciences at The University of South Dakota

      Christina Olinger

      Adjunct Faculty


      Christina.Olinger@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.A. in Complementary and Alternative Health at Ashford University

      M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at University of the Rockies

      John Olson

      Adjunct Faculty


      John.Olson@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.A. in Criminal Justice at Moorhead State University

      M.S. in Administrative Studies at University of South Dakota

      Ann Perry

      Adjunct Faculty


      Ann.Perry@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.B.A. in Business Education at University of IA

      M.A. in Education Counseling at Northern State Univeristy

      Ryan Phillips

      Adjunct Faculty




      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Animal Science – Missouri State University

      Marvia Ray

      Adjunct Faculty

      (605) 718-2927
      Marvia.Ray@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Physics at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

      Dorothy Ryan

      Adjunct Instructor


      Dorothy.Ryan@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.M. in Music at University of Arizona

      M.M. in Music at Illinois State University

      M.A. in Information Resources & Library Science at University of Arizona

      Paul Shankle

      Adjunct Faculty


      Paul.Shankle@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S., Instructor of Technology & Military Science / Mechanical & Electrical Instructor, Community College of the Air Force

      B.S. in Occupational Education at Wayland Baptist University

      M.A. in Education/Adult Education & Training at University of Phoenix

      Olimpia Tilles

      Adjunct Faculty


      Olimpia.Tilles@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.A. in French at Florida International University

      M.S. in Human Resources at Florida International University

      Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University

      Bio:

      Olimpia Tilles has been teaching at Western Dakota Tech since 2017. She started her educational leadership career at Tallahassee Community College, Florida in 2013. With a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management, Tilles progressed from a Human Resources Specialist to a Business Analyst of Human Capital Management, in the Information and Technology Department. Tilles has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She has worked as an instructor at Tallahassee Community College and Bryant and Stratton College - Online, and Black Hills State University. Tilles is a recipient of the National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates National Conference Award (2017), Florida A&M University Graduate Studies and Research Poster Competition (2015), Golden Key International Honor Society (2015), and the Holmes Scholars Organization Membership (2015). She  is currently an affiliate of several national educational and research organizations.


      Anthony Verchio

      Adjunct Faculty


      Anthony.Verchio@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in English at Ball State University

      M.S. in Criminal Justice/Organizational Leadership at USD

      M.S. in Strategic Studies at US Army War College

      Dody Weller

      Adjunct Faculty


      Dody.Weller@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Nursing at Excelsior College

      B.S. in Agriculture Production/Animal Science at Montana State University

      Jennifer Williams-Curl

      Library & Disability Service Coordinator; Adjunct Faculty

      (605) 718-2904
      Jennifer.Williams-Curl@wdt.edu
      Library - D160


      Education and Credentials

      B.B.A. in Mass Communications at Morningside College

      M.S. in Library and Information at Wayne State University

      Assessment

      Tamara (Tami) Dewes

      Assessment Coordinator

      Instructor - General Education

      (605) 718-2984
      Tamara.Dewes@wdt.edu
      Admin - D225B


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Elementary Education at Dakota State University

      B.S. in Home Economics at South Dakota State University

      Tiffany Howe

      Vice President for Teaching and Learning

      (605) 718-2905
      Tiffany.Howe@wdt.edu
      Admin - D220


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Surgical Technology at Presentation College

      B.A. in Organizational Management - Biology at Ashford University

      M.B.A. in Project Management at Colorado Technical University

      M.B.A. in Healthcare Management at Colorado Technical University

      Justin Jutting

      Assessment Coordinator

      Instructor - General Education

      (605) 718-4703
      Justin.Jutting@wdt.edu
      Admin - D225A


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Automotive Technician at Western Dakota Tech

      A.A.S. in Transportation Technology at Western Dakota Tech 

      B.S. in Education at South Dakota State University

      M.B.A. in Business Administration at Chadron State College

      ASE Auto Master Certified

      ASE Medium Heavy Duty Master Certified

      Bookstore

      Jessica Clutter

      Accounting Manager

      (605) 718-2414
      Jessica.Clutter@wdt.edu
      Admin - D225D


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Business Management & Marketing at Western Dakota Tech

      B.S. in Management at National American University


      Corporate Education Center

      Chandra Calvert

      Director of Industry Relations & Grant Management

      (605) 718-2419
      Chandra.Calvert@wdt.edu
      L110


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in English/Music Ed at University of Mary

      M.A. in English at Colorado State University

      Tiffany Howe

      Vice President for Teaching and Learning

      (605) 718-2905
      Tiffany.Howe@wdt.edu
      Admin - D220


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Surgical Technology at Presentation College

      B.A. in Organizational Management - Biology at Ashford University

      M.B.A. in Project Management at Colorado Technical University

      M.B.A. in Healthcare Management at Colorado Technical University

      Custodian

      Marvin Youpee

      Custodian

      (605) 394-2430
      Marvin.Youpee@wdt.edu
      L107


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies @ National American University

      B.S. in Paralegal Studies @ National American University

      disability

      Disability Services

      Jennifer Williams-Curl

      Library & Disability Service Coordinator; Adjunct Faculty

      (605) 718-2904
      Jennifer.Williams-Curl@wdt.edu
      Library - D160


      Education and Credentials

      B.B.A. in Mass Communications at Morningside College

      M.S. in Library and Information at Wayne State University

      Enrollment Services

      Jill Elder

      Director of Admissions & Financial Aid

      (605) 718-2411
      Jill.Elder@wdt.edu
      SS - D117


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Business Administration at National American University

      NASFAA Return of Title IV Funds Credential

      NASFAA Consumer Information Credential

      NASFAA Gainful Employment Credential

      NASFAA Professional Judgement Credential

      NASFAA Direct Loan Credential

      NASFAA Verification Credential

      NASFAA Administrative Capability Credential

      NASFAA Satisfactory Academic Progress Credential

      NASFAA Federal Pell Grant Credential

      NASFAA Cost of Attendance Credential

      Forrest Holso

      Admissions and Recruitment Specialist

      (605) 718-2434
      Forrest.Holso@wdt.edu
      SS - D108


      Education and Credentials

      B.A. in Music Industry at Chadron State College
      A.A. in Elementary Education and Music at Northwest College

      Nora Leinen

      Photo of Nora Leinen.

      Assistant Director for Enrollment and Offsite Services

      (605) 718-2541
      Nora.Leinen@wdt.edu
      SS - D111


      Education and Credentials

      BA in English from University of Minnesota

      MA in English from Marquette University

      Brittney Lystad

      Recruiter

      (605) 718-2964
      Brittney.Lystad@wdt.edu
      SS-D128


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Business Administration with specialization in Human Resources at Black Hills State University

      Sharon Martin

      Financial Aid Coordinator

      (605) 718-2422
      Sharon.Martin@wdt.edu
      SS - D119


      Education and Credentials

      NASFAA Return of Title IV Funds Credential

      NASFAA Consumer Information Credential

      NASFAA Gainful Employment Credential

      NASFAA Professional Judgement Credential

      NASFAA Direct Loan Credential

      NASFAA Verification Credential

      NASFAA Administrative Capability Credential

      NASFAA Satisfactory Academic Progress Credential

      NASFAA Federal Pell Grant Credential

      NASFAA Cost of Attendance Credential

      Kristy O'Kief

      Financial Aid Advisor

      (605) 718-2425
      Kristy.Okief@wdt.edu
      SS - D118


      Education and Credentials

      B.S., University of NE at Kearney

      M.A., University of Phoenix

      NASFAA Return of Title IV Funds Credential

      NASFAA Gainful Employment Credential

      NASFAA Direct Loan Credential

      NASFAA Verification Credential

      NASFAA Administrative Capability Credential

      NASFAA Federal Pell Grant Credential

      NASFAA Cost of Attendance Credential

      Wanda Roe

      Photo of Wanda Roe.

      Admissions & Event Specialist

      (605) 718-2963
      Wanda.Roe@wdt.edu
      SS - D106


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S., National American University

      B.S., National American University

      M.M., National American University

      Facilities

      Faculty

      Dan Ammon

      Photo of Dan Ammon

      Program Co-Director

      Diesel Technology

      (605) 718-3062
      Dan.Ammon@wdt.edu
      B111


      Education and Credentials

      A..A.S. in Specialized Technology at Wyoming Technical Institute

      Todd Anderson

      Program Co-Director
      Computer-Aided Design

      (605) 718-2986
      Todd.Anderson@wdt.edu
      L214


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Computer-Aided Drafting at Western Dakota Technical Institute

      B.S. in Technical Occupations at Chadron State College

      Bio:

      Todd Anderson is a Computer-Aided Design Program Director. He received his A.A.S. in Computer-Aided Drafting at Western Dakota Technical Institute and a B.S. in Technical Occupations at Chadron State College. Anderson has worked in Architectural Design and Drafting since 1996. His experience spans multiple disciplines, including work in the casino industry, and in both residential and commercial building design. His experience includes design work on over 100 casinos across the US, Canada and Mexico. He has also worked on several local design projects in and around Rapid City including Black Hills Community Bank, Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino, The Lodge at Deadwood, and many others. In addition to teaching Architectural CAD at Western Dakota Tech, Todd continues to work part time as a design consultant for several casinos in the state of California.


      William Armstrong

      Adjunct Faculty


      William.Armstrong@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.A. in History/Phys Ed at Pacific Lutheran University

      M.Ed. in Guidance & Counseling/School Administration at South Dakota State University

      Troy Barry

      Photo of Troy Barry.

      Welding Instructor

      (605) 718-2989
      Troy.Barry@wdt.edu
      L223


      Education and Credentials

      Diploma in Welding/Manufacturing at Western Dakota Tech

      Bio:

      Troy Barry, a 2005 graduate of Western Dakota Tech’s (WDT) Welding Program, brings 14+ years of industry experience to classroom instruction. While a student, Barry was a SD State SkillsUSA Champion and now currently serves as the Vice President of the SD SkillsUSA Board of Directors. Additionally, Barry was recently named as one of five 2019 SkillsUSA Outstanding Career and Technical Educators and was honored at their national conference. In 2020, WDT’s Welding and Fabrication program earned the American Technical Education’s Association Outstanding Technical Program Award.


      Karen Baumbach

      Adjunct Faculty


      Karen.Baumbach@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Electrical Engineering at University of Cincinnati

      M.A. in Secondary Mathematics at College of Notre Dame of Maryland

      Anthony Beaty

      Adjunct Faculty


      Anthony.Beaty@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Biology at Black Hills State University

      A.A.S. in Paramedic Studies at Western Dakota Tech

      Vanessa Benavidez

      Adjunct Faculty


      Vanessa.Benavidez@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      M.S. in Project Management at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs

      M.B.A. in Healthcare Management at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs

      B.S. in Biology at Colorado State University - Pueblo

      Kate Berger

      Practical Nursing Instructor/Coordinator

      (605) 718-2920
      Kate.Berger@wdt.edu
      W131F


      Education and Credentials

      M.S.N. in Nursing Education at University of Mary
      B.S.N. in at South Dakota State University

      Nicole Bisgaard

      Adjunct Faculty


      Nicole.Bisgaard@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Mathematics at South Dakota State University

      M.A. in Education, Science/Mathematics at Chadron State College

      Joelle Boshart

      Program Director, Health Information Management

      Simulation Operations Specialist

      (605) 718-2918
      Joelle.Boshart@wdt.edu
      W131A


      Education and Credentials

      Certified Professional Coder - Coder II

      Doyle Bouzek

      Photo of Doyle Bouzek

      Program Co-Director

      Automotive Technology

      (605) 718-2924
      Doyle.Bouzek@wdt.edu
      L109B


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S in Advanced Automotive Repair at Lake Area Tech

      Hannah Bowman

      Adjunct Faculty


      Hannah.Bowman@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.A. in Comm Studies & Theater at South Dakota State University

      M.S. in Communication Studies at SDSU

      Ethan Burk

      Photo of Ethan Burk.

      Program Co-Director

      Automotive Technology

      (605) 718-3063
      Ethan.Burk@wdt.edu
      B112


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Automotive Technology, Northeast Community College

      ASE Auto Master Certified

      Chandra Calvert

      Director of Industry Relations & Grant Management

      (605) 718-2419
      Chandra.Calvert@wdt.edu
      L110


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in English/Music Ed at University of Mary

      M.A. in English at Colorado State University

      Georgina Cavin

      Adjunct Faculty


      Georgina.Cavin@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      M.B.A. at University of Sioux Falls

      B.S. in Accounting at National American University

      A.A.S. in Accounting @ National College

      Bret Clark

      Program Director Construction Technology

      (605) 718-3054
      Bret.Clark@wdt.edu
      L158


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Education at Black Hills State University

      Bio:

      Bret Clark is the Construction Technology Program Director. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Education at Black Hills State University. He taught in the Rapid City School District for five years. Clark then began his own construction company working primarily in western South Dakota, Wyoming and North Dakota. The main focus of his company was commercial construction and post frame construction, but it also branched out into the residential homes and concrete. After 15 years in construction, Clark began teaching the Construction Tech program at Western Dakota Tech in the Fall of 2018.


      Walter Cline

      Director, Instructor

      Plumbing Technology

      (605) 718-2983
      Walter.Cline@wdt.edu
      L114


      Education and Credentials

      Rapid City Plumbing Contractor

      State of South Dakota Plumbing Contractor

      Abby Cook

      Adjunct Instructor


      Abby.Cook@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.B.A. in Health Services Administration at University of South Dakota

      M.B.A in Business Administration at Mounty Marty College

      Janna Cowling

      Photo of Janna Cowling.

      Instructor

      Medical Laboratory Technician

      (605) 718-2913
      Janna.Cowling@wdt.edu
      W131P


      Education and Credentials

      CLS Certification, University of North Dakota

      B.S. in Biology at University of Mary

      M.S. in Health Service Administration at University of South Dakota

      Bio:

      Janna Cowling initiated the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program at Western Dakota Tech (WDT) in 2016. She currently instructs Immunology, Immunohematology, and Microbiology MLT courses. Prior to joining WDT, Cowling was a Supervisor and Medical Technologist at Regional Health specializing in Microbiology, Blood Bank, and Serology for almost 15 years. She has a Clinical Laboratory Scientist Certification, ASCP, Bachelor’s degree in Biology at University of Mary, and a Master’s degree in Health Service Administration at University of South Dakota. In her free time, Cowling enjoys spending time with her family, running, skiing, and soccer.


      Scot Dannenbring

      Instructor

      Electrical Trades

      (605) 718-2943
      Scot.Dannenbring@wdt.edu
      L201


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Industrial Electronics at Western Dakota Tech

      A.A.S. in Electrical Trades at Western Dakota Tech

      Tamara (Tami) Dewes

      Assessment Coordinator

      Instructor - General Education

      (605) 718-2984
      Tamara.Dewes@wdt.edu
      Admin - D225B


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Elementary Education at Dakota State University

      B.S. in Home Economics at South Dakota State University

      Elias Diaz

      Adjunct Faculty


      Elias.Diaz@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.A. in Biblical Studies at The Masters University

      Master of Divinity in Theological Studies at the Masters Seminary

      Melissa Diedrich

      Adjunct Faculty


      Melissa.Diedrich@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      M.B.A. in Business Administration at American Public University School

      B.S. in Business Administration, Tourism, and Hospitality at Black Hills State University

      A.S. in Computer Technology at Black Hills State University

      Mary Duncan

      Adjunct Faculty


      Mary.Duncan@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Accounting at Southwest State University

      C.P.A.

      Bio:

      Mary R. Duncan, CPA, CGMA, has been an Adjunct Accounting Instructor at  Western Dakota Tech since 2018.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Southwest Minnesota State University and has been a Certified Public Accountant for more than 33 years. Duncan worked in public accounting for 15 years, where she did auditing, tax preparation and financial statements.  She was also the CFO of a non-profit community mental health center for 10 years, prior to becoming the Accounting Manager for the Rapid City Area School District - a position she has been in for the last 12 years. Duncan is a member of the South Dakota CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

      Carol Duncan

      Adjunct Faculty


      Carol.Duncan@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      M.A. in English at University of Central Florida at Orlando

      B.S. in English at Black Hills State University

      Kaden Eisenbraun

      Farm & Ranch Management Program Director

      (605) 718-3060
      Kaden.Eisenbraun@wdt.edu
      L201


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Agricultural Sciences at South Dakota State University

      B.S. in Agriculture at New Mexico State University

      Michael Elston, M.D.

      Adjunct Faculty

      (605) 718-2511
      Michael.Elston@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Chemical Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

      M.S. in Chemical Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

      M.D., Sanford School of Medicine at Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota

      Beth-Anne Ferley

      Adjunct Instructor


      BethAnn.Ferley@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing at Slippery Rock University

      M.B.A. in Business Administration at National American University

      Tonia Fischer

      Adjunct Faculty


      Tonia.Fischer@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      M.S. in Administrative Studies at University of South Dakota
      B.S. in Human Services and Sociology at Black Hills State University

      John Geiman

      Program Director

      Computer Science

      (605) 718-3052
      John.Geiman@wdt.edu
      L215


      Education and Credentials

      B.A. in Industrial Technology with emphasis in Drafting at Chadron State College

      Bio:

      John Geiman is the Computer Science Program Director. He started in February 2016 at WDT. He has a Bachelor’s degree, Composite Major in Industrial Arts with an emphasis in Teaching Methods, Electronics and Drafting, from Chadron State College. Geiman has 22 years of experience in the Computer Science field.


      Shelley Good

      Adjunct Faculty


      Shelley.Good@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Environmental Engineering at Western Dakota Tech
      A.A.S. in Industrial Technology at Black Hills State University

      Mary Grassrope

      Program Director

      Paramedic

      (605) 718-2549
      Mary.Grassrope@wdt.edu
      W145


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Physics at SD School of Mines & Technology

      M.Ed. in Instructional Design at Western Governors University

      Paramedic, Advanced Medical Life Support, Prehospital Trauma Life Support

      Bio:

      Mary Grassrope has worked at Western Dakota Tech since 2015 and is the Paramedic Program Director. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Physics at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a Master’s degree in Instructional Design at Western Governors University. Grassrope is a certified Paramedic and has additional certifications in Advanced Medical Life Support, Prehospital and Trauma Life Support. She is also a certified PALS/ACLS provider. 




      PALS/ACLS Provider


      Joseph Guttierez

      Adjunct Faculty


      Joseph.Guttierez@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Sociology & Psychology at Black Hills State University

      M.S. in Strategic Leadership at Black Hills State University

      Krista Hagemann

      Instructor, Surgical Technology

      (605) 718-2917
      Krista.Hagemann@wdt.edu
      W131C


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Surgical Technology, Rasmussen College, Moorhead, Minn.

      Certified Surgical Technologist

      Krista Hagemann received her A.A.S. in Surgical Technology at Rasmussen College in Moorhead, Minn. She has been a practicing Certified Surgical Technologist since 2010 and an Instructor at Western Dakota Tech since 2017. Hagemann is an active member of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) and has served as Treasurer and Board of Directors for the South Dakota State Assembly. Hagemann was the recipient of the 2019 AST Chris Keegan Conference Scholarship. She was a presentor at the 2019 AST Educator’s Conference with Tiffany Howe, WDT Vice President for Teaching and Learning, and Jade Hollister, Surgical Technology Program Director, detailing Inter-Professional Simulation.

      Toni Hall

      Adjunct Faculty


      Toni.Hall@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.A. in Political Science

      M.A. in Econ/Finance at Middle Tennessee State University

      Donna Hanks

      Instructional Technology & Design Specialist

      (605) 718-2951
      Donna.Hanks@wdt.edu
      Admin - D224


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Marketing at Southwest MN State University

      M.S. in Administrative Studies at University of South Dakota

      LeeAnn Hanks

      Photo of Leeann Hanks.

      Instructor Math

      (605) 718-3056
      LeeAnn.Hanks@wdt.edu
      W263A


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Mathematics at South Dakota State University

      M.E. in Curriculum & Instruction at Concordia University - Portland

      Chanin Hartnett

      Dental Assisting Director

      (605) 718-3057
      Chanin.Hartnett@wdt.edu
      W141


      Education and Credentials

      B.A. in General Studies at Southern New Hampshire University

      A.A.S. in Pharmacy Technician Program at San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersville, CA

      A.A.S. in Dental Assisting Program at San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersville, CA

      Mandy Hertel

      Program Director

      General Education - Social Science

      (605) 718-2935
      Mandy.Hertel@wdt.edu
      W232


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Sociology & Psychology at Black Hills State University

      M.S. in Educational Psychology at Capella University

      John Hohn

      Adjunct Faculty


      John.Hohn@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Education at University of South Dakota

      M.S. in Education Technology at Dakota State University

      Jade Hollister

      Program Director

      Surgical Technology

      (605) 718-2934
      Jade.Hollister@wdt.edu
      W131C


      Education and Credentials

      Diploma in Surgical Technology at Western Dakota Tech

      A.A.S. in Allied Health at Western Dakota Tech

      B.A. in Business at University of Sioux Falls

      Certified Surgical Technologist

      Bio:
      Jade Hollister is the Surgical Technology Program Director. She received her Diploma in Surgical Technology at Western Dakota Tech (WDT), A.A.S. in Allied Health at WDT, and B.A. in Business at the University of Sioux Falls. She has been a practicing Certified Surgical Technologist since 2010 and an Instructor at Western Dakota Tech since 2016. Hollister is an active member of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) and has served as Vice President and Board of Directors for the South Dakota State Assembly. In 2020, she was appointed to the Education and Professional Standards Committee by the AST. Hollister  was the recipient of the 2018 AST Chris Keegan Memorial Educator’s Scholarship and one of the recipients of the 2018 AST Didactic Educator of the Year award. In 2019, she received the 2019 Outstanding Technical Teacher Award from the American Technical Education Association.

      Jamin Hubner

      Adjunct Faculty


      Jamin.Hubner@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at University of South Africa

      M.S. in Applied Economics at Southern New Hampshire University

      M.A. in Religion at reformed Theological Seminary

      Tracy Hunt

      Adjunct Faculty


      Tracy.Hunt@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Psychology at BHSU

      M.S. in Counseling Program at South Dakota State University

      Kristen Hybertson

      Registered Nursing Instructor

      (605) 718-2428
      Kristen.Hybertson@wdt.edu
      W131L


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Nursing at University of Wyoming

      M.S. in Nursing - Nurse Educator at South Dakota State University

      Justin Jutting

      Assessment Coordinator

      Instructor - General Education

      (605) 718-4703
      Justin.Jutting@wdt.edu
      Admin - D225A


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Automotive Technician at Western Dakota Tech

      A.A.S. in Transportation Technology at Western Dakota Tech 

      B.S. in Education at South Dakota State University

      M.B.A. in Business Administration at Chadron State College

      ASE Auto Master Certified

      ASE Medium Heavy Duty Master Certified

      Bandy Kaiser

      Adjunct Faculty


      Brandy.Kaiser@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Surgical Technology at Western Dakota Tech
      B.S. in Anthropology at University of South Dakota

      Christi Keffeler

      Photo of Christi McArthur

      Director of Nursing

      (605) 718-2910
      Christi.Keffeler@wdt.edu
      W131H


      Education and Credentials

      A.S.N. in Nursing at University of South Dakota

      B.S.N. in Nursing at South Dakota State University

      M.S.N. in Nursing Education at Grand Canyon University

      Karie Kennedy

      Program Director

      General Education - Behavioral Science

      (605) 718-2928
      Karie.Kennedy@wdt.edu
      W236B


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Psychology, Sociology & Human Services at Black Hills State University

      J.D. in Law at University of South Dakota

      Michele Klapprodt

      Photo of Michele Klapprodt.

      Instructor Biological Sciences

      (605) 718-2584
      Michele.Klapprodt@wdt.edu
      W141


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Biology & Health/ Phys Ed & Recreation at South Dakota State University

      M.S. in Biological Sciences at Western Governors University (in progress)

      Kevin Klingbile

      Adjunct Faculty


      Kevin.Klingbile@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      M.B.A. in IT Management at Western Governors University

      B.S. in Specialization in General IT at Capella University

      A.A.S. in Computer Network Security at Minnesota State Community and Technical College

      Jodi Kor

      Team Leader

      Program Director, Medical Laboratory Technician

      (605) 718-2939
      Jodi.Kor@wdt.edu
      W131M


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Arts & Science at South Dakota State University

      M.S. in Business Administration at Baker College

      Certified Medical Technologist

      Bio:

      Jodi Kor began working for Western Dakota Tech (WDT) in the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program in 2017 and transitioned into the Program Director and Team Leader positions in 2018. Prior to working at WDT, Kor was a Laboratory Manager, Supervisor, and Medical Technologist with Regional Health for more than 20 years. She has a Medical Technologist Certification, ASCP, a Bachelor’s degree in Arts & Science from South Dakota State University, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Baker College. In her free time, Kor enjoys spending time with her family, trail riding, and skiing.


      Charles Leeper

      Instructor

      Welding & Fabrication

      (605) 718-4709

      L223


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Agriculture at Illinois State University

      AWS Certified Welding Inspector

      Bio:

      Charles Leeper received a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture at Illinois State University. Leeper has more than 38 years of industry expertise from many years with Caterpillar and other business roles. While at Caterpillar Inc, he helped move Motor Grader Welding and Fabrication production to North Little Rock, Ark. While at Caterpillar Reman, West Fargo, N.D., as their weld engineer, he designed and implemented a new weld shop and oversaw the installation of three new robotic weld cells with their specialized processes. He was on the North Dakota State College of Science Mechatronics Advisory Board. He is an AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI). In 2020, WDT’s Welding and Fabrication program earned the national American Technical Education Association’s Outstanding Technical Program Award.



      Heidi Linngren

      Adjunct Faculty


      Heidi.Linngren@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in English/Elementary Education at Northern State University

      J.D. in Education Law at University of South Dakota

      James Loverich

      Program Co-Director

      Computer-Aided Design

      (605) 718-2941
      James.Loverich@wdt.edu
      L214


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Computer Aided Drafting at Northern Arizona University

      M.S. in Engineering Mechanics at Virginia Tech

      Bio:

      James S. Loverich is Computer-Aided Design Program Director and a Mechanical Computer-Aided design instructor. He teaches PTC Creo, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Fusion 360 software in addition to mechanical design and CNC machining. He graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and continued his education at Virginia Tech where he received a M.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of South Dakota. Loverich worked at as a mechanical engineer for 10 years before making the transition to teaching in 2008. His engineering work experience includes: Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, Wellstream, Inc.; Sanmina-SCI; and RPM and Associates.


      Duane Martenson

      Program Director, Instructor

      Business

      (605) 718-2929
      Duane.Martenson@wdt.edu
      W236D


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Marketing at Black Hills State University

      M.S. in Administrative Studies at University of South Dakota

      Bio:
      Duane Martenson is the co-program director for the Business and Accounting Programs. He has been teaching at Western Dakota Tech for more than 20 years. He has presented on using innovative technology-based teaching strategies at national conferences and was named a finalist for ATEA National Outstanding Technical Teacher of the year. He has his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, a Business and Technology K-12 Teaching Certification from Black Hills State University, and a Master’s degree in Business from the University of South Dakota. Martenson has owned a business in the retail and service sector and currently owns and operates two businesses in the real-estate sector.

      Stephanie McCoy

      Adjunct Instructor




      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Interdisciplinary Sciences at South Dakota School Mines and Technology

      M.A. in Interdisciplinary Sciences at The University of South Dakota

      Bryan Mitchell

      Program Director, Instructor

      Electrical Trades

      (605) 718-2942
      Bryan.Mitchell@wdt.edu
      L201


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Industrial Electronics at Western Dakota Tech

      Electrical Journeyman's License

      Ann Murano

      Program Director

      Computer Literacy

      (605) 718-2930
      Ann.Murano@wdt.edu
      W236C


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Business Administration at Black Hills State University

      B.S. in Business Education at Black Hills State University

      Kelsey Murray

      Photo of Kelsey Murray.

      Program Director Environmental Engineering Tech & Pharmacy Technician

      (605) 718-2992
      Kelsey.Murray@wdt.edu
      L201


      Education and Credentials

      A.S. in Respiratory Care at Dakota State University

      B.S. in Biochemistry at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

      Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

      Duane Nestor

      Team Leader Program Director

      General Education - Mathematics

      (605) 718-2954
      Duane.Nestor@wdt.edu
      W236A


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Mathematics United States Naval Academy

      M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering at Naval Postgraduate School

      Sara Nolen

      Program Co-Director Dental Assisting

      (605) 718-3057
      Sara.Nolen@wdt.edu
      W141


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Dental Hygiene at University of South Dakota

      M.S. in Dental Hygiene/Public Health at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science

      Christina Olinger

      Adjunct Faculty


      Christina.Olinger@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.A. in Complementary and Alternative Health at Ashford University

      M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at University of the Rockies

      John Olson

      Adjunct Faculty


      John.Olson@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.A. in Criminal Justice at Moorhead State University

      M.S. in Administrative Studies at University of South Dakota

      Christine Ousley

      Program Director

      Phlebotomy - Laboratory Assistant

      (605) 718-2912
      Christine.Ousley@wdt.edu
      W131N


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Medical Lab Technician at Hibbing Community College

      Certified Phlebotomist

      Bio:

      Christine Ousley started at Western Dakota Tech (WDT) nine years ago transitioning to the Phlebotomy/Medical Laboratory Assistant Program Director position in 2013. She instructs the first semester of the Medical Laboratory Technician program in which students can earn a Phlebotomy Certificate. Ousley came to WDT with more than 15 years of industry experience as a Patient Service Center Manager for Regional West Medical Center in Rapid City and as a Medical Laboratory Technician and Phlebotomist/Outpatient Services Coordinator in Minnesota. She received her A.A.S. in Medical Lab Technology from Hibbing Community and Technical College. She is Medical Laboratory Technician certified, ASCP. In her free time, Ousley enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and traveling to see sloths.


      Ann Perry

      Adjunct Faculty


      Ann.Perry@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      B.B.A. in Business Education at University of IA

      M.A. in Education Counseling at Northern State Univeristy

      Ryan Phillips

      Adjunct Faculty




      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Animal Science – Missouri State University

      Michael Prugh

      Program Director

      Welding & Fabrication

      (605) 718-2926
      Michael.Prugh@wdt.edu
      L233


      Education and Credentials

      B.A. in Industrial Design at Metropolitan State College of Denver

      Bio:

      Michael Prugh is the Welding and Fabrication Program Director and has been a full-time faculty member for Western Dakota Tech (WDT) for six years. Prugh has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design. He  serves as a Team Leader and is a member of WDT’s Persistence and Completion Committee. Prugh has more than 20 years of welding and fabrication experience to include being a successful business owner. In 2020, WDT’s Welding and Fabrication program earned the American Technical Education’s Association Outstanding technical Program Award.


      Peter Ragnone

      Program Director

      Criminal Justice

      (605) 718-2927
      Peter.Ragnone@wdt.edu
      W236G


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Criminal Justice at Ferris State University

      M.A. in Political Science at University of South Dakota

      Danielle Ragnone

      Photo of Danielle Ragnone

      Registered Nursing Coordinator/Instructor

      (605) 718-2916
      Danielle.Ragnone@wdt.edu
      W131F


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Nursing at South Dakota State University

      M.S. Nurse Educator Specialization at South Dakota State University

      Rob Reagan

      Instructor

      Business

      (605) 718-4743
      Robert.Reagan@wdt.edu
      W236D


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in Business Administration at Black Hills State University

      M.B.A. in Business Administration at Webster University

      Bio:

      Robert Reagan is the Director of the Western Dakota Tech Business programs. The programs include Business and Technology, Entrepreneurship, Office Professional, Social Media Marketing and Hospitality. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Black Hills State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University. Reagan has been teaching in the Business programs for more than 10 years and brings 20 years of work experience in investments, real estate and entrepreneurship. Reagan has worked as a manager, financial advisor, small business owner (hotel, auto dealership, rental real estate), librarian and soccer coach.


      Kurt Russow

      Program Director

      General Education - English

      (605) 718-2932
      Kurt.Russow@wdt.edu
      W232


      Education and Credentials

      B.S. in English at Minnesota State University

      M.A. in English at North Dakota State University

      Michele Seaman

      HVAC Instructor

      (605) 718-3047

      L201


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S. in Business Administration at Bismarck State College

      Paul Shankle

      Adjunct Faculty


      Paul.Shankle@wdt.edu


      Education and Credentials

      A.A.S., Instructor of Technology & Military Science / Mechanical & Electrical Instructor, Community College of the Air Force

      B.S. in Occupational Education at Wayland Baptist University

      M.A. in Education/Adult Education & Training at University of Phoenix

      Adam Stratmeyer

      General Education Instructor


      Adam.Stratmeyer@wdt.edu
      W232


      Education and Credentials

        Juris Doctor at University of South Dakota School of Law

        M.A. in Human Factors Psychology at University of South Dakota

        B.S. in Psychology with a Minor in Biology at University of South Dakota

        A.A. at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

        Bill Urban

        Program Director

        Precision Machining

        (605) 718-4704
        William.Urban@wdt.edu
        L114


        Education and Credentials

        A.A.S. in Welding and Fabrication at Western Dakota Technical Institute

        Anthony Verchio

        Adjunct Faculty


        Anthony.Verchio@wdt.edu


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in English at Ball State University

        M.S. in Criminal Justice/Organizational Leadership at USD

        M.S. in Strategic Studies at US Army War College

        Dody Weller

        Adjunct Faculty


        Dody.Weller@wdt.edu


        Education and Credentials

        A.A.S. in Nursing at Excelsior College

        B.S. in Agriculture Production/Animal Science at Montana State University

        Tracy Wyman

        Instructor Practical Nursing

        (605) 718-2925
        Tracy.Wyman@wdt.edu
        W132


        Education and Credentials

        B.S.N. in Nursing at University of NE Medical Center

        Financial Aid

        Jill Elder

        Director of Admissions & Financial Aid

        (605) 718-2411
        Jill.Elder@wdt.edu
        SS - D117


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Business Administration at National American University

        NASFAA Return of Title IV Funds Credential

        NASFAA Consumer Information Credential

        NASFAA Gainful Employment Credential

        NASFAA Professional Judgement Credential

        NASFAA Direct Loan Credential

        NASFAA Verification Credential

        NASFAA Administrative Capability Credential

        NASFAA Satisfactory Academic Progress Credential

        NASFAA Federal Pell Grant Credential

        NASFAA Cost of Attendance Credential

        Sharon Martin

        Financial Aid Coordinator

        (605) 718-2422
        Sharon.Martin@wdt.edu
        SS - D119


        Education and Credentials

        NASFAA Return of Title IV Funds Credential

        NASFAA Consumer Information Credential

        NASFAA Gainful Employment Credential

        NASFAA Professional Judgement Credential

        NASFAA Direct Loan Credential

        NASFAA Verification Credential

        NASFAA Administrative Capability Credential

        NASFAA Satisfactory Academic Progress Credential

        NASFAA Federal Pell Grant Credential

        NASFAA Cost of Attendance Credential

        Kristy O'Kief

        Financial Aid Advisor

        (605) 718-2425
        Kristy.Okief@wdt.edu
        SS - D118


        Education and Credentials

        B.S., University of NE at Kearney

        M.A., University of Phoenix

        NASFAA Return of Title IV Funds Credential

        NASFAA Gainful Employment Credential

        NASFAA Direct Loan Credential

        NASFAA Verification Credential

        NASFAA Administrative Capability Credential

        NASFAA Federal Pell Grant Credential

        NASFAA Cost of Attendance Credential

        Kelly Oehlerking

        Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success

        (605) 718-2931
        Kelly.Oehlerking@wdt.edu
        Admin - D206


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Business with an emphasis in Business Administration at Black Hills State University

        M.S. in Administrative Studies with an emphasis in Human Resources at University of South Dakota

        NASFAA Satisfactory Academic Progress Credential

        ATIXA Investigator Level One Credential

        Foundation

        Jennie Best

        Assistant Director of Scholarships

        (605) 718-3061
        Jennie.Best@wdt.edu
        SS - 120


        Education and Credentials

        A.S. in Legal Studies from Crown College

        Full Time Faculty

        Dan Ammon

        Photo of Dan Ammon

        Program Co-Director

        Diesel Technology

        (605) 718-3062
        Dan.Ammon@wdt.edu
        B111


        Education and Credentials

        A..A.S. in Specialized Technology at Wyoming Technical Institute

        Todd Anderson

        Program Co-Director
        Computer-Aided Design

        (605) 718-2986
        Todd.Anderson@wdt.edu
        L214


        Education and Credentials

        A.A.S. in Computer-Aided Drafting at Western Dakota Technical Institute

        B.S. in Technical Occupations at Chadron State College

        Bio:

        Todd Anderson is a Computer-Aided Design Program Director. He received his A.A.S. in Computer-Aided Drafting at Western Dakota Technical Institute and a B.S. in Technical Occupations at Chadron State College. Anderson has worked in Architectural Design and Drafting since 1996. His experience spans multiple disciplines, including work in the casino industry, and in both residential and commercial building design. His experience includes design work on over 100 casinos across the US, Canada and Mexico. He has also worked on several local design projects in and around Rapid City including Black Hills Community Bank, Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino, The Lodge at Deadwood, and many others. In addition to teaching Architectural CAD at Western Dakota Tech, Todd continues to work part time as a design consultant for several casinos in the state of California.


        Troy Barry

        Photo of Troy Barry.

        Welding Instructor

        (605) 718-2989
        Troy.Barry@wdt.edu
        L223


        Education and Credentials

        Diploma in Welding/Manufacturing at Western Dakota Tech

        Bio:

        Troy Barry, a 2005 graduate of Western Dakota Tech’s (WDT) Welding Program, brings 14+ years of industry experience to classroom instruction. While a student, Barry was a SD State SkillsUSA Champion and now currently serves as the Vice President of the SD SkillsUSA Board of Directors. Additionally, Barry was recently named as one of five 2019 SkillsUSA Outstanding Career and Technical Educators and was honored at their national conference. In 2020, WDT’s Welding and Fabrication program earned the American Technical Education’s Association Outstanding Technical Program Award.


        Kate Berger

        Practical Nursing Instructor/Coordinator

        (605) 718-2920
        Kate.Berger@wdt.edu
        W131F


        Education and Credentials

        M.S.N. in Nursing Education at University of Mary
        B.S.N. in at South Dakota State University

        Joelle Boshart

        Program Director, Health Information Management

        Simulation Operations Specialist

        (605) 718-2918
        Joelle.Boshart@wdt.edu
        W131A


        Education and Credentials

        Certified Professional Coder - Coder II

        Doyle Bouzek

        Photo of Doyle Bouzek

        Program Co-Director

        Automotive Technology

        (605) 718-2924
        Doyle.Bouzek@wdt.edu
        L109B


        Education and Credentials

        A.A.S in Advanced Automotive Repair at Lake Area Tech

        Ethan Burk

        Photo of Ethan Burk.

        Program Co-Director

        Automotive Technology

        (605) 718-3063
        Ethan.Burk@wdt.edu
        B112


        Education and Credentials

        A.A.S. in Automotive Technology, Northeast Community College

        ASE Auto Master Certified

        Chandra Calvert

        Director of Industry Relations & Grant Management

        (605) 718-2419
        Chandra.Calvert@wdt.edu
        L110


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in English/Music Ed at University of Mary

        M.A. in English at Colorado State University

        Bret Clark

        Program Director Construction Technology

        (605) 718-3054
        Bret.Clark@wdt.edu
        L158


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Education at Black Hills State University

        Bio:

        Bret Clark is the Construction Technology Program Director. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Education at Black Hills State University. He taught in the Rapid City School District for five years. Clark then began his own construction company working primarily in western South Dakota, Wyoming and North Dakota. The main focus of his company was commercial construction and post frame construction, but it also branched out into the residential homes and concrete. After 15 years in construction, Clark began teaching the Construction Tech program at Western Dakota Tech in the Fall of 2018.


        Walter Cline

        Director, Instructor

        Plumbing Technology

        (605) 718-2983
        Walter.Cline@wdt.edu
        L114


        Education and Credentials

        Rapid City Plumbing Contractor

        State of South Dakota Plumbing Contractor

        Janna Cowling

        Photo of Janna Cowling.

        Instructor

        Medical Laboratory Technician

        (605) 718-2913
        Janna.Cowling@wdt.edu
        W131P


        Education and Credentials

        CLS Certification, University of North Dakota

        B.S. in Biology at University of Mary

        M.S. in Health Service Administration at University of South Dakota

        Bio:

        Janna Cowling initiated the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program at Western Dakota Tech (WDT) in 2016. She currently instructs Immunology, Immunohematology, and Microbiology MLT courses. Prior to joining WDT, Cowling was a Supervisor and Medical Technologist at Regional Health specializing in Microbiology, Blood Bank, and Serology for almost 15 years. She has a Clinical Laboratory Scientist Certification, ASCP, Bachelor’s degree in Biology at University of Mary, and a Master’s degree in Health Service Administration at University of South Dakota. In her free time, Cowling enjoys spending time with her family, running, skiing, and soccer.


        Scot Dannenbring

        Instructor

        Electrical Trades

        (605) 718-2943
        Scot.Dannenbring@wdt.edu
        L201


        Education and Credentials

        A.A.S. in Industrial Electronics at Western Dakota Tech

        A.A.S. in Electrical Trades at Western Dakota Tech

        Tamara (Tami) Dewes

        Assessment Coordinator

        Instructor - General Education

        (605) 718-2984
        Tamara.Dewes@wdt.edu
        Admin - D225B


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Elementary Education at Dakota State University

        B.S. in Home Economics at South Dakota State University

        Kaden Eisenbraun

        Farm & Ranch Management Program Director

        (605) 718-3060
        Kaden.Eisenbraun@wdt.edu
        L201


        Education and Credentials

        A.A.S. in Agricultural Sciences at South Dakota State University

        B.S. in Agriculture at New Mexico State University

        John Geiman

        Program Director

        Computer Science

        (605) 718-3052
        John.Geiman@wdt.edu
        L215


        Education and Credentials

        B.A. in Industrial Technology with emphasis in Drafting at Chadron State College

        Bio:

        John Geiman is the Computer Science Program Director. He started in February 2016 at WDT. He has a Bachelor’s degree, Composite Major in Industrial Arts with an emphasis in Teaching Methods, Electronics and Drafting, from Chadron State College. Geiman has 22 years of experience in the Computer Science field.


        Mary Grassrope

        Program Director

        Paramedic

        (605) 718-2549
        Mary.Grassrope@wdt.edu
        W145


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Physics at SD School of Mines & Technology

        M.Ed. in Instructional Design at Western Governors University

        Paramedic, Advanced Medical Life Support, Prehospital Trauma Life Support

        Bio:

        Mary Grassrope has worked at Western Dakota Tech since 2015 and is the Paramedic Program Director. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Physics at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a Master’s degree in Instructional Design at Western Governors University. Grassrope is a certified Paramedic and has additional certifications in Advanced Medical Life Support, Prehospital and Trauma Life Support. She is also a certified PALS/ACLS provider. 




        PALS/ACLS Provider


        Krista Hagemann

        Instructor, Surgical Technology

        (605) 718-2917
        Krista.Hagemann@wdt.edu
        W131C


        Education and Credentials

        A.A.S. in Surgical Technology, Rasmussen College, Moorhead, Minn.

        Certified Surgical Technologist

        Krista Hagemann received her A.A.S. in Surgical Technology at Rasmussen College in Moorhead, Minn. She has been a practicing Certified Surgical Technologist since 2010 and an Instructor at Western Dakota Tech since 2017. Hagemann is an active member of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) and has served as Treasurer and Board of Directors for the South Dakota State Assembly. Hagemann was the recipient of the 2019 AST Chris Keegan Conference Scholarship. She was a presentor at the 2019 AST Educator’s Conference with Tiffany Howe, WDT Vice President for Teaching and Learning, and Jade Hollister, Surgical Technology Program Director, detailing Inter-Professional Simulation.

        LeeAnn Hanks

        Photo of Leeann Hanks.

        Instructor Math

        (605) 718-3056
        LeeAnn.Hanks@wdt.edu
        W263A


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Mathematics at South Dakota State University

        M.E. in Curriculum & Instruction at Concordia University - Portland

        Donna Hanks

        Instructional Technology & Design Specialist

        (605) 718-2951
        Donna.Hanks@wdt.edu
        Admin - D224


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Marketing at Southwest MN State University

        M.S. in Administrative Studies at University of South Dakota

        Chanin Hartnett

        Dental Assisting Director

        (605) 718-3057
        Chanin.Hartnett@wdt.edu
        W141


        Education and Credentials

        B.A. in General Studies at Southern New Hampshire University

        A.A.S. in Pharmacy Technician Program at San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersville, CA

        A.A.S. in Dental Assisting Program at San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersville, CA

        Mandy Hertel

        Program Director

        General Education - Social Science

        (605) 718-2935
        Mandy.Hertel@wdt.edu
        W232


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Sociology & Psychology at Black Hills State University

        M.S. in Educational Psychology at Capella University

        Jade Hollister

        Program Director

        Surgical Technology

        (605) 718-2934
        Jade.Hollister@wdt.edu
        W131C


        Education and Credentials

        Diploma in Surgical Technology at Western Dakota Tech

        A.A.S. in Allied Health at Western Dakota Tech

        B.A. in Business at University of Sioux Falls

        Certified Surgical Technologist

        Bio:
        Jade Hollister is the Surgical Technology Program Director. She received her Diploma in Surgical Technology at Western Dakota Tech (WDT), A.A.S. in Allied Health at WDT, and B.A. in Business at the University of Sioux Falls. She has been a practicing Certified Surgical Technologist since 2010 and an Instructor at Western Dakota Tech since 2016. Hollister is an active member of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) and has served as Vice President and Board of Directors for the South Dakota State Assembly. In 2020, she was appointed to the Education and Professional Standards Committee by the AST. Hollister  was the recipient of the 2018 AST Chris Keegan Memorial Educator’s Scholarship and one of the recipients of the 2018 AST Didactic Educator of the Year award. In 2019, she received the 2019 Outstanding Technical Teacher Award from the American Technical Education Association.

        Justin Jutting

        Assessment Coordinator

        Instructor - General Education

        (605) 718-4703
        Justin.Jutting@wdt.edu
        Admin - D225A


        Education and Credentials

        A.A.S. in Automotive Technician at Western Dakota Tech

        A.A.S. in Transportation Technology at Western Dakota Tech 

        B.S. in Education at South Dakota State University

        M.B.A. in Business Administration at Chadron State College

        ASE Auto Master Certified

        ASE Medium Heavy Duty Master Certified

        Christi Keffeler

        Photo of Christi McArthur

        Director of Nursing

        (605) 718-2910
        Christi.Keffeler@wdt.edu
        W131H


        Education and Credentials

        A.S.N. in Nursing at University of South Dakota

        B.S.N. in Nursing at South Dakota State University

        M.S.N. in Nursing Education at Grand Canyon University

        Karie Kennedy

        Program Director

        General Education - Behavioral Science

        (605) 718-2928
        Karie.Kennedy@wdt.edu
        W236B


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Psychology, Sociology & Human Services at Black Hills State University

        J.D. in Law at University of South Dakota

        Michele Klapprodt

        Photo of Michele Klapprodt.

        Instructor Biological Sciences

        (605) 718-2584
        Michele.Klapprodt@wdt.edu
        W141


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Biology & Health/ Phys Ed & Recreation at South Dakota State University

        M.S. in Biological Sciences at Western Governors University (in progress)

        Jodi Kor

        Team Leader

        Program Director, Medical Laboratory Technician

        (605) 718-2939
        Jodi.Kor@wdt.edu
        W131M


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Arts & Science at South Dakota State University

        M.S. in Business Administration at Baker College

        Certified Medical Technologist

        Bio:

        Jodi Kor began working for Western Dakota Tech (WDT) in the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program in 2017 and transitioned into the Program Director and Team Leader positions in 2018. Prior to working at WDT, Kor was a Laboratory Manager, Supervisor, and Medical Technologist with Regional Health for more than 20 years. She has a Medical Technologist Certification, ASCP, a Bachelor’s degree in Arts & Science from South Dakota State University, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Baker College. In her free time, Kor enjoys spending time with her family, trail riding, and skiing.


        Charles Leeper

        Instructor

        Welding & Fabrication

        (605) 718-4709

        L223


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Agriculture at Illinois State University

        AWS Certified Welding Inspector

        Bio:

        Charles Leeper received a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture at Illinois State University. Leeper has more than 38 years of industry expertise from many years with Caterpillar and other business roles. While at Caterpillar Inc, he helped move Motor Grader Welding and Fabrication production to North Little Rock, Ark. While at Caterpillar Reman, West Fargo, N.D., as their weld engineer, he designed and implemented a new weld shop and oversaw the installation of three new robotic weld cells with their specialized processes. He was on the North Dakota State College of Science Mechatronics Advisory Board. He is an AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI). In 2020, WDT’s Welding and Fabrication program earned the national American Technical Education Association’s Outstanding Technical Program Award.



        James Loverich

        Program Co-Director

        Computer-Aided Design

        (605) 718-2941
        James.Loverich@wdt.edu
        L214


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Computer Aided Drafting at Northern Arizona University

        M.S. in Engineering Mechanics at Virginia Tech

        Bio:

        James S. Loverich is Computer-Aided Design Program Director and a Mechanical Computer-Aided design instructor. He teaches PTC Creo, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Fusion 360 software in addition to mechanical design and CNC machining. He graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and continued his education at Virginia Tech where he received a M.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of South Dakota. Loverich worked at as a mechanical engineer for 10 years before making the transition to teaching in 2008. His engineering work experience includes: Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, Wellstream, Inc.; Sanmina-SCI; and RPM and Associates.


        Duane Martenson

        Program Director, Instructor

        Business

        (605) 718-2929
        Duane.Martenson@wdt.edu
        W236D


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Marketing at Black Hills State University

        M.S. in Administrative Studies at University of South Dakota

        Bio:
        Duane Martenson is the co-program director for the Business and Accounting Programs. He has been teaching at Western Dakota Tech for more than 20 years. He has presented on using innovative technology-based teaching strategies at national conferences and was named a finalist for ATEA National Outstanding Technical Teacher of the year. He has his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, a Business and Technology K-12 Teaching Certification from Black Hills State University, and a Master’s degree in Business from the University of South Dakota. Martenson has owned a business in the retail and service sector and currently owns and operates two businesses in the real-estate sector.

        Bryan Mitchell

        Program Director, Instructor

        Electrical Trades

        (605) 718-2942
        Bryan.Mitchell@wdt.edu
        L201


        Education and Credentials

        A.A.S. in Industrial Electronics at Western Dakota Tech

        Electrical Journeyman's License

        Ann Murano

        Program Director

        Computer Literacy

        (605) 718-2930
        Ann.Murano@wdt.edu
        W236C


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Business Administration at Black Hills State University

        B.S. in Business Education at Black Hills State University

        Kelsey Murray

        Photo of Kelsey Murray.

        Program Director Environmental Engineering Tech & Pharmacy Technician

        (605) 718-2992
        Kelsey.Murray@wdt.edu
        L201


        Education and Credentials

        A.S. in Respiratory Care at Dakota State University

        B.S. in Biochemistry at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

        Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

        Duane Nestor

        Team Leader Program Director

        General Education - Mathematics

        (605) 718-2954
        Duane.Nestor@wdt.edu
        W236A


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Mathematics United States Naval Academy

        M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering at Naval Postgraduate School

        Sara Nolen

        Program Co-Director Dental Assisting

        (605) 718-3057
        Sara.Nolen@wdt.edu
        W141


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Dental Hygiene at University of South Dakota

        M.S. in Dental Hygiene/Public Health at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science

        Christine Ousley

        Program Director

        Phlebotomy - Laboratory Assistant

        (605) 718-2912
        Christine.Ousley@wdt.edu
        W131N


        Education and Credentials

        A.A.S. in Medical Lab Technician at Hibbing Community College

        Certified Phlebotomist

        Bio:

        Christine Ousley started at Western Dakota Tech (WDT) nine years ago transitioning to the Phlebotomy/Medical Laboratory Assistant Program Director position in 2013. She instructs the first semester of the Medical Laboratory Technician program in which students can earn a Phlebotomy Certificate. Ousley came to WDT with more than 15 years of industry experience as a Patient Service Center Manager for Regional West Medical Center in Rapid City and as a Medical Laboratory Technician and Phlebotomist/Outpatient Services Coordinator in Minnesota. She received her A.A.S. in Medical Lab Technology from Hibbing Community and Technical College. She is Medical Laboratory Technician certified, ASCP. In her free time, Ousley enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and traveling to see sloths.


        Michael Prugh

        Program Director

        Welding & Fabrication

        (605) 718-2926
        Michael.Prugh@wdt.edu
        L233


        Education and Credentials

        B.A. in Industrial Design at Metropolitan State College of Denver

        Bio:

        Michael Prugh is the Welding and Fabrication Program Director and has been a full-time faculty member for Western Dakota Tech (WDT) for six years. Prugh has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design. He  serves as a Team Leader and is a member of WDT’s Persistence and Completion Committee. Prugh has more than 20 years of welding and fabrication experience to include being a successful business owner. In 2020, WDT’s Welding and Fabrication program earned the American Technical Education’s Association Outstanding technical Program Award.


        Peter Ragnone

        Program Director

        Criminal Justice

        (605) 718-2927
        Peter.Ragnone@wdt.edu
        W236G


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Criminal Justice at Ferris State University

        M.A. in Political Science at University of South Dakota

        Rob Reagan

        Instructor

        Business

        (605) 718-4743
        Robert.Reagan@wdt.edu
        W236D


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Business Administration at Black Hills State University

        M.B.A. in Business Administration at Webster University

        Bio:

        Robert Reagan is the Director of the Western Dakota Tech Business programs. The programs include Business and Technology, Entrepreneurship, Office Professional, Social Media Marketing and Hospitality. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Black Hills State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University. Reagan has been teaching in the Business programs for more than 10 years and brings 20 years of work experience in investments, real estate and entrepreneurship. Reagan has worked as a manager, financial advisor, small business owner (hotel, auto dealership, rental real estate), librarian and soccer coach.


        Kurt Russow

        Program Director

        General Education - English

        (605) 718-2932
        Kurt.Russow@wdt.edu
        W232


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in English at Minnesota State University

        M.A. in English at North Dakota State University

        Michele Seaman

        HVAC Instructor

        (605) 718-3047

        L201


        Education and Credentials

        A.A.S. in Business Administration at Bismarck State College

        Bill Urban

        Program Director

        Precision Machining

        (605) 718-4704
        William.Urban@wdt.edu
        L114


        Education and Credentials

        A.A.S. in Welding and Fabrication at Western Dakota Technical Institute

        Tracy Wyman

        Instructor Practical Nursing

        (605) 718-2925
        Tracy.Wyman@wdt.edu
        W132


        Education and Credentials

        B.S.N. in Nursing at University of NE Medical Center

        Human Resources

        Theresa Scharn

        Director of Human Resources Assistant Title IX Coordinator

        (605) 718-2402
        Theresa.Scharn@wdt.edu
        Admin - D204


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Business Administration at University of South Dakota

        ATIXA Investigator Level One Credential

        Information Technology

        Justin Eiesland

        Technology Technician 1

        (605) 718-4032
        Justin.Eiesland@wdt.edu
        L213C


        Education and Credentials

        A.A.S. in Computer Systems Technology at Mitchell Technical Institute

        Diploma for Computer Networking Specialist at Western Dakota Tech

        Matthew Greene

        Director of Information Systems

        (605) 718-4038
        Matthew.Greene@wdt.edu
        L213D


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Information Technology - Emphasis Network Management/Microsoft at National American University

        Leadership

        Ann Bolman, Ed.D

        President


        Ann.Bolman@wdt.edu
        Dakota Hall-Admin


        Education and Credentials

        B.A. in English at Texas A&I University

        M.A. in English at Texas A&I University

        Ed.D. in Education at Texas A&M University

        Christine Goldsmith

        VP for Finance and Operations

        (605) 718-2403
        Christine.Goldsmith@wdt.edu
        Admin - D226


        Education and Credentials

        M.B.A. at San Diego State University - Imperial Valley Campus
        B.S. in Business Administration at California State University
        A.A. in General Studies at Santa Rosa Junior College

        Tiffany Howe

        Vice President for Teaching and Learning

        (605) 718-2905
        Tiffany.Howe@wdt.edu
        Admin - D220


        Education and Credentials

        A.A.S. in Surgical Technology at Presentation College

        B.A. in Organizational Management - Biology at Ashford University

        M.B.A. in Project Management at Colorado Technical University

        M.B.A. in Healthcare Management at Colorado Technical University

        Kelly Oehlerking

        Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success

        (605) 718-2931
        Kelly.Oehlerking@wdt.edu
        Admin - D206


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Business with an emphasis in Business Administration at Black Hills State University

        M.S. in Administrative Studies with an emphasis in Human Resources at University of South Dakota

        NASFAA Satisfactory Academic Progress Credential

        ATIXA Investigator Level One Credential

        Theresa Scharn

        Director of Human Resources Assistant Title IX Coordinator

        (605) 718-2402
        Theresa.Scharn@wdt.edu
        Admin - D204


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Business Administration at University of South Dakota

        ATIXA Investigator Level One Credential

        Ombuds

        Doyle Bouzek

        Photo of Doyle Bouzek

        Program Co-Director

        Automotive Technology

        (605) 718-2924
        Doyle.Bouzek@wdt.edu
        L109B


        Education and Credentials

        A.A.S in Advanced Automotive Repair at Lake Area Tech

        Sharon Martin

        Financial Aid Coordinator

        (605) 718-2422
        Sharon.Martin@wdt.edu
        SS - D119


        Education and Credentials

        NASFAA Return of Title IV Funds Credential

        NASFAA Consumer Information Credential

        NASFAA Gainful Employment Credential

        NASFAA Professional Judgement Credential

        NASFAA Direct Loan Credential

        NASFAA Verification Credential

        NASFAA Administrative Capability Credential

        NASFAA Satisfactory Academic Progress Credential

        NASFAA Federal Pell Grant Credential

        NASFAA Cost of Attendance Credential

        Services for Veterans

        Chandra Calvert

        Director of Industry Relations & Grant Management

        (605) 718-2419
        Chandra.Calvert@wdt.edu
        L110


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in English/Music Ed at University of Mary

        M.A. in English at Colorado State University

        Sharon Martin

        Financial Aid Coordinator

        (605) 718-2422
        Sharon.Martin@wdt.edu
        SS - D119


        Education and Credentials

        NASFAA Return of Title IV Funds Credential

        NASFAA Consumer Information Credential

        NASFAA Gainful Employment Credential

        NASFAA Professional Judgement Credential

        NASFAA Direct Loan Credential

        NASFAA Verification Credential

        NASFAA Administrative Capability Credential

        NASFAA Satisfactory Academic Progress Credential

        NASFAA Federal Pell Grant Credential

        NASFAA Cost of Attendance Credential

        Wanda Roe

        Photo of Wanda Roe.

        Admissions & Event Specialist

        (605) 718-2963
        Wanda.Roe@wdt.edu
        SS - D106


        Education and Credentials

        A.A.S., National American University

        B.S., National American University

        M.M., National American University

        Debbie Toms

        Director of Student Success/Registrar

        Western Dakota Tech Title IX Coordinator

        (605) 718-2958
        Deborah.Toms@wdt.edu
        D113


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education at Northern State University

        M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction at Black Hills State University

        NASFAA Consumer Information Credential

        NASFAA Satisfactory Academic Progress Credential

        ATIXA Investigator Level One Credential

        Simulation Center

        Joelle Boshart

        Program Director, Health Information Management

        Simulation Operations Specialist

        (605) 718-2918
        Joelle.Boshart@wdt.edu
        W131A


        Education and Credentials

        Certified Professional Coder - Coder II

        Tiffany Howe

        Vice President for Teaching and Learning

        (605) 718-2905
        Tiffany.Howe@wdt.edu
        Admin - D220


        Education and Credentials

        A.A.S. in Surgical Technology at Presentation College

        B.A. in Organizational Management - Biology at Ashford University

        M.B.A. in Project Management at Colorado Technical University

        M.B.A. in Healthcare Management at Colorado Technical University

        Strategic Communications and Marketing

        Student Accounts

        Student Success

        Fawn Hall

        Director of West River CTE Consortium

        (605) 718-2961
        Fawn.Hall@wdt.edu
        D127


        Education and Credentials

        B.A., Black Hills State University

        Nora Leinen

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        Assistant Director for Enrollment and Offsite Services

        (605) 718-2541
        Nora.Leinen@wdt.edu
        SS - D111


        Education and Credentials

        BA in English from University of Minnesota

        MA in English from Marquette University

        Kelly Oehlerking

        Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success

        (605) 718-2931
        Kelly.Oehlerking@wdt.edu
        Admin - D206


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Business with an emphasis in Business Administration at Black Hills State University

        M.S. in Administrative Studies with an emphasis in Human Resources at University of South Dakota

        NASFAA Satisfactory Academic Progress Credential

        ATIXA Investigator Level One Credential

        Leah Saiz

        Student Success Coach

        (605) 718-2956
        Leah.Saiz@wdt.edu
        D160T


        Education and Credentials

        B.A. in English @ University of South Dakota

        Debbie Toms

        Director of Student Success/Registrar

        Western Dakota Tech Title IX Coordinator

        (605) 718-2958
        Deborah.Toms@wdt.edu
        D113


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education at Northern State University

        M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction at Black Hills State University

        NASFAA Consumer Information Credential

        NASFAA Satisfactory Academic Progress Credential

        ATIXA Investigator Level One Credential

        Support Staff

        Angela Baker

        Administrative Assistant V - Academics

        (605) 718-2909
        Angela.Baker@wdt.edu
        Admin D222


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Business Management at National American University

        Kayla Calhoun

        Nursing Administrative Assistant III

        (605) 718-2914
        Kayla.Calhoun@wdt.edu
        W131


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Elementary Education from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla.

        Jessica Clutter

        Accounting Manager

        (605) 718-2414
        Jessica.Clutter@wdt.edu
        Admin - D225D


        Education and Credentials

        A.A.S. in Business Management & Marketing at Western Dakota Tech

        B.S. in Management at National American University


        Justin Eiesland

        Technology Technician 1

        (605) 718-4032
        Justin.Eiesland@wdt.edu
        L213C


        Education and Credentials

        A.A.S. in Computer Systems Technology at Mitchell Technical Institute

        Diploma for Computer Networking Specialist at Western Dakota Tech

        Mark McGrath

        Director of Data Research and Analytics

        (605) 718-2575
        Mark.Mcgrath@wdt.edu
        SS-D116


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Composite Business Administration at Black Hills State University

        B.S. in Computer Information Systems at National American University

        Wanda Roe

        Photo of Wanda Roe.

        Admissions & Event Specialist

        (605) 718-2963
        Wanda.Roe@wdt.edu
        SS - D106


        Education and Credentials

        A.A.S., National American University

        B.S., National American University

        M.M., National American University

        Jennifer Williams-Curl

        Library & Disability Service Coordinator; Adjunct Faculty

        (605) 718-2904
        Jennifer.Williams-Curl@wdt.edu
        Library - D160


        Education and Credentials

        B.B.A. in Mass Communications at Morningside College

        M.S. in Library and Information at Wayne State University

        Title IX

        Theresa Scharn

        Director of Human Resources Assistant Title IX Coordinator

        (605) 718-2402
        Theresa.Scharn@wdt.edu
        Admin - D204


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Business Administration at University of South Dakota

        ATIXA Investigator Level One Credential

        Debbie Toms

        Director of Student Success/Registrar

        Western Dakota Tech Title IX Coordinator

        (605) 718-2958
        Deborah.Toms@wdt.edu
        D113


        Education and Credentials

        B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education at Northern State University

        M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction at Black Hills State University

        NASFAA Consumer Information Credential

        NASFAA Satisfactory Academic Progress Credential

        ATIXA Investigator Level One Credential

        WDT Board of Trustees

        West River AHEC

        Stephanie Mayfield

        Director of West River Area Health Education Center

        (605)718-4077
        Stephanie.Mayfield@bhsu.edu
        BHSU—RC Campus, 4300 Cheyenne Blvd, Rapid City, SD 57703 Office 114D


        Education and Credentials

          B.S. in Business Administration @ Dickinson State University

          Cassi Severson

          West River Area Health Education Center Coordinator

          (605) 718-4327
          Cassi.Severson@bhsu.edu
          BHSU—RC Campus, 4300 Cheyenne Blvd, Rapid City, SD 57703 Office 114E


          Education and Credentials

          M.Ed. in Administration of Student Affairs at South Dakota State University

          B.A. in History in History/Education at South Dakota State University

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