Staff

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Lynne Keller Forbes, Executive Director

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Lynne serves as Executive Director of Dakota BUSINESS Finance (DBF), the South Eastern Development Foundation (SEDF), and the South Eastern Council of Governments (SECOG).  Lynne has served as Director of SECOG since 2001 and led the organization's efforts to create the South Eastern Development Foundation and Dakota BUSINESS Finance.

Lynne is a Certified Economic and Housing Development Professional through the National Development Council.  She has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from St. Leo College, St. Leo, FL and a Juris Doctorate Law Degree from the University of South Dakota.

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Barb Berg, Closing Officer

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As a Closing Officer, Barb is responsible for assisting with and closing business loans financed through Dakota BUSINESS Finance and the South Eastern Development Foundation.

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Jim Feeney, Planner II

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Jim coordinates the transportation planning activities of the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). Prior to SECOG, Jim worked in state government in Pierre for 39 years with his last position as the Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Division of Financial and Technical Assistance.

Jim graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Minors in Economics and Mathematics.

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Harley Ferguson, Planning Specialist

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Harley supports the planning efforts of SECOG’s member communities in Lincoln, Turner, and Union counties by assisting with the application and administration of grants and loans. 

Harley earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Oglala Lakota College.

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Danielle Franco, Loan Assistant

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As a Loan Assistant, Danielle provides administrative support for the SBA 504 Loan Program through DBF and SEDF's Regional Revolving Loan Fund. Danielle was born in Madison, South Dakota and now lives in Brandon, South Dakota with her husband and three young children.

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Betty Gates, Paraprofessional Bookkeeper

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Darla Groeneveld, Loan Assistant

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As a Loan Assistant, Darla provides administrative support for the SBA 504 Loan Program through DBF and SEDF's Regional Revolving Loan Fund. Darla brings with her 14 years of banking experience in operations and loan servicing.

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LaJena Gruis, Servicing Analyst

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As a Servicing Analyst, LaJena is responsible for working with SECOG staff, lenders, and business owners to service business loans financed through Dakota BUSINESS Finance and the South Eastern Development Foundation. She is also responsible for liquidation and post-debenture purchase workouts. 

LaJena holds an Associates in Accounting from Southeastern Technical Institute. She has extensive experience with the SBA 504 loan program. 

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Sean Hegyi, Planner I

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Sean supports the planning efforts of SECOG’s member communities in Clay, McCook, and Minnehaha counties by assisting with the creation of and amendments to municipal codes, zoning ordinances, and land subdivision regulations. 

Sean received his Bachelor of Secondary Education degree from Indiana University and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law.

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Sophie Johnson, Community Development Manager

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Sophie supports the planning efforts of SECOG’s member communities in Clay, McCook, and Minnehaha counties by assisting with the application and administration of grants and loans.

Sophie earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of South Dakota and is currently a doctoral candidate at California Baptist University in the Public Administration program.

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Ben Leidholt, Credit Analyst

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As a  Credit Analyst, Ben is responsible for underwriting and packaging loans for Dakota BUSINESS Finance and the South Eastern Development Foundation. Ben holds a degree in Finance from Northern State University. He has over three years of prior banking experience working as a Loan Documentation Specialist and a commercial Credit Analyst in Sioux Falls.

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Jenna Lequire, Administrative Assistant

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Primarily responsible for the administrative support of the staff of SECOG, the SBA 504 loan program through Dakota BUSINESS Finance and the South Eastern Development Foundation’s regional revolving loan fund.

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Lisa Moeller, Credit Analyst

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As a  Credit Analyst, Lisa is responsible for underwriting and packaging loans for Dakota BUSINESS Finance and the South Eastern Development Foundation. Lisa grew up in Watertown, SD and now lives in Sioux Falls with her Yorkshire Terrier, Rocco. She is a graduate of Augustana University and previously worked as a Customer Service Representative at a local bank.

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Dan Park, Loan Officer

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As a Loan Officer, Dan is responsible for marketing, underwriting, and packaging loans for Dakota BUSINESS Finance and the South Eastern Development Foundation.

Dan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agri-Business from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD.  Daniel has worked the last 30 years in a community bank and is a licensed insurance agent and real estate broker. 

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Jason Rosas, GIS Technician/ Planner

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Jason supports the planning efforts of SECOG’s member communities in Lincoln, Turner, and Union counties through the creation of maps using ArcGIS and by assisting with the creation of and amendments to municipal codes, zoning ordinances, and land subdivision regulations.

Jason joins SECOG from Port Townsend, Washington. Jason earned a bachelor of arts degree in Geography and Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Alabama. Jason also received his GIS Technology certificate from Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington.

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Jenny Skinner, Credit Analyst

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Jenny's duties involve assisting with closing loans and servicing the Dakota BUSINESS Finance and SEDF portfolios.  Jenny holds an Associate’s degree in Financial Services from Southeast Technical Institute and brings with her over 21 years of banking experience.

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Dave Swier, Construction Manager

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As SECOG's Construction Manager, Dave oversees SEDF’s workforce housing construction projects which consists of the construction of Governor's Houses, moving and rehabilitation of “recycled” homes that would otherwise be demolished, and the acquisition and rehabilitation of existing dilapidated housing stock. 

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Trisha Viss, Senior Loan Officer

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As a Senior Loan Officer, Trisha is responsible for marketing, underwriting, and packaging loans for Dakota BUSINESS Finance and the South Eastern Development Foundation. 

Trisha is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council. She earned a Bachelor degree in business administration with concentrations in finance and marketing from Northwestern College and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Sioux Falls.

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Sydney Waltner, Loan Assistant

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As a Loan Assistant, Sydney provides administrative support for the SBA 504 Loan Program through DBF and SEDF's Regional Revolving Loan Fund. Sydney recently graduated from Southeast Technical College with an Associates degree in Accounting.