Staff

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Lynne Keller Forbes, Executive Director

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Lynne serves as Executive Director of Dakota BUSINESS Finance, the South Eastern Development Foundation, 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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Jessica Evans, Associate Director

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SBA 504 Loan Financing (Dakota BUSINESS Finance), SEDF Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund

Jessica is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree from St. Cloud State University, a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics degree from the University of North Dakota and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Dakota.

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Patrick Andrews, Planner I

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Land Use Planning and Zoning

Patrick supports the planning efforts of SECOG’s member communities by assisting with the creation of and amendments to municipal codes, zoning ordinances, and land subdivision regulations. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning and went on to earn a Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law.

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Barb Berg, Closing Officer

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SBA 504 Loan Financing (Dakota BUSINESS Finance), SEDF Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund. 

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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Transportation Planning, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Mobility Management,  Drive To Help, Transit Travel Training

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 local government planning efforts in the six-county region (Clay, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, Turner, & Union). 

Harley has an Associates Degree in General Business from Oglala Lakota College and is currently working on her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, graduating in the Summer of 2022.

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Betty Gates, Paraprofessional Bookkeeper

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Darla Groeneveld, Loan Assistant

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SBA 504 Loan Financing (Dakota BUSINESS Finance), SEDF Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund.

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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SBA 504 Loan Financing (Dakota BUSINESS Finance), SEDF Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund. 

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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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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Leslie Mastroianni, Planner II

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SECOG Community Project Funding

Leslie supports the planning efforts of SECOG member communities by preparing grant and loan applications and providing administrative assistance for rural and economic development programs. She also supports SECOG and SEDF’s affordable housing work.

Leslie has over 30 years of experience in the field of community development in the private , nonprofit and municipal sectors. Leslie earned her Master of Business Administration from Columbia College of Missouri and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Columbia College of Missouri.

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Dan Park, Loan Officer

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SBA 504 Loan Financing (Dakota BUSINESS Finance), SEDF Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund. 

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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As a Geographic Information Systems Technician/ planner, Jason supports the technical and policy work of the municipalities and counties in SECOG's six county region. 

Jason joins SECOG from Port Townsend, Washington. He graduated from the University of Alabama where he earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Geography and Urban & Regional Planning. 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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SBA 504 Loan Financing (Dakota BUSINESS Finance), SEDF Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund. 

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 the construction and finishing of the SEDF developed Governor's Houses and has managed the moving and rehabbing of existing homes in the Sioux Falls area to remove them from high flood risk areas.

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Trisha Viss, Senior Loan Officer

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SBA 504 Loan Financing (Dakota BUSINESS Finance), SEDF Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund. 

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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SBA 504 Loan Financing (Dakota BUSINESS Finance), SEDF Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund. 

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.