Executive Committee 2021-2022

Committees

Audit

Chair:

Paula Newman

Members:

Cindy Smeins, ACP
Dixie A. Bader, CP

CLE Luncheons

Chair:

Jessi Stucke, ACP

Members:

Vicki Blake, CP                            Jennifer Frederick, CP                    Jessica Huyck, ACP                         Clara Kiley, CP
Rebekah M. Mattern                      Nicole Mayer, CP
Janet Miller, ACP
Paula Newman
Jackie Schad, ACP
Cindy Smeins, ACP
Laura Stewart
Courtney Vanden Berg, CP

Education

Chair:

Rebekah M. Mattern

Members:

Dixie A. Bader, CP
Stephanie Bentzen
Autumn Nelson, CP
Susan Rasmussen, ACP
Jessi Stucke, ACP
Courtney Vanden Berg, CP

Ethics

Chair:

Jennifer Frederick, CP
Janet Miller, ACP
Vikki Kelner, ACP

Members:

Dixie A. Bader, CP

Finance

Chair:

Clara Kiley, CP

Members:

Job Bank

Chair:

Laura Stewart

Members:

Kayne Larimer, ACP
Ashly Luke
Jackie Schad, ACP
Jessi Stucke, ACP

Membership

Chair:

Jackie Schad, ACP

Members:

Autumn Nelson, CP
Jessi Stucke, ACP

Newsletter

Chair:

Jessi Stucke, ACP

Members:

Karen Armstrong, PP, PLS
Amanda Bain, CP
Jennifer X. Frederick, CP
Jessica Huyck, ACP
Val Winegar, CP

Nominations & Elections

Chair:

Cindy Smeins, ACP

Members:

Chris Lillo, ACP

Parliamentarian

Chair:

Sarah Havlin, ACP

Members:

Post-Mistress

Chair:

Cindy Smeins, ACP

Members:

Professional 
Development

Chair:

Nicole Mayer, CP

Members:

Janet Miller, ACP
Autumn Nelson, CP

Public Relations

Chair:

Vicki Blake, CP

Members:

Jennifer Frederick, CP
Val Winegar, CP

Website

Chair:

Jessica Huyck, ACP

Members:

Jessi Stucke, ACP

Past Presidents

Dixie A. Bader, CP

2020-2021
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Dixie A. Bader, CP
Burd and Carper - Sioux Falls

Dixie earned her Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies from Nettleton Community College in 1997, and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies in 2002 from National American University in Sioux Falls. She became a Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) through NALA in September, 2004. Dixie has worked as a paralegal since 1998 in the areas of immigration, family law, personal injury, employment law, and probate. In 2006, Dixie began working for Mary H. Burd, Burd and Carper Law Office, in Sioux Falls, in the area of family law.

She became a member of SDPA in 2002 and has served on the following committees: Charge Up (2003-2007); Education (Co-Chair 2015-2016); and Membership (Co-Chair 2003-2004, Chair 2005-2007 and 2013-2014). She has served in the following roles: NALA Liaison (2005-2006 and 2014-2015); 2nd Vice President (2006-2007); and President (2008-2009). Dixie has been a NALA member since 2004, and has been a member of the Bar Association's Second Circuit Women in Law since 2014.

When Dixie is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, and their daughter, Alexis. She also enjoys camping, gardening, and fishing, as well as volunteering in Sioux Falls for the Children’s Inn, Habitat for Humanity, and The Banquet.

Vicki Blake, CP

2019-2020
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Vicki Blake, CP
Duncan Law Firm - Sioux Falls

Vicki joined Duncan Law Firm in Sioux Falls office in July, 2009.  She assists attorneys Drew Duncan and Amanda Engel.  After 25 years working with attorneys, Vicki achieved a personal goal of earning her Certified Paralegal designation in May 2007 through the National Association of Legal Assistants.  She was voted South Dakota’s paralegal of the year in 2008-2009.  She has also served on various SDPA committees as well as representing the association as NALA Liaison, First Vice President and now President. She has attended two national NALA education seminars.

Vicki is a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Second Circuit Women in Law and the South Dakota Trial Lawyers’ Association.  She works primarily in the areas of governmental and regulatory business, business law and domestic relations.  Vicki enjoys spending time with family and friends, and enjoys watching hockey in the winter and riding motorcycle in the summer.

Vicki’s practice philosophy is to provide each client with the best possible personal, professional service, and to treat clients as she would wish her family be treated.

Jennifer Frederick, CP

2018-2019
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Jennifer Frederick, CP
Schoenbeck Law Firm - Watertown

Jennifer X. Frederick, CP graduated from SDSU in 2001 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. She spent over twelve years with Spears Law Office, PC, during which she earned the “Certified Paralegal” designation from NALA, and assisted with a successful Circuit Court Judge campaign.  In 2015, she worked a short time at the Law Office and Mediation Center of Ronald Frauenshuh, until accepting a position with Schoenbeck Law, PC.  Jen joined SDPA in 2007, and was an inaugural member of SDPA’s 360⁰ Leadership Academy.  Jen was awarded by her peers with the 2011/2012 SDPA Outstanding Member of the Year, and she has remained active in SDPA, currently serving as co-chair on the Newsletter Committee.  Jen is active in various community organizations, but what she enjoys most is spending time with her husband and precious grandsons.

Jessica Huyck, ACP

2017-2018
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Jessica Huyck, ACP
Office of General Counsel, South Dakota State University - Brookings

Jessica Huyck, ACP, obtained her degree in Legal Studies from Colorado Technical University in 2010, graduating with highest honors. She earned her Certified Paralegal (CP) status from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) in 2011 and her Advanced Certified Paralegal (ACP) status from NALA in 2013 in the specialty area of commercial bankruptcy. Jessica worked as a paralegal for a general practice firm in Brookings following her graduation in 2010 and until the start of 2014, at which time she began her employment with South Dakota State University as a Legal Affairs Specialist in the Office of General Counsel. Jessica has been a member of SDPA since 2009 and has served on various committees within the organization, including the Education Committee, Public Relations Committee and Website Committee. Jessica was elected SDPA’s Member of the Year for 2014-2015. Jessica also successfully completed the Leadership Brookings program in 2018. She regularly volunteers within her community, including her various roles with the First United Methodist Church of Brookings. Spending time with her husband and three daughters is Jessica’s favorite thing to do when she’s not at the office.

Janet Miller, ACP

2016-2017
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Janet Miller, ACP
Siegel, Barnett & Schutz - Aberdeen

Janet Miller, ACP

2015-2016
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Janet Miller, ACP
Siegel, Barnett & Schutz - Aberdeen

Becky Purington, ACP

2014-2015
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Becky Purington, ACP
Black Hills Energy - Rapid City

Becky is an Advanced Certified Paralegal at Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP, specializing in employment, personal injury and governmental law. She earned her Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies from Western Dakota Technical Institute in 1999 and her Certified Paralegal status in 2000 from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). She has been elected to numerous leadership positions within the South Dakota Paralegal Association (SDPA) including president in 2007-2008 and has served on numerous committees within the organization. Since 2005 she has been chairman of the Advisory Committee for Paralegal Studies at Western Dakota Technical Institute's Paralegal Program and is a frequent speaker to their paralegal students. Becky is also a strong supporter of the Pennington County Teen Court program and is a regular volunteer for that organization.

Christi M. Weideman, JD

2013-2014
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Christi M. Weideman, JD
Richardson, Wyly, Wise, Sauck & Hieb - Aberdeen

Christi was born in Aberdeen, SD and raised in Warner, SD. She received an Associate of Science Degree from Northern State University. While living in North Dakota, she received her Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Business Management from Minot State University. She joined Richardson, Wyly, Wise, Sauck & Hieb in 2003 as the bookkeeper/receptionist before becoming a paralegal. Christi obtained her Certified Paralegal designation in 2007 and her Advanced Certified Paralegal specialization in Trial Practice in 2010. Christi works primarily with Stacy Johnson. She is an active member of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and the South Dakota Paralegal Association (SDPA). Christi and her husband, Jesse, have two children, Tya and Jackson.

Dixie Riter, CP

2012-2013
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Dixie Riter, CP
May & Johnson - Sioux Falls

Tammy Ackerman, CP

2011-2012
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Tammy Ackerman, CP

Cindy Smeins, ACP

2010-2011
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Cindy Smeins, ACP
Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith - Sioux Falls, SD


Kayne Larimer, ACP

2009-2010
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Kayne Larimer, ACP
Whiting, Hagg, Hagg, Dorsey & Hagg - Rapid City

Dixie A. Bader, CP

2008-2009
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Dixie A. Bader, CP
Burd & Carper - Sioux Falls

Dixie earned her Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies from Nettleton Community College in 1997, and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies in 2002 from National American University in Sioux Falls. She became a Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) through NALA in September, 2004. Dixie has worked as a paralegal since 1998 in the areas of immigration, family law, personal injury, employment law, and probate. In 2006, Dixie began working for Mary H. Burd, Burd and Carper Law Office, in Sioux Falls, in the area of family law.

She became a member of SDPA in 2002 and has served on the following committees: Charge Up (2003-2007); Education (Co-Chair 2015-2016); and Membership (Co-Chair 2003-2004, Chair 2005-2007 and 2013-2014). She has served in the following roles: NALA Liaison (2005-2006 and 2014-2015); 2nd Vice President (2006-2007); and President (2008-2009). Dixie has been a NALA member since 2004, and has been a member of the Bar Association's Second Circuit Women in Law since 2014.

When Dixie is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, and their daughter, Alexis. She also enjoys camping, gardening, and fishing, as well as volunteering in Sioux Falls for the Children’s Inn, Habitat for Humanity, and The Banquet.

Jennifer Pravacek, ACP

2006-2007
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Jennifer Pravacek, ACP
Johnson, Janklow & Abdallah - Sioux Falls

Michelle Schmidt, ACP

2005-2006
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Michelle Schmidt, ACP
Neumayr & Smith - Gettysburg

Rhonda Rentz, CP

2004-2005
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Rhonda Rentz, CP

Rosie Kean, CLNC, CNLCP

2003-2004
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Rosie Kean, CLNC, CNLCP

Chris Lillo, ACP

2002-2003
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Chris Lillo, ACP
Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith - Sioux Falls

Don Bender, CP

2001-2002
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Don Bender, CP

Shiloh MacNally, JD

2000-2001
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Shiloh MacNally, JD

Cherly Brewer, CP

1999-2000
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Cherly Brewer, CP

Terri Miller, CP

1998-1999
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Terri Miller, CP

Joan Gillespie, CP

1997-1998
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Joan Gillespie, CP
Boyce Law Firm - Sioux Falls

Dennyce Korb, CP

1996-1997
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Dennyce Korb, CP

Michael Bultema

1995-1996
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Michael Bultema
Siegel, Barnett & Schutz - Aberdeen

Dory Maks

1994-1995
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Dory Maks

Pam van Engelenhoven, CP

1993-1994
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Pam van Engelenhoven, CP
Boyce Law Firm - Sioux Falls

Debra Niemi, CP

1992-1993
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Debra Niemi, CP
Spearfish

Louise Peterson, CP

1991-1992
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Louise Peterson, CP

Cindy Johnson, CP

1990-1991
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Cindy Johnson, CP
U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona - Phoenix

Karen Jaqua, CP (retired)

1989-1990
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Karen Jaqua, CP (retired)
Burd & Voigt - Sioux Falls

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