Our Staff

Beth Davis, President

In her years with the organization, Beth has raised more than $12M in private capital and attracted resources to develop innovative products and services to support rural development. Prior to Dakota Resources, Beth was a partner in Midwest Mediation and Facilitation, Inc., a conflict resolution firm specializing in business, real estate, and environmental disputes. She has prior experience in economic development as the interim director for the Entrepreneur Network for Women and as a coordinator for the Center for Enterprise Facilitation. Beth also directed a statewide community health education non-profit and started several private business enterprises. beth@dakotaresources.org

Joe Bartmann, VP of Innovation

Joe Bartmann is the Vice President of Programs for Dakota Resources and currently resides in Montrose, SD. Prior to his current position, he was a community coach, process designer and facilitator. After more than a decade leading innovative community and economic development non-profits, Joe co-founded Rural Weaver LLC in 2012, where they help leaders engage in meaningful conversations and design community change that works and lasts. He finds the greatest life lessons while immersed in the wild—whether hiking the woods and prairies, on the family farm with his four daughters, digging into his latest composting experiment, or at a town hall meeting. Joe is a Site Coach for Dakota Rising.  joe@dakotaresources.org

Jay Headley, VP of Finance

Jay is responsible for the financial and accounting operations and portfolio management, serving both Dakota Resources and Dakotas America.  Prior to joining Dakota Resources, Jay worked for Citigroup s a Senior Financial Accounting Analyst in the Corporate Treasury Operations department.  He has over eight years of experience in the financial services and banking industry with a background in cash management, accounting, financial control, and credit review.  Jay received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota.  Jay and his wife, Rachelle, have two kids, Evan and Aliana.  jay@dakotaresources.org

Paula Jensen, Resource & Community Development Director

Paula’s roles with Dakota Resources include resource development, community coaching and implementation of programs throughout rural South Dakota. Her passion for community leadership and development is what drives Paula in her personal and professional life. She resides in her hometown of Langford, South Dakota, population 310, where she and her husband, Daren, have owned and operated an auto repair shop for the past 20 years.  Together they are raising three boys, who love being raised in a rural community.  Paula holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Northern State University. Prior to joining Dakota Resources, Paula worked served as Funds Development Director for the GROW South Dakota based in Sisseton, South Dakota, for over eight years.  Her main duties were grant proposal writing and research, but she also oversaw the Rural Community Development Initiative and the free tax preparation program.  paula@dakotaresources.org

Cheryl Leasure, Communication & Event Coordinator

Cheryl assists with administrative needs for the Dakota Resources office including communication from the organization and coordinating all Dakota Resources events. Prior to coming to Dakota Resources, Cheryl worked in customer service and marketing for a private label food packaging company. cheryl@dakotaresources.org


Kristi Wagner, Community CoachDakota Resoures 41

Kristi markets and oversees the community capacity building programs for Dakota Resources and serves as a Site Coordinator for Dakota Rising. She is a trained facilitator and has delivered Dakota Resources LeadershipPlentySD and Creating Value Added Communities programs. Kristi is the owner and CEO of the Rushmore Center for Civic Leadership providing her clients with non-profit management & capital campaign fundraising; organization and workplace team building; training & educational workplace seminars. Her previous positions were in economic development, leadership training, fundraising, sales, marketing and public relations. Currently, she serves as a member of the board of directors to the Rural Learning Center for South Dakota, University of South Dakota Chiesman Endowment for Civic Education, University of South Dakota Farber Center and the South Dakota Issues Forums Steering Committee. kristi@dakotaresources.org

Dick Werner, Credit Officer

Dick serves as Credit Officer for Dakota Resources. He has extensive experience in banking and a genuine enthusiasm for community development. Dick is a former board member of Dakota Resources and is Co-Owner of Schulte, TA, Inc., a power line construction company and has farming and other investment interests. He previously served as President of various locations for Wells Fargo Bank throughout South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana. Dick currently serves as a Representative in the South Dakota Legislator representing the counties of Beadle and Kingsbury. Prior to his legislative service, Dick served 6 years as a Beadle County Commissioner. dick@dakotaresources.org

Lin Van Hofwegen, M1.LinVanHofwegenanaging Director of Dakotas America

Lin Van Hofwegen manages the operations of Dakotas America and oversees its administration. Through her management, Dakotas America has been awarded $255MM in New Market Tax Credit allocations. Lin is widely recognized for her tireless commitment to serving the people of distressed low-income communities (LIC), which is an extension of her personal life.  Lin has extensive experience as a small business owner in a rural community and has held long term positions as an office manager and sales manager in the agri-business field. Lin is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional who came to Dakotas America through Dakota Resources, where she was the Vice President of Operations.  Lin credits her fine Board of Managers and the talented Management Team at Dakotas America for placing priority on worthy projects in some of the toughest regions, expanding economic opportunity and improving the quality of life in areas that need it most. lin@dakotasamerica.com

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