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 coming 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


Lin VanHofwegen, Operations Manager

Lin VanHofwegen manages the operations of Dakotas America (DA). Through her leadership, DA has fully utilized all previously awarded allocations totaling $130MM. She oversees a portfolio of more than $120MM in QLICIs that has not incurred losses. Lin has managed the operations of DA since its beginning and successfully oversees all aspects of its compliance monitoring and reporting. She is responsible for CDFI Fund reporting and portfolio risk assessment and coordinates and directs the activities of DA’s consultants and NMTC counsel. Lin formerly served with member services at East River Electric, which included work with the REED Fund and the Value-Added Ag Development Center, then run by current USDA Rural Development Under Secretary Dallas Tonsager. She is working on her Masters in Christian Leadership with an emphasis in Community Development.  lin@dakotasamerica.com


Clint Waara, Vice President of Business Development

Clint is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Clinton received his BA in Political Science from South Dakota State University in 1993. Clint began his career with Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity as a National Education and Leadership Consultant from 1993 to 1995. From 1995-1999 Clint was an account analyst for Wells Fargo Financial Bank in Sioux   Falls. In 1999 Clint taught at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls where he instituted the Academy of Finance model of instruction and coached Track. Clint joined the University of South Dakota School of Business staff in 2001 where he ran the USD and Sitting Bull College Entrepreneurship Partnership. In 2003 Clint became the Community Development Officer and Assistant Vice President for Wells Fargo Bank. In 2007 Clint joined Wells Fargo Native American Banking Services as Relationship Manager where he worked with Tribal Nations to meet their financial needs.  Clint and his Wife Billie Jo and children Mya and Jett reside in Sioux Falls, SD.  clinton@dakotaresources.org


Kristi Wagner, Program Developer

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


Jay Headley, Assets Manager

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


Jaime Spomer, Administrative

Jaime is responsible for the administrative duties of both Dakota Resources and Dakotas America, including communications, website design and social media management.  Prior to joining Dakota Resources, Jaime worked in hospitality and office management.  She has over 8 years of administrative experience. Jaime studied her first two years at Augustana and ultimately received her Bachelor’s of Science in Economics from the University of South Dakota.  jaime@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








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