Our Staff

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

DSC_8961_1Misty Cordell, Executive Leadership Coordinator

Misty provides administrative support to the Dakota Resources executive team through her role as the Executive Leadership Coordinator. Prior to joining Dakota Resources, Misty was the Administrative Manager, Office Manager, and Help Desk Specialist for an account resolution corporation in Sioux Falls for 20+ years.  Misty currently lives near Renner, SD with her family and participates in the business operations of their family masonry business.  misty@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

Lin Van Hofwegen, M1.LinVanHofwegenanaging Director of Dakotas America

Lin Van Hofwegen manages the operations of Dakotas America and has led the CDE to receive 4 NMTC allocation awards, overseeing a portfolio of over $255M in Qualified Low-Income Community Investments (QLICI). Widely recognized for her commitment to the people of distressed LICs, she has utilized NMTC benefits for severely distressed communities, which is an extension of her personal life. Lin has extensive experience as a small business owner in a rural community and is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional. She also holds certificates in Christian Ministry and Spiritual Direction. Van Hofwegen came to Dakotas America through Dakota Resources, where she served as VP of Operations. She currently serves on the Center of Hope Board and is slowly working on her Master’s degree. lin@dakotasamerica.com


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 served as a Representative in the South Dakota Legislature and as Beadle County Commissioner. He currently serves as President of Herreid Area Housing Development, Inc. dick@dakotaresources.org

Jamie Horter, Community Coach

Jamie Horter works with rural communities and entrepreneurs at Dakota Resources. She is a rural advocate, artist, and community coach based out of Lyons, NE (pop. 850). Her work brings community members into discussions and actions around citizen-led community development. Jamie believes in empowerment and self-determination of small town communities to build the future they desire.

John Beranek, Community Coach

John Beranek is a gifted team builder, motivational speaker, executive coach, vision sculptor, strategic planner and entrepreneur of several businesses. His company Intersections Consulting is known for engaging people in unique ways to get root of issues needing to be addressed. He has lead this company for 19 years. John’s learning is deeply rooted in his life on a rural ranch in central South Dakota as the oldest of seven children. It has led him to work as a catalyst and champion for rural communities seeking to “ruralize” their potential. He works through Dakota Resources as a community coach in five communities and guides learning for the Dakota Rising program to support rural entrepreneurs in the cohort learning process. John’s greatest pride is the Pay It Forward organization he voluntarily leads. They provide anonymous assistance to people in need asking only for them to “pay it forward” when they can.

Jamie Gilcrease-Heupel, Community Coach

Jamie Gilcrease-Heupel was born in Washington and followed her heart to Lead, South Dakota in 2009. Having seven years of experience in the coffee world, she was drawn to purchase an existing coffee house. This began Jamie’s track to become a success story and owner of Lotus Up Espresso & Deli. She created a dream, inspired others to join her, and on June 26, 2016 she opened the doors to a multi-level establishment that would be home to her coffee house and three other businesses. This building was part of her dream to help community and economic growth in a town that was once lost. Jamie is often found in her coffee house dreaming up new ways to help her community and inspiring others to follow their own dreams. Jamie is no stranger to obstacles or hardships, but nothing will stop her and her efforts to helping others achieve greatness. Named Woman Owned Small Business Owner of the Year in 2017 by SBA, she has a proven drive for success. Jamie works as an entrepreneur coach for Dakota Resources’ program Dakota Rising, helping guide others to fulfill their own dreams. She has a passion for people and a real love for children and possibility. Jamie serves on the boards of The Lead Area Chamber of Commerce, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, Lead Kiwanis and the Resource Development Committee for the Lead Area Boys and Girls Club.

Mike Knutson, Community Coach

Mike Knutson has spent 15 plus years working in rural community development. His commitment to rural communities began when he recognized that his own behaviors (i.e. – the lack of community involvement and buying locally) were contributing the decline of his community. Since 2008, Mike has operated his own business, MAK(e) Strategies, working primarily as a facilitator and coach in rural settings. In addition, he has also been a high school teacher and coach and has helped manage a tourism business in South Carolina.

Among his volunteer activities, Mike has served as the chairman of the board for Glacial Lakes Tourism, Dakota Wesleyan University Alumni Association, and Southeast SD Tourism. Mike grew up outside of Harford, SD, and graduated summa cum laude from Dakota Wesleyan University.

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