Pattie Berkner - Chair, Legacy Financial Partners
Kesmond Willert - Vice Chair, Bowes Construction
Jenna Palmer - Secretary, First Bank & Trust
Tony Teesdale - Teesdale Law Office
Tina Birgen - SDSU Opportunity Center
Nate Bylander - SDSU Fishback Honors College
Shelby Byers - First Bank & Trust
Laura Sroufe - South Dakota State University
Board Liaison: Seth Sayler, Best Choice Real Estate
To be a leader in the Brookings area’s workforce retention effort, connecting SDSU students, young professionals, and new residents with the community at-large.
The Connect Brookings committee focuses on engaging three important populations: new residents, young professionals, and SDSU students. Sub-committees gather between regular Connect Brookings committee meetings to develop programming and events.
Committee and sub-committee members are selected through an application process. Members are sought to provide a balanced skill set and have major responsibility for developing and promoting the mission, programs, and image of Connect Brookings. Individuals interested in volunteering should start at the sub-committee level.
Click here to download the Connect Brookings Committee/Sub-Committee Member Application
For more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our New Resident Sub-Committee is proud of the recently launched website, LiveinBrookings.org, aimed at providing a one-stop shop for those new to our community.
A survey for new residents is currently being developed to identify gaps our new residents are facing as they make Brookings home. The results of this survey will give us some great next steps in our work.
New Resident Sub-Committee Members:
Seth Sayler, Best Choice Real Estate
Laura Sroufe, South Dakota state University
Jessica Lamfers, Mills Property Management
Laura Schoen Carbonneau, Visit Brookings
Paula Gapp, Daktronics
Heidi Briseno, Brookings Multicultural Center
Nominate Our Next Young Professional of the Year!
Nominations Due the First Friday of March
Past Young Professionals of the Year:
2021: Dillion Ringling (Schade Vineyard and Winery)
2022: Chris Brozik (Civil Design Inc.)
2023: Pattie Berkner (Legacy Financial Partners Ameriprise Financial)