What is The Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills?
We are a domestic non-profit organization that was incorporated in June 2014. We recognize that a healthy workforce is diversified and inclusive of persons with disabilities.
Who are we?
We are a group of local business owners, employers, and human resource managers with a vested interest in improving the workforce in the Black Hills region by creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce. We have incorporated as a domestic non-profit group and have established a Board of Trustees.
What do we do?
- We network with other employers and businesses to help them understand the benefits of hiring persons with disabilities.
- We sponsor numerous educational and awareness events on topics of interest to employers and human resource managers.
- We also act as a resource for employers regarding worksite modifications or accommodations and issues concerning the employment of people with disabilities.
- We work closely with the Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services to link employers to prospective employees with disabilities.
Catherine Greseth, Executive Director
Catherine has earned a strong reputation over the years by holding numerous positions in business development for fortune 500 companies. She has built territories from the ground up throughout the western United States, providing project management, business development, media buying, public relations, physician relations, and patient education. The industries she has worked in include repertory centers, hospice, long-term care centers, rehabilitation centers, Alzheimer’s units, retail, casinos, and tourism.
Catherine began her career in broadcasting here in South Dakota with KBHB and KOTA and was the media relations director for the Sturgis motorcycle rally. She has served as president of a number of non-profits and is currently on the Mayor’s Committee for people with disabilities and the board of directors for South Dakota National Federation of the Blind.
Catherine, who herself is visually impaired, along with her daughter, Mary, are advocates for all the abilities of people with disabilities. She is committed to educating and connecting resources to create a culture where everyone can reach their full potential.
The WDNBH Board of Trustees
Darin Seeley, President
Darin Seeley serves as the Sr. Manager of HR and Talent Acquisition at Black Hills Corporation (BHC), a diversified energy company with operations in eight states. His team is responsible for HR partnership to the corporate functions and recruiting strategy for the enterprise. He views his role to be a provider of tools, action, and strategy to ensure the best opportunity for company success.
His career started in operations within manufacturing and logistics. In 2001, he moved into the HR profession by joining Aon’s RPO division leading expansion projects within the pharmaceutical, retail, and manufacturing industries. His outsourced projects in pharmaceutical research achieved 96% hirable rates, proving an ability to learn and understand the specific needs of an organization and put into practice the plans to meet them. Since returning to South Dakota in 2009, Darin has become a member of the Board of Directors for the Western Dakota Technical Institute Foundation, the Board of Directors for West River Jacks Alumni Association, and Jackrabbit Advocates. During the previous years in Ohio, he served in leadership and teaching positions at St. Paul’s Church in Findlay and was a member and then elected president of the board for Findlay Light Opera Company.
Darin holds a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University and an MBA from The University of Findlay. He earned the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification in 2003.
Kathleen R. Barrow, Vice President
Kathleen, a shareholder in the Rapid City, South Dakota office of Jackson Lewis P.C., has designed welfare benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements, and has counseled sponsors and administrators of these types of plans, for fifteen years. She has appeared on behalf of clients before the national offices of the United States Treasury and the Department of Labor Employee Benefit Security Administration.
Kathleen received her law degree with honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she was a managing editor of the Oklahoma Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. She also received her Master’s in Business Administration degree in finance with high honors from Oklahoma City University.Kathleen actively participates in national coalitions of counsel that assist employers in defending audits of welfare and pension benefit plans. She advises clients and counsel across the country with regard to defined contribution arrangements that provide post-retirement health benefits to employees.
Kathleen's honors, awards, and pro bono activity:
- "Fifty Women of the Year" in Oklahoma in 2001
- Govenor's Council for Right to Work in Oklahoma
- Labor and Employment Law Committee of the US Chamber of Commerce
- United Methodist Church
- American Inn of Court
- The Best Lawyers in America 2013-2015
Sandy Burns, Treasurer
Sandy is the founder, president, and CEO of Project Solutions, Inc. She has over 25 years of project management experience with government projects, such as developing and planning projects, scheduling, estimating, budgeting, and business development training. Sandy has successfully taken many projects from conception to completion, and she has been responsible for analyzing budget and performance data, determining the effect on the project, and reporting and publishing the information to the government. She also has experience in preparing and reviewing proposals and determining cost estimates and schedules based on the scopes of work and blueprints.
As a consultant for small construction companies, Sandy has provided business development, marketing, and training to increase firms' abilities to bid on and manage projects. She has a Bachelor of Science, Chemical and Petroleum Refining Engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines. She has previously worked for Rockwell International, IBM, OHM Remediation, The IT Group, and Shaw Environmental.
Marjorie Helgeson, LPC, CRC, Secretary
Margie has deep roots in the Black Hills. Her family has played an important role in the development of the region for four generations, and Margie has continued that tradition through her work with individuals with disabilities and her involvement with the Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills. She believes that individuals with disabilities each have a unique contribution to make to their community and should be given every opportunity to be included.
Margie received a Master’s degree in counseling and human resource development from South Dakota State University. She also completed the additional requirements to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Margie worked for the State of South Dakota as a rehabilitation counselor for 17 years, and was the district supervisor for the Western South Dakota District for five years. She served as president of SD RehabACTion and has been involved in planning the ADA picnics, the National Disability Employment Awareness Month events, and the Mount Rushmore Disability Employment event.
Margie is retiring from her work with the State in June 2015, but will continue to contribute to the community through her work with the Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills and as a counselor in private practice.
Nick Stroot, Board Member
Nick has been working passionately in human resources for over 10 years. His current role is the human resources director for Pennington County in Rapid City, where his primary focus has been organizational and leadership development. He regularly works with managers and employees to ensure they are reaching their full potential while focusing on organizational strategic goals.
Nick has a Bachelor of Science degree in both human resource management and business administration from Black Hills State University. He shows an understanding of the importance of continuing education and professional growth by holding both a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification.
Nick is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and currently the president of Black Hills SHRM. Being a part of the continuing evolution of HR from personnel clerk to valued and trusted strategic business partner is a diving motivator in his career and life. Volunteering and giving back to the community is important and he demonstrates that by serving on the City of Rapid City Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, the Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills Board and various other charities around the Black Hills.
Jared Narlock, Board Member
Jared has been working in adult education for ten years and the HR career field for six of them. His primary focus has been organizational and leadership development. He is currently the director of talent management for the Human Resources Division of Regional Health. Before assuming this role, he was a continuous improvement gemba coach manager working specifically with cardiovascular and perioperative service lines in healthcare. Prior to working in continuous improvement, he was the organizational development consult and corporate trainer for 4,700 employees.
Jared received his master’s degree in public administration from Wayland Baptist University with a primary focus on government administration, and his bachelor's degree in general studies with a focus on business administration from William Carey University. He received his teaching practicum in 2006 and two associate degrees in applied science from the Community College of the Air Force.
Additionally, Jared served in the United States Air Force as a communications and computer systems non-commissioned officer. He led current airmen and new recruits and served the majority of his service time as an adult educator in communications training courses. Jared is a member of ASHHRA and the Society for Human Resource Management. He is also an active member in the community through the work he does in his church and the Junior Achievement Program.
Gloria Pluimer, Board Member
Gloria is the director of education and workforce development for the Black Hills Special Services Cooperative (BHSSC). She began working for BHSSC, based in Sturgis, as the equity coordinator. In this position, she developed and implemented programs for girls and women that promoted education and training, leading to economic self-sufficiency. In her current role, she administers and supervises a variety of programs providing education, training, and employment services to individuals of all ages and walks of life throughout the Black Hills area. Gloria has also been involved with economic development efforts in South Dakota and was the first economic director for the city of Sturgis. During this time, she coordinated and organized economic development efforts for the local board including marketing of the area, solicitation of primary, out-of-state businesses, and planned and implemented monthly board and annual planning meetings.
John Fenske, Board Member
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Ronda Lynch, Board Member
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