Executive Committee

2019-2020 President

Vicki Blake, CP

First Vice President
Dixie A. Bader, CP

Second Vice President
Jessi N. Stucke, CP

Secretary
Victoria A. Swenson, CP

Treasurer
Diane Kerr, ACP

NALA Liaison
Autumn Nelson, CP

President

Vicki Blake, CP


Vicki joined Duncan Law Firm in Sioux Falls office in July, 2009.  She assists attorneys Drew Duncan and Amanda Engel.   After 25 years working with attorneys, Vicki achieved a personal goal of earning her Certified Paralegal designation in May 2007 through the National Association of Legal Assistants.   She was voted South Dakota’s paralegal of the year in 2008-2009.  She has also served on various SDPA committees as well as representing the association as NALA Liaison, First Vice President and now President.  She has attended two national NALA education seminars.  

 

Vicki is a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Second Circuit Women in Law and the South Dakota Trial Lawyers’ Association.  She works primarily in the areas of governmental and regulatory business, business law and domestic relations.   Vicki enjoys spending time with family and friends, and enjoys watching hockey in the winter and riding motorcycle in the summer.

 

Vicki’s practice philosophy is to provide each client with the best possible personal, professional service, and to treat clients as she would wish her family be treated.

First Vice President
Dixie A. Bader, CP

Dixie earned her Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies from Nettleton Community College in 1997, and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies in 2002 from National American University in Sioux Falls. She became a Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) through NALA in September, 2004. Dixie has worked as a paralegal since 1998 in the areas of immigration, family law, personal injury, employment law, and probate. In 2006, Dixie began working for Mary H. Burd, Burd and Carper Law Office, in Sioux Falls, in the area of family law.

 

She became a member of SDPA in 2002 and has served on the following committees: Charge Up (2003-2007); Education (Co-Chair 2015-2016); and Membership (Co-Chair 2003-2004, Chair 2005-2007 and 2013-2014). She has served in the following roles: NALA Liaison (2005-2006 and 2014-2015); 2nd Vice President (2006-2007); and President (2008-2009). Dixie has been a NALA member since 2004, and has been a member of the Bar Association's Second Circuit Women in Law since 2014.

 

When Dixie is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, and their daughter, Alexis. She also enjoys camping, gardening, and fishing, as well as volunteering in Sioux Falls for the Children’s Inn, Habitat for Humanity, and The Banquet.

Second Vice President
Jessi N. Stucke, CP

Jessi grew up in Sheldon, IA, Sioux Falls, and Aberdeen. She attended the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis and later received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD). She returned to Aberdeen in 2005. Jessi is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Aberdeen, and received its Dale Stein Award. She joined Richardson, Wyly, Wise, Sauck & Hieb in 2014 and works primarily with Jack Hieb, Zach Peterson, and Ryan Vogel. She became a member of both NALA and SDPA in 2016. Jessi has served on the Newsletter and Website committees since then, and began serving as chair of the Newsletter Committee in 2017. She handles layout for The Reporter. Jessi obtained the CP credential in 2016.

 

Jessi and her husband, Chris, have two children, Evin (11) and Adeline (5), and four furbabies. She performs piano and vocals with her church's worship team, and plays flute with the Aberdeen Municipal Band during summer. She also spends time studying the application of the ADA regarding how children with learning and behavioral conditions can grow to be unique and desirable assets in the workplace. She works with Evin through his ADHD, ODD, and sensory integration disorder and hopes to grow with other parents and help children in viewing these kids as simply "neurodiverse."

Secretary
Victoria A. Swenson, CP

Vicki is a paralegal at Boyce Law Firm in Sioux Falls, where she has worked since 2009. Vicki works primarily with the Business Section at Boyce, with a majority of her work being with the Trusts & Estates team of the firm. Vicki earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies from National American University in 2007. She has been a member of both the South Dakota Paralegal Association and the National Association of Legal Assistants since 2010.

 

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids. When she is not chauffeuring her kids to their activities, she is either running or spending time with friends.

Treasurer
Diane Kerr, ACP

Diane earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies from National American University in 2011, obtained her Certified Paralegal credential in 2016, and achieved the Advanced Certified Paralegal designation in 2018.  She worked for Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith in Sioux Falls prior to joining Redstone Law Firm in Sioux Falls in 2015.

 

Away from the office, Diane enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her cats.  She roots for the Minnesota Vikings and enjoys camping, sand volleyball, kickball, and shooting pool.

NALA Liaison
Autumn Nelson, CP

Autumn is a South Dakota native, raised in Lake City. She moved in 2008 to Sioux Falls, where she later obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Forensics, graduating summa cum laude from Colorado Technical University. During college, she worked for Janklow Law Firm, then as a Litigation Specialist for AAA Collections. In 2015, Autumn joined Goosmann Law Firm at its Sioux Falls location. She currently supports Cesar Juarez, Meghann Joyce, and Emily Maurice in civil litigation, employment law, and family law. Autumn utilized SDPA’s study group to self-prepare for NALA’s CP exam and earned the CP credential in 2016. Autumn writes for The Reporter and debuted Goosmann Law Firm's newest blog, Paralegal Review.

 

Autumn’s spare time is spent with her significant other, Robert, and her dog, Alfie. She enjoys camping, fishing, riding motorcycle, and travelling to alleged haunted sites to ghost hunt.