Prior Year Recipients of Member of Year Award

2015 - Jessica Huyck, ACP

2014 - Karen Armstrong, PLS, PP

2013 - Jackie Hoefener, CP

2012 - Jennifer Frederick, CP

2011 - Michael Bultema

2010 - Valerie Winegar, CLA

2009 - Vicki Blake, CP

2008 - Cindy Schmit, ACP

2007 - Tammy Ackerman,CP

2006 - Terri Braun, CP
2005 - Deana Olson, CLA
2004 - Jerry Thovson
2003 - Karen Anderson
2002 - Rhonda Rentz, CLA

SDPA Member of the Year


Cindy Schmit, ACP

2016 Nomination Letters

I would like to nominate Cindy Schmit for the SDPA Member of the Year. Cindy is a huge asset to the South Dakota Paralegal Association. She is chair of the Education Committee, co-chair of the Professional Development Committee and has served on many other Committees since becoming a member of SDPA. She is always more than willing to jump in and help anyway she can.


Paralegal Certification is very important to Cindy. This year, in order to help members, she volunteered to lead a study group for several paralegals who had registered to take the CP Exam. One night a week for several weeks, Cindy would guide the group through the process of preparing for the exam. These weekly sessions allowed the group to exchange ideas and concerns regarding the test. The contribution of her time and knowledge helped those members prepare to further their professional development.


Cindy has done a great job this year and past years and is deserving of the Member of the year.


Submitted by: Janet Miller


SDPA recognizes Cindy for her outstanding talents, dedication and contributions for the period of 2015- 2016. Great job, Cindy!

Cindy Schmit, ACP