Past Presidents

2017-2018 Jessica Huyck, ACP
2015-2017 Janet Miller, CP
2014-2015 Becky Purington, ACP
2013-2014 Christi Weideman, ACP
2012-2013 Dixie Riter, CP
2011-2012 Tammy Ackerman, CP
2010-2011 Cindy Schmit, ACP
2009-2010 Kayne Larimer, ACP
2008-2009 Dixie Bader, CP
2007-2008 Becky Purington, CP
2006-2007 Jennifer Pravecek, ACP
2005-2006 Michelle Schmidt, ACP
2004-2005 Rhonda Rentz, CP
2003-2004 Rosie Kean, CLNC, CNLCP
2003-2004 Rosie Kean, CLNC, CNLCP
2002-2003 Chris Lillo, ACP
2001-2002 Don Bender, CP
2000-2001 Shiloh MacNally, CLA
1999-2000 Cherly Brewer, CP
1998-1999 Terri Miller, CP
1997-1998 Joan Gillespie, CP
1996-1997 Dennyce Korb, CLA
1995-1996 Michael Bultema
1994-1995 Dory Maks
1993-1994 Pam van Engelenhoven, CP
1992-1993 Debra Niemi, CLA
1991-1992 Louise Peterson, CP
1990-1991 Cindy Johnson, CLA
1989-1990 Karen Jaqua, CLA

SDPA acknowledges and thanks our past presidents for their

contributions to our organization! We wouldn't be where we are without

your foresight and advancement of the profession! THANK YOU!

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2017-2018

Jessica Huyck, ACP

Office of General Counsel, South Dakota State University – Brookings

Jessica Huyck, ACP, obtained her degree in Legal Studies from Colorado Technical University in 2010, graduating with highest honors. She earned her Certified Paralegal (CP) status from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) in 2011 and her Advanced Certified Paralegal (ACP) status from NALA in 2013 in the specialty area of commercial bankruptcy. Jessica worked as a paralegal for a general practice firm in Brookings following her graduation in 2010 and until the start of 2014, at which time she began her employment with South Dakota State University as a Legal Affairs Specialist in the Office of General Counsel. Jessica has been a member of SDPA since 2009 and has served on various committees within the organization, including the Education Committee, Public Relations Committee and Website Committee. Jessica was elected SDPA’s Member of the Year for 2014-2015. Jessica also successfully completed the Leadership Brookings program in 2018. She regularly volunteers within her community, including her various roles with the First United Methodist Church of Brookings. Spending time with her husband and three daughters is Jessica’s favorite thing to do when she’s not at the office.

SDPA thanks Jessica Huyck, ACP for her hard work and dedication
in service to our organization as President for 2017-2018!

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2016-2017

2015-2016

Janet Miller, CP

Siegel, Barnett & Schutz - Aberdeen

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2014-2015

2007-2008

Becky Purington, ACP

Black Hills Energy - Rapid City

Becky is an Advanced Certified Paralegal at Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP, specializing in employment, personal injury and governmental law. She earned her Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies from Western Dakota Technical Institute in 1999 and her Certified Paralegal status in 2000 from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). She has been elected to numerous leadership positions within the South Dakota Paralegal Association (SDPA) including president in 2007-2008 and has served on numerous committees within the organization. Since 2005 she has been chairman of the Advisory Committee for Paralegal Studies at Western Dakota Technical Institute's Paralegal Program and is a frequent speaker to their paralegal students. Becky is also a strong supporter of the Pennington County Teen Court program and is a regular volunteer for that organization.
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2013-2014

Christi Weideman, ACP

Richardson, Wyly, Wise, Sauck & Hieb - Aberdeen


Christi was born in Aberdeen, SD and raised in Warner, SD. She received an Associate of Science Degree from Northern State University. While living in North Dakota, she received her Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Business Management from Minot State University. She joined Richardson, Wyly, Wise, Sauck & Hieb in 2003 as the bookkeeper/receptionist before becoming a paralegal. Christi obtained her Certified Paralegal designation in 2007 and her Advanced Certified Paralegal specialization in Trial Practice in 2010. Christi works primarily with Stacy Johnson. She is an active member of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and the South Dakota Paralegal Association (SDPA). Christi and her husband, Jesse, have two children, Tya and Jackson.

Christi was born in Aberdeen, SD and raised in Warner, SD. She received an Associate of Science Degree from Northern State University. While living in North Dakota, she received her Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Business Management from Minot State University. She joined Richardson, Wyly, Wise, Sauck & Hieb in 2003 as the bookkeeper/receptionist before becoming a paralegal. Christi obtained her Certified Paralegal designation in 2007 and her Advanced Certified Paralegal specialization in

Trial Practice in 2010. Christi works primarily with Stacy Johnson. She is an active member of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and the South Dakota Paralegal Association (SDPA). Christi and her husband, Jesse, have two children, Tya and Jackson.

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2012-2013

Dixie Riter, CP

May & Johnson - Sioux Falls

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2011-2012

Tammy Ackerman, CP

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2010-2011

Cindy Schmit, ACP

Peterson Law - Sioux Falls

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2009-2010

Kayne Larimer, ACP

Whiting, Hagg, Hagg, Dorsey & Hagg - Rapid City

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2008-2009

Dixie Bader, CP

Burd & Voigt - Sioux Falls

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2006-2007

Jennifer Pravacek, ACP

Johnson, Janklow & Abdallah - Sioux Falls

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2005-2006

Michelle Schmidt, ACP

Neumayr & Smith - Gettysburg

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2004-2005

Rhonda Rentz, CP

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2003-2004

Rosie Kean, CLNC, CNLCP

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2002-2003

Chris Lillo, ACP

Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith - Sioux Falls

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2001-2002

Don Bender, CP

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2000-2001

Shiloh MacNally, CLA

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1999-2000

Cherly Brewer, CP

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1998-1999

Terri Miller, CP

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1997-1998

Joan Gillespie, CP

Boyce Law Firm - Sioux Falls

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1996-1997

Dennyce Korb, CLA

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1995-1996

Michael Bultema

Siegel, Barnett & Schutz - Aberdeen

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1994-1995

Dory Maks

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1993-1994

Pam van Engelenhoven, CP

Boyce Law Firm - Sioux Falls

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1992-1993

Debra Niemi, CLA

Spearfish

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1991-1992

Louise Peterson, CP

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1990-1991

Cindy Johnson, CLA

U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona - Phoenix

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1989-1990

Karen Jaqua, CLA (retired)

Burd & Voigt - Sioux Falls

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