SDPA would like to acknowledge and thank all the past presidents for thier contribution to SDPA! We wouldn't be where we are without your foresight and advancement of the profession! 


Past Presidents of SDPA

2014 - 2015 (2007 - 2008) SDPA President
Becky Purington, ACP

Becky is a Certified Paralegal at Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, L.L.P., 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.

2013-2014 SDPA President
Christi Weideman, ACP 
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 Specialty in the area of Trial Practice in 2010. Christi works primarily with Rich Russman, Zach Peterson, and 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.
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, CP
2008-2009  Dixie A. Bader, CP
2007-2008  Becky Purington, CP
2006-2007  Jennifer Pravecek, ACP
2005-2006  Michelle Schmidt, ACP
2004-2005  Rhonda L. Rentz, CP
2003-2004  Rosie Kean, CLNC, CNLCP
2002-2003  Chris Lillo, ACP
2001-2002  Don Bender, CP
2000-2001  Shiloh MacNally, CLA
1999-2000  Cherly K. Brewer, CP
1998-1999  Terri L. 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