Women in Science Conference

Women in Science Conference

March 6, 2018

Northern State University


The 2018 Women in Science Conference will be held March 6 in the Johnson Fine Arts Center at NSU.


Tentative Schedule

                • 8:30-9:15 a.m.   Registration

                • 9:15-9:30 a.m.   Welcome and introduction

                • 9:30-9:40 a.m.   Report to first session

                • 9:40-11:30 a.m.   Small group sessions (Four 20-minute sessions with 10- minute breaks between sessions.)

                • 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.  Lunch

                • 1:00-2:15 p.m.   Keynote presentation

                • 2:15-2:30 p.m.   Post survey/awards



  • Keynote:  Stephanie Arne,  Host of Mutual Of Omaha's Wild Kingdom
  • Melissa Brown M.D., Sanford Aberdeen
  • Dr. Aleaha Fettig, DDS, Aberdeen Smiles
  • Tessa Howard and Martina Kittleson-Caviness, pilot/airplane mechanic
  • Britt Locken, respiratory therapist, Sanford Aberdeen
  • Marne Neiger, electrical engineer, Horsch LLC
  • Rebecca Rich, AuD, audiology
  • Ryanne Waage, PA, dermatology



  • Keynote: Dr. Ashley Podhradsky, Assistant Professor of IA and Forensics MS Information Assurance and Computer Security Program Coordinator Dakota State University, Madison, SD
  • Janne Jockheck Holt, NSU Lab Instructor/Manager, Room 201
  • Mandy/Tiffany Hofer, Funeral Directors, Luce, Luze & Rock Funeral Homes, Room 204
  • Jordan Voss-Severson Registered Nurse, Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center, Room 239
  • Nadine Gropp, 3M Plant Manager, 3M Aberdeen, SD, Room 241
  • Briana Mount, Sanford Lab, Underground Campus, Research Assistant Physics, BHSU, Room 244
  • Sue Lancaster, VP Corporate Development & Strategy, SD Innovation Partners Sioux Falls, SD, Room 245
  • Megan Piatz, Nuclear Medicine/Radiologic Technologist, Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center, Room 246


  • Keynote, Mikala Simon, DPT​, Physical Therapist, Sanford Clinic, Aberdeen
  • Anne Erdmann, Science Teacher, Eureka School District
  • Brooke Edga, Civil Engineer, Helms and Associates, Aberdeen
  • Dr. Angela Hase, OD, Optometrist, Aberdeen
  • Darcie Mennenga, CRNA, Nurse Anesthetist, Sanford Hospital, Aberdeen
  • Dr. Sarah Preszler, DVM, Veterinarian, Northern Plains Animal Health, Aberdeen
  • Megan Stever, Civil Engineer, SD Dept. of Transportation, Sioux Falls
  • Dr. Brittany Sutton, DC, Chiropractor, Aberdeen Chiropractic, Aberdeen


  • Nicole Walter, health and wellness/fitness, KSFY, Room 101
  • Megan Steever, road design engineer, South Dakota Department of Transportation, Room 102
  • Dr. Bongi Rudder, hematology/oncology, Sanford, Room 103A
  • Dawn Birkla-Mauk, lead flight nurse, Avera St. Luke€™'s Hospital, Room 103B€
  • Laura Carlson, quality seed manager, SGS North American, Room 105
  • Dr. Jessica Dickes, physician/women'€™s health, Avera St. Luke'€™s, Room 107
  • Candace Briscoe, chemist/skin care, Profiling Beauty, Room 134


  • Lisa Kopecky, Nutritionist, Sanford Health, Aberdeen
  • Christina Kopetsky, Speech Pathologist, Sanford Health, Aberdeen
  • Kimberly McGraw Clark, Program Advisor, Spink County Extension Office
  • Chelsea Pollreisz, Forensic Scientist, State Forensic Lab, Pierre
  • Heather Spect, Forensic Scientist, State Forensic Lab, Pierre
  • Darcy Swanson, Pharmacist, Sanford Health, Aberdeen
  • Carolyn Trautman, Geological Engineering, Aberdeen


  • Keynote speaker was Jill Gilardi, storm chaser/meteorologist from Omaha, Neb.
  • Terry Piatz, hematology/medical lab science, NSU;
  • Dana Althoff, horticulturist, Park View Nursery, Aberdeen;
  • Dr. Adela Casas-Melley, chief pediatric surgeon, Sanford Children's Specialty Clinic, Sioux Falls;
  • Laura Edwards, climate field specialist, SDSU Extension, Aberdeen;
  • Tammy Gottman, child life specialist, Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center;
  • Carrie Kindopp, child life specialist, Sanford Children's Hospital, Sioux Falls;
  • Dr. Carrie Orn, dentist, Orn & McDaniel Family Dentistry, Ellendale, N.D.;
  • Dawn Ottman, wind energy, CanDew Scientific, Lemmon.



  • Keynote: Jill Gilardi, Meteorologist/Storm Chaser - Omaha, Nebraska
  • Carrie Orn, Dentist, Orn & McDaniel
  • Dawn Ottman,Inventor/Wind Energy, CanDew Scientific
  • Terry Piatz, Medical Lab Scientist, Northern State University
  • Dana Althoff,Horticulturist, Parkview Nursery
  • Laura Edwards,Climate Field Specialist, SDSU
  • Adela Casas-Melley, Pediatric Surgeon, Sanford Health
  • Carrie Kindopp and Tammy Gottman, Child Life Specialists,Sanford Health


  • Keynote: Jaimie Stricker - Zoo Educator, Bramble Park Zoo, Watertown SD
  • Kelly Erdmann - Dental Hygienist, Aberdeen Dental Associates
  • Shirley Gengerke Guthmiller - Pharmacist/Pharmaceutical Rep., Bayer Corp
  • Dr. Alyssa Kiesow - Assistant Professor of Biology, Northern State University
  • Buffy King - Architect, HKG Architects
  • Pam Liechti - Clinical Instructor, Radiology Technology Program at Presentation College
  • Peggy Norris - Nuclear Engineer, Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake / Black Hills State Univ.
  • Deirdra Peck - Computer Electronics Engineer, Shalom Christian School, previously at McDonnell Aircraft


  • Jaime Stricker, Zoo Educator, Bramble Park Zoo, Watertown, SD (Keynote Speaker)
  • Deb Davies, RN, MS, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Presentation College, Aberdeen
  • Erin Fouberg, Associate Professor of Geography, Northern State University, Aberdeen
  • Jan Palmer, Teacher, Central High School. Aberdeen
  • Jesse Ritka, Meteorologist, KDLT-TV, Sioux Falls
  • Dr. Shawna Schmidt, MD, Anesthesiologist, Aberdeen
  • Dr. Kristen Teigen, DDS, Aberdeen Dental Associates
  • Alecia Wood, Engineer, 3M Aberdeen
Donations may be sent to the Northern State University Foundation, 620 15th Ave SE, Aberdeen S.D. 57401. Contributions to the NSU Foundation are deductible under federal and state law.
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