Please Welcome Brian Reed!

Please give a warm welcome to BIT’s newest employee! 

Brian Reed has recently joined BIT as a Software Engineer. He will be working with the development team that develops and supports DOE .Net applications.

Brian grew up in southeastern South Dakota and attended Elk Point-Jefferson High School. After four years of college at the University of South Dakota, he moved to Hokkaido, Japan to study at Otaru University of Commerce for one year. After returning to the United States, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a minor in Computer Science. After graduation, he started his own web design and hosting business called Prairie Portals.

Brian enjoys a number of hobbies, including hunting and fishing, but most of all he enjoys volunteering his time. Brian volunteered his time every summer to help the city of Jefferson, SD put on a city-wide summer festival. His responsibilities as a team member organizing the event also included creating and maintaining the event website. This past year he also helped build a human foosball arena.

Welcome to the team, Brian. BIT is happy to have you!

Please Welcome Tom Hammrich!

Please give a warm welcome to yet another new BIT employee!

Tom Hammrich has joined BIT in Pierre as an I/T Business Analyst on Team 4.  He will be working on the Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) for the Department of Social Services Division of Medical Services, Recoveries, and other miscellaneous systems as assigned.

Tom grew up in and attended school at Ipswich, SD.  After graduating from South Dakota State University in 1990, he was hired by Electronic Data Systems (EDS) as a Systems Analyst in Plano, TX but was assigned a position at a General Motors (GM) plant in Anderson, IN.   He later moved to Minneapolis, MN continuing to support General Motors as an EDS employee.   

In 2000, he moved back to Ipswich continuing to support GM remotely.  While working for GM he mainly supported manufacturing applications including Material Global Application (MGO) and Global Export System (GES).  These applications main functions were to keep track of part specifications, orders, scheduling, inventory, receiving and shipping for the many GM plants. 

Tom and his wife Paula have been married for 24 years and have two daughters and many animals around their hobby farm.  His oldest daughter, Sydney, will be starting to attend the University of South Dakota this fall while his other daughter, Bailey, will be a freshman at Ipswich High School.  Tom’s main interests are activities his kids are participating in or anything music related.   

Welcome to the team, Tom! BIT is thrilled to have you!

BIT Employee Spotlight: Dan Maxfield

VMWare, Inc is a US software company that provides cloud and virtualization software and services. Since the inception of VMware, user groups that use the software have surfaced as well. Probably the most familiar being the VMware User Group (also known as VMUG).

VMUG officially launched in August of 2010. It identifies itself as an independent, global, customer-led organization that was created to help members maximize the use of VMware as well as provide knowledge sharing, training, collaboration, and events amongst its members. Today VMUG has over 110,000 members worldwide!

Recently, VMUG released its very first quarterly digital publication known as the VMUG Compass! I had the pleasure of chatting with one of our very own, Dan Maxfield, who had the opportunity to help partake in the creation of this publication. Maxfield explains, “This is the very first one. We are trying to get more category-based articles, whether that be ‘how-to’ tutorials or ‘tips-and-tricks’ editorials. We are trying to target a large audience so it appeals to a wider variety of people.”

Through fellow BIT employee, Bonnie Bauder, Dan was initially introduced to the South Dakota VMUG chapter. The South Dakota chapter was first started in November of 2011 and Dan later joined in 2013. Dan explained that Bonnie really helped “open channels” for him, offering him the position as co-leader for the South Dakota chapter, which enabled the two to share the responsibilities of lining up vendors and speakers for the group. However, the growth didn’t stop there.

Bonnie currently serves on the Board of Directors for VMUG at an international level and Dan has since then obtained positions on the Communications and Content Committee, Nominations Committee, and Editorial Advisory Board on the international level. Being on these Committees enables Dan to look over the articles submitted for the Compass and partake in reviewing abstracts for the VMUG eLearning center.

Bonnie explained, “One thing to note is that VMUG is an international group, not just for the US.  All the committees and the board are composed of members from around the world, so to be on the number of committees he is on, especially as a new leader, is a testament to his commitment and recognition as a valued member of the community.”

Currently, Dan is already working on the next issue for the VMUG Compass. They are hoping to get out after VMWord in August.

VMUG is free to join! For more information about becoming a member, head to their website:

You can subscribe to get newsletters, webinars, and product offerings. To check out the first edition of VMUG Compass click this link:

Way to go Dan & Bonnie, BIT is proud to have you as one of our own!

BIT Development Team 1 has a New Employee

Bryan Koch

Bryan Koch has recently joined BIT Development Team 1.   As a Software Engineer I, he will be supporting and assisting in the development of software applications mostly for the Department of Education.

Bryan was born and raised in Watertown, SD.  He is a recent graduate of Dakota State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Game Design.  Some of Bryan’s hobbies include playing and designing video games as well as camping.

Welcome to the BIT team, Bryan. We look forward to working with you.

Civil War Memorial Rededication

There has been a Civil War Monument on the Capitol Grounds for over 95 years, yet many people are unaware of its purpose or why it was put up.  It was these questions which led David Smith to begin a quest to find out about the the monument’s history.   David was born and raised in Pierre, SD, and after high school served 8 years in the United States Marine Corps, returning in 1992.

Picture of the original dedication provided by the South Dakota Historical Society.

David’s interest in the monument started while driving around Pierre in November of 2013 when he decided to visit the monument for the first time one evening.  The simple monument, he observed was of a Civil War soldier.  The only information at the monument site indicated it was erected in 1918 and dedicated to the Defenders of our Nation.  As chance would have it, he had a meeting with the State Historical Society to discuss a document archiving project.  After the meeting, he inquired where he could find additional information on the monument.  Matthew Reitzel showed him a folder on the monument which included a photo from the original dedication on June 1, 1920 along with the original dedication transcript.  Matthew and David used their shared interested in the monument to start a restoration project on what they found out to be was the first monument placed on the Capitol Grounds.  They wanted its story and purpose to be an ongoing reminder to all generations of the sacrifices of war and the cost of freedom.  They thought it was unfortunate that the original purpose for the monument had been forgotten over the years.  

As the project progressed, Matthew and David worked with the Governor’s Office and BOA to gain support and approval for the restoration project.  The goal was to add walkways, benches, and lighting as an effort to connect the Civil War monument with the other war memorials on the Capitol complex.  Thanks to the efforts of the Governor’s Office, State Historical Society, Office of State Engineers, Capitol Complex Restoration and Beautification Commission, Buildings and Grounds staff, David Smith, and Matthew Reitzel; the monument site has been improved and will be a focal point for visitors to the Capitol.

David recommends you stop over and check it out since the monument has been restored to its place of honor on the Capital Grounds.  David said they also plan to post the information they compiled on a local historical website that provides historical information on other sites around Pierre.  In the near future, they plan to tie this site into an website permitting visitors to have access to historical information such as the original program transcript, history of the monument as well as other historical documents and pictures.

The monument was erected through efforts by the veteran’s group called the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR).  A number of the veterans of the Civil War came to the Dakota Territory to settle after the war and were part of the GAR.  The GAR had a national organization as well as local groups.  These groups met together at annual encampments in different cities in South Dakota to talk about patriotism, reminiscing about their time in service and remember those who had passed.  They annually decorated the graves of the military on Decoration Day (which later became the national holiday we know as Memorial Day).  They also assisted in establishing the State Soldiers’ Home in Hot Springs, SD.  When they approached the State about building a monument, the State gave them $10,000 to complete their goal.  The granite came from Vermont and it was carved in Nebraska.  The monument was dedicated on June 1, 1920 with the GAR National Commander and Governor Norbeck participating in the ceremony.

Picture provided by Keith Hemmelman of the updated monument.

The Civil War Monument will be rededicated on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 11:00 am.   The monument site is located on the triangle section of land south of the Governor’s Mansion.   The plan is to reenact parts of the original dedication program.   The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War dressed in period correct uniforms will conduct their official rededication ceremony as part of the program.    Everyone is invited to attend.

90 Years of Service Between these Three!

Gary Goeden

Gary Goeden has been with the State of South Dakota for 30 years. He is the Point of Contact for Department of Human Services, Department of Social Services, and the Office of the Governor. He keeps current on the agencies’ key processes, critical applications, and active projects. The state agencies he assists and the BIT PMO team value his expertise and professionalism.

Bryan Dockter

Bryan Dockter has been with the state for 30 years. When he arrived at the state, Bryan worked in BOA delivering materials and mail. His diligence and attention to detail and delivery schedules brought him quickly to the attention of the computer room management who offered him a position. It wasn’t long before Bryan was a Third Shift Supervisor in the Computer Room, a position he would hold for more than ten years until moving to the position of Production Control Supervisor on the day shift. After a few years on the day shift, Bryan was invited to move into the mainframe security world as a RACF (for those of you whose geek roots don’t reach as far back as the mainframe, RACF is the Resource Access Control Facility for the mainframe) and door security administrator. Bryan remains in that position today, performing an important set of security and access functions for our clients and his co-workers.

Roger Reed 

Roger Reed has also been with the State of South Dakota for 30 years! He was first hired as one of the first PC employees in the state working on PC programming. Eventually, Roger landed in the Standards group which he says has proved to be quite a challenge. Today Roger is a Network Security Engineer. Rogers’s duties at BIT include helping out with daily cell phone issues and work requests. He also keeps the Incident Response Document up-to-date and is a valued member working to rewrite the BIT policy documents. Thank you, Gary, Brian and Roger, on your 30 years of dedication and commitment to the State of South Dakota! Keep up the great work!

2015 Technology and Innovation in Education Conference

In April, BIT/DDN and the K12 Data Center presented their annual “State of the DDN” presentation at the Technology and Innovation in Education conference held in Rapid City. The TIE Conference is an annual meeting for classroom teachers, network administrators and educational administrators.   The goal of the conference is for educators and administrators to share strategies, methods and best practices in integrating technology into the learning environment with their colleagues.
Topics covered in the presentation:
  • Bandwidth History
  • Accomplished & Upcoming Projects
  • Security and Content Filtering
  • Standard Device Configurations and Pricing
  • DDN Video
  • Data Center Service Upgrades
  • Microsoft EES Licensing
  • Google Chromebook Configurations
  • Office 365
  • Help Desk Systems

BIT Staff Assist at SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is an industry sponsored organization to promote technical skills for high school and postsecondary/college students that will help them be successful in their chosen careers.  There are a multitude of competitions across diverse disciplines of study.  For a complete list of the competitions please visit:  This year’s SkillsUSA state competition was held in Watertown, SD at Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI).  BIT staff assisted as two of three judges for the Internetworking competition.

There were a total of six students competing in the Internetworking competition, two first year students and four second year students, all from LATI.  The competition challenged students in four distinct disciplines necessary for success in an Internetworking career: network cabling, configuring network devices for end-to-end connectivity, taking a call as a remote technical support agent (referred to as the TAC call), and an online multiple choice exam.

Wayne Wayt of the BIT Network Technologies team judged the network cabling portion.  Students were tasked with constructing three common types of network cabling used in industry in 30 minutes, and all cables needed to pass both visual and technical inspections.  Two of the six students managed to complete all three cables, but only one did so successfully.

Andy Ogan, also of Network Technologies, returned to judge his fifth SkillsUSA competition, participating in the TAC call as the frustrated end-user seeking assistance.  In ten minutes, students needed to listen to the user describe the issue within the network, look at the network documentation provided, and guide the user through a series of diagnostic tests and troubleshooting steps to resolve the issue.  Students were judged on not only their ability to solve the technical components of the challenge, but their customer service skills, speaking and listening skills, poise, and handling of the call.  Most students scored well in the customer service portion of the task, but only one student successfully solved the issue in the allotted time.

At the end of the competition, medalists were announced.  The final scores gave the Gold to Dylan Hanten, Silver to Eric Wise, and Bronze to Devin Bagaus.  Dylan will be traveling to Louisville, Kentucky to compete at the national level of SkillsUSA, and we wish him the best of luck.

Employees of the Quarter Announced at BIT

In honor of these individuals’ outstanding performance and dedication to the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications, state government and the citizens of South Dakota, we gladly recognize them for their high standards of excellence in their duties.

Kristina, Ki, Carrie and Nic, we thank you for all you do to improve state technology services – you all make a difference!

Ki Weingart, Data Center (top left); Nick Penning, Telecommunications (top right);
Carrie Tschetter, Administration (bottom left); Kristina Cottingham, Development (bottom right)

Kristina Cottingham – Development 

Kristina is a Software Engineer II for the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications Development Team 2.  She has 16 months of service with the State of South Dakota in this field.  Kristina graduated from Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

She has been completing her Master’s Degree online and will be graduating with it this May.  Kristina has been assigned the project lead on several technology upgrade projects.  She successfully completed the AG40 Campfire Database system for the Department of Agriculture WildLand Fire Division and received praise from the clients on her work.  Kristina has also been working on the PS16 Video Request system for the Department of Public Safety that will streamline the processing of Highway Patrol videos.

In addition, Kristina is working on multiple systems within the Department of Environment and Natural Resources FoxPro conversion project.  She has excellent organizational skills and always likes to have a full plate of tasks to stay busy.  Kristina possesses excellent communication and people skills to go along with her outstanding technical skills.  She collaborates and interacts well with co-workers in team environments to insure the success of projects. She also has the unique ability of understanding and meeting client needs when interacting with them while efficiently meeting the objectives and goals of BIT.

Ki Weingart – Data Center

Ki is a technology engineer for BIT and has worked for the State of South Dakota helping to satisfy our clients’ needs for 36 years!  He came to Pierre in 1978 to work for a private firm. Eventually Ki started working with Alan Peterson and Jim Dickson as the first DBA’s for BIT back when it was called: Central Data Processing.

Ki has worked on a lot of projects during his career. He’s supported every mainframe disaster recovery drill, countless client application walkthroughs and implementations, trouble-shooting events, and countless late night calls from Operators calling him to fix Abends after hours. His current duties include ADABAS, Natural, Trim, Auditre, and backup support for WebMethods, EntireX and Natural Engineer.

Over his years with the state Ki has been a positive, helpful team player always willing to assist anyone with a need he can support.

Carrie Tschetter – Administration 

Carrie has been recognized for her high standards of excellence in project management and customer advocacy.

Carrie is a member of the Project Management Office.  She is the Point of Contact for four state government agencies:  Department of Revenue, Department of Military, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Public Utilities Commission.  Carrie is able to provide her top notch customer service to state agencies due to her previous experience as a client of BIT.  She came to BIT about a year ago from the Department of Revenue (DOR) bringing with her twenty years of service to the State of South Dakota.

Since joining BIT, Carrie has actively participated in several activities to learn about the services BIT provides our client agencies.  As a Point of Contact, Carrie has taken an active role in project meetings for her assigned state agencies.  The DVA is in the process of building a new VA home in Hot Springs.  To address DVA I/T concerns, Carrie participated in two trips to visit the new VA Home with BIT LAN Services and Network Technology staff.  Through working on the VA home project, she found that the State Engineers’ Office was not including the recommended I/T clauses in their contracts. She has also assumed a more active project leader role for several DOR projects.  During a recent cyber security tabletop exercise with DOR, Carrie was instrumental with assisting in the planning and successful execution of the joint project.

Carrie can translate the technology jargon for agency clients.  She also has become an asset to the PMO team by contributing her past experience and her current research on specific topics.  She has added a dimension to BIT workgroup discussions by providing her input based upon an agency client’s viewpoint.  When the PMO team needed assistance to manage a few projects, Carrie volunteered to manage the BIT SDPB Audio Webcasting project, serve as the PMO representative on the Classic .asp rewrite work group, and participate in an incident notification review.

Nic Penning – Telecommunications

Nic is a Technology Engineer and a valued member of BIT’s security team. He spends a majority of his time analyzing information security threats which aids in hardening the defense of the State of South Dakota’s network infrastructure.

“What I find most interesting about information security is malware and everything in its related nature. I find it fun reversing binaries and trying to figure what the malicious applications do.”

Nic is originally from Hulett, Wyoming just 10 miles from the Devils Tower National monument. He grew up building and fixing computers starting at the age of 10 for his father’s company, Double Star Computing. After high school he attended Gillette College in Wyoming and received his associates in Computer Information Systems, while competing on the collegiate cross country and track team. Nic continued his education at Dakota State University with the opportunity to not only obtain a fun Computer and Network Security Degree, but also competed in the full marathon at the national collegiate level. His second year at Dakota State yielded many accomplishments such as the Cyber Corp Scholarship for Service opportunity and a summer internship working for BIT.

“After my first ever day in Pierre, I knew right away that this was a great place to live. The first thing I did once I arrived was went for a 10 mile run by the river, and I knew that if the people here were as nice as the run I had, then this was going to be a great summer, in which it ultimately was.”

Nic completed his education at Dakota State University graduating with a Master’s Degree in Information Assurance with a Specialization in Cyber Security.

Some of Nic’s recent accomplishments include statewide Nessus vulnerability scanning; this is part of a larger project to map out the security vulnerabilities statewide and put together a more comprehensive plan to reduce the attack surface. He also worked on the IDS upgrade, including hardware and system software upgrade. This allows the state to support 10Gbps throughput at the IDS level. It brings additional capabilities like the ability to check files for malware on the wire. Finally, Nic has had a part in the installation of a security sandbox to reverse malicious code, engineering a solution to shut down automatically executing office files, and volunteering to present to the point of contacts regarding security.

Again, congratulations and thank you all for your efforts and for all the years of dedication of service to the State—BIT looks forward to many more!

BIT’s Biggest Loser Competition & Results!

A group of BIT employees took a step toward a healthier lifestyle with the Biggest Loser 8 Week Weight Loss Challenge. This round of BIT’s Biggest Loser challenge was scored on total percentage of weight lost and consisted of 13 BIT employees:

  • Andy Ogan
  • Apryl Conley
  • Bobbi Huck
  • Brandy McBride
  • Brian Oakland 
  • Dan Maxfield
  • Denny Nincehelser
  • Dino Brooks
  • Ellen Ludemann
  • JC Conley
  • Jeff Pierce
  • Lindsay Beckwith (DSS)
  • Ryan Ogan
  • Todd Hansen (BHR)
  • Twyla Millin

For many, the challenge included increasing their exercise, creating healthier eating habits and surrounding themselves with others working toward the same goal. Weight loss can be difficult, and each day we are faced with real-life temptation that we have to overcome. BIT is extremely proud of these individuals who took on the challenge—congratulations to each and every one of you!

BIT’s Biggest Loser was…(drumroll, please)… DINO BROOKS! Dino lost a total of 16.36% of his weight and gained $200 in his pocket! Below are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishers as well as their percentage lost and money earned.

2nd Place: Ryan Ogan, -10.38%, +$80 

3rd Place: Denny Nincehelser, -10.37%, +$40 

4th Place: Jeff Pierce, -5.96%, +$20

Congratulations to you all and best of luck continuing on with a positive attitude and a healthy lifestyle!

*A special thanks goes out to Brandy McBride for organizing and running the competition for BIT!*

Life Outside BIT: Keith Byer

Many of us have our favorite chocolate treats that we can’t seem to turn down.  This time of year we can find those little Reese’s Peanut Butter eggs that are on all the stores’ shelves for Easter.  Last month it was the heart-shaped boxes of scrumptious bite-size treats.  Of course, you may have your go-to candy bar from the vending machine, and the list goes on.  If you can relate, you might be a chocolate lover.  To all the chocolate lovers out there, today let’s skip the store-bought candy and focus on a homemade specialty straight from the heart of Keith Byer.

While attending a winemaking conference in Denver in 2007, Keith was introduced to pairing chocolate with wine.  He was amazed how one could consume two dissimilar goodies and experience something completely different.  The idea of making chocolate on a micro-scale began to intrigue him; unfortunately Keith found there was very little information available on the subject of making chocolate.  Even the logistics of ingredient acquisition proved to be difficult because cacao beans are typically sold by the railcar.  It took the next five years before he gained adequate knowledge, ingredient sources, and enough longevity check money stuffed away to assemble the equipment necessary to produce his first chocolate.  It was March of 2013 that Byer’s Bean-to-Bar micro chocolate factory was born.  From the start he stood apart from many others by purchasing fair trade/organic ingredients when possible in an attempt to create a socially responsible product.  To Keith’s surprise, his first batch of white chocolate created was actually edible… and the rest is history!
Byer’s Bean-to-Bar Goals:
• Produce a world-class chocolate right here in the Dakotas.
• Advocate for organic chocolate made from raw materials produced by slave-free labor practices (a.k.a. Fair Trade).
• Provide chocolate for fundraising efforts to those suffering with terminal/chronic illness or significant loss.  
The below will help you understand the chocolate-making process that Keith uses to create his specialties!

The above picture depicts the unit that roasts the sorted raw beans in a rotating cage.  The almond-sized beans are sanitized with high heat which allows for easy separation of husk from the nib. Check out the video of bean roasting in action!

Commercial food processor coupled with a vacuum assisted winnowing apparatus that separates the lighter outer husk material from the inner nib of the bean. The husk-free nibs are then cracked/crushed into coffee ground sized bits which are readily transformed into flowing chocolate. Watch the video here!
The below picture is a granite stone grinder/mixer where cacao nibs, sugar, vanilla beans and cocoa butter are crushed and continually refined to practical size of 30 microns or less over a 24-72 hour window.  Particles over 30 microns make the chocolate taste gritty.  The particle size needs to be less than 30 microns for the chocolate to feel smooth on the tongue.  Whole milk is an optional ingredient, and when added the result is milk chocolate.  Find the video of this process here! It looks delicious! 
The next step is completed with a tempering machine.  The tempering machine melts aged blocks of chocolate and passes it through a controlled set of temperature changes.  This process conveys the snap and shine that we have come to expect from a finished bar of chocolate.  The liquid mass is almost ready to be poured into molds in this video!
Keith then takes the tempered chocolate and deposits the desired amount into each mold.  The chocolate bars are allowed to cool and harden.  After cooling, the finished bars are now ready to be enjoyed! (Video)
Part of the fun of this chocolate adventure is involving BIT coworkers in Keith’s craft.  Over time he has identified several BIT employees who have composed his low-tech tasting team.  They have sensitive palates and appreciate of all types of chocolate from white to very dark.  They are not afraid to voice their opinions.  
Bonnie Bauder, Andy Ogan, Bobbi Huck, Tony Rae and Brent Dowling are the founders whose taste buds have boldly guided his operation since its inception.  It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it, and they are always looking for new talent!  Fun Fact:  A woman’s ability to smell, and therefore taste, is much stronger than a man’s!

Most folk don’t know that Miguel Penaranda is a commercial graphic artist by training, and he has led Keith through the steps of developing a logo.

Linda Plett has a creative eye for decorating and has given many valuable pointers on how to make chocolate more eye-appealing and presentable.

John Malfero’s son Brant loves milk chocolate, but has many food allergies and sensitivities.  John tasked Keith to create a chocolate Brant can tolerate.   Keith was hoping that his recent soy milk chocolate project would fill the need, but Brant is sensitive to soy, too.  Recently Keith created the sweetest semi-sweet chocolate possible with his micro bean-to-bar system and Brant found it to be enjoyable.

In his day job, Keith Byer has been a BIT employee since 1995.  He has been involved in administering the core email infrastructure through five different versions.  Thanks to successful efforts by Keith and others, BIT is currently running Exchange 2010 serving roughly 8,350 mailboxes.

Longevity Recognition in January

BIT recognizes staff in honor of their outstanding performance and dedication to our agency, state government and the citizens of South Dakota. Below is a list of those BIT employees that were recognized for longevity in the month of January. Congratul…

BIT Development Team adds a New Member to their Team

Dan Roggenbuck

Please give Dan Roggenbuck a warm welcome as he joins Development Team 1 A as a Software Engineer!

As a Software Engineer, Dan’s duties include developing software applications using C#.NET, VB.NET and ASP.NET. Before joining the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications team, he spent the last two years as a Java Developer at Eagle Creek Software Services.

On a more personal level, Dan and his wife, Robin, have been married for over 14 years. Together they have three children (15, 10, 5) which keep them very busy! In his spare time he enjoys reading, fishing and playing games with his children.

Welcome to the BIT team, Dan. We look forward to spending time working beside you and learning more about you in the future!

New BIT Employee: Ryan Ogan

Ryan Ogan has joined the BIT Project Management Office! As a project manager, Ryan will be responsible for overseeing and directing projects to ensure they are carried out and completed effectively using advanced project management methods.

Ryan Ogan

Born and raised in Pierre, he and his wife, Nicole, moved back after graduating from Black Hills State University—eleven years later they are still here, now with the addition of two sons. Ryan has worked in I/T for over 15 years in many capacities from desktop support, server/systems administration, networking/network security to project management.  He recently left the SD Board of Regents to join the BIT team after working there for over 10 years. Because of its ever changing tendencies, there is rarely a dull moment in the field of I/T which is why Ryan enjoys it so much.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, riding motorcycles and trying to keep tabs on professional football.  He has been a diehard Washington Redskins fan for many years.

All of BIT looks forward to working beside you and getting to know you better. Welcome to the team, Ryan!

BIT Employee Achieves Executive Master Degree

In 2010, Kari Stulken was among fifteen other executive staff selected to participate in the State of South Dakota’s Leadership Development Program Cohort #6.  Throughout each leadership program cohort, participants complete five graduate level courses to earn the South Dakota Government Leadership certificate through the University of South Dakota.  After earning her leadership certificate in 2011, Kari chose to continue on the path for a master’s degree.  This goal required an additional seven graduate level courses, lots of studying in the evenings, and several term papers.  The courses she took on her own were offered online through USD’s graduate school.  Others from BIT that have completed the program in the past include Tony Rae and Deanne Booth.

Kari obtained the Executive Master in Public Administration degree this month during the University of South Dakota’s winter commencement exercises.  Kari greatly appreciates all the support and encouragement her coworkers, family, and friends provided her during her journey to accomplish her goal.

Kari is the manager of the Project Management Office in Pierre. Her main duties include supervising the diverse staff assigned to the PMO team as well as managing select technology projects.

Additional Information:
Capital University Center has recently begun offering hybrid courses in Pierre for both the Executive Master in Public Administration and Master in Science Administrative Studies degrees.  Please contact the CUC at 773-2160 for more information.

New BIT Employee: Wayne Wayt

Wayne Wayt is a new member of the Telecommunications Network Technologies division as a Technology Engineer II. Wayne will be working on a variety of network tasks, starting in the K12 and wireless infrastructure.

He has his Master’s degree in Computer Information Security as well as CCNA and CCNA Security certifications and has been working in the I/T field for the past five years. Helping other individuals is the main reason he got into the Networking field in the first place. Wayne enjoys finding solutions to technical problems and projects that expand his knowledge for troubleshooting and solving network issues. Outside of work he likes to spend time with friends playing video games and watching movies. Wayne’s overall philosophy is that life should be fun and enjoyed!

Welcome to the BIT team, Wayne!