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New Employee Jordan Block

Jordan Block has recently joined BIT as a Software Engineer.  

Jordan grew up in Sioux Falls, SD before leaving to serve in the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne) in the United States Army at Fort Bragg, NC. After  four years at Fort Bragg he spent another year in Balad, Iraq as a defense contractor for the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force for the Arabian Peninsula.  

Upon completing his tour, Jordan returned to South Dakota to complete his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Dakota State University.  Jordan has a range of hobbies including fishing, shooting, and video games. 

Welcome to the team Jordan, BIT is lucky to have you!

New Employee Danielle Guthrie

Danielle Guthrie has recently joined BIT as a Software Engineer in the Development division 

She moved to Pierre with her husband and two children from Brookings, SD. She attended South Dakota State University where she majored in political science and minored in geography. Danielle went on to obtain her masters in geography with a minor in GIS.  

While completing her master’s degree, Danielle was able to partake in various activities.  Some of the unique activities included the following: 
  • Studied abroad in Senegal. 

  • Conducted research in Romania on the effects of EU membership in Romania and its geopolitical importance. 

  • Taught and planned a physical geography lab.  

  • Presented at several national and regional conferences.  

  • 2013 International Seminar in Romania 

  • 2014 Association of American Geographers Conference  

  • 2015 SDSU Geography Convention  

In addition, Danielle enjoys a range of hobbies such as needle crafts, video games, cooking/baking, and being a lifelong learner. 

Welcome to BIT Danielle, we are excited to have you!

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!

Please Welcome Jessica Fosheim!

Another new face around the office is Jessica Fosheim. 


Jessica Fosheim has recently joined BIT as a Software Engineer. She will be focusing on web development initially and ultimately working with back end coding and SQL coding as well. Jessica Fosheim grew up on a farm in the Winner, SD area. After high school, she attended Dakota State University in Madison, SD. She majored in Digital Arts and Design emphasizing in Computer Graphics, with minors in both photography and art. Jessica graduated Summa Cum Laude in May of 2013. After graduation, she worked as a graphic artist at the Winner newspaper.  In the fall of 2014, Jessica moved to Pierre to live with her then fiancé and commuted to Winner. In February, Jessica accepted a position at Damon Law Office in Pierre, SD. In June of this year, she upgraded her status from Ms. to Mrs. by marrying Bryce Fosheim, who is a member of BIT Development Team 6. Jessica started with BIT Development Team 1 on July 9th.
Welcome to the team Jessica, BIT is happy to have you! 

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.

New Employee Joins Development Team 1

Please give Curtis Conner a warm welcome as he joins Development Team 1 as a Software Engineer!

As a Software Engineer, Curtis’s duties include developing software applications using C#.NET, VB.NET and ASP.NET, along with providing support to BHR. Before joining the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications team, he spent a little over a year as a consultant at Eagle Creek Software Services here in Pierre and before that he spent a year as an Intern Programmer/Analyst at Resource Data Inc. in Anchorage, Alaska.

Curtis graduated at the top of his class from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor in Computer Science and a Minor in Computer Systems Engineering, receiving the Outstanding Computer Science Graduate Award. He and his wife, Cristine, have been married for nearly 9 years and have a daughter who will be turning 1 in March. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, fishing, and hunting.

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

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!

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!