Lindsey Hamlin, M.B.A
Hamlin is the Director for Continuing and Distance Education at South Dakota State University where she provides strategic leadership and direction for the growth of the division by overseeing service operations and marketing for over 40 online programs; professional development programs, workshops, & certificates; High School Dual Credit; and various other initiatives. Hamlin received an M.B.A. from Florida Atlantic University and completed Harvard Business School’s HBX CORe, Leading with Finance, and Disruptive Strategy. She is an MBTI Certified Practitioner, Step I and Step II Instruments, and coaches individuals and teams on how to effectively utilize their personality type to enhance leadership development, team building, communication, and change management.
Kendra Kattelmann, Ph.D., RDV, LN, FAND
Kendra Kattelmann, Ph.D., RDN, LN, FAND is a Distinguished Professor and Department Head of Health and Nutritional Sciences at South Dakota State University. She has been a registered dietitian since 1978 and served in the U.S. Military and practiced in the private sector prior to starting her academic career at South Dakota State University in 1997. Kendra has had numerous management and leadership roles throughout her career. Prior to assuming the Department Head duties, she was the Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics responsible for curriculum and program management of 100 plus students. She was also successful in obtaining and managing large research projects including management of large hospital food service operations. Kendra also completed a successful military career retiring as a Colonel. One of her numerous positions during her Army career was an instructor for Intermediate Leadership Course (formerly known as the Command and General Staff College) focusing on concepts of management and leadership development. Additionally while in the military she collaborated in the establishment of the Army’s masters dietetic internship program.
Andrea Kieckhefer, Manager, Creative Services and Branding, SDSU
Andrea Kieckhefer has been the manager of creative services and branding at South Dakota State University since 2011. She has been with the university since 2005, serving as the news editor and later as the publications editor for University Marketing and Communications.
Kieckhefer serves as a point of contact for internal and external stakeholders seeking leadership and assistance with brand and marketing-related activities. She manages the university’s Graphic Identity Manual and maintains vendor relations and approves artwork for all apparel and merchandise as it pertains to the university’s Trademark and Licensing Program.
Before returning to her alma mater, Kieckhefer worked for Grit and Capper’s magazines in Topeka, Kan., starting as an assistant editor and eventually moving to managing editor before being named editor-in-chief.
A native of Brandon, S.D., Kieckhefer earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from SDSU in 1999. Following graduation, she worked for The Associated Press in Pierre covering the South Dakota Legislative session and then went to work for the Tri-State Neighbor in Sioux Falls as the special sections editor.
Troy Leonard, Trademark Attorney, Woods Fuller
Troy Leonard has been practicing law for over 30 years and has decades of experience as a trademark attorney. His clients turn to his knowledge for concerns such as domestic and international trademark clearance, prosecution and enforcement, brand development and management, trademark infringement counseling, domain name issues, and licensing matters.
Leonard is responsible for more than 2000 trademark applications and registrations in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Recognized by “Best Lawyers in America” for his Intellectual Property and Trademark Law work, Leonard also belongs to the International Trademark Association (INTA). He is the former chair of the Intellectual Property Committee for the South Dakota State Bar as well as the firm’s intellectual property practice group.
Mike Lockrem, Director, University Marketing and Communications, SDSU
Mike Lockrem began his duties as Director of University Marketing and Communications at South Dakota State University in December 2009.
He has worked for more than 25 years as a communications and marketing specialist in higher education, with private and publicly-traded companies and nonprofit organizations. Prior to SDSU, Lockrem served as the corporate communications manager for VeraSun Energy, the world’s largest ethanol producer at the time.
A native of Billings, Mont., Lockrem earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Montana and a master’s degree in applied kinesiology with a certificate in sports management from the University of Minnesota.
He also worked as the director of athletic communications for the University of Minnesota and held the position of commissioner of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Lockrem moved to South Dakota in 2006 where he began his corporate experience as the director of public relations for POET Companies in Sioux Falls.
Jill Thorngren, Ph.D.
Jill Thorngren, Ph.D., is Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences at South Dakota State University. She is a Professor of Counseling and is licensed as a clinical professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, and a certified executive coach. In addition to academia, Jill has worked in private practice for over 23 years counseling and coaching couples, families, individuals, and leaders. She is certified in the Hogan Assessment system, Profile XT Assessment system, and has Level I and Level II certification in Making Change Happen and Leading Change in High Stakes from the Kantor Institute and Dialogix, Ltd in Boston, MA.
Jill’s expertise is in systems work, which she has applied to organizational and leadership development. Her Context, People, Relationship approach recognizes each component of the system as a possible leverage point for change. She is adept at empowering team members and facilitating clear communication across teams with the overall goal of aligning team members with the direction and goals of their organization and brand.