Finance & Management   •   Commissioner Jason Dilges

Economic Development  •   Commissioner Pat Costello

Tourism   •   Secretary Jim Hagen

Agriculture   •   Secretary Lucas Lentsch

Labor and Regulation   •   Secretary Marcia Hultman

Game, Fish, and Parks   •   Secretary Kelly Hepler

Environment and Natural Resources   •   Secretary Steve Pirner

Corrections   •   Secretary Denny Kaemingk

Military   •   Adjutant General Tim Reisch

Public Safety   •   Secretary Trevor Jones

Transportation   •   Secretary Darin Bergquist

Housing Development Authority   •   Executive Director Mark Lauseng

Education   •   Secretary Melody Schopp

Information Technology   •   Commissioner David Zolnowsky

Human Resources   •   Commissioner Laurie Gill

Social Services   •   Secretary Lynne Valenti

Health   •   Kim Malsam-Rysdon - Senior Advisor

Human Services   •   Secretary Gloria Pearson

Administration   •   Interim Commissioner Jeff Holden

Revenue   •   Secretary Andy Gerlach

Tribal Relations   •   Secretary Steve Emery

Veterans Affairs   •   Secretary Larry Zimmerman



Tony Venhuizen - Chief of Staff

Nathan Sanderson - Director of Policy and Operations

Jim Seward - General Counsel

Matt Konenkamp - Policy Advisor

Liza Clark - Policy Advisor

Patrick Weber - Deputy Policy Advisor

Kelsey Smith - Deputy Policy Advisor

Doreen Kayser - Scheduler

Kelsey Pritchard - Director of Communications

Grace Kessler - Policy Analyst

Morgan Ness - Executive Assistant

Sadie Stevens - Constituent Services

Kris Erickson - Executive Assistant

Monica Harding - Executive Assistant

Morgan Ness - Executive Assistant

Judy Swartz - Administrative Assistant

Kristie Hauck - Receptionist

Travis Dovre - Human Resources Director

Linda Fridley - Residence Manager


Tony Venhuizen


Tony Venhuizen

Tony Venhuizen serves as Chief of Staff and is a member of the Governor’s Executive Committee. Prior to his current role, Tony spent five years on the Board of Regents, served as Campaign Manager on the 2010 Daugaard for Governor campaign, and served in Governor's Office as Director of Policy and Communications.

Tony, a 2001 graduate of Armour High School, went on to earn a History and Political Science degree at SDSU, where he was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Tony pursued his post-graduate work at The University of South Dakota, where he earned his JD from the School of Law.

Tony and his wife Sara, an electrical engineer, live in Pierre and have two children, Henry and Elizabeth. Tony serves on the Trail of Governors advisory board and enjoys studying the history of South Dakota governors. He also enjoys studying US History, in particular the American Presidency, and is a self-described Winston Churchill enthusiast. Tony's hobbies include reading, watching The West Wing and James Bond films, and following the Green Bay Packers and Nebraska Cornhuskers.