Cabinet


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 Jeff Vonk

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   •   Secretary Doneen Hollingsworth

Human Services   •   Secretary Gloria Pearson

Administration   •   Commissioner Paul Kinsman

Revenue   •   Secretary Andy Gerlach

Tribal Relations   •   Secretary Leroy "J.R." LaPlante

Veterans Affairs   •   Secretary Larry Zimmerman

Staff


Dusty Johnson - Chief of Staff

Kim Malsam-Rysdon - Senior Advisor

Tony Venhuizen - Director of Policy and Communications

Jim Seward - General Counsel

Matt Konenkamp - Policy Advisor

Kim Olson - Policy Advisor

Nathan Sanderson - Policy Advisor

Jim Soyer - Legislative Director

Laura Ringling - Policy Analyst

Patrick Weber - Policy Analyst

Doreen Kayser - Scheduler

Kelsey Pritchard - Assistant Director of Communications

Grace Kessler - Constituent Services

Kris Erickson - Correspondence Manager

Amy Mancuso - Executive Assistant

Monica Harding - Executive Assistant

Nila Novotny - Executive Assistant

Judy Swartz - Administrative Assistant

Kristie Hauck - Receptionist

Marty Davis - Human Resources Director

Linda Fridley - Residence Manager

Biographies




Larry Zimmerman












Secretary Larry Zimmerman   •   Veterans Affairs


Larry D. Zimmerman became the first Secretary of the SD Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary effective January 9, 2013.

As the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Zimmerman will serve over seventy thousand veterans within the borders of South Dakota. Zimmerman plans a new vision and mission statement to kick things off with his department. The focus will be his vision statement of “Voices for Veterans.” Zimmerman will spend the majority of his time visiting veterans, veteran service organizations, and working with legislative issues for their causes.

Secretary Zimmerman attended high school in his hometown of Belle Fourche, South Dakota. He graduated from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Organizational Management. During his military education Secretary Zimmerman attended many schools including the Sergeants Major Academy.

Prior to being selected as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in South Dakota, he served as the State Command Sergeant Major; he also served as Postmaster in Spearfish, Pierre and Sturgis. His career in the U.S. Postal Service spanned 35 years and he held many positions in western South Dakota. Secretary Zimmerman retired from the Post Office on February 1, 2009.

Zimmerman served 29 years in the South Dakota National Guard, retiring in January of 2013. He completed a tour in Afghanistan (OEF) as the Operations Sergeant Major for the nine Northern provinces in that country. Prior to this post, he served as Command Sergeant Major in both the 109th Regional Support Group in Rapid City, South Dakota and the 109th Engineer Battalion in Sturgis along with numerous other positions within the Army Guard. Zimmerman was Active Duty Army from 1973 to 1976 in the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, CO.

Secretary Zimmerman is married to Dyann and they have three daughters, Misty, Crisha, and Lanna, and five grandchildren.

DECORATIONS AND AWARDS:
Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/star,
Army Commendation Medal w/1 OLC, Army Achievement Medal w/ 1 OLC
Army Good Conduct Medal, Reserve Component Achievement Medal 5th Award
National Defense 3rd Award, Non Art 5 NATO ISAF Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon w/4
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon
Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/ M device and 20 Year
SD Distinguished Service Award
SD Recruiting Ribbon
SD Service Medal
SD Desert Storm Ribbon