Staff

Lynne

Lynne Keller Forbes

Executive Director

Lynne Keller Forbes serves as Executive Director of Dakota BUSINESS Finance, the South Eastern Development Foundation, and the South Eastern Council of Governments (SECOG).  Lynne has served as Director of SECOG since 2001 and led the organization's efforts to create the South Eastern Development Foundation and Dakota BUSINESS Finance.

Lynne is a Certified Economic and Housing Development Professional through the National Development Council.  She has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from St. Leo College, St. Leo, FL and a Juris Doctorate Law Degree from the University of South Dakota.

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Aspen Ducheneaux

Closing Officer

As a Closing Officer, Aspen is responsible for assisting with and closing business loans financed through Dakota BUSINESS Finance and the South Eastern Development Foundation.

Aspen received her bachelor of science degree from the University of South Dakota and was previously employed by Sanford Health.

Jessica

Jessica Evans

Associate Director

As Senior Loan Officer, Jessica is responsible for marketing, underwriting, and packaging loans for Dakota BUSINESS Finance and the South Eastern Development Foundation. Jessica's previous experience includes commercial lending with a national bank and economic development for a municipal government.

Jessica is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree from St. Cloud State University, a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics degree from the University of North Dakota and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Dakota.

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Haley Henrichs

Loan Assistant

As a Loan Assistant, Haley is responsible for assisting with closing and servicing business loans financed through Dakota BUSINESS Finance and the South Eastern Development Foundation.

Haley received her Bachelors degree in Communication Studies and Political Science from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA. She has a background in consumer lending and mortuary science.

 

Dan

Daniel Park

Servicing Analyst

As a Servicing Analyst, Daniel is responsible for working with SECOG staff, lenders, and business owners to service business loans financed through Dakota BUSINESS Finance and the South Eastern Development Foundation. He is also responsible for liquidation and post-debenture purchase workouts.

Daniel received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agri-Business from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD.  He has also completed the Economic Development Finance Professional Certification Program through the National Development Council. Daniel has worked the last 30 years in a community bank and is a licensed insurance agent and real estate broker.

Trisha

Trisha Viss

Senior Loan Officer

As a Loan Officer, Trisha is responsible for marketing, underwriting, and packaging loans for Dakota BUSINESS Finance. She also markets and underwrites loans financed through the South Eastern Development Foundation. Prior to joining SECOG, she worked in commercial lending and commercial insurance.

Trisha is a Certified Economic Development Finance  and Housing Development Professional through the National Development Council. She earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Sioux Falls.