Staff

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Lynne Keller Forbes, Executive Director

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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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Jessica Evans, Associate Director

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As Associate Director, 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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Barb Berg, Closing Officer

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

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Betty Gates, Paraprofessional Bookkeeper

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Darla Groeneveld, Loan Assistant

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As a Loan Assistant, Darla provides administrative support for the SBA 504 Loan Program through DBF and SEDF's Regional Revolving Loan Fund. Darla brings with her 14 years of banking experience in operations and loan servicing.

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LaJena Gruis, Servicing Analyst

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As a Servicing Analyst, LaJena 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. She is also responsible for liquidation and post-debenture purchase workouts.

LaJena holds an Associates in Accounting from Southeastern Technical College. She has extensive experience with the SBA 504 loan program. LaJena started with SECOG in April 2021. 

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Jenna Lequire, Administrative Assistant

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Primarily responsible for the administrative support of the staff of SECOG, the SBA 504 loan program through Dakota BUSINESS Finance and the South Eastern Development Foundation’s regional revolving loan fund.

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Daniel Park, Loan Officer

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As a  Loan Officer, Dan is responsible for marketing, underwriting, and packaging loans for Dakota BUSINESS Finance and the South Eastern Development Foundation

Dan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agri-Business from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD.  Daniel has worked the last 30 years in a community bank and is a licensed insurance agent and real estate broker. Previous to holding this position Dan was the Servicing Analyst with SECOG for five years.

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Jenny Skinner, Credit Analyst

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Jenny's duties involve assisting with closing loans and servicing the Dakota BUSINESS Finance and SEDF portfolios.  Jenny holds an Associate’s degree in Financial Services from Southeast Technical Institute and brings with her over 21 years of banking experience.

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Trisha Viss, Senior Loan Officer

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As a Senior Loan Officer, Trisha is responsible for marketing, underwriting, and packaging loans for Dakota BUSINESS Finance and the South Eastern Development Foundation.

Trisha is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council. She earned a Bachelor degree in business administration with concentrations in finance and marketing from Northwestern College and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Sioux Falls.

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Sydney Waltner, Loan Assistant

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As a Loan Assistant, Sydney provides administrative support for the SBA 504 Loan Program through DBF and SEDF's Regional Revolving Loan Fund. Sydney recently graduated from Southeast Technical College with an Associates degree in Accounting.