Our Team


State Staff

Brock Rops
State Advisor

  

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Mr. Brock Rops is the Deputy Director for South Dakota Area Health Education Center and Executive Director for South Dakota HOSA-Future Health Professionals. Mr. Rops has been involved as a leader in education for 22 years. He has a passion for inspiring and instilling confidence in students as they begin to get more engaged in their pursuits as future health professionals. Mr. Rops believes the South Dakota HOSA program will answer students' questions regarding careers in health care and the pathway involved to getting there.

Outside of his duties as the SD HOSA State Advisor, Mr. Rops enjoys spending time with his wife Nancy, who is an OBGYN nurse, and two kids Finely(9) and Sutton (7). He relaxes by enjoying a round of golf or a game of basketball.

State Officers

Cheraye Arcoren
State President

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Hello friends! My name is Cheraye Arcoren and I am your 2021-22 South Dakota HOSA President. This year I hope to use my HOSA position to connect with members, increase membership and give everyone a voice. I am currently in my fourth year of HOSA and I am so excited for this new year! I am also involved in volleyball, cheer, oral interpretation, chess and so much more. After high school I am planning on attending college and following a pre-med track.

Meredith Guggenmos
President-Elect

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My name is Meredith Guggenmos, and I am currently a junior at Brandon Valley High School. I will be serving as South Dakota's HOSA president-elect this year. I have been involved in HOSA since my sophomore year of high school. I love all the opportunities HOSA has to offer! Through HOSA, It has been so fun to interact with others wanting to pursue a career in the health sciences. After high school, I plan to pursue a career in Nursing. I'm so excited to see what HOSA has to offer this year!

Olivia Allen
Secretary/Reporter

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I am a rank leader for the Lincoln High School Color Guard after auditioning this March. Also, I am the director for Flag Worship over the State for the Church of God in Christ. I was also chosen to be a Girls State Delegate ALA and, while I was there, I was one of two Keynote Speakers chosen. I am also a proud Secretary and Reporter for HOSA. I also enjoy volunteering at my Church and being a part of NHS.

Lucy Farley
Social Media Historian

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Hello everyone! My name is Lucy Farley and I am the 21-22 Social Media and Historian. I am a Senior at Beresford High School and I am involved in Cross Country, Dance, Cheer, Track, Student Council, Choir, Band and numerous other school organizations. Some of my hobbies include traveling, riding my bike, hanging out with friends and listening to music. I am looking forward to a great year!

Brianna Zimny
Treasurer

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I am a senior at Beresford High School and South Dakota HOSA's 2020-2021 treasurer. LI aim to learn more about the medical fields and what they have to offer. I joined HOSA my junior year and is incredibly glad I did. Being part of HOSA has changed the way I think about my future. I plan on pursuing a career in surgery.
Outside of HOSA, I am involved in National Honor Society, volleyball, and Spanish club. I also love helping people in need.

Kaylee Bosma
Parliamentarian

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Hello, My name is Kaylee Bosma! I am the 2021-2022 state Parliamentarian and a senior at Lennox High School. When not engaging in HOSA, you can find me staying busy with Band, FFA, National Honor Society, Oral Interp, Speech and Debate, and Theater. In my free time, I enjoy 'geeking' out over parliamentary procedure, telling horrible puns, and reading. Looking forward, I hope we can be like this year's national theme and "shatter all expectations!

Board of Directors

Dr. Amy Bialas
Academic Affairs-Sanford Health

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Like many HOSA students, Amy Bialas solidified her interest in healthcare after taking Health Careers I & II in high school. Dr. Bialas is the executive director of medical education for Sanford Health and also an assistant professor within the department of family medicine at the Sanford School of Medicine. A Sioux Falls native, Dr. Bialas has worked in healthcare since 2001. Dr. Bialas had the pleasure of attending the 2011 HOSA National Conference in California, and was convinced that HOSA would inspire South Dakota students to pursue careers in healthcare.

Dr. Susan Anderson
Family Physician-Sanford Health

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Susan Anderson has been a family physician for 13 years. She is Vice-Chairman and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. She is the Director of the Frontier And Rural Medicine Program, the medical school's rural track. She has been active in teaching since she was a medical student and resident. She lives in Canistota, SD and has an outreach clinic in the community and also serves as the medical director of the long-term care facility. She regularly participates in educational activities at the Canistota Public School.

Dr. Pam Hilber
Director Workforce Planning, Avera Health

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Pam Hilber, PhD, is a 15 year Avera employee. She originally joined Avera as a Psychologist in the Behavioral Health segment of their services. She was then trained and prepared for leadership through Avera's informal and formal staff/leadership development programs. 6 ½ years ago she was named the Director of Workforce Planning for the Avera system. Essentially, this includes securing an adequate workforce to allow for Avera's mission into the future.

JR LaPlante
Director of Tribal Relations - Avera Health

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JR LaPlante is the Director of Tribal Relations for Avera Health where he serves as primary contact for area tribal governments and the Indian Health Services. He is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and is a 2009 graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law, with an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn. JR was formerly the State of South Dakota's first Secretary of Tribal Relations, an Assistant United States Attorney, a tribal court judge, an Equal Justice Works/Americorps Legal Fellow, and a Bush Foundation Native Nation Rebuilder.

Josh Hall
Principal at Sioux Falls CTE Academy

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Mr. Josh Hall is the Principal of the Career and Technical Education Academy in the Sioux Falls School District. Prior to his current position, Josh served as Assistant Superintendent (Sioux Falls School District), Middle School Principal (Sioux Falls School District), Middle School Assistant Principal (Sioux Falls School District), and Career and Technical Education Teacher (Rapid City, Brandon Valley, and Sioux Falls).

Josh earned his Bachelor's Degree (BSED) from Black Hills State University; Master's Degree in education (MSCI) from Black Hills State University; and Educational Specialist Degree (Ed. S.) in Secondary School Administration from the University of South Dakota. Josh also earned his School Superintendent certification through the University of South Dakota.

Outside of work, Mr. Hall enjoys spending time with his wife Heather, who is a Special Education teacher, and his three children Carter (13), Berklee (8), and Hadlee (2). Josh also enjoys golfing when he gets an opportunity to do so.

KRISTIN LARSON
Southeast Region Career Development Specialist- CTE

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Kristin Larson is a Career Development Specialist with the South Dakota Department of Education, Career and Technical Education Program. In this role she supports the career and college readiness programming for over 30 schools in the southeast region of the state. She is also the statewide career cluster specialist for Health Sciences and Information Technology and the state specialist for K-12 Work-Based Learning (WBL) programs. Before joining the Department of Education, Kristin worked for nearly a decade in K-12 classrooms teaching both CTE and core content classes. Prior to this she worked in human resources, recruiting, and adult training and development in the private sector. She has Bachelor's Degrees in HRM and Secondary Education and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration. Kristin is married with a daughter and lives in Harrisburg, South Dakota, where she also serves on the local Planning & Zoning and Parks & Recreation Boards.

Josie Petersen
South Dakota Healthcare Workforce Center

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Josie Petersen is the Manager of the South Dakota Healthcare Workforce Center which is a part of the South Dakota Department of Health, Office of Rural Health. She oversees numerous programs including workforce development projects, the Healthcare Workforce Report, recommendations from the Governor's Primary Care Task Force, South Dakota Healthcare Workforce Initiative newsletters, and Emergency Medical Services leadership trainings. Prior to this work, Josie was the Primary Care Program Coordinator and has expertise in areas such as healthcare recruitment programs, federal healthcare designations, and community assessments. Josie graduated from the University of South Dakota. She enjoys living in Pierre with her husband and two children.

Tom Schmidt
First Premier Bankcard Vice President - Credit Services

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Tom has been involved in business for over 30 years. Twenty-eight of those years have been spent in supervision and managerial positions. Tom is a proactive advocate on multiple boards. He is passionate towards giving time to the common cause. One, in which HOSA, obviously, belongs.

Corryn Gabbert
Associate Director - YR AHEC

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Corryn Gabbert, MPH, is the Associate Director of Community Programs for the Yankton Rural Area Health Education Center (YRAHEC). At YRAHEC, her responsibilities include engaging students in the K-12 health careers pipeline, engaging community organizations and members in workforce development, and organizing continuing education opportunities for health professionals. Along with her AHEC work, Corryn is the Marketing Specialist for the National AHEC Organization's CDC funded HPV Immunization Project and works with organizations across the nation to promote HPV vaccination and provider education.
Corryn is a graduate of the University of South Dakota twice over (B.S. Health Sciences, 2014 & Master of Public Health, 2017) and is one of USD's 30 under 30 Alumni. She enjoys living in South Dakota and working with a wide range of engaged health professionals.

Mikayla Titus
Associate Director of Community Programs - NE SD AHEC

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Mikayla Titus is the Associate Director of Community Programs for Northeast South Dakota Area Health Education Center, NESD AHEC. Her role with NESD AHEC works to get youth interested in health occupations, secondary students interested in rural healthcare, and educational resources to rural communities. She has a passion for working towards sustainable health solutions for underserved areas which can be seen in her efforts with NESD AHEC for the rural and underserved communities in South Dakota.

Mikayla received her Bachelor of Science in Health Administration and Policy from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She has a multidimensional understanding of health through her work and volunteer experiences. She enjoys giving back to her community by volunteering with various organizations in the Aberdeen community.

Cassi Severson
Associate Director of Programs West River AHEC

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Cassi Severson is the Associate Director of Programs for the West River Area Health Education Center (WRAHEC). She currently serves the populations of western South Dakota with programs focused in K-12 health career exploration, post-secondary continuing education in rural and underserved population health, and community outreach and engagement. Prior to her role at WRAHEC, Cassi worked in various positions devoted to college & career readiness and student success at local institutions including South Dakota Mines, SDSU College of Nursing, and Western Dakota Technical College. She enjoys working with students of all ages and interests to help them find their individualized pathway into a healthcare career. She is passionate about making health science programs accessible and attainable for students of all backgrounds. Cassi graduated from South Dakota State University with a bachelor's and master's degree in education, focusing on counseling and student development.

Carletta Hauck
Executive Director- SD Academy of Family Physicians