Lieutenant Colonel Heather Beaner
U.S. Air Force Lawyer and Farmer
Lieutenant Colonel Heather Beaner is a Reserve Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force and a farmer near Mellette in northeastern South Dakota. After serving as a military attorney on active duty for 12 years, she transferred to the Reserves in 2011 and moved home to take over her father’s 2,300 acre farming operation. While her husband has a full-time non-farm job in town, Heather manages the corn and soybean farm, conducts the input buying and grain marketing, does all the planting and harvesting, and tries to keep up with their 4-year-old son. She is also an active volunteer, including serving on the board of directors at the regional domestic violence shelter, delegate for the local grain cooperative, American Legion and Auxiliary leadership, and her church worship coordinator.
Sister Pam Donelan
Presentation Sister/ Executive Director of Mission for Presentation College
Sister Pam Donelan is the Executive Director of Mission at Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Sister Pam has been in education and leadership for over 45 years. She taught English and Communication in high school and she was Dean of Students at Presentation College. During that time, she was also an adjunct faculty member teaching Communication and Theater classes. Presentation College Ice Cream Theatre founded under her leadership as an artistic director. Sister Pam, a Presentation Sister of the Blessed Virgin Mary, served as a member of the Presentation Sister Leadership Team and was the President of the Presentation Sister Congregation of Women Religious for eight years. Her religious background is in program development, facilitation and worldwide travel. Sister Pam recently celebrated her 50th jubilee as a Presentation Sister.
Sister Pam will tell you she has a passion for education, leadership and being a Presentation Sister. She can speak from her experience about what works in education and leadership and how to overcome obstacles in a work environment. She is an alumnus of Presentation College, College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota and University of North Dakota. Earning B.A degree in Communication and Theatre and a M.A. degree in Children’s Theatre. She has certificates in facilitation of small and large groups.
Exclusive Black Status Leader, Younique
Once a pharmacist, now a successful entrepreneur. Wendy is a single mom with two boys and lives on a hobby farm at Mina, SD. In 2013, at age 46, Wendy quit her job as a pharmacist to work full time at a network marketing company in the cosmetics and skin care field. She has since ascended to the top leadership rank in the company and has a team of nearly 300,000 women in 13 countries. Wendy accomplished this personal goal through sheer determination, unending tenacity, and a success-driven mindset. She was able to create the life that she envisioned for herself and her family so they can live the life that they love. A life that provides the flexibility and resources to live more and do more. Because of what she has accomplished, Wendy aims to inspire other women to chase their dreams and live the life that they love. If you are aspiring to build a successful business, to be your own boss, to earn some extra income, to make friendships and travel around the world, Wendy Kirkham is your person. Her experiences and life story are enough inspiration to guide you in planning for your future and achieving your goals. Just like Wendy, you can achieve what she has achieved and more. Your dream life is waiting for you, and with courage, determination, and perseverance, everything is within reach. Are you ready? Wendy would love to answer any of your questions.
Colorful Creations Art Studio
Carly Pochop was an elementary Art Teacher in the Aberdeen School District for two years. She studied Art Education in college for five years at Minnesota State University Moorhead and specialized in Ceramics. Though she loved teaching kids, the idea of making her dreams become her reality couldn't wait any longer and here is why: In March of 2015, she found out my sister has breast cancer and five months later dad was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. They are very close and the news of this ignited a fire in her soul. See here is the thing, there is no family history and Carly’s sister is only 38 and her dad is 62. She looked at her life and realized she needed to start listening to that little voice inside her head. You know, the voice that tells you to do something. The voice that says "Wow, that would be cool if..." Well that little voice had been talking to Carly for over a year and a half, and it was time she started to listen. Only one month after her sister’s diagnosis, Carly started Colorful Creations. By starting this, she vowed to help those in need. She may not be able to help medically, but Carly’s promise is to put a smile on your face and help you create a masterpiece you never thought possible. Life is too short not to smile and embrace every single moment. Not waiting for the future, but embracing the current. That is Carly’s mission. To give back. This is an amazing community filled with remarkable people and everyone has a story, no matter how big or small. We are all unique and need to celebrate that.
Dr. Amy Scepaniak, DDS, Owner
Amy Scepaniak grew up in Lisbon ND, graduating from high school in 1996. She earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and finance from Valley City State University in 2000. She married her husband Wyatt in 2000. Amy is a mother to 3 children, Levi (14), Libby (12), and Lucy (5). She graduated dental school in 2008 from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Amy started Smile Solutions in September of 2009 and this past summer built a new facility north of the mall. She practices general dentistry, so she gets to do a wide variety of procedures, which she enjoys.
Owner, Interior Plant Care & Designs
Amy was born and raised on a dairy farm outside of Humboldt SD. After graduating from South Dakota State University, she married Dylan Troske of Turton SD and moved to Northville in the spring of 2001. With her degree in Consumer Affairs and Health Benefits, Amy began her career at Mutual Of Omaha Insurance in Aberdeen. In June of 2014, Amy developed her beloved houseplant hobby into the business she owns today, Interior Plant Care & Designs. Amy and Dylan are currently raising four children; Nicholas, Rhianna, Sophia and Eva. Amy’s hobbies and activities don’t just include her plants, but also her pet chickens, two dogs, running her kids to all of their activities, being a school board member, and active in her church and community.