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Carissa Hauck

Director, SD CEO West

Carissa focuses on providing the events and programs that South Dakota business communities need most. In the dynamic world of entrepreneurship, her goal is to make sure that SD CEO West offers relevant and valuable experiences and resources to those looking to start a business, grow their business, or develop their current careers.

Passionate about healthy living, Carissa spends most mornings and evenings training Jiu Jitsu at the local martial arts gym. On weekends, she’ll be outside somewhere on an adventure.

SD CEO West Team


Bailey Sadowsky

Program Coordinator

Bailey focuses on sharing the mission of SD CEO West through clear communications, graphic design, and content. In a world full of noise, her goal is to break through the fluff by curating meaningful connections with women in business. She builds valuable relationships, effective content, and thoughtful programming curated to help SD women succeed in their careers. 

Bailey spends her time being inspired by the landscape and the people of the Black Hills. Find her creating, reading a good book, or enjoying time outside or at a local coffee shop.  

Coming Soon

Program Assistant

SD CEO West Advisory Board Members

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Nina Braun CPA, CFP


Ketel Thorstenson, LLP


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Sandy Burns


Project Solutions


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Laura Prosser

Professor, School of Business

Black Hills State University


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Sharon Hemmingson


Black Hills State University & Sanford Underground Research Facility


Shauna Junek

Director of Development and Planned Giving

Black Hills State University

Ex-Offico for BHSU Alumni & Advancement

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Michelle Loobey-Gertsch

Director of Advancement

Black Hills Works


Kae McNeil


US Bank Wealth Management



Connect With Us

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Evening and weekend hours are available by appointment.

Phone: 605-642-6948

Black Hills State University
1200 University St. Unit 9511
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799-9511
Office Location: Woodburn 216