Three distinguished alumni from the University
of South Dakota were honored with Alumni
Achievement Awards during the alumni dinner held
during Dakota Days on Oct. 4.
Alumni Achievement Award recipients are
recognized for Professional Achievement, Public/
Community Service and Service to the University.
Honored alumni this year are Joel Portice of
Laguna Niguel, Calif. (’87 B.S. in criminal justice,
member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon) for Professional
Achievement; David Landry of Sioux Falls, S.D.
(’73 B.S. in biological sciences, member of Lambda
Chi Alpha) for Public/Community Service; and
Daniel Moen of Pickerel Lake, S.D. (’75 B.S. in
business administration and ’78 J.D./M.B.A.) for
Service to the University.
A native of Sioux Falls, S.D., Portice has had a
long and successful career in health care technology.
He is currently serving as president and CEO of
Verisk Health, a subsidiary of Verisk Analytics.
Verisk Health combines clinical expertise with robust
analytics and advanced technologies to solve complex
problems for the health care industry. With more
than 1,700 full-time employees serving more than
450 company clients, Verisk Health is one of the
nation’s top health care data analytics and information
technology companies. Prior to joining Verisk, Portice
was president and CEO of Intelimedix, a health care
data analytics and software company. Intelimedix was
later acquired by Blue Health Intelligence but before
the acquisition, Portice led the company’s growth from
$1.5 million to more than $25.3 million in new sales
in just 12 months. He also co-founded and was COO
of Enclarity, a health care information management
and analytics solutions company. After eight successful
years of growth as an independent company, Enclarity was
acquired by LexisNexis. Before the launch of Enclarity, Portice
was vice president of health care and insurance analytics at
Fair Isaac Corporation. He also co-founded Integrity Plus
Services, a cost-containment software company that served
the health care and insurance markets. Eventually, because of
its success, Integrity Plus Services was acquired
by UnitedHealth Group and became part of
UnitedHealth’s Ingenix subsidiary.
Landry, a Sturgis, S.D. native who presently
resides in Sioux Falls, was the co-founder of
Honor Flight South Dakota, an ongoing national
organization committed to offering free trips for
World War II Veterans to visit the recently completed
National World War II Memorial in Washington,
D.C. Between 2008 and 2012, Landry helped raise
between $1.6 million and $1.7 million, making it
possible for more than 1,400 World War II Veterans
from South Dakota to participate in Honor Flight.
He also helped coordinate trip logistics and outreach
that provided travel, medical support, lodging, meals
and hero recognition for their service to the United
States. Landry worked successfully to develop the
Honor Flight program from an idea and turned it
into a reality, earning him the 2011 Governor’s
Award in Philanthropy. Additionally, Landry’s efforts
were honored by the South Dakota Veterans of
Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and the
Moen, an Irene, S.D. native, began his career
as a private practice attorney in Aberdeen, S.D.
before becoming associate general counsel for Super
8 Motels, Inc. He was then president of ACS, Inc.,
a subsidiary of Wells Fargo Financial Bank from
1994-2003 and then continued his career in business
development. Following his retirement from ACS,
Inc. in 2003, Moen became involved in several
business endeavors as an independent investor. In
2007, he was named chairman of the board of the
USD Foundation. He resigned that position in 2009
to become a major gifts officer for the USD School of Law
and Beacom School of Business. Moen served in that capacity,
obtaining many substantial gifts for the university, until 2011
when he served as interim president and CEO of the USD
Foundation—a position he held until January 2012 when
Steve Brown assumed the position.