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USD Alumni Association Announces the 2019 Class of 30 Under 30 Recipients

30 Under 30 logo The USD Alumni Association proudly presents the 2019 class of 30 Under 30 recipients.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota announced the 2019 class of 30 Under 30 recipients. 30 Under 30 recognizes outstanding young alumni who are making an impact in their professional and personal lives. Achievements are recognized in the areas of professional success, community involvement and/or university engagement. The 30 Under 30 program began in 2018.

USD is proud to present the Class of 2019:

  • Alayna Holmstrom, U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota
  • Amber Simon, Polsinelli PC
  • Brianna Cutright, Minnehaha County State's Attorney's Office
  • Cally Larsen, HDR
  • Clara Merriman, Splunk
  • Crystal Oberle, Midlands Clinic
  • Dawn Marie Johnson, 21st Century Community Learning Center
  • Eric Schlimgen, Clayborne, Loos & Sabers
  • Erik Muckey, Lost & Found
  • Gabrielle Richard, Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System
  • Hillaree Biddlecome, Keys Counseling
  • Jackson Freidel, Learfield - Bobcat Sports Properties
  • Jessa Waters, University of Oregon
  • Josh Hayes, Faith Temple Food Giveaway
  • Josh Jorgensen, Senator Mike Rounds
  • Kari Foss, KPMG Law
  • Katie Kroeze, Lincoln High School
  • Kelly Stewart,  Midco Sports Network
  • Kiley Coyne, Washington High School
  • Kim Nelson, Bishop O'Gorman Catholic Schools
  • Kirsten Schaffer, Simon Property Group
  • Lindsey Boyd, Lynch Wealth Management
  • Mary Schaefer, Folsom Cordova Unified School District
  • Nicole Decker, Madison Central School District
  • Nicole Griese, Griese Law Firm, P.C.
  • Revathi Truong, Vriezelaar, Tigges, Edgington, Bottaro, Boden & Ross, LLP
  • Ryan Boyd, Bittner Funeral Chapel
  • Sarah Aker, South Dakota Medicaid
  • Sarah Ridley, Eide Bailly LLP
  • Thomas Vierhout, Dakota Research and Consulting Organization

Additional information about the 30 Under 30 program is available at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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