David Reiss serves as the Central SD Enhancement District Executive Director. Prior to taking on his current role at the District, David spent over 6 years as the senior policy analyst and director of programs at the South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations. During his time working for the State of South Dakota, David spent extensive time working with counterparts addressing economic development, agriculture development, fisheries and wildlife management, taxation, veteran issues, and lobbying in the state legislature. David also has previous experience serving as county equalization staff and as a legal clerk for the US Dept. of Interior.
David grew up in Pierre and has earned several college degrees, the most recent being a Master of Science in Administration from the University of South Dakota. David and his wife Amanda have 4 young children and are active in local youth hockey and enjoy numerous outdoor activities including camping, hiking, and hunting. David enjoys the challenge of leading the Central South Dakota Enhancement District and helping provide vital services for member counties and municipalities to improve availability of resources and create opportunity for economic growth.
Paul Mehlhaff is the Project Administrator for Central South Dakota Enhancement District. He brings a wealth of experience in fiscal management of federal programs to the CSDED office. Paul previously worked in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development under the Daugaard administration. He held the position of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Manager for 7 years. While at GOED, Paul also worked with the SD Arts Council as their grant administrator. He was the fiscal accountant for the State Energy Program, and managed the Ethanol Infrastructure program for the State of South Dakota.
Paul hails from Eureka, South Dakota and attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion after graduation. In his spare time, Paul enjoys spending time with his family, riding motorcycles in the Black Hills, playing golf, bowling, or getting out on the Missouri River to wet a line now and then.
Nicole Gordon has joined Central South Dakota Enhancement District staff as our Community Development Specialist.
Nicole has lived in South Dakota her entire life, living in various communities across the state, including Vermillion, Brookings, Sioux Falls and Custer. She has made Pierre her permanent home for the last 12 years. Nicole, her husband and three children are very active in the local hockey association and enjoy golfing, camping, and boating in the summer.
Nicole graduated with a BA of Science in Finance and has spent most of her professional career in the banking industry, most recently as a financial analyst in Agricultural Lending. She is passionately involved in the community, serving on many boards and committees. She is president of Oahe Days Music and Arts Festival and serves as the 1st Vice President and upcoming President of the Capital Area United Way. Nicole has previously served on the South Dakota Bankers Association Legislative and foundations committees, along with serving the local food bank and domestic violence shelter. She is an alumnus of the Leadership Pierre Program and has won various awards including the “Pierre Pride” and “Charles H Burke Community Leadership” awards.
“I look forward to this new opportunity to build relationships with our members and collaborate our efforts to create economic growth in our communities.”
Marne Dooley is from Bison, South Dakota and has lived in Pierre since the fall of 2005 after graduating from SDSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in History and a minor in speech. Marne served 22 years in the South Dakota Air National Guard while serving at the 114th Fighter Wing she earned the rank of Master Sergeant and was deployed or activated five times. She says her greatest and most memorial activation was helping with the 2011 flood in Fort Pierre/Pierre area; seeing the communities, counties, state, army, and air guard come together to help the citizens of multiple communities, and counties brought a sense of pride that still chokes her up today. Marne started as a secretary in the special tax division in the South Dakota Department of Revenue working with multiple programs throughout the year. She was promoted to the Revenue Section Coordinator (2014)/Revenue agent (2021) with the merger to the business tax division and then worked with cities and counties on alcohol licenses and she had worked at Department of Revenue for almost 17 years.
She married the love of her life and lives here with her husband, and their daughter. Marne is involved with her Church, a leader in their 4-H club, the local Girls on the Run group (empowering young girls while running), and several other organizations. She enjoys running, working cows, watching her daughter play hockey, reading, camping, filling the free lending library on her street and being with friends and family.
As a Community Development Specialist with Central South Dakota Enhancement District Marne is excited to help the local communities and counties with their projects and help them further develop the future of their communities.
Malinda Hetzel comes to our office out of Spearfish where she worked as a Youth Ministry Director and a store manager. Malinda considers herself to be a lifelong learner and loves a good book, learning about various projects and tackling new challenges. In her spare time you can find Malinda on a Pickleball court, hanging out with her nieces and nephews, teaching flute lessons or leading the youth group at her church. Malinda grew up on a farm in northwest Wyoming before beginning her education and travels. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. From there she has seen many parts of the America’s. Malinda hopes to continue checking places to visit off her bucket list. Malinda is our Administrative Assistant and Governor’s House Sales Representative. She enjoys the challenge these roles bring and the joy of assisting others achieve their goals.