Staff

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David Reiss

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.

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Paul Mehlhaff

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. 

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Jennie Palmer

A native of Pierre, Jennie Palmer has been called back home to become our Regional Planner. Jennie received her Business Administration degree with honors from Regis University in Denver in 2018 and joined the District in May of 2019. Jennie can assist members with Code Updates, Zoning Ordinances, and a number of grants focusing on Community Improvement. Jennie enjoys getting to see and learn about what makes each community unique in South Dakota and likes to tackle the challenge of figuring out exactly where it is that each representative sees their hometown headed. 


While enjoying variety at work, Jennie also enjoys learning new things and staying busy outside of work. Her summers are spent camping with her dog Murphy, gardening, and kayaking the great Missouri River. Her winters include baking pies, growing her houseplant collection, and saving up for international travel. She looks forward to continuing to grow relationships throughout the central part of the state and finding common goals geared towards growth and inclusion. 

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Malinda Hetzel

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 of 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.