Administration Faculty/Staff


Michael Cartney

LATI President

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Diane Stiles

LATI Vice President

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Don Armstrong

Don Armstrong

database manager

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Don administers the Jenzabar student information system, JICS portal, and associated databases. He brings expertise as a Programmer/Analyst with experience at Blue Cross / Blue Shield and Berkley Information Systems. Don is a graduate of Lake Area Technical Institute with an A.A.S. degree in Computer Information Processing. He has been at Lake Area Tech since 1997.

Kim Bellum

Kim Bellum

Dean of Instruction

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Kim is the Dean of Instruction at LATI. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from Northern State University and a Masters Degree in School Administration from Northern State University. Kim taught in both Arlington and the Modern Office Occupations program at LATI prior to spending 17 years as a high school administrator in the Henry, Clark, and Watertown communities. Kim lives on Lake Kampeska with her children, Casey and Corey.

Michael Cartney

Michael Cartney

president

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Serving almost 30 years as an Air Force officer, Mike is a 1977 graduate of Watertown High School who has been an instructor and administrator for the United States Air Force Academy and Harvard University. Mike has a B.S. in Computer Science from the United States Air Force Academy, a Masters of Science in Numerical Analysis from Purdue University, and was a National Defense Fellow to Harvard University.

Terri Cordrey

Terri Cordrey

administration

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Terri joined the Lake Area Tech staff in February 2012 as the TAA Grants Manager. Before joining LATI, Terri was a Project Director for the Title II Part A Grant, School Improvement Specialist at Northeast Educational Services Coop, and a Program Representative with the SD Department of Education. She is a graduate of Hamlin High School, Huron University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, and SDSU with a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Terri lives in Clark and enjoys gardening, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Jason Goette

Jason Goette

multimedia programmer/developer

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Jason joined the staff of Lake Area Tech in April 2008 as a Multimedia Programmer/Developer for LATI's Innovation Center and is a 2005 LATI graduate of the Computer Information Systems program.

Steve Hauck

Steve Hauck

corporate ed coordinator

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After graduating in 1981 from Watertown High School, Steve served full-time for the SD National Guard in Watertown as a Career Counselor retiring in July 1999. He spent five years as a financial services representative for Farmers Insurance Group before partnering to build and open a local camper dealership. Steve joined LATI as the Corporate Education Coordinator in August 2009 and enjoys assisting business and industries meet their training needs.

Megan Howard

Megan Howard

counselor

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Megan joined the Lake Area Tech team in July 2013. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and her Master's Degree in Counseling/Mental Health and Vocational Rehabilitation from SDSU. Prior to LATI, Megan worked for Vocational Rehabilitation and two mental health agencies. She has experience working with adults and children with physical and mental disabilities, and mental illness. Megan is originally from Brookings and enjoys spending time with family, watching the Packers, reading, and being outside in the summer.

Shawn Kulla

Shawn Kulla

eLearning specialist

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Shawn is an eLearning Specialist for LATI's Innovation Center. He is a 2002 graduate of Minnesota West Community and Technical College with an A.A.S in Graphic Design.

Julie Mollenhoff

Julie Mollenhoff

career center

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Julie has been employed with the SD Department of Labor since 1985. She works on a contract with LATI as Career Center Coordinator helping students find part-time employment while in school and full-time jobs upon graduation. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest State University in Marshall, MN.

Mallory Olsen

Mallory Olsen

admissions

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Mallory is an Admissions Representative at Lake Area Tech. She has been with LATI since July 2011. Prior to LATI, she worked with NESC in the High School Centerbase.She is currently continuing her education with LATI. Mallory enjoys singing, fishing and - most importantly - spending time with her family and friends.

Shane Ortmeier

Shane Ortmeier

director of support operations

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Shane is the Director of Support Operations, Bookstore Manager, and Food Service Manager. He has an AAS degree from the Marketing/Management/Sales program at Lake Area Tech. Previously, Shane spent five years working in the admissions department at LATI.

Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson

foundation / alumni executive director

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Tom has been the Executive Director of the LATI Foundation and Alumni Association since March 2000. The Foundation raises and manages private gifts in support of Lake Area Tech. Its primary focus has been in the form of scholarship support, campus improvements, enhancement marketing, and enrichment seminars. The Alumni Association publishes regular newsletters and maintains Alumni information. Tom has a Bachelor of Science degree from USD and has more than 20 years experience in Broadcast Sales Management and Marketing.

Lee Quale

Lee Quale

retention coordinator

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Lee is the Retention Coordinator and has been with LATI since July 2007. Lee has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of South Dakota, a Masters degree from William Woods University, and has received his Superintendent endorsement from the University of Sioux Falls. Prior to his employment with Lake Area Tech, Lee was a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and superintendent.

Chris Schanzenbach

Chris Schanzenbach

admissions

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Chris joined the Lake Area Tech team as an admissions rep in July 2014. He is currently finishing his education here in the Ag Business program. Chris is a member of the SD National Guard where he is a heavy equipment operator. Originally from Selby, SD, Chris was raised on his family's farm and enjoys riding horse, working on muscle cars, fishing, hunting, and being outside in his free time.

Eric Schultz

Eric Schultz

director of enrollment

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Eric joined the LATI staff as the Director of Enrollment in July 2012. Previously, Eric was an Enrollment Counselor and Assistant Director at Mount Marty College in Watertown. He also served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant during Operation Iraqi Freedom II in 2004. Eric and his wife, Andrea, live in Watertown with their son, Camden. He enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, and watching football. Eric has a B.A. in Business Administration and a Masterís degree in Business Administration from Mount Marty College.

Marlene Seeklander

Marlene Seeklander

director of financial aid

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Marlene is the Director of Financial Aid. She has been with LATI since July 2007. Marlene has a Masters of Education degree from South Dakota State University. Prior to joining LATI, Marlene spent 10 years at Education Assistance Corporation in Aberdeen.

Darren Shelton

Darren Shelton

admissions

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Darren graduated from Hecla High School in 2001. After graduation, he attended Northern State University. In 2003, he transferred to Lake Area Technical Institute and received his degree in Marketing/Management/Sales. After graduation, he accepted a management position for Sprint PCS. He started with Lake Area Tech in July of 2008. In Darrenís spare time, he enjoys camping during the summers with his friends and family and taking snowmobile trips to the hills in the winter.

Diane Stiles

Diane Stiles

vice-president

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Diane joined the Lake Area Tech team in July 2014. Most recently, she was Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland, KS. Prior to that, she served as the Executive Director of Norton City/County Economic Development in Norton, KS. Diane completed her Master of Education degree with an emphasis in Educational Technology from Ottawa University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Fort Hays State University in Kansas. She also studied at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China, for a year. Diane and her husband, Asa, are originally from rural western Kansas. They have two children: Henry, 4, and Charles, 1. In their free time, they enjoy spending time outside at their home near Lake Pelican and learning about Henry's favorite toys, Skylanders.

LuAnn Strait

LuAnn Strait

director of institutional relations

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LuAnn is the Director of Institutional Relations at LATI. Her responsibilities include marketing, student services, and recruiting. She has been with LATI since 1987 when she began her career as an Admissions Representative. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Dakota. Prior to her employment with Lake Area Tech, LuAnn was a high school counselor.