May Chapter Meeting

Immigration Audit/Compliance

Presented by Amanda Bahena
Woods Fuller Schultz & Smith, P.C.

Amanda will provide an overview of employment-based immigration and options for petitioning talented foreign workers as well as of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Form I-9 reviews and how to respond if ICE requests to view I-9 forms.  She will also review Form I-9 requirements and provide advice to avoid substantive violations in completing and retaining the I-9 Forms.

Amanda Bahena is an attorney with Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith P.C.  She anchors the firm’s Sioux Center office and focuses her practice on immigration law, corporate law, family law, and estate planning.  She has practiced immigration law for three years and assists her employer clients in petitioning immigrant employees as well as conducts Form I-9 internal compliance reviews for employers.  Amanda is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is the Iowa-Nebraska Liaison for the American Immigration Council.  She obtained her B.A. from Iowa State University, her M.A. from University of Warick, England, and her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law.

Register to Attend by noon on Friday, May 8th



Full-day Forum: Workplace Violence Prevention Strategies

The recent workplace shooting in Lennox was a wakeup call to South Dakota employers — it can happen here. Join us for a full-day forum, Workplace Violence Prevention Strategies, May 20, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Sioux Steel initiated this forum and in partnership with Raven Industries and the South Dakota Safety Council has enlisted other community partners to make vital, current information on violence prevention, recognition and response available to area employers. In addition to the latest in policy, procedure and technology from our panelists, you'll hear directly from the Sioux Steel team about their challenges in the wake of tragedy. Sessions include:

  • Threat Assessment and Physical Security
  • Behavioral Tools and Resources
  • Luncheon and Featured Speakers: Anatomy of a Crisis
  • Policy Best Practices Forum
  • Legal and Liability Concerns

You'll also have an opportunity to network with the panelists. This conference will be valuable for all employers and of special interest to senior leadership, human resources and operations managers.

Cost for the event is $45 ($25/luncheon only) + tax. To register, call the South Dakota Safety Council at 605-361-7785/800-952-5539, or email

A detailed agenda is available HERE.

June SESHRM Chapter Meeting

Tackling the Talent Shortage with Behavioral Assessment Data

Presented by Gayle Ver Hey

Strategic Workforce planning is a powerful opportunity to help identify the critical talent and leadership needs for a company.  This session will provide an overview of a data-driven strategic workforce planning process.  Gayle will highlight the role behavioral analytics can play at key phases of the process, and offer suggestions that will help HR and business leaders successfully co-develop a winning workforce plan.  It can sometimes be hard to find the time to conduct proper planning, but it is essential to both short and long term success.

Gayle Ver Hey has over 25 years of experience in HR, Operations, and working with executive management teams on strategic planning and talent management.  In 2014, Gayle joined the PI Midwest team after working with PI as a client for 20 years. Gayle gained business experience at MCT working with premier customers like 3M, Target, Kraft, and Hormel on quality, customer satisfaction, and safety programs.  She also managed the staffing, benefit and insurance programs for the Independent Contractors leased to MCT.  After working in the trucking industry, she shifted into the workers’ compensation industry as Sr. VP Strategy & Planning.  Gayle now represents PI, providing training and counseling in the MN, SD, and IA tri-state area.  She is active in SESHRM as a past President and board member, and has served on numerous committees.

Teaching Opportunity 

The University of South Dakota has teaching opportunities in the following areas:  

  • Intro to HR Management -- Fall 2015 at the University Center in Sioux Falls.
  • Business 101 (a very broad introduction to all business disciplines) -- Fall 2015.  This one could be taught face-to-face in Sioux Falls or possibly online.
  • Compensation -- Spring 2016 in Vermillion.  This could be taught in 1 or 2 meetings a week to limit commuting.

Instructional experience and expertise in HR are the two competencies preferred in this role. Income is around $3000.00 to $3200.00 per class.

Contact Damian Lonsdale at if interested. 


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SDSHRM Council

The SDSHRM Council unifies 7 individual SD SHRM affiliated chapters to advance the HR profession. They partner with over 400 volunteers in South Dakota to represent our state at a regional and national level.

We welcome you to utilize the SDSHRM site as a resource, and encourage you to check back frequently for updated information.  Click on the “Who We Are” page to get to know your council leaders from around the state! 

To be the premier organization in South Dakota for the professional development and advancement of Human Resources.

SDSHRM Mission
Lead Human Resources in South Dakota through:

  • Human Resource expertise
  • Advocacy
  • Professional support
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Networking


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Upcoming events

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