Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls
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David Flicek has been with Avera for 24 years. He has led Avera Medical Group since its inception in 2008, and previously served as Senior Vice President of Clinic Operations at Avera McKennan. Having 30 years of health care experience, he earlier worked at Allina Health. Mr. Flicek holds a bachelor of science degree in Health Administration from The University of South Dakota.  Mr. Flicek was recently named President & CEO of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, and Chief Administrative Officer of Avera Medical Group.


Trisha Thunker-Dohn, BS, MS, CWC - CEO/Owner of Well365 is a graduate of the University of South Dakota.  She received her BS in Health and Physical Education, and a MS in Exercise Science - Certified Health Coach.  Ms. Dohn is also certified as a weight manager, stress coach, and tobacco cessation facilitator.  Ms. Dohn has 15 years of experience in corporate wellness and managed care at Sanford Health Plan and DAKOTACARE.  In January 2017, Ms. Dohn opened Well365.  
David A. Pearce, PhD, is Executive Vice President of Innovation and Research for Sanford Health.  He completed his undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degree with honors in biological sciences at Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1986.  He gained his PhD in 1990 at the University of Bath, UK, and did postdoctoral training at the University of Rochester, U.S., and Oxford University, UK.
Dr. Pearce heads the leading lab in Juvenile Batten disease research.  He has been researching Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (Batten disease) since 1997.  His research has led to the first clinical trial for Juvenile Batten disease.  He has published over 100 research papers on Batten disease. He also oversees a national registry for rare diseases known as the Coordination of Rare Diseases at Sanford (CoRDS).   He has served on numerous NIH review committees, has organized rare disease workshops for the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) arm of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is currently a member of the executive committee for the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC).
Luke Comeau is the Executive Director of the Family Visitation Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The Family Visitation Center provides safe, supervised visitation and exchange services to the local community and state contracted families.  In his role as executive director, he directly oversees the programmatic and operational components of the Family Visitation Center as well as implementation of strategic fundraising campaign to donors.
Rotary in Denmark is comprised of five rotary districts.  There are 270 clubs with 10,907 members in Denmark as of September 2017.  Verner Jensen, a Danish Rotarian from Denmark District 1440, spoke about the government, business, and culture in his country.  Denmark District 1440 is in Northern Denmark and has 2,203 members and 58 clubs.  
The government in Denmark is a Constitutional Monarchy which was created in June 1849 under King Frederik VII.  The highlights of their government include free political and religious convictions, free speech and writing, and influence by vote.  There are 179 members of their parliament.  Elections take place every four years and when a citizen turns 18, they are eligible to vote, without registering.

Shawnie Rechtenbaugh is the Deputy Secretary for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety and the State 9-1-1 Coordinator.


Shawnie was appointed deputy secretary in 2016. She works closely with Department Secretary Trevor Jones and the department’s 410 employees.  There are 11 different agencies that compose the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. A major priority for her is the development of long-term goals and strategies for the department.

John W. Meyer, P.E. is a “mostly retired” professional civil engineer. His career included 22 years working for various cities in Iowa as a city engineer/public works director and 20 years working for a 25-person engineering and surveying consulting firm in Fairfield, Iowa, retiring as president of the firm in 2014. This work included helping small communities with a wide variety of projects including water supply, waste water treatment, streets, and about any other type of municipal project one can imagine. John now works part time for the city of Waverly, Iowa and with the non-governmental organization (NGO), Empower Tanzania, Inc. and the Rotary Club in Ames, Iowa on water supply projects in Tanzania.

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Upcoming Speakers
Dr. Barry H. Dunn - President SDSU
Oct 23, 2017
Introducing Dr. Barry H. Dunn - 20th President of SDSU
Craig Severtson - Founder Helping Kids Round First
Oct 30, 2017
Nicaragua Today; Our Challenge
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