Chapter members, cast your votes!

Below are the individuals running for next year's SESHRM Board positions. Chapter members, please review them thoroughly before casting your vote at the link near the bottom of the page. All votes must be received no later than Friday, November 13. Thank you for your participation in this very important process!


Sarah Hanson, SHRM-CP

I’m Sarah Hanson and currently serving as the Certification Director for our SESHRM chapter. I’ve been a member of SESHRM for 13 years and was a student member prior to that. I hold my SHRM-CP and PHR certifications and am a graduate of USD (Go Yotes!) I joined the SESHRM board 3 years ago to expand my professional network and to learn more about SHRM. I’m so glad that I did! The people I’ve met the past three years have been fantastic! I’m excited about the potential opportunity to be the next President Elect for our chapter!

I’ve been fortunate to be at POET for the past 13 years. I started as an HR Intern and have been blessed to grow into a number of roles within the CARE (HR) team at POET. Currently, I am a People & Culture Partner and partner with 7 of our Biorefineries and our POET Research organization. In my role, I partner with the respective General Managers and Executives to develop and implement their people strategies, including, but not limited to: organizational design, key people metrics, team member relations, team member and leader development, and compensation. I love building relationships with the team members and leaders – my favorite ways are through the facilitation of events like Leadership 101 where I can help set the foundation for our new leaders or job shadowing at a biorefinery where I get to learn how to put together a heat exchanger or replace a pump while breaking down the stereotyped HR persona.

2020 has been a wild ride for us all! For me, I got to celebrate 8 years of marriage, gave birth to my son, Raymond, and survived sending my daughter, Vivian, to Kindergarten with minimal tears from either of us! In addition to spending time with my family, I enjoy being outside with a good book while enjoying coffee or wine, going to SINGO and singing along to too many songs or going for a run when I’m feeling ambitious.

Programs Co-Director

Kayla Johnson
Alternative HRD

Kayla Johnson received her Bachelor’s Degree in Consumer Affairs with an emphasis in Financial Planning from South Dakota State University. Kayla began her career handling human resources and accounting for an auto dealership in Rapid City, and discovered her passion for the HR profession.

After moving to Sioux Falls, Kayla managed HR functions as well as member services at Avera Power and Wellness, and then went to Harrisburg School District where she was the assistant manager of human resources.

Kayla joined Alternative HRD in 2016, and as an HR Consultant, has clients in the manufacturing, hospitality, service, and non-profit industries. Kayla has great instincts for people and businesses, and she can easily flow from counseling clients’ staff members on benefit issues to coaching supervisors on performance best practices to meeting with executives and developing effective HR practices that impacts the bottom line. Kayla is certified by the Society of Human Resource Management as a Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

Outside of work, Kayla enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. Though her family keeps her busy, Kayla also enjoys golfing and volunteering her time in her community.

Certification Director

Krysta Widman, SHRM-CP
Gage Brothers

Krysta Widman is the HR Generalist for Gage Brothers Concrete Products where she manages the employee life cycle from position development through position advancement. She gains energy from a challenge and is constantly looking for opportunities to increase process agility. In 2019, Krysta was honored to receive SESHRM’s Emerging Professional of the Year Award and strives to live up to this title. Organizing information, breaking down barriers, and encouraging others to reach new successes are all exciting missions that Krysta eagerly shows up to exceed every day.

Chapter members, please click HERE to cast your votes no later than Friday, November 13!

Sioux Empire SHRM is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.PO Box 1302, Sioux Falls, SD 57101, Chapter #217

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