Board of Officers


Executive Committee


President Renae Buehner, RNC - term expires 2022

 I graduated from  Dakota Wesleyan University with my associates degree in 2001. I went back to get my bachelors degree and graduated from University of Phoenix in 2012.

I have been a labor and delivery nurse since 2002.  In that time I have been a flight nurse, a resource nurse, staff nursing, and supervisor. During most of those years I have been a member of SDPA and enjoy being part of putting the yearly conference together.

For family, I married my high school sweetheart and we have 3 beautiful daughters that keep us busy.

Presidents Letter - 2020


Beth Graff - President Elect - term expires 2022

Beth works at Madison Regional Health System and is the Director of Clinics and Community Patient Services, OB



Past President : Meghan Foster, RNC - term expires 2022

Hello all and thank you for allowing me the privilege of serving you as your President. I have been involved in SDPA for several years, starting with planning committee member, board member, President elect and now President. I have enjoyed every moment of being involved in SDPA. I thoroughly enjoy meeting all of the members and working with speakers to produce a fantastic conference. I have worked in the Avera Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 12 years as a bedside nurse, transport nurse and currently as clinical nurse educator. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my 6 year old daughter, Madelyn. We enjoy camping with family and enjoying the nice weather for the short time we have it here in South Dakota.  I also enjoy crocheting accessories  for those cold weather months.



Treasurer:  Charissa Ortman Brockmueller - term expires 2025

I graduated from Augustana University in 1999 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Nursing and then began my nursing career at Sioux Valley/Sanford Health.  After 5 years of NICU nursing experience, I entered into a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program at Vanderbilt University and graduated with a Master's of Science degree in 2006.  I currently work full-time at Sanford Health as a NNP in the NICU and with the flight team.  My clinical areas of interest include simulation training, flight team, and mentoring.

My husband, Brad, and I live in Sioux Falls and we have a daughter named Alexa in middle school who is active in music, athletics, and academics.  I play the trombone in a community brass choir and enjoy traveling all over the country to visit friends and family and/or sightseeing.




 Board Members


Lisa Jorgenson  - term expires 2022

.I currently work in the NICU at Avera McKennan Hospital. I was a NICU nurse from 2003-2008, have been on the NICU transport team from 2005- present, and a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from 2008 to present. I graduated from Creighton University in 2003 with my BSN and from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with my MSN in 2008. My clinical interests include: quality improvement activities, staff education, and reviewing Vermont Oxford Data.

I am born and raised in Sioux Falls. My husband Jay and I have four children- Jonah (11), Jack (8), Lucy and Liam (5 year old twins).




Shannon Backstrom - term expires 2022

 I have worked in obstetrics over 17 years as a Registered Nurse.  Since 2005, I have worked as a Nurse Practitioner in the Avera Medical Group Maternal Fetal Medicine taking care of high risk obstetric patients. I work directly with a perinatology team providing care for the high risk OB patient as well as assisting in surgery and providing postoperative care. 



Annie Siewert, MD FACOG - term expires 2022

I am an Board Certified and practicing OB/GYN physician at Avera Medical Group Obstetrics and Gynecology in Sioux Falls, SD




Cathy Lessly - term expires 2023

I have been a NICU nurse for 29 years working with premature and sick babies and their families. I have been a charge nurse and transport nurse at Monument Health Rapid City Hospital.





Kayla Arnold - term expires 2023

I work at Monument Health Rapid City Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as a staff nurse and the unit nurse clinician.





Heather Solon - term expires 2023

I am a registered nurse in Obstetrics and Labor/Delivery at Avera St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre, SD




Lauritz Meyer - term expires 2024

I am a neonatologist at Sanford Children's Specialty Clinic in Sioux Falls, SD



Laurie Hogden - term expires 2024

I am a neonatologist at Sanford Children's Specialty Clinic in Sioux Falls, SD



Laura Hoefert - term expires 2025

I am a board certified Family Medicine physician at Madison Regional Health with a special interest in women's health and obstetrics.



Michael McNamara DO - term expires 2025

I am a perinatologist at the Sanford Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinic in Sioux Falls, SD.



Brenna Tate - term expires 2025

I am a Certified Nurse Midwife practicing in Sioux Falls, SD.  I currently work at Avera McKennan Hospital.





Kerri Bjornson - term expires 2025

I have been in the NICU for the past 23 years. 15 of those years as a NNP at Sanford Sioux Falls. I now reside in Rapid City and work as a NNP in the NICU at Monument Health as well as locum at Sanford Sioux Falls and Fargo. I have been a part of SDPA for almost all of those years and am excited to be back on the board and planning committee again.





Beth Laughlin - term expires 2025

Graduated from South Dakota State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of

Science in Nursing.  I have been a Labor and Delivery nurse in Monument

Health Rapid City Hospital in Rapid City, SD since 2012.  The last 5 years I have worked as our Nurse Clinician in L&D focusing on boarding and mentoring new L&D nurses, implementing best practice and process improvement.  I am certified by NCC in Inpatient Obstetrics.  I have membership with AWHONN, the John T Vucurevich Perinatal Coalition and the North & South Dakota Perinatal Quality Collaborative.

My husband and I were both born and raised in the Black Hills and love to call them our home.  We have two busy little girls, Grace and Emerson.  We love traveling, golfing, and trying new great foods and drink!



Executive Assistant: Susie Petersen, RNC

I am the executive assistant for the South Dakota Perinatal Association, taking over that role in May, 2014.  I became involved with the SDPA many years ago attending conferences and then serving on the planning committee.   I have held a position as a past board member and the secretary/treasurer.  I have met many colleges from across the state at the conferences.  I am very passionate about the SDPA and assisting the Board of Directors in providing education to nurses, physicians and allied health in South Dakota and surrounding states.

I worked at Avera McKennan Hospital since 1976 starting as a nurses aide, a LPN in 1978 and then received my associate degree in nursing in 1988.  The first 4 years of my career was in the Orthopedic area and then I transferred to the Newborn Nursey, Post Partum, Labor and Delivery and Obstetrical unit.  In May, 2020 I retired after almost 44 years of working at Avera McKennan Hospital.

My husband Rick and I enjoy vacationing and spending time with family.  I also enjoy scrapbooking our vacations and family events.  



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