Our Staff

Nancy Wenande
Chief Executive Officer

Executive Managers

Nancy is a Yankton native with a wide variety of business, public, and community service experience. She served on the Yankton City Commission from 2004-2013 and was mayor for two of those years. She also served on Yankton's Economic Development Council and the YAPG board...

Rita Nelson
Workforce Development Coordinator

Executive Managers

Approximately twenty five years ago, I moved to the greater Yankton area from central South Dakota.  While attending the University of South Dakota, I was able to explore my career interests by working part-time jobs. I appreciated the flexible scheduling offered by area employers an...

Brian Steward
Finance Manager


Brian has worked for Yankton Area Progressive Growth for the past seven years. His strong financial background ensures that Yankton Area Progressive Growth is able to invest in Yankton’s future and to provide clients with the information they need. Brian enjoys Yankton’s biking opportunities.

Rajiv Somepalli
Communications Coordinator


Rajiv grew up in Yankton and enjoyed the city's excellent quality of life for almost twenty years. After graduating from Yankton High School in 2004, he experienced life in a few different parts of the USA while receiving an education in marketing and advertising. Upon returning to Yankton...

Jen Johanneson
Administrative Assistant

Administration, Marketing

Growing up in the Yankton area, I was always able to enjoy and appreciate all of the outdoor recreation that the area has to offer. After earning my B.S. in Business Administration at WSC in Wayne, NE, my husband and I moved to Sioux Fall...

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