Rounds names transition team, chief of staff

Rounds names transition team, chief of staff Governor-elect Mike Rounds is adding four members to his transition team. The additional members are:

Jim Books, Sioux Falls, an organizational consultant who has more than 20 years of

organizational and human

resource experience. Books previously worked with Rounds' insurance business to enhance organization structure and improve efficiencies.

Randy Frederick, Hayti, a farmer and former state legislator who served in the state House of Representatives from 1989-1992, and in the state Senate from 1993-2000. Frederick served as chair of the Senate appropriations committee.

Stan Adelstein, a Rapid City businessman and member of the State House of Representatives since 2001; and

Lori Shangreaux, Pierre, a state employee of 18 years who previously worked in the governor's office for governors Mickelson and Miller.

"We're building a team that complements each other. I'm excited to have people of this caliber on board. They have a wealth of experience in business and financial matters and in state government," Rounds said.

Rounds also said he has designated two of his existing transition team members for key positions in his office.

Rob Skjonsberg, has been designated as chief of staff, and Connie Tveidt has been designated deputy chief of staff by Rounds.

Skjonsberg, 30, is originally from Sisseton. He graduated from Rosholt High School, and earned a bachelor's degree in business economics from South Dakota State University. He has nine years experience in the financial services industry, most recently as the community development manager for Wells Fargo Banks for the South Dakota, North Dakota, and Montana Region. He and his wife Larissa live in Pierre.

Tveidt, 47, grew up in Brandon and graduated from Brandon Valley High School. She has 12 years of experience in state government, including with the department of revenue and the governor's office of operations. She is also a past director of the Central South Dakota Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and has been a business owner in the Pierre community. She and her husband Kevin have three children.

Other transition team members include:

Jamison Rounds, governor-elect Rounds' brother who served as the Sioux Falls team leader for the Rounds campaign. He is a Truman Scholar and graduated summa cum laude from USD. He obtained majors in economics, German, and political science. Additionally, he holds a law degree.

Tony VenHuizen, a South Dakota State University student who was the Rapid City team leader for the Rounds campaign, is an intern with the transition team. VenHuizen is a Briggs and Merit Scholar and majoring in political science and history.

Don Rounds, Mike's father, former director of public safety for the S.D. Highway Patrol, and former executive director of the S.D. Petroleum Council. He has more than 30 years of service in state government; and

Shirley Jenssen, Pierre, who recently retired after 40 years of service with the state, most recently as an administrative assistant in Gov. Janklow's office.

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