Three distinguished alumni from the University of South Dakota will be honored with Alumni Achievement Awards during Dakota Days. Recipients will be presented with awards during the alumni dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 at the Muenster University Center. Tickets for the dinner are available by calling (800) 655-2586 or online at www.usdalumni.com/events.
Alumni Achievement Award recipients are recognized for Professional Achievement, Public/Community Service and Service to the University. Honored alumni this year are Joel Portice of Laguna Niguel, CA, (B.S. ’87 in Criminal Justice, member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon) for Professional Achievement; David Landry of Sioux Falls, (B.S. ’73 in Biological Sciences, member of Lambda Chi Alpha) for Public/Community Service; and Daniel Moen of Pickerel Lake, (B.S.’75 in Business Administration, and a M.S.M.A. and J.D./M.B.A. ’78) for Service to the University.
A native of Sioux Falls, Portice has had a long and successful career in health care technology since graduating from USD in 1987. He is currently serving as president and CEO of Verisk Health, a subsidiary of Verisk Analytics. Verisk Health combines clinical expertise with robust analytics and advanced technologies to solve complex problems for the health care industry. With more than 1,700 full-time employees serving more than 450 company clients, Verisk Health is one of the nation’s top health care data analytics and information technology companies.
Prior to joining Verisk, Portice was president and CEO of Intelimedix, a healthcare data analytics and software company. Intelimedix was later acquired by Blue Health Intelligence but before the acquisition, Portice led the company’s growth from $1.5 million to more than $25.3 million in new sales in just 12 months. He also co-founded and was COO of Enclarity, a health care information management and analytics solutions company. After eight successful years of growth as an independent company, Enclarity was acquired by LexisNexis. Before the launch of Enclarity, Portice was vice president of health care and insurance analytics at Fair Isaac Corporation. He also co-founded Integrity Plus Services, a cost-containment software company that served the health care and insurance markets. Eventually, because of its success, Integrity Plus Services was acquired by UnitedHealth Group and became part of UnitedHealth’s Ingenix subsidiary.
Landry, a Sturgis, native who presently resides in Sioux Falls, was the co-founder of Honor Flight South Dakota, an ongoing national organization committed to offering free trips for World War II Veterans to visit the recently completed National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. Between 2008 and 2012, Landry helped raise between $1.6 million and $1.7 million, making it possible for more than 1,400 World War II Veterans from South Dakota to participate in Honor Flight. He also helped coordinate trip logistics and outreach that provided travel, medical support, lodging, meals and hero recognition for their service to the United States. Landry worked successfully to develop the Honor Flight program from an idea and turned it into a reality, earning him the 2011 Governor’s Award in Philanthropy. Additionally, Landry’s efforts were honored by the South Dakota Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion.
Moen, an Irene native, began his career as a private practice attorney in Aberdeen before becoming associate general counsel for Super 8 Motels, Inc. He was then president of ACS, Inc., a subsidiary of Wells Fargo Financial Bank from 1994-2003 and then continued his career in business development. Following his retirement from ACS, Inc. in 2003, Moen became involved in several business endeavors as an independent investor.
In 2007, he was named chairman of the board of the USD Foundation. He resigned that position in 2009 to become a Major Gifts Officer for the USD School of Law and Beacom School of Business. Moen served in that capacity, obtaining many substantial gifts for the university, until 2011 when, following the resignation of Bryan Benchoff, he served as interim president and CEO of the USD Foundation – a position he held until January 2012 when Steve Brown assumed the position.
For more information about the Alumni Association or the Dakota Day activities, visit www.usdalumni.com or contact the Alumni Association office at (605) 677-6734 or (800) 655-2586.