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OUR STAFF

Meet our dedicated staff that is here to meet your every need!

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President & Manager

Rod started working at Kennebec Telephone Co., Inc. in 1976 as a part-time employee. He bought the company from Delores Johnstone in 1998. Through his years of service the company has expanded with its different divisions: Kennebec CATV (2001),
KTC Construction (2001), PowerCom Electric (2002), Charley’s Welding and Auto Repair (2009), Technology and Communications Specialists (TCS) (2010), Chamberlain NAPA (2013), and PowerCom Electric in Chamberlain (2018).

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Matt has been with KTCI since 1988. He started as part-time working through high school and then started full-time with the construction division, eventually becoming Plant Manager and now Assistant Manager.

Assistant Manager

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Chris graduated from USD with a degree in Business. He began employment with KTCI in 2008 as office & administrative support specialist and in 2013 became Office Manager.

CHRIS ZIRPEL

Office Manager

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In 1996, Trusty acquired his degree in Telecommunications from Mitchell Technical Institute. He worked at two other Telecom companies before returning to Kennebec
and joining KTCI in June 2004.

Central Office & Plant Manager

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In 2013, Veronica came to work for Kennebec Telephone. Veronica has worked at KTCI as a NAPA Specialist, Purchasing Coordinator, an Administrative Assistant, and now using her knowledge from all the areas she has worked, makes her an excellent Marketing Director. 

Marketing Director

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Administrative Assistant/CSR

Tiarra worked part-time at KTCI starting in June 2003 and in 2013 took on full time role as CSR.

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Crystal has worked at various occupations using her creativity. In 2007 she joined the KTCI team as a CSR and incorporated her creativity helping out & later achieving the
title as marketing assistant. 

Marketing Assistant/CSR

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Joan grew up in the business atmosphere and worked several years in a family business before she began at KTCI in
April 1998. 

JOAN HILLS

Accountant

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Cherry started her career at KTC in July 2001. Before entering her current title, Cherry worked in the front office as a Customer Accounts Rep.

CHERRY COMP

Customer Account Representative

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Haley is currently taking online classes as she works part-time as a customer account representative. She will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in  Accounting  from Black Hills State University and at that time will become full time at KTCI.

HALEY BOOTH

Customer Accounts Representative

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Debbie graduated from USD with a business degree. She worked in the business field until coming to work at KTC in 2010. 

Office & Administrative Support

DEBBIE MILLER

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Jason graduated from MTI with a degree in Telecommunications. He has been working as a computer technician since he started in 2005 continually acquiring knowledge in his field. 

JASON URBAN

Computer/Network Technician

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Devan started in 2016 as a part-time employee. He graduated from Mitchell Technical Institute in May 2019 and returned to KTC to work full-time.

Computer/Network Technician

DEVAN URBAN

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Jairo started at KTCI as a combination technician in June 2019 after acquiring his associate’s degree in Telecommunications.

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Dennis started as a combination technician in May 2019. His past experience has helped him land his current role at KTCI. 

DENNIS STREITZ

Combination Technician

Combination Technician

JAIRO RIVERA-

SANCHEZ

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Heidi started as a part-time employee in 2018.

HEIDI McCLANAHAN

Purchasing Coordinator

IKE REUMANN

Purchasing Coordinator

Ike became a full-time KTCI Construction worker in November 2003. He made his transition and became inventory assistant, now he holds the title of Purchasing Co. Coordinator. 

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In 2004, Jake graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. He has worked different jobs using his degree before coming to work for KTC Construction in August 2014.

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In 2004, Justin graduated from South East Technical Institute as a Heavy Equipment Operator and returned back to Kennebec to immediately start full-time at KTC.

JAKE JANSSEN

Construction Foreman

JUSTIN COLLINS

Construction Foreman

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Chris came to work at KTCI in August 2018 to join the KTCI Construction crew. 

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Robert was hired on the KTC Construction crew in September 2016. His knowledge of machinery makes him a good asset to the team. 

CHRIS SCHWARTZ

Construction Worker

ROBERT THOMPSON

Construction Worker

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CHAZ BOWAR

Foreman/Contractor Electrician

Chaz started working at KTCI in July 2001. He attended MTI and graduated in 2009 with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science (Electrical) and came to work for PowerCom, a division of KTCI. 

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In 2008, Trent started at Shep’s Electric in Chamberlain as an electrician. When KTCI purchased Shep’s Electric in April 2018, Trent came along and continues to help with our customers electrical needs in Chamberlain.

TRENT JOHNSON

Apprentice Electrician

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MIKE SCHWARTZ

Journeyman Electrician

In 2013, Mike graduated from MTI with a degree in Applied Science and went to work for Shep’s Electric up graduating. When KTCI purchased Shep’s Electric in April 2018, Mike came along and helps with our customers electrical needs in Chamberlain.

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Josh graduated from MTI with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science (electrical). He worked for DeYoung Electric, LLC in Redfield before coming to work for KTCI in February 2018.

JOSH MCLAIN

Journeyman Electrician

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KAIDEN WHITE BEAR

Apprentice Electrician

Kaiden started his electrical career in January 2018 when he worked in Belle Fourche. He learned quickly and researched the trade. He moved to Chamberlain in August 2018 and worked for Guest Electric until he joined the PowerCom Electrical team in March 2019.

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Hayden worked part-time for the PowerCom division of KTCI while attending MTI to obtain his degree in Electrical. After he graduated, he immediately started working full-time at KTCI in May 2017.

HAYDEN SCHELSKE

Apprentice Electrician

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TOM KULM

Charley's Store Manager

In May 2019, Tom graduated from MTI with a Business Management Degree and immediately started working at Charley’s Welding & Auto as the store manager. 

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Samantha, a young veteran, became a NAPA Specialists at Charley’s Welding & Auto in October 2018 and enjoys providing customer service to customers. 

SAMANTHA KNAPP

NAPA Specialist, Kennebec

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SAM SUNDALL

Automotive Technician

Sam earned his degree in Welding. KTC hired him as a full-time Mechanic in July 2009.

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Jordan has always had an invested interest in cars and mechanics which led him to start working at KTCI right out of high school. He became full-time in 2011.

JORDAN MILLER

Automotive Technician

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LEE KERCHER

Automotive Technician

Bio available soon.

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Besides his prior parts experience with John Deer, John worked for George Martin at the NAPA store even before KTCI purchased it from George in July 2013. As a KTCI employee, John continues to serve the Chamberlain NAPA customers. 

JOHN HLOUCHA

NAPA Specialist, Chamberlain

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Since March 2019, Gary serves the Chamberlain NAPA customers with his friendly smile and assists them with any questions they may have. 

GARY LUKE

NAPA Specialist, Chamberlain

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Corbin started at KTC in August 2019 as the buildings and grounds supervisor.  He worked for several years in the mines in North Dakota before deciding it was time to move closer to “home” to be near family.

CORBIN LINGEMANN

Building & Grounds Supervisor

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Travis started as a part-time employee in September 2018.

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Jordon started in 2016 as a part-time employee and works when she can to earn money for college. 

Multi-functional Assistant

JORDON POND

TRAVIS LOVE

Construction Worker

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Stan has been working part-time for KTC since his retirement in 2008.

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A few years after his retirement from the SD State Highway Department, Larry started part-time in June 2019 as part of the construction crew at KTCI.

Construction Worker

STAN COLLINS

LARRY UTHE

Construction Worker

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McCall, a Lyman High School student, started as a part-time employee in May 2019.

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Jack started in 2014 as a part-time employee. He is attending Lake Area Technical Institute and upon graduating, will return back to Kennebec to work with the KTC Construction crew. 

Construction Worker

JACK MILLER

MCCALL GARNOS

Part-time
Multi-functional Assistant

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Colton, a Lyman High School student, started as a part-time employee in July 2018.

COLTON COLLINS

Part-time
Multi-functional Assistant

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Jade, a Lyman County High School student, started as a part-time employee in July 2018. 

Part-time
Multi-functional Assistant

JADE COLLINS

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If KTCI needs help and Lance has time, he serves as part-time employee helping the construction crew. 

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Carter started in 2015 as a part-time employee. He is attending MTI for his Associate’s Degree in Applied Science (electrical). 

CARTER COLLINS

Electrician

Construction Worker

LANCE CHRISTENSEN

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Bodie started as a part-time auto technician in December 2018. He will be attending his second year at LATI in the fall of 2019 and upon graduating in May 2020, will become full-time auto technician at Charley’s.

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Casey started as a part-time auto technician in May 2019. He plans to attend LATI starting the fall of 2019 and coming back to Kennebec to work full-time when he graduates in May 2021. 

CASEY KOLB

Part-time Automotive Technician

Part-time Automotive Technician

BODIE THOMAS

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Gregg is retired, but since December 2018 he has helped part-time at Chamberlain NAPA to help serve our customer needs. 

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Dean has worked off and on for KTCI since August 2007. He has mainly held the construction position; however, has worked as a NAPA Specialist as well. He changed from a full-time to part-time employee in April 2012.

DEAN REUMANN

NAPA Specialist & Construction

Part-time NAPA Specialist

GREGG JANKORD

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Tim is retired, but since 2015 he has helped part-time at KTCI to fulfill ground and maintenance needs. 

TIM BOYSEN

Part-time
Grounds & Maintenance

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In 2010, Rosemary started cleaning part-time for KTCI. 

ROSEMARY COLLINS

Part-time Maintenance

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Amy started her job at Charley’s Welding & Auto as a NAPA Auto Care Specialist in February 2017. She now works as a part-time multi-functional assistant.

AMY BOWAR

Part-time
Multi-functional Assistant

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In May 2019, Marie started cleaning part-time for Charley’s Welding & Auto. 

MARIE KULM

Part-time Maintenance