10, 20, 30 Years of Service!

Craig DeTample-10 years!
Craig DeTample
10 Years of Service
Craig has worked for South Dakota state government for 10 years! The year 2004: Anchorman and Napoleon Dynamite were in theaters, Desperate Housewives debuted, ‘thefacebook’ just got registered, and Nokia and Motorola dominated the mobile phone industry. Craig was the driving force behind developing and now running the Technology Purchase/RFP/MOU/and Contracts process for the state. Craig led the state’s recent imaging review project which included writing, issuing, and assessing an RFP. He helps keep the technology RFP and contract process running smoothly for the entire state.  He has authored and co-authored many clauses for our four Technology contract templates and works closely with the ATG office to make sure our contracts processes and language is current, clear, and enforceable.  He is always willing to help his co-workers usher projects through the various processes he supports and coordinates.  You can often find him working closely with members of the PMO group as they select the appropriate contracts clauses and vendor questions for a technology project.  Craig is also adding coordinating the BIT internal phases of the State Technology Roadmap process to his list of duties.  Craig demonstrates a strong drive to get the job done quickly and accurately.
Outside of BIT, Craig gives back to our local community by putting on planetarium shows at the Discovery Center, acting in local plays, and writing. Also, in keeping with the local water options, Craig recently built his own wooden sailboat in a PDracer format.
Carrie Tschetter- 20 years!
Jim Edman, BIT Deputy Commissioner, recognizes and thanks
Carrie Tschetter for her 20 years of dedicated service to
State Government
Carrie Tschetter has worked for South Dakota state government for 20 years. The year of 1994: Forrest Gump was in theaters, Friends (arguably the greatest sitcom ever!) launched, the Sony PlayStation changed the gaming world, and Netscape launched Mosaic Netscape 0.9—one of the first widely available web browsers.  Prior to coming to BIT, she worked for Revenue where she served throughout the years as a project manager for several small to large Revenue I/T projects. Carrie has recently joined the BIT Project Management Office as a Point of Contact for Veterans Affairs, Military, Public Utilities Commission, and Revenue.   In her short time with BIT, she has taken an active part in the PMO team. She has learned about the BIT divisions through shadowing staff and has contributed beneficial ideas from an agency’s perspective to team meetings and to the Technology Roadmap planning.
Carrie and her husband, Brett, have two kids, Molly, 19 and Carson, 14.  Together they enjoy camping, hunting and fishing. During the baseball season, they spend a lot of time in the bleachers enjoying the sunshine.
Mark Cichos- 30 years!
Lastly, we recognized Mark Cichos for his 30 years of service.  After previous work for the state in college, the official year was 1985:  Version 1.0 of Windows was just released, Back to the Future was showing at the movie theatres, and Dire Straits was making it big with ‘Money for Nothing’.  He started for BIT as a developer building applications on the mainframe.    Recently when most of his staff had gone home for the day, a problem occurred with a Natural program he had written in his early days.  He was still able to log on to the mainframe and find the program that needed a change – just like riding a bike!   Today, Mark is a Development Manager for many agencies, most notably DOR, GFP, DENR, and DPS.   His team of analysts and developers are working hard to rewrite all of the systems he wrote in his early days.     
Mark Cichos receiving his award from David Zolnowsky,
BIT Commissioner
Throughout the years here, Mark and his wife Sue have raised two boys who now are off to college.   Sports were a very important activity in the Cichos household and Mark was always actively involved.
Congratulations and thank you to Craig, Carrie and Mark for your years of leadership, commitment and dedication to the State of South Dakota! Keep up the great work!

Other individuals recognized in June for their years of service found below!

Steven Salverson                   DATA              16 years
Ki Weingart                             DATA              28 years
Barry Showalter                      DATA              11 years
Alan Peterson                         DATA              43 years

Randy Conraads                     DEV                33 years
Susan Dutt                              DEV                31 years
\James Pearson                       DEV                23 years
Marti Ramser                          DEV                19 years
Francis Taft                             DEV                41 years
Angela Pendergast                 DEV                14 years

Jeremy Carroll                        TELE               16 years
Katrina Hewlett                       TELE               11 years
Jay Etzkorn                             TELE               24 years
Keith Hemmelman                  TELE               27 years
Jeffrey Slocum                       TELE               10 years
Joe Trujillo                               TELE               19 years
Timothy Waters                      TELE               27 years
Timothy Wechsler                   TELE               16 years
Mark Wetzel                            TELE               18 years
Amanda Jost                           TELE               16 years

Kimberly Kelly                         SDPB              12 years
Jonathan Thvedt                     SDPB              25 years
Melissa Sievers                       SDPB              12 years
Steven Rokusek                     SDPB              13 years

Carrie Tschetter                      ADMIN            20 years
Randy Sullivan                        ADMIN            38 years

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