Employees Of The Quarter!

On a quarterly basis, BIT recognizes staff in honor of their outstanding performance and dedication to our agency, state government and the citizens of South Dakota. This time around, we gladly recognize:

Sandy Ankrum
Sandy is a Software Engineer for the Bureau of Information and Telecommuni
cations Development Team 4. She has over 28 years of service with the State of South Dakota in this field and has played a major role on numerous projects including the recent AEM Forms and Tribal and International FIPS Code projects. Sandy was recently named the group lead of 10 staff for projects related to the Division of Child Support (DCS) and the Child Care Services (CCS) systems. She works with DSS, vendors, and BIT staff to ensure the projects are successful. She provides direction, support, and quality control within her group. She evaluates performance and takes measures to improve if necessary. She is responsible to identify and address training and cross-training within her group.

She grew up on a ranch/farm near Miller and graduated from Northern State University. Sandy and her husband, Perry, have a son named Adam. Sandy is a big hockey fan traveling the region to watch Adam's games.

Sandy collaborates well with her co-workers, going out of her way to have a team approach in working with clients while maintaining accurate focus on her clients’ goals. She goes above and beyond what is asked of her. Sandy sets a great example for staff by always working hard and with the amount of dedication she puts into her work.

Shellie Patterson
Shellie grew up in Mansfield, SD and attended Northwestern High School in Mellette, SD. She attended Northern State University and graduated with a Speech and Theater degree. Shellie worked at Gateway prior to beginning her career in state government in May 1996 as a LAN Services technician.

Shellie became “The Standards Group” in mid-2011 when she took on the duties of evaluating State’s standard hardware and software. Shellie continues to work with the State’s hardware and software vendors to keep technology on the State contract up to date. She is also the focal point for agencies to contact if they need special hardware/software to provide research and get quotes. Shellie does a multitude of other things and is sometimes the person that gets selected to do a task because we all know it will get done correctly and in a timely manner.

Shellie has played an integral part in the roll-out of managed print statewide. She has been the focal point for working with agencies to get all the information gathered on all printers and getting them enrolled in managed print. Shellie has also been the contact for agencies to call when there are issues and she worked with HP and RTI to resolve them. In addition to transitioning to managed print, Shellie leads the Office 365 implementation group for BIT. She has coordinated these activities across the divisions and recently implemented our training site.

Shellie is married to Steve Patterson and they have two dogs – Jake and Sarge. In her free time, she enjoys reading, throwing darts, and playing with new technology gadgets.

Ross Uhrig


Ross Uhrig recently joined the BIT Data Center Technical Administration Team in 2015 as a Technical Engineer II. He came to us from DCI where he was involved with supporting their servers.

In joining the Data Center, Ross became a part of the server virtualization effort moving all services from physical hardware to virtual instances. This effort ends up saving the State large amounts of funding through not only server hardware, but also in power, cooling, and physical data center space. Ross’ additional abilities in scripting have helped automate many functions within this arena, making virtualization efforts more streamlined, consistent and timely.

Of recent note, Ross has been the primary lead on the standardization and consolidation of surveillance video systems within the State. As with any technology, reducing the overhead of support from many brands or technologies to a single source can save the State countless hours in support and troubleshooting. Ross has taken on this responsibility without any hesitation and with no complaints. There are also many other technologies and projects such as this which Ross gets pulled into support or aid others in deploying.

Ross grew up in the Onida area, taking an interest in such activities as wrestling. He graduated from Northern State University, eventually making his way to Pierre. Today Ross enjoys some free time helping his wife's family with their family ranch, but at the same time he and his wife Jana have their hands full at home with three little ones: Temperance, Tor and Sterling.

Again, congratulations and thank you all for your efforts and for all the years of dedicated service to the State—BIT looks forward to many more!

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