Emily Rodgers

Serving as BASEC’s Executive Director, Emily has been with BASEC since 2023. She resides in Redfield with her husband Kaleb and their two children, Braxton & Lennox. Kaleb and Emily also manage a small Angus cattle operation. Originally from Miller, Emily attended Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD, and received a degree in business administration.

In addition to her work at BASEC, Emily is a member of the United Methodist Church in Miller and serves on the Redfield Housing Authority Board of Directors and the Northeast South Dakota Economic Corporation (NESDEC) Board of Directors. In her free time, Emily loves baking, waterskiing, golfing, and following her kids’ activities.


Samantha Noethlich

Serving as BASEC’s Executive Assistant, Samantha Noethlich has been with BASEC since 2019. She resides in Raymond with her husband Bill and their three children, Owen (5), Claire (3), & Elsie Minnae (1). Originally from the Sooner State, Samantha attended Connors State College in Warner, OK from 2008-2010 and Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX from 2010-2012.

In addition to her work at BASEC, Samantha is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Raymond. In her free time, Samantha loves cooking, fishing/boating with Bill and the kids, thrifting, fashion & makeup.


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Hailing from Doland, SD, LeAnne Bawek has been a BASEC board member since 2015. She is married to Dan and has three  children. LeAnne is a farmer and a partner in Bawek Trucking with her husband. LeAnne and a small group of investors built a tri-plex in Doland and she is the managing partner. She is a member of the Doland United Methodist Church, serves on the Church Board, is the Clerk of the Belle Plaine Township, is the secretary/treasurer of Spink County Towns and Townships Association, and is a board member of the Doland Community Foundation. She is also an active 4-H parent both locally and in Spink County. In her free time, LeAnne likes spending time with her extended family, riding motorcycles, cooking, baking and gardening.

LeAnne believes that individuals and businesses need to invest in their communities to ensure that these rural communities exist for the next generations. Communities need to build on what they have and find new ways to retain their residents. LeAnne’s favorite thing about living in rural South Dakota is the sense of belonging and the fact that everyone seems to pull together to take care of one another.

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Living in rural Frankfort, Dane became a BASEC board member in 2015. Dane is married to Donna and has four grown children, two girls and two boys, and is also the proud grandfather of seven. As a lifelong farmer of 39 years, Dane has dedicated his life to rural South Dakota. In his free time, Dane enjoys helping with local fundraisers, working with youth as a Shooting Sports coach, and attending car shows.

In addition to serving on BASEC’s Board of Directors, he also serves as the supervisor of Harmony Township, has spent 38 years as a volunteer firefighter for the Frankfort Fire Department, and is heavily involved in the Spink County Shooting Sports program as a coordinator and a coach, a role he has played for 25 years.

Dane’s rural economic development philosophy is that individual and group effort is necessary to make small towns and communities better places. When asked what his favorite thing about living in rural South Dakota is, Dane responded, “Diversity: the quiet setting of rural life and the clamor of a larger community only a few miles away.”

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John Tschetter is from Yale, SD and has been a BASEC Board member since 2010. He currently serves as BASEC's Secretary/Treasurer.

John is married to Kayce and has three school-aged daughters. He is a self-employed contractor and most recently began farming and ranching his grandparents’ acreage. John loves watching his daughters excel in their activities, as well as boating, tubing, riding horses, fishing, and camping.

John believes that developing housing and businesses in rural communities is a strong economic development catalyst. Making communities stronger and more viable will result in more of our children returning to their roots and calling it home. John says the best things about living rural are that there is plenty of elbow room and friendly people.

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James "Jim" Hulbert resides in Iroquois with his wife, Carol. They have two daughters and four grandchildren, who are the delight of Jim's life. He has served on the BASEC board since 2019. 

Jim is a retired farmer, which makes him still a farmer!  Along with a partner, he owns H&D Rentals, which is a full service RV Park. The business was established about 12 years ago in response to the Dakota Access pipeline coming through the area.

Community involvement includes: Former member of Jaycees, Iroquois Housing Inc., current Board member and former President, Iroquois Area Community Club,  participated in Horizon Community Development   conducted by South Dakota State University, American Legion Post 280,  Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church present Clerk of Session and past Moderator of the Presbytery of South Dakota, serving all Presbyterian churches in the state and representative from South Dakota to the national General Assembly. While serving in these roles, Jim was the past Mayor of Iroquois and past City Council member, Volunteer of the Year for Iroquois 2016, Friend of Technology from SD Technology Education Association 2019.

Jim's rural economic development philosophy?  "Rural development begins with one person, ME. I have seen this work, once something begins, others join in, soon involving most of the community."

His favorite thing about living in rural South Dakota: "During my travels I have seen and experienced many different cultures but when I return home to South Dakota, I realize that here in rural South Dakota we have some of the friendliest most hard working people in the world with a sense of community, meaning we look out for neighbors."



Tony joined the BASEC board in January, 2021. He and his wife, Kathy, live in Iroquois, SD, where he is a realtor. They have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

“Being born and raised, and now residing in rural Beadle County, I can’t think of a better place to raise a family,” Haarstad said. “I love living here because communities pull together and neighbors help neighbors.”

Haarstad was familiar with BASEC prior to joining the Board of Directors. Theservices BASEC offers helped get his construction company started years ago.

“Investing in rural communities is a great way to help them thrive. Helping to start a business or buy a home helps instill pride of ownership and community,” Haarstad

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Kathy Micheel

Kathy Micheel lives south of Cavour with her husband Matt and their two children, Kaitlyn and Tucker. She has been a BASEC board member since 2020.

She graduated from Dakota State University with degrees in Business Management, Computer Information Systems, and Application Programming. She is the owner of I Lead Promotions as well as a Health and Lifestyle Coach and a Mental Health First Aider. Through her personalized 1-1 sessions and programs Kathy continues to empower others to live the life they have dreamed of through her words and actions.

Matt and Kathy farm and ranch with her husband's family on the Micheel family homestead. Together they raise corn and soybeans and operate a cow/calf and backgrounding program.

Matt and Kathy are Beadle County 4-H Alumni and Leaders and their children are active in 4-H. As a family they have added cattle seed stock to their livestock herd and a club calf business, Boot Creek Farms Show Cattle, to raise and sell better genetics to implement into the cattle industry. Their goal is to encourage youth responsibility and help other family farms and ranches continue to expand for generations to come.

Kathy is also a member of the Beadle County Genealogy Group. She believes you need to know your past to be able to focus on the present and plan for the future.

Her favorite quote is “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

As a BASEC board member and currently serving on the BASEC Marketing Committee she would like to help our rural communities grow and thrive; whether that is helping the farmers and ranchers expand their current operation or assisting with new or current businesses in an urban or a rural setting.

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Bailey Coats

Bailey Coats joined the BASEC board in September 2020. She and her husband, Josh, raise cow/calf pairs and row crops on their farm southwest of Doland. Coats is also the Ag teacher and FFA advisor at Doland High School.

“Part of being an FFA advisor is always having an awareness of what needs a community has and how we can help,” Coats said. “The BASEC organization strives to improve the communities we live in and this seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to marry my heart for service and chance to influence how our communities develop, operate and grow.”

Coats was familiar with BASEC long before joining the Board of Directors. She and Josh financed the purchase of their home through BASEC in November, 2015.

“We have always been happy with the service that BASEC provides to us and we were proud to keep our business local when it came to financing that purchase,” Coats said.

Adam Hahler

Adam Hahler

Adam joined the BASEC Board of Directors in November 2023.  He and his wife, Jennifer, live on the family farm north of Ashton, SD.  They have 3 children that attend Northwestern in Mellette.  Adam attended SDSU where he graduated with a degree in Ag Business and returned to the family farm.  Adam also works part-time as an EMT for the Spink County Ambulance and serves on the Ashton Fire Department and the Jefferson Township Board.  Adam enjoys golfing and camping during the summer months, watch football in the winter, loves to travel and is an avid reader.

Adam’s Rural Economic Development Philosophy?  “I believe that we need to create more jobs and entice new businesses to come to the area.  Many of our young people go to college/tech school and then don’t return home after they graduate because there simply aren’t jobs available for them.”

His favorite thing about living in rural South Dakota: “The people.  I love living in an area where people are always there to help out.  The sense of community is amazing.”

Matthew Teel

Matthew Teel

Matthew Teel is Ag Business Banker with American Bank & Trust in Wolsey.  He has lived in Wolsey for over 5 years and became a BASEC Board member in January 2024.  Matthew grew up in Stickney where he graduated from high school.  After high school, he attended Northern State University and graduated with a degree in Banking & Finance and a minor in Ag Business.

Matthew’s parents still live in Stickney, where his father is the Market President of American Bank & Trust for that branch.  He has 2 older sisters that live in Mitchell as well as a niece and two nephews that keep him entertained.  When not working, Matthew enjoys being outside fishing, hunting, or riding bike as well as spending time with family and friends.

One of his favorite things about living in rural South Dakota is the strong sense of community spirit where people know their neighbor and are always willing to help each other in their time of need.  BASEC has that same sense of community and desire to help their neighbors to be the best they can be, which is why he is excited to serve on their board of directors.