The staff's role is to serve physician members by providing support and resources to help them in their practice of medicine.

Executive Office

The executive office staff is responsible for the overall management of the SDSMA and its staff. This office provides staff support to the SDSMA Council of Physicians, administrative services for the SDSMA's officers, and operational resources to support SDSMA activities.   

Advocacy and Legislation

The legislative staff lobbies policies adopted by the Council of Physicians before the South Dakota Legislature, coordinates opportunities for members to get involved through the Doctor of the Day and Physician Lobbyist programs, and provides staff support for SDSMA PAC.


The communications staff communicates with members, the media and the public. The staff produces the SDSMA's monthly journal, South Dakota Medicine, manages the SDSMA website, and generates positive visibility for SDSMA and its members through media and public relations strategies.

  • Elizabeth Reiss, Director of Membership & Communications, 605.336.1965, ext. 3195 or

Administrative Services

The administrative services staff coordinates Council meetings and activities, plans the annual conference, coordinates section activities, works with the SDSMA's Committee on Ethics and Judicial Affairs, and provides administrative services to district and specialty societies.

  • Terry Marks, Administrative Services Coordinator, 605.336.1965, ext. 3127 or

Membership Services

The member services staff coordinates membership recruitment and retention activities, manages member benefits and responds to member inquiries. Staff also maintain member files, including processing applications, billing and annual dues.

  • Laura Olson, Director of Finance & Operations, 605.336.1965 ext. 3126 or  
  • Elizabeth Reiss, Director of Membership & Communications, 605.336.1965 ext. 3195 or

Public Policy

The SDSMA focuses on public health and medical science issues, advances quality and patient safety, provides physicians with evidence-based public health and scientific information and communicates SDSMA policy and expertise on public health, quality and medical science.