Andrea Polkinghorn, BSN, RN-BC is the board president for Immunize South Dakota, where she manages the business and affairs of the board. She oversees the coalition achieving short-term and long -term goals and presides over coalition meetings. In addition to her role with ISD, Andrea works as the immunization strategy leader for Sanford Health, where she develops and leads the implementation of immunization strategy for all vaccinating locations. She provides oversight and consultation to over 40 medical centers and more than 200 clinics to ensure standardization of immunization practices, appropriate implementation of immunization guidelines and provides ongoing immunization education for staff. Lastly, she is responsible for identifying, analyzing, implementing, and evaluating quality improvement measures to support a robust immunization program.
Andrea became passionate about vaccines in 2015 when she found herself questioning vaccines prior to her first daughter’s birth. As a nurse, she heard some of her colleagues citing misinformation, which resulted in her questioning vaccine safety. Thankfully, her daughter’s pediatrician educated her about vaccines’ science and safety, and her daughter was vaccinated as recommended and on schedule. As Andrea learned more, she discovered the disparities in some immunization rates, and it ignited a passion within her to do what she can to educate and advocate for vaccination. Andrea graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. She lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, Chris, her three daughters, and their dog, Diesel.
She brings a strong background in operations management, event coordination, and partner relationships. In this new role, she will support the organization’s expansion, diversify coalition membership, and oversee operations. She will also manage communications and advocate for ISD as the most trusted source of information on immunizations and vaccine-preventable diseases in South Dakota. In addition, Dani will manage the organization’s annual conference and other educational opportunities.
Previously, Dani spent seven years at the Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas (CHAD), where she grew her role into the event and operations manager. Dani managed virtual and in-person events at CHAD, including two annual multi-state conferences, meetings, trainings, and webinars. She also assisted the CEO and supported CHAD staff in operations, training, and finance. In addition to her primary responsibilities, Dani also provided partnership oversite and event management for the Sioux Falls Area Immunization Coalition, overseeing the transition from a regional coalition to a statewide organization, making her a natural choice to lead ISD.
Dani holds an associate degree in business administration from Southeast Technical Institute. In her free time, she enjoys reading and camping. She lives in Harrisburg with her husband and a full house of children and pets.
VP, Coalition Advancement Chair
In addition to her role with ISD, Christine is the pharmacy compliance coordinator with Avera McKennan outpatient pharmacies. She maintains state and federal regulatory compliance for the pharmacies and implements and coordinates training for the outpatient pharmacy teams. Christine is an advocate for vaccines and assists with training and implementing new vaccines and immunization programs with the pharmacy teams.
Christine graduated from South Dakota State University School of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy. She also earned a master’s degree in health service administration from the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy.
Christine volunteers with ISD to be a vaccine advocate within the community and across South Dakota. She hopes to reduce infectious diseases on a global scale and combat misinformation by educating individuals on the importance of vaccines for all ages.
Policy & Advocacy Chair
In addition to her role with ISD, Susan is an infectious disease physician and medical director of infection control at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado. Susan joined ISD because she thinks immunization is one of our best tools to protect the health of children, adults, elders, and the community as a whole.
In addition to her role with ISD, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family. She volunteers to educate and inspire others to make the community a safer place. Sarah is passionate about immunizations because they lower the chance of spreading disease and help keep our communities happy and healthy. Sarah graduated with her master’s in nursing from Aspen University.
In addition to her role with ISD, Terese is a board member for the nursing program at Southeast Technical College. She also volunteers as an associate chaplain at the county jail and the South Dakota Women’s Prison. Terese has almost 30 years of experience administering vaccinations as a nurse. Additionally, she helped start a nurse-led travel clinic that immunized persons going overseas to protect them from vaccine preventable diseases. She considers helping people through education to access immunizations an honor.
Terese attended Red Wing Technology College where she earned her licensed practical nurse (LPN) certificate. She also graduated from Accelerated Bible College with an Associate of Biblical Studies. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, signing, playing the banjo, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Professional Development Chair
webinars, online forums, and other open-discussion avenues to help teach about, explain, and promote vaccinations. She and her team will be planning and executing the 5th annual Immunize South Dakota conference, which will
be held in the fall of 2021.
In addition to her role with ISD, Jenifer is a pharmacist at the Avera Specialty Pharmacy, where she administers vaccinations to post-bone marrow transplant patients and patients who have other immunization needs based on age and health conditions. As a health care professional and follower of science, Jen promotes vaccinations and their benefits. Donating her time to help organize workshops or events that can educate people about immunization safety and efficacy is paramount in easing fears and answering questions that people may have about being immunized. Jen graduated from North Dakota State University with a B.A. in humanities and social sciences.
After a period of time in the workforce, she returned to academia at South Dakota State University. There, she earned her B.S. in pharmaceutical sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy. In 2019, she earned her specialty pharmacist certification. In her free time, Jen loves to cook, read, watch movies with family, and spend time with friends indowntown Sioux Falls. She and her husband stay busy with their daughter’s high school band
activities and playing with their new pup Charlie. Jen loves to travel everywhere and learn new things, and she’s always up for the next adventure.
Community Outreach Chair
Jessica is passionate about immunizations and is eager to promote community pharmacy
involvement in increasing vaccination rates. Pharmacy vaccinations for influenza, pneumonia, shingles, and many more are a convenient option for patients and can lead to increased vaccination rates. Jessica graduated from South Dakota State University with a Doctor of Pharmacy
in 2004. She lives in Dell Rapids with her husband, four children, and their yellow lab.