Summer interns join SDAHO

The South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) this week welcomed summer interns Ryan Hepper and Raie Gessesse.

Gessesse, a junior at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, is double majoring in public health and political science. She comes to SDAHO as a part of the Maternal Child Health Careers / Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (MCHC/RISE-UP) program, which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and introduces and supports public health students into various career paths. In her home state of Minnesota, Raie is involved with the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota, interned at the Minnesota Department of Human Services and worked with Planned Parenthood.

Hepper, a University of South Dakota student who will graduate this fall with a bachelor’s degree in management and a minor in media and journalism, is a native of Milbank, SD. His past work experience includes an operations internship at with Wapiti Medical Group, as well as working for Wells Fargo as a student loan consultant for three summers and as a teller while attending USD. Hepper enjoys family time at Big Stone Lake, playing softball and attending concerts of all genres. While at SDAHO, Hepper will be assisting with development of a process for pursuing grants.