C.J. Peterson, Jr. Memorial Award

The C.J. Peterson, Jr. Award was established in 1973. C.J. Peterson, Jr. was an Employment Counselor in the Sioux Falls Office of the SD Employment Service (Job Service). In 1972, he and his wife were killed in a fire in their home shortly after Christmas. C.J.'s father was a long time employee of the SD Employment Service, having served as manager of the Hot Springs and the Rapid City offices. C.J. had a long time commitment to career development and was very concerned with working with people to maximize their potential and to select occupations which were appropriate and right for each individual. He was very interested in helping to establish an Employment Counseling organization and spoke often about the fact that he felt that Employment Counselors must be a part of the South Dakota Counseling Association (formerly the SD Personnel and Guidance Association)

This award was established to recognized counselors who provide outstanding employment counseling, not necessarily just in Employment offices, but to those who deal with the field of employment- vocational rehabilitation counselors, career learning center counselors, or others who assist people in choosing careers. 

Our 2021 winner is Andrea Diehm

When it comes to career development, Andrea demonstrates exceptional commitment to supporting all  school counselors and educators. She is always willing to answer questions, seek out resources, design  engaging presentations, create hand-on activities and volunteer for workgroups. Andrea has gone above  and beyond by bringing national presenters to South Dakota to provide school counselors with  professional development opportunities, such as the SD Invest College and Career Readiness Workshop.  Andrea takes it upon herself to provide top-notch assistance to anyone interested in helping students  plan for life after high school.

Andrea is also an advocate for promoting the importance of career development across one’s lifespan.  She has worked hard in her role to broaden the focus of middle school and high school career  development to include elementary and post high school students. Andrea also works with  stakeholders, such as the Department of Labor and Regulations, to share the importance of continuing  to offer resources to all audiences, including elementary students. Andrea is passionate about sharing  the continuum of career awareness, career exploration, and career preparation as a part of the overall  career development process.- Megan Tatum

Congratulations Andrea!

These winners have demonstrated a commitment to enhancing career possibilities of his/her clients. 

  • 2021- Andrea Diehm
  • 2013 - Jodi Sternhagen
  • 2006 - Glenda Nedved
  • 2005 - Tami Haug-Davis
  • 2003 - Jan Jirouch
  • 2001 - Ruth Harper
  • 2000 - Jane Kono
  • 1999 - Kevin Blum
  • 1998 - Kelly Duncan