Career Spotlight: Shanna Hennies, Early inspiration leads to varied career path.

by Sioux Falls Development Foundation
Published 05/20/2020

Shanna Hennies’ first foray into health care came at age 5, when her grandfather had a stroke. Her mother was a nurse in her hometown of Philip, S.D., so Hennies saw the need for care firsthand.

“After school, I would spend my afternoons at the nursing home with residents, but I never thought I wanted a career in healthcare,” she said. 

She graduated from Augustana University with a degree in business communications and worked in marketing before being drawn to health care. An accelerated nursing program at SDSU led to a job as a critical care nurse at Sanford Health, where she worked in a variety of roles, earned a master’s degree, and planned to purse an administrative role.

“I was approached about this startup company … and I was intrigued,” she said. “It was a tech company … and I was able to utilize my skills as a nurse.” 

She began on the sales team in 2014, then became a project manager in implementation and now leads a team of nine located across the country that helps clients implement Experity’s software, all while based in Sioux Falls.

“You’d be surprised how you can be surrounded in a startup company like this in Sioux Falls with some of the smartest, most talented people you’d be honored to work next to,” she said. “It is like a family. We started small and continue to grow.”

With four kids age six to 12, she is happy to give them “big city” experiences with a hometown feel. Her days are filled with softball, baseball, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and football.

“There’s no end to what they’re doing, but I think that’s the beauty of it is we’re able to do that here,” she said. “They have chances to see people play sports and great coaches and the facilities are amazing and the programs are outstanding.”