Press Staff

Jeanne Ode
Acting Press Director and Managing Editor of South Dakota History│(605) 773-6008

With Nancy Tystad Koupal's retirement as Press director in June 2020, Ode serves as acting director and chief editor. She also oversees publication of the South Dakota State Historical Society's quarterly journal, South Dakota History, reading manuscripts, editing articles, and supervising production.

Favorite Press Book:
Dammed Indians Revisited: The Continuing History of the Pick-Sloan Plan and the Missouri River Sioux
By Michael L. Lawson



Nancy Tystad Koupal
Pioneer Girl Project Director, Editor-in-Chief
Past Press Director, Editor-in-Chief (1997–2020)

The driving force behind the creation of the Press in 1997, Koupal now oversees the Pioneer Girl Project as director and editor-in-chief. A program of the Press, the Pioneer Girl Project is dedicated to researching the life and works of Laura Ingalls Wilder. In addition to her work with Wilder's legacy, Koupal continues to be involved with the children's picture books.

Favorite Press Book:
The Voice of Liberty
Written by Angelica Shirley Carpenter
Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham


Jennifer McIntyre
Marketing and Rights Director and Associate Editor│(605) 773-8161

As marketing director, McIntyre implements promotional and marketing activities, including online presences and is the Press's publicity contact for author interviews, book signings, conferences, and marketing campaigns. She also handles production and inquiries on rights and permissions for Press publications, works on illustrations, and assists with acquiring, reviewing, and editing manuscripts.

Favorite Press Book:
Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist
By Angelica Shirley Carpenter



Mike Burns
Associate Editor | (605) 773-8380

Burns primarily works with South Dakota History, the society's quarterly journal. In addition to reviewing and editing manuscripts, he organizes source materials, assembles illustrations, and coordinates book reviews. As part of the Press team, he reviews, edits, and proofreads books.

Favorite Press Book:
Frontier Army: Episodes from Dakota and the West
Edited by R. Eli Paul



Cody Ewert
Associate Editor | (605) 773-2904

Ewert works as a lead researcher for the Pioneer Girl Project, collecting source material, providing historical context, and writing annotations. He also reviews manuscripts and performs editing and proofreading duties for Press books and South Dakota History.

Favorite Press Book:
Equality at the Ballot Box: Votes for Women on the Northern Great Plains
Edited by Lori Ann Lahlum and Molly P. Rozum


Judy Uecker
Accounting Assistant and Order Fulfillment│(605) 773-6009

In her job as accounting assistant, Uecker provides bookkeeping and accounting assistance for the State Historical Society's Research and Publishing Office. Judy works with Press customers to fill orders and process returns. She also manages the on-site Press warehouse and inventory. Retailers and distributors, email to submit your purchase order.

Favorite Press Book:
Jumping-Off Place
By Marian Hurd McNeely
Afterword by Jean L. S. Patrick