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USDA Promotes Janell Telin to Single Family Housing Program Director

Tammi Schone
Release Date
Feb 10, 2015

Elsie M. Meeks, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development South Dakota State Director recently promoted Janell Telin to Single Family Housing Program Director.  Telin began her federal career with USDA in September of 1985.

“Janell will be a great asset to the Rural Housing staff.  She is a highly driven and motivated individual and possesses great leadership skills,” said Meeks.  “Rural Development is helping to improve the quality of life for South Dakota residents while assisting the growth of rural communities.”

Janell’s prior experience within Rural Development has been working in all programs with positions of specialist, manager and acting area director.  “ I look forward to this opportunity and making a difference in the housing needs of South Dakota,” said Telin. With a focus on partners, strike force and poverty areas of which will impact many in South Dakota.   I can be reached at 605-226-3360, Ext. 121 or at janell.telin@sd.usda.gov.”

Janell inspires coworkers with a team atmosphere.   Everyone pulls together to get the job done, no matter how difficult.  Telin said, “I look forward to implementing the mission of USDA Rural Development not only in the housing programs but the community and business programs as well.  Together the three divisions will make a difference in our rural communities”

Janell and Don reside in Britton, SD.  She has two sons Troy (Miranda) and Tyson.; and two grandsons Gavin and Christian.  In her free time she loves family time from the grandsons to extended family as well as with friends.  Enjoying a game of golf or time on the lake playing or fishing in the fresh air is also a favorite energizing pastime.

USDA Rural Development has eight offices in the state that assist rural communities.  Office locations include a state office in Huron, along with area offices in Aberdeen, Mitchell, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Watertown, and Yankton.