Teri Bertness

Teri Bertness

Human Resources Project Consultant



(605) 335-8198


Teri Bertness joined Alternative HR in 2020 and has over 20 years of experience in human resources management, in both the public and private sectors.  With experience in municipal and federal government HR, Teri has worked with union negotiations, compensation and benefits, workers compensation and medical insurance management, staffing and performance management. 

In positions she has held, Teri has been a key partner with organizational leadership, and has been called on to provide strategic guidance and advice in all areas of human resources. 

Teri has strong abilities to assess organizational needs and challenges, and to find options that will decrease turnover, increase engagement, and strengthen employment relationships.  

Teri is a member of Society of Human Resource Management and a past board member of South Dakota SHRM

Areas of Expertise

  • Talent Acquisition & Onboarding
  • Strategic HR Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Employee Relations
  • Union Negotiations

Education & Certification

  • BA or BS, Psychology
    South Dakota State University
    Brookings, SD

  • MS, Counseling & Human Resource Development
    South Dakota State University
    Brookings, SD

  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI)
  • Senior Certified Professional (SCP) by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)