Pennie Malenke is the General Manager of the Brookings McDonald's, and has been a part of the McDonald's family since 2014. Pennie has more than 20 years of leadership, training and team management experience. She graduated from Hamburger University in September 2019 with a degree in Hamburgerology, and also holds a degree in Spanish and Secondary Education from South Dakota State University.
Pennie believes that people come first. She is passionate about providing a memorable experience for her customers, as well as encouraging the professional development of her team. Pennie also believes in giving back to the community. The Brookings McDonald's supports community organizations such as the Great After School Place, Feeding South Dakota and The Brookings Backpack Program.
Pennie is a native of Northwest Iowa, but has lived in Brookings since 1992. She and her husband Lance met at SDSU and married in 1997. They have two daughters, Rachel and Allie, who are both in middle school. In her spare time, Pennie enjoys sewing, crocheting, reading and vacationing with her family