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Board of Directors

Children's Home Society is governed by a 27-member Board of Directors composed of individuals in Eastern and Western South Dakota.

  • Gina Hopkins, Sioux Falls, President
  • Meg Warder, Hill City, Vice President
  • DeMaris Nesheim, Hill City, Secretary
  • Tim Rustand, Sioux Falls, Treasurer
  • Bill Colson, Rapid City, Executive Director
  • Sally Anderson, Mesquite, TX (Honorary)* 
  • Helen Boer, Lyons
  • Holly Brunick, Sioux Falls
  • Darla Crown, Rapid City
  • Mick Gibbs, Sioux Falls
  • Bob Hoover, Rapid City
  • Tim Hamel, Sioux Falls
  • Ron Jeffries, Rapid City
  • Laura Johnson, Reva
  • Kathy LaPlante, Vermillion
  • Liz Lloyd, Sioux Falls
  • John McGrath, Brandon
  • Kris McKittrick, Rapid City
  • Dave Nelson, Sioux Falls
  • John Rozell, Sioux Falls
  • Maggie Russo, Aberdeen
  • Karen Schreier, Sioux Falls
  • Greg Schweiss, Rapid City
  • Carolynn Stavenger, Sioux Falls
  • Bobby Sundby, Rapid City
  • Marilyn VanDemark, Sioux Falls
  • Steve Watkins, Sioux Falls

    *Sally Anderson is a descendant of our founder Elizabeth Sherrard.

    Staff Leadership

    • Bill Colson, Executive Director
    • Muriel Nelson, Chief Operating Officer
    • Tami Gronseth, Chief Financial Officer
    • Rick Weber, Children's Home Foundation Development Director
    • Tim Fitzgerald, Black Hills Children's Home Program Director
    • Sue Williams, Sioux Falls Children's Home Program Director
    • Steve Deming, Community Based Services Operations Director
    • Ondrea Patzlaff, Sioux Falls Community Based Services Program Director
    • Tanya Fritz, Advocacy and Prevention Program Director
    • Amy Carter, Children's Inn and Bright Start Operations Director
    • Kathy Schneider, Bright Start Nurse Supervisor
    • Greg Riley, Black Hills Children's Home Education Director
    • Rod Lenz, Sioux Falls Children's Home Education Director
    • Janet Andersen, Marketing and Communications Manager
    • Cindy Shuck, Human Resource Manager
    • Sequoia Crosswhite, Cultural Relations Advisor
    • Steve Polzen, Compliance Director, Black Hills
    • Jody Carpenter, Compliance Director, Sioux Falls
    • Nathan Headley, Systems Manager