Strong Tradition of Vision & Mission

Board of Directors

Malcom Chapman, Rapid City, Chair
Reed Rasmussen, Aberdeen, Chair Elect
Paul Bruflat, Sioux Falls, Secretary/Treasurer

Denise Austad, Sioux Falls
Rev. Nick Collins, Sioux Falls
Kim Elbers, Sioux Falls
Phil Hogen, Black Hawk
Mike Jamison, Sioux Falls
Rita Karels, Sioux Falls
Rev. Velma Larson, Volin
Rev. Becky Piper, Rapid City
Rev. Hans Sacrison, Clear Lake
Jim Tharp, Huron
Bishop David B. Zellmer, Sioux Falls

Updated: 10/17/2018

Foundation Board of Directors

Carol Twedt, Sioux Falls, Chair
Kent Hartsuiker, Sioux Falls, Vice Chair
Jim Schade, Volga, Treasurer
Richard Aguilar, Sioux Falls, Secretary

Joel Black, Rapid City
Deb Bowman, Pierre
Carrie Churchill, Rapid City
Patris Eidsness, Rochford
Rev. Bob Hansen, Hartford, Past Chair
Ron Hegge, Renner
Julie Johnson, Mina
Rita Karels, Sioux Falls
Tolcha Mesele, Sioux Falls
Julie Nesson, Sioux Falls
Rev. Tom Opoien, Tea
Brad Scott, Spearfish
Mark Thomas, Sioux Falls
Kris Wollman, Aberdeen

Updated: 2/7/2018

Executive Leadership

  • Betty Oldenkamp, President and CEO

    Betty Oldenkamp has served as the President and CEO for Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota since March 2006. Prior to LSS, Betty served as the Cabinet Secretary for the South Dakota Department of Human Services, the state agency with oversight for the disability-related services. Betty dedicated 15 years of her career to public service. Betty is a native South Dakotan. She grew up in Murdo, graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, and attended graduate courses at Northern State University in Aberdeen. Betty currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Dakota Wesleyan University. Betty was twice awarded a Governor’s Award for Employee Excellence and received distinguished service awards from the Rocky Mountain Council of Community Mental Health Centers and Dakota Wesleyan University.

  • Nathan Beyer, Vice President, Finance & Support Services

    Nathan Beyer is responsible for finance, information technology and property management services for Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota. He came to LSS in October 2012 as Director of Accounting, transitioning to Vice President of Finance and Support Services in 2015. Prior to joining LSS, Nathan worked in public accounting in Worthington, Minn. Nathan grew up in Flandreau. He graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in Business Economics.

  • Rebecca Kiesow-Knudsen, Vice President of Community Services

    As Vice President, Community Services, Rebecca Kiesow-Knudsen provides leadership and oversees counseling services, Center for Financial Resources, Center for New Americans, childcare & education services, re-entry services, mentoring services and disaster response services. Rebecca earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. She earned a master’s in public administration with an emphasis in nonprofit administration from the University of South Dakota. She began her career with Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota in 2001 as the director of the school-based mentoring program. In 2004, Rebecca began providing leadership to the agency’s quality improvement program and overseeing its accreditation through the Council on Accreditation. She has been in her current role since 2011. Rebecca is originally from South Dakota, growing up in Sioux Falls and graduating from Lincoln High School.

  • Amy Witt, Vice President of Children & Youth Services

    As Vice President, Children & Youth Services, Amy Witt’s responsibilities include leadership and oversight of psychiatric residential treatment (Canyon Hills, Summit Oaks), group care (New Beginnings), detention alternatives (Arise Youth Centers), treatment and specialized foster care, kinship services, adoption services, pregnancy counseling, and independent living services (New Alternatives, Community Resource Program). Amy earned her bachelor’s degree in social work and psychology from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, and her master’s in social work from the University of North Dakota. She has 18 years’ experience working with at-risk youth and families. During her undergraduate studies, Amy completed an internship with LSS Foster Care Services. It was through this experience when she realized that she wanted to be a part of LSS. Amy began her career with LSS in 2002. Throughout her time at LSS, Amy has held various positions in both direct service provision and leadership. “I am passionate about serving youth and families. I strongly believe in the mission and the work LSS does across South Dakota,” she says. Amy is originally from southwestern Minnesota and currently lives in Sioux Falls.

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