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A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Cathy Simonds comes to NAMI SD with several years of personal and volunteer experience with mental health conditions, and is a certified Family to Family instructor and Support Group Facilitator. As a retiree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Cathy also has professional and volunteer experience as well as public speaking skills. Cathy is also a new presenter for Ending the Silence, and is looking forward to leading school and parent presentations. Cathy will be leading NAMI South Dakota’s efforts in local partnerships and activities in Rapid City, with the assistance of the NAMI Rapid City advisory group. She will also be working with the One Heart campus to help individuals and families find mental health education and resources. Cathy and her husband, Dave, moved to the Black Hills in September 2019, to be closer to their growing grandchildren. Cathy enjoys spending time walking, skiing, reading, and craft projects, and hiking the Black Hills with her 2 fur babies, Coco and Mia.
Darlene Braun is someone who is sharing her story of living with and loving someone with a mental health condition. She will be sharing her story as the opening keynote speaker for the Women’s Conference organized by Rising Hope 605 on April 23rd. Darlene speaks about the difficult journey between loving and enabling your loved one with a mental health challenge. One must accept them for who they are, recognize the effect of their behaviors, and advocate for them, all the while working towards balanced mental health.
Dr. Jay Kahl is the Assistant Vice Provost for Assessment and Academic Excellence at Augustana University in Sioux Falls. He considers himself a Buddhist or Taoist, and meditation is a part of his daily life. He has been leading guided meditation sessions for students at Augustana, and brings his practice to this week's episode of Why We NAMI.
Zebiba graduated with her Masters in Social Work from the University of South Dakota. Currently Zebiba works at Lutheran Social Services as a family therapist as well as leading Aggression Replacement training classes for adolescents between the age of 13 – 18 under the Juvenile Justice reinvestment initiative. Before LSS, Zebiba worked for many years with individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Tobin was born and raised in Flandreau, SD, with his two sisters and mom. He attended undergrad at Black Hills State University where he studied elementary education. After about five years of teaching, Tobin went back to school and earned his masters degree in school counseling, and last year he completed a specialist degree in educational leadership. His counseling experience includes ten years at the middle school level, and this is his first year working at Hawthorne Elementary. In the past Tobin has worked with the South Dakota School Counselor Association serving on numerous boards and roles including treasurer, technology chair, and also association president.In addition, Tobin has been an active education consultant and speaker locally and nationally. Some topics include: video game/technology compulsion, social/emotional learning, and LGBTQ+ education.In his spare time, he loves to play with his dogs, watch and play sports, and travel as much as possible. He currently lives with his partner and enjoys the company of his four kids part-time.
Hailey Nold is a student at Augustana University studying psychology and Spanish with an emphasis in clinical counseling, She is passionate about mental health advocacy and research.Currently, she is a Communications Intern for SD EPSCoR, where she produces media content for the organization’s platforms and communicate with researchers about the various events and publications procured by SD EPSCoR. She is also a Social Media Intern for the Augustana University Office of Admissions, where she creates and manages content aimed at prospective students. If that is not enough, she is also the President of organizations on campus: Psi Chi, Lost&Found, and University Chorale.As a part of her Augustana experience, she has found a passion for mental health activism. She has been continually working on a research project about how systemically non-dominant students perceive their on-campus counseling clinic through measures of awareness, efficacy beliefs, and willingness to engage. After Augustana, Hailey plans to attend graduate school for clinical mental health.
Christy Alten-Osmera has worked 26 years with Keystone Treatment Center, primarily with adolescents. She has experience working residential, outpatient and in the schools. She is currently the program director and clinical supervisor for the inpatient adolescent unit at Keystone. She is a certified non-violent crisis intervention instructor. She is an internationally certified alcohol and drug counselor, a licensed substance abuse counselor, and a licensed professional counselor of mental health, as well as a qualified mental health professional for SD. She is on the state of SD’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council, and SBIRT subcommittee.  She sits on the board for the National Rural Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Institute.Christy obtained her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Walden University, based out of Minneapolis, MN.  Her undergrad work was at the University of South Dakota, where Christy received her Bachelor’s degree in biology and allied health (alcohol and drug abuse studies).Outside of Keystone, she enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 children, and multiple pets (some say a small zoo!). She loves the outdoors, photography, and is actively involved in her local church.
Tim Neyhart has a B.S. in Secondary Education. He has been an active member of a number of disability policy work groups concerning special education, mental health, vocational rehabilitation, and other related topics. He is the past chair of the Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired Rehabilitation Advisory Council, past member of the Division of the Vocational Rehabilitation Advisory Council, etc. In 1998, Tim was recognized with the Governor’s Advisory Council Distinguished Service Award.Tim began his career with DRSD on January 1, 1990. He is now the Executive Director. He says that he likes helping people to identify the things that are important to them and assisting them to achieve those things.
Dr. Paulson is a teacher of pastors or ministers and other church leaders who are working in a church or as chaplains. He has joined the Luther House of Study, which is part of the Sioux Falls Seminary, and holds the chair of Lutheran Theology at the Seminary.  Dr. Steven has a doctorate in systematic theology from the Lutherans School of Theology in Chicago, and has taught at Luther Seminary in St. Paul and Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.  He also is an ordained pastor.  He grew up in Wisconsin, and was a Pastor at a church in Door County Wisconsin, on Washington Island. Dr. Steven has family in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and he and his wife Crystal are enjoying life in Sioux Falls SD these past three years, and hope for many more. Dr. Steven has written many books in theology, with a new one out this week called the Outlaw God.
A longtime resident of the Sunshine State, Brooke Allen knows her theme parks. She’s a former middle and high school teacher whose passion for education has now shifted toward public health.The promise of personalized medicine drew her to the All of Us Research Program. With a one-year-old son and another on the way, the hope of improving health for generations to come is something she can whole-heartedly support. Brooke holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Central Florida and enjoys community theater and plant-based cooking.
Benson Lang'at received a Masters in Social Work from The University of South Dakota and is currently a Clinical Social Worker (CSW) and Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) at Family Service, Inc. Sioux Falls, SD. In addition, he is a Level II Certified Running Coach through Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). He is also an RRCA South Dakota State Representative. Benson is an Elite Distance Runner who was named to the 2020 Boston Marathon Honorary Team.
Angie Collignon is a Court Services Officer for Codington County Drug Court. She has held this position for the last 3 years, and has worked for UJS in various roles since 2007 Angie was born in  Watertown but left for college and didn’t return until 2016.  She graduated with a BS from SDSU with a major in Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice.
Donald “Lee” Gabel is in the third year of his second term as a county commissioner. As commissioner, Lee has focused on justice and public safety. He continues to lead the effort to cost-effectively fix the problems of undersized and aging jail and court facilities. Lee is also working with other county and community officials to address the problem of mental illness in our jail and to maximize appropriate alternatives to jail. Lee has spearheaded an effort over several legislative sessions to make counties less dependent on property tax to fund infrastructure projects.Before being elected, he retired from the U.S. Army at the rank of colonel after over 27 years of military service. In addition to county duties, he also works as a consultant for the U.S. Army and as an institutional researcher at Lake Area Technical College.He and his wife, Anne, also stay involved with Christian non-profit work. Gabel holds a BA degree, two master’s degrees, and the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. His marriage in 1985 to Anne established a permanent tie to Codington County. After retiring from the Army, he and his family settled in Watertown in 2012. Lee and Anne, have five children.
Mallory and Angela spend this episode discussing the struggles of 2020 and helpful coping strategies for 2021 and beyond.
Tristen Jackson is from Le Mars, Iowa -- a.k.a. "the ice cream capital of the world." He graduated high school in 2013 and went to a community college known as Western Iowa Tech. There Tristan pursued becoming a PTA, but realized that wasn’t the population of people he wanted to work with. Tristan switched to getting a Personal Training Certification where he realized the same thing. In 2015, Tristan transferred to the University of Sioux Falls where he got his Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science. While in college in Sioux Falls, Tristan started working at Kids Inc, where he found his love for working with children.
Dr. Kelly Bass has a bachelors of social work degree from the University of Sioux Falls, a masters in social work from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and completed his doctorate in clinical social work and leadership at the University of Tennessee in 2015. Currently he is the Master of Social Work program director at the University of South Dakota and continues to engage in clinical and supervisory practice throughout South Dakota. His research focuses on the impact clinical supervision has on clinical competencies and improving integrated approaches for streamlined referral and access to public and behavioral health care services. Dr. Bass continues to provide mental health treatment to at-risk youth, families, and adults who are involved in the social services and court system through forensic evaluations, crisis intervention, and ongoing clinical treatment. On a larger context, he has worked with clinics, healthcare systems, and service providers as a consultant to improve services provided to children and families. He is a nationally approved clinical supervisor and has provided clinical supervision to developing social workers, counselors, and other mental health providers since 2003.
Christie Lueth has worked in the mental health field for the past 15 years. She attended The University of South Dakota for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She obtained her Bachelors of Social Work in 2005 and graduated with her Masters of Social Work in 2012. Christie is currently licensed as a CSW-PIP in the state of South Dakota. She recently completed required play therapy coursework at South Dakota State University in order to seek her Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential. Christie specializes in mental health and early childhood. She currently provides consultation and oversight of the assisted living facility at her agency, which houses 24 residents living with a mental health diagnosis and is also the Early Childhood Program Director. She has experience in case management, administration, program development, supervision, and clinical therapy. Christie serves as NAMI SD's Board Chair and was recently appointed to South Dakota's Behavioral Health Advisory Committee. Christie loves staying busy with work, volunteering and spending time with family. Christie lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, Brad, and their two children, Elliot and Mallory. Her family just got a new puppy, Jack.
Kendall Cornick is a recent graduate of Augustana University and will be attending medical school in the fall. She has volunteered with NAMI South Dakota for over a year now and shares her story living with a mental health challenge.
Jill Tyler grew up on a small farm in southwest Iowa, and worked for nonprofit organizations prior to earning graduate degrees from the University of Iowa. Currently chair of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of South Dakota, her academic life has been devoted to teaching and researching in areas of relational communication and health communication. Married and the mother of five grown children, Jill has lived in South Dakota for more than twenty years, serving as a volunteer to promote literacy, food programs, health initiatives, and arts organizations.
Kristy Bonde earned her bachelor’s degree in Theatre and received her certification in Arts Administration from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. Kristy started her job as Education and Community Engagement Manager with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2017, and delights in making meaningful connections with others and coordinating programs such as the Music Composition Academies, Bridging Cultures, Music as Medicine,  Retirement Series, and more.
Kelly Gibson has more than two decades of direct nonprofit management experience. Throughout her career, she has developed and administered programs that address important community issues, particularly in rural and Native American communities. She has assisted hundreds of organizations to design and launch effective programs, create evaluation frameworks, develop strategic plans, and build systems that continuously improve their results. She has deep experience helping nonprofits assess their strategy and operations, and facilitate planning to move their mission forward.
Andrew Burroughs was born and raised in Sioux Falls. After graduating from Roosevelt High School, Andrew received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The University of Minnesota-Morris in 2013. He obtained a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of South Dakota. He continued his education and is currently working to finish his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from USD. Andrew is a Licensed Professional Counselor - Mental Health (South Dakota) and a National Certified Counselor. He has an interest in working with individuals of all ages on a wide variety of presenting concerns. Andrew has experience working in mental health centers and private practice in SD and MN.
Charity Doyle holds a degree in Civil & Environmental engineering. She started out in the industry as a water resources engineer. However, wanting the freedom and flexibility to have both a career and a family on her own terms, she launched a consulting and marketing firm which led into marketing and sales training on both national and international fronts. Soon after, she obtained certification in life and business coaching, working with individuals and business owners all over the world for many years.Eventually, the desire for a slower-paced life prompted her to leave Minneapolis to return to her home town of Rapid City. There, Charity began focusing on giving back to the community, starting with utilizing her coaching skills to tutor detainees at Western South Dakota Juvenile Services Center on a volunteer basis, helping them obtain their GEDs. She then ventured into public service, serving six years on the Rapid City Common Council in addition to serving as executive director for a small nonprofit.Charity is now Executive Director of OneHeart, a campus designed to created viable pathways out of poverty for the Rapid City area.
Kelli Rumpza is a Certified Prevention Specialist and has been at the Human Service Agency since 1998. She is the Program Director for the Watertown Healthy Youth Initiative, whose mission is to collaborate with local resources to build a safe and healthy community for our youth, focusing on alcohol, tobacco, suicide and other social issues that impact our youth. This includes facilitating several community coalitions such as Glacial Lakes SAFE (Suicide Awareness For Everyone).
SaLena Engles is a very busy mom of three active boys: twins age 13, and a 16 year old in Watertown SD.  She is the Vice President of the Bramble Park Zoo board, President of the Upside of Downs, and Co-Chair of the Special Olympics.  She is also serving as the campaign chair for the United Way this year.
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NAMI South Dakota
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May 6th, 2020
Latest Episode
Apr 14th, 2021
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