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LSS Names Witt as New Chief Program Officer

LSS, one of the largest private non-profit human services agencies in South Dakota, has announced the promotion of Amy Witt to the position of Chief Program Officer. Witt has served as the Vice President of Children and Youth Services for the last seven years, and this new role is a natural and well-earned progression of responsibilities.

Witt will transition to an agency-wide externally-facing position, focusing on the implementation of the strategic vision for all agency services. Witt shares, "This position allows me to take a broader view, ensuring our strategic vision is at the forefront and guiding the agency's direction."

As Chief Program Officer, Witt will continue to carry out the LSS’ strategic priority to pursue program opportunities that strengthen families and keep children and youth in their homes and communities. She will oversee grants/contracts, advocacy, and program development, implementation and sustainability.

“I’ve worked alongside Amy throughout my tenure with LSS,” says Rebecca Kiesow-Knudsen, President/CEO. “She is a pure embodiment of the LSS mission and vision. Her leadership capacity has and will continue to strengthen South Dakota. I am so excited about her new role and what it will mean for our state.”

As Witt embraces this transformative journey, she reflects on her two-decade-long commitment to LSS. She sees this role as the culmination of her experiences, and is excited to navigate change and lead LSS toward a future where the organization continues to adapt and thrive, making a lasting impact on communities.

Witt is active and holds leadership roles in multiple state and national cohorts. She has 23 years of experience working with at-risk youth and families. “We do exceptional work, but communities change, and families change. What we're doing now is not what we were doing 20 years ago when I started my career with LSS. Things look very different,” admits Witt. “I'm excited to be the person that will help move us forward into a second century of service.”

Witt earned her bachelor’s degree in social work and psychology from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, and her master’s in social work from the University of North Dakota. During her undergraduate studies, Witt completed an internship with LSS Foster Care Services. It was through this experience that she realized she wanted to be a part of LSS and has held various positions in both direct service provision and leadership since.

About LSS of South Dakota

LSS responds to changing needs in South Dakota communities. Our mission: Inspired by God's love, we care for, support and strengthen individuals, families, and communities and believe in the vision that all people in South Dakota will be healthy, safe and accepted. LSS is one of the largest private non-profit human service agencies in South Dakota serving people of all ages, faiths, races, and economic statuses with professional, confidential, and affordable services statewide. LSS services are licensed by the State of South Dakota and accredited by the Council on Accreditation. LSS is a United Way agency.