Strong Tradition of Vision & Mission
Board of Directors
Paul Bruflat, Sioux Falls, Chair
Rev. Nick Collins, Sioux Falls, Chair Elect
Tolcha Mesele, Sioux Falls, Secretary/Treasurer
Joel Black, Rapid City
Kim Cournoyer, Dell Rapids
Elizabeth Duffy, Sioux Falls
Pat Eidsness, Sioux Falls
Kim Elbers, Sioux Falls
Bishop Constanze Hagmaier, Sioux Falls
Phil Hogen, Black Hawk
Mike Jamison, Sioux Falls
Erv Nesheim, Hill City
Rev. Becky Piper, Rapid City
Rev. Craig Wexler, Pierre
Foundation Board of Directors
Joel Black, Rapid City, Chair
Mike Jamison, Sioux Falls, Vice Chair/Secretary
Mark Thomas, Sioux Falls
Ron Hegge, Renner
Rev. Tom Opoien, Tea
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 is responsible for strategy development, financial management, performance and quality improvement, regulatory compliance, and personnel management for community-based services statewide. This includes Behavioral Health Services, the Center for Financial Resources, the Center for New Americans, Childcare & Education Services, Re-entry Services, Mentoring Services and Disaster Response Services. Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota and 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. She held a variety of leadership positions before assuming her current role in 2011. Rebecca is originally from South Dakota. She grew up in Sioux Falls and graduated 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.