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Life Stories Take Shape at LSS


LSS Centennial Video

Being There for a Century of Service

Celebrating Who We Are

There is one characteristic that all LSS employees share—they want to make a difference in the lives of others. LSS employees are dedicated to helping the people who utilize our vital services and those who they work alongside. Thank you for making a difference.

I am Kiley

Please join us in welcoming Kiley Everson to LSS! As the HR Assistant, she helps with all things related to Human Resources. “I’m grateful that LSS has given me the opportunity to start my career in Human Resources. I look forward to learning about everything HR and to keep working alongside great coworkers.” #IamLSS #IamLearning

I am Gloria

Please join us in celebrating Gloria Hutson on her first anniversary with LSS! As the Residential Group Leader with New Beginnings Center in Aberdeen, Gloria works with youth to prepare them for adulthood, which can include education and employment goals as well as life skills like personal finance and cooking.   #IamLSS #IamIndependence

I am Tarra

Please join us in cheering for Tarra Fischer as she celebrates a milestone anniversary with LSS – 15 years! Her first 12 years were at New Beginnings Center and she is now part of Independent Living Services in Aberdeen. As a Community Resource Person, Tarra works with youth in foster care that are transitioning out of care. “I am a conduit to the community, connecting my clients the community resources they need to be successful in becoming an adult. I guide them in how they can become an adult that can meet their own needs.”   #IamLSS #IamCommunity


I am Paige

Today we celebrate Paige Short on her first anniversary with LSS! As the Vice President of Philanthropy Services, she manages all agency fundraising activities while building strong relationships with donors and working closely with community partners. “The Philanthropy Services team and I work closely with donors and community partners to cultivate support for LSS programs, services and clients.”    #IamLSS #IamSupport

I am Amy

Please join us in celebrating Amy Feterl on four years with LSS! As the Better Together Coordinator, Amy matches citizens, or “neighbors” as we call them, with volunteers for socialization and friendship. “100% of the neighbors said Better Together has helped them to maintain a healthy level of companionship. Most of our neighbors are lonely or looking for a friend when they join Better Together so to see that they now feel Better Together has helped them to maintain a healthy level of companionship is really rewarding. I do this work because everyone deserves to have a friend and I love being able to help my matches create lasting friendships!” #IamLSS #IamFriendship

I am Lynette

Today we celebrate Lynette Kleinschmit on her first anniversary with LSS! As a Resource Family Specialist, Lynette trains and licenses families across the state who are wanting to become foster parents. “It has been a privilege learning all about the families who are becoming foster parents. I have learned about the many different family structures here in South Dakota. It had been an absolute blessing meeting and helping families achieve their goal and helping children connect to safe and loving homes.”  #IamLSS #IamLearning

I am Olivia

Please join us in celebrating Olivia Lima on her first anniversary with LSS! Olivia is a Financial Counselor & Educator with the Center for Financial Resources in Sioux Falls. “I help clients organize their finances and reach their financial goals--whether that's getting out of debt, recovering from a crisis, buying their first home, or anything else! It's amazing to see the relief people feel, and their excitement at finally being able to get some traction and make progress toward their dreams.”  #IamLSS #IamGuidance

I am Sylvia

Photo congradulating Kaley Macklem, After-School Teacher at Southern Hills Childcare & Education Services, on her 2nd anniversary with LSS.

Today marks a milestone for Sylvia Selgestad – 10 years with LSS! As a Financial Counselor and Educator with the Center for Financial Resources, Sylvia provides assistance with financial and housing matters as well as teaching various classes in the community. “I had a client who had been in my class in the prison. After his release, I worked with him to do a budget and clean up some old credit issues so that he could rent an apartment, with the goal of him being able to have his children come and stay with him and get a share of custody. One day as I was leaving the office, he was walking past and he hollered to me, ‘Hey! Thank you! I got my kids back!’”  #IamLSS #IamLearning