Our Team

People count on DakotAbilities' compassionate, knowledgeable team to provide the support they need on every step of life’s journey. Our team of more than 200 employees see the unique abilities in each person we support. Supports are individualized so each person supported can meet their unique goals.

Staff members at DakotAbilities say that they come back to work and stay at the organization for the people they support and the encouragement of the people on their team. DakotAbilities feels like family to the people supported, and the dedicated, knowledgeable staff plays a huge role in making people feel empowered, independent, and valued.

It’s so rewarding because I know I’m making a difference in someone’s life every day.

— Anna M, Lead Direct Support Professional

DakotAbilities Leadership

  • Alison Braithwaite, Director of Human Resources
  • Melanie DeBates, Director of Program Services
  • Joe Dvorak, Director of Day Services
  • Brad Hilscher, Director of Finance
  • Jennifer Hoesing, Director of Development
  • Marty Jolley, Director of Nursing
  • Heidi Loof, Director of Residential Services
  • Nathan Stallinga, Executive Director

2022-23 Board of Directors

  • Paul Tschetter, Boyce Law Firm - President
  • Deb Fischer-Clemens, Avera Health – Vice President
  • Katie L. Krantz, Van De Walle Architects – Treasurer
  • Corey Weide, Morgan Stanley Venrick Goeman Group - Secretary
  • Doug Tribble, American Bank & Trust - Past President
  • Jeff Bowar, TSP
  • Delia Druley, Evans, Haigh & Arndt LLP
  • Micaela Greenfield, Midco
  • Dr. Tyler Jares, Avera McKennan
  • April Meyerink, Black Hills Federal Credit Union
  • William (Bill) O’Connor, First PREMIER Bank
  • Chris Prendergrast, Click Rain
  • Joe M. Priebe, Citibank
  • Dennis Studer, Community Volunteer