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
  • Marty Jolley, Director of Nursing
  • Heidi Loof, Director of Residential Services
  • Shelly A. Johnson, Director of Development
  • Nathan Stallinga, Executive Director

2023-2024 Board of Directors

  • Deb Fischer-Clemens – President
  • Katie L. Krantz, Van De Walle Architects – Vice President
  • Corey Weide, Morgan Stanley Venrick Goeman Group - Treasurer
  • Chris Prendergast, Click Rain – Secretary
  • Paul Tschetter, Boyce Law Firm – Past President
  • Jeff Bowar, TSP
  • Jamie Dooley, Citi
  • Delia Druley, Evans Haigh & Arndt LLP
  • Micaela Greenfield, Midco
  • Joe Jares, Claims Associates
  • April Meyerink – American Bank & Trust
  • William (Bill) O’Connor, First PREMIER Bank
  • Dr. Kevin Post, Avera Health
  • Tom Shields, American Bank & Trust
  • Dennis Studer, Community Volunteer
  • Krista Tschetter. First Bank & Trust