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Why We NAMI - A Mental Health Podcast
46 minutes | a day ago
#043 - Christy Alten-Osmera
Christy Alten-Osmera has worked 26 years with Keystone Treatment Center, primarily with adolescents. She has experience working residential, outpatient and in the schools. She is currently the program director and clinical supervisor for the inpatient adolescent unit at Keystone. She is a certified non-violent crisis intervention instructor. She is an internationally certified alcohol and drug counselor, a licensed substance abuse counselor, and a licensed professional counselor of mental health, as well as a qualified mental health professional for SD. She is on the state of SD’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council, and SBIRT subcommittee. She sits on the board for the National Rural Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Institute.Christy obtained her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Walden University, based out of Minneapolis, MN. Her undergrad work was at the University of South Dakota, where Christy received her Bachelor’s degree in biology and allied health (alcohol and drug abuse studies).Outside of Keystone, she enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 children, and multiple pets (some say a small zoo!). She loves the outdoors, photography, and is actively involved in her local church.
63 minutes | 15 days ago
#041 - Dr. Steven Paulson
Dr. Paulson is a teacher of pastors or ministers and other church leaders who are working in a church or as chaplains. He has joined the Luther House of Study, which is part of the Sioux Falls Seminary, and holds the chair of Lutheran Theology at the Seminary. Dr. Steven has a doctorate in systematic theology from the Lutherans School of Theology in Chicago, and has taught at Luther Seminary in St. Paul and Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. He also is an ordained pastor. He grew up in Wisconsin, and was a Pastor at a church in Door County Wisconsin, on Washington Island. Dr. Steven has family in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and he and his wife Crystal are enjoying life in Sioux Falls SD these past three years, and hope for many more. Dr. Steven has written many books in theology, with a new one out this week called the Outlaw God.
37 minutes | 22 days ago
#040 - Brooke Allen
A longtime resident of the Sunshine State, Brooke Allen knows her theme parks. She’s a former middle and high school teacher whose passion for education has now shifted toward public health.The promise of personalized medicine drew her to the All of Us Research Program. With a one-year-old son and another on the way, the hope of improving health for generations to come is something she can whole-heartedly support. Brooke holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Central Florida and enjoys community theater and plant-based cooking.
45 minutes | a month ago
#039 - Benson Lang'at
Benson Lang'at received a Masters in Social Work from The University of South Dakota and is currently a Clinical Social Worker (CSW) and Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) at Family Service, Inc. Sioux Falls, SD. In addition, he is a Level II Certified Running Coach through Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). He is also an RRCA South Dakota State Representative. Benson is an Elite Distance Runner who was named to the 2020 Boston Marathon Honorary Team.
48 minutes | a month ago
#038 - Angie Collignon
Angie Collignon is a Court Services Officer for Codington County Drug Court. She has held this position for the last 3 years, and has worked for UJS in various roles since 2007 Angie was born in Watertown but left for college and didn’t return until 2016. She graduated with a BS from SDSU with a major in Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice.
42 minutes | 2 months ago
#033 - Christie Lueth
Christie Lueth has worked in the mental health field for the past 15 years. She attended The University of South Dakota for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She obtained her Bachelors of Social Work in 2005 and graduated with her Masters of Social Work in 2012. Christie is currently licensed as a CSW-PIP in the state of South Dakota. She recently completed required play therapy coursework at South Dakota State University in order to seek her Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential. Christie specializes in mental health and early childhood. She currently provides consultation and oversight of the assisted living facility at her agency, which houses 24 residents living with a mental health diagnosis and is also the Early Childhood Program Director. She has experience in case management, administration, program development, supervision, and clinical therapy. Christie serves as NAMI SD's Board Chair and was recently appointed to South Dakota's Behavioral Health Advisory Committee. Christie loves staying busy with work, volunteering and spending time with family. Christie lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, Brad, and their two children, Elliot and Mallory. Her family just got a new puppy, Jack.
41 minutes | 3 months ago
#032 - Kendall Cornick
Kendall Cornick is a recent graduate of Augustana University and will be attending medical school in the fall. She has volunteered with NAMI South Dakota for over a year now and shares her story living with a mental health challenge.
42 minutes | 3 months ago
#030 - Kristy Bonde
Kristy Bonde earned her bachelor’s degree in Theatre and received her certification in Arts Administration from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. Kristy started her job as Education and Community Engagement Manager with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2017, and delights in making meaningful connections with others and coordinating programs such as the Music Composition Academies, Bridging Cultures, Music as Medicine, Retirement Series, and more.
49 minutes | 3 months ago
#029 - Kelly Gibson
Kelly Gibson has more than two decades of direct nonprofit management experience. Throughout her career, she has developed and administered programs that address important community issues, particularly in rural and Native American communities. She has assisted hundreds of organizations to design and launch effective programs, create evaluation frameworks, develop strategic plans, and build systems that continuously improve their results. She has deep experience helping nonprofits assess their strategy and operations, and facilitate planning to move their mission forward.
42 minutes | 4 months ago
#027 - Charity Doyle
Charity Doyle holds a degree in Civil & Environmental engineering. She started out in the industry as a water resources engineer. However, wanting the freedom and flexibility to have both a career and a family on her own terms, she launched a consulting and marketing firm which led into marketing and sales training on both national and international fronts. Soon after, she obtained certification in life and business coaching, working with individuals and business owners all over the world for many years.Eventually, the desire for a slower-paced life prompted her to leave Minneapolis to return to her home town of Rapid City. There, Charity began focusing on giving back to the community, starting with utilizing her coaching skills to tutor detainees at Western South Dakota Juvenile Services Center on a volunteer basis, helping them obtain their GEDs. She then ventured into public service, serving six years on the Rapid City Common Council in addition to serving as executive director for a small nonprofit.Charity is now Executive Director of OneHeart, a campus designed to created viable pathways out of poverty for the Rapid City area.
44 minutes | 4 months ago
#026 - Kelli Rumpza
Kelli Rumpza is a Certified Prevention Specialist and has been at the Human Service Agency since 1998. She is the Program Director for the Watertown Healthy Youth Initiative, whose mission is to collaborate with local resources to build a safe and healthy community for our youth, focusing on alcohol, tobacco, suicide and other social issues that impact our youth. This includes facilitating several community coalitions such as Glacial Lakes SAFE (Suicide Awareness For Everyone).
46 minutes | 4 months ago
#024 - Tim Hazlett
Tim Hazlett is the Principal of Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is dedicated to creating a school environment where all students are welcome. Sioux Falls Roosevelt has embraced the slogan “We are Roosevelt! We are One!”. The dedication and commitment to the goal of creating a safe environment where all students are accepted for who they are has produced inclusivity as a part of the culture at Roosevelt High School.
36 minutes | 5 months ago
#023 - Wendy Olson
Wendy Olson is from Watertown, SD. She is the Project SUCCESS coordinator at Watertown Senior High School. Wendy has worked in prevention education in the school setting for the last 12+ years and is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor.Wendy is married and has been blessed with 2 grown children and a granddaughter.
38 minutes | 5 months ago
#022 - Amy Lupkes
Amy Lupkes did her undergrad at SDSU and then received her master's at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. After receiving her master’s degree, she moved back to South Dakota and is currently in her 20th year as a school counselor. Amy is also a mom of three busy, active girls!
37 minutes | 5 months ago
#021 - Julie Moore
Julie Moore is a certified trainer of the ASIST workshop for suicide first aid, presenter for SuivideTALK with LivingWorks, and a certified QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper instructor for the last 12 years. She started the Foundation of Hope with the mission to decrease the stigma of mental illness, educate the public about suicide prevention, and promote a culture of kindness and self-care. She is also a certified trainer for Leadership Plenty, which teaches leadership skills that enable graduates to confidently identify problems in their communities, and implement a plan of action to combat those problems. Julie is a Professional Life Coach currently working on her certification. She is from Murdo, SD, and works in Pierre at Avera St. Mary’s Foundation as a Suicide Prevention Training Coordinator and Data Specialist/Gift Processor.
35 minutes | 5 months ago
#020 - Erik Muckey
Erik Muckey began his term as Executive Director of Lost&Found in 2018, but his presence in the organization has been felt for much longer. Erik helped form the original Board of Directors in 2010 and was responsible for leading and advising the founding chapter teams at the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University. Erik uses this experience and passion to shape a new vision and structure for Lost&Found. Erik most recently served as the President of Lost&Found’s Board of Directors, taking over the reins in August 2014 from co-founder Dennis “DJ” Smith.Erik was raised in Corsica, SD and is a graduate of the University of South Dakota (BBA in Economics, 2014) and the University of Minnesota (Master of Public Policy (MPP) / Master of Business Administration (MBA) / Certificate in Nonprofit Management (CNM), 2020). Erik is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Before joining Lost&Found as its Executive Director, Erik began his career in municipal government and financial services, serving in various financial analysis, consulting, project management, and strategy roles for the City of Sioux Falls, RGP, MetaBank, and Sunrise Banks.Outside of Lost&Found, Erik is the founder and Managing Partner of PASQ, a professional services outsourcing and consulting firm for rural economic development agencies and serves as a board member or adviser to several social ventures spanning Minnesota and South Dakota. He currently resides in St. Paul, MN.
36 minutes | 6 months ago
#019 - Brian Assam and Alecia Heimes
Brian Assam is certified in Vinyasa and Kundalini yoga and is a trained breathwork facilitator, where he assists groups and individuals in their growth process. Brian started a number of businesses based in technology and yoga, holds two patents in an award-winning Artificial Intelligence Web Technology, and manages a 200 acre family farm for wildlife habitat and future development. Brian believes we are all here on this earth for a reason and the circumstances of our lives (no matter how difficult they may seem) are to assist in the process of human evolution.Alecia Heimes is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist trained in behavior change and modification; learning and memory; mental health identification, prevention and treatment; counseling and skill development; consultation; neuropsychology; evolutionary psychology; mindfulness; the power of the mind/body connection; and many other areas. She uses somatic practices as a Registered Yoga Teacher, energy psychology and spiritual connection as a Reiki practitioner. On top of that she is a busy mom of 3.
40 minutes | 6 months ago
#018 - Dave McNeil
Dave McNeil grew up in the southeast part of the state and attended the University of South Dakota, graduating with a degree in criminal justice. Upon the completion of college, Dave was hired by the Aberdeen Police department as an officer in 1992.Over the years Dave has held many duties, assignments, and responsibilities within the department. Dave worked in many supervisory capacities over the years, ultimately being promoted to the Chief's position in 2014. Dave is a graduate of the FBI national academy. As the chief, Dave has focused on serving and continuing to improve the department and the community by using the police department's mission statement to guide his efforts.Dave is married with three children. Two of his children attend NSU and his youngest is a senior in high school.
39 minutes | 6 months ago
#017 - Joan Zephier
For Joan Zephier, art has been a lifelong influence on her. In 2007, she was able to get into recovery from her addictions. Initially Joan’s art was put on hold when getting sober, but the pull back to the arts would not stay quiet. In the Spring of 2013, Joan pursued her dream of creating and participating in an addiction and recovery art show. As the representative of Tallgrass Recovery & Sober Living Homes, she created the Recovery Art Show. The idea behind the show was to raise awareness, to help erase the stigma of addiction, and to tell the story of recovery.In 2016, Joan won the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for Visual Arts for her work with area high school students in creating art that tells the struggles and triumphs of their lives -- not only addiction, but also many other mental health issues.Joan works in many mediums to express her life, always seeking to communicate a spiritual and human connection in her art. Her continued focus remains on the stories of herself and others, creating pieces that show both the struggles and the hard won victories we all have in life. Joan currently lives in Sioux Falls and has 4 children.
39 minutes | 6 months ago
#016 - Sharon Chontos
Sharon Chontos graduated from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a chemical engineering degree. Her corporate background was in the oil and gas and renewable energy industries. However, like many of us, she pivoted her degree to adjust to raising a family. She and her business partner, Rachel Oelmann, have owned and operated Sage Project Consultants since 2010. They provide grant management, strategic planning, and program evaluation services to state agencies, universities, and non-profits including the South Dakota's Department of Social Services Division of Behavioral Health. Sharon is now serving as interim President of SD Mines Center for Alumni Relations and Advancement. Sharon has three kids in college and is enrolled in a master's program herself.
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