Christine Pierson, Executive Director
Christine Pierson is the part-time executive director of Northern Hills Sources of Support (SOS). She has been involved with SOS since 2015 and was hired in 2019. Christine grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Syracuse University and the College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She and her husband, Paul, moved to South Dakota in 2009 and have two kids. When Christine is not working or shuffling the kids around, she enjoys baking, camping, reading, running, and traveling.
Hans Nelson, Board President
Hans Nelson, a Spearfish, SD born native and Belle Fourche, SD graduate, is the Director for the Monument Health Foundation. The Monument Health Foundation acquires and stewards charitable gifts for the benefit of the patients and communities they serve. Prior to moving home in September of 2017 Hans lived in Minneapolis, MN working as the assistant director of English programs at Xperitas, a nonprofit education organization promoting global immersion experiences around the world. Prior to that he was a customer service manager and camp director at Endless Horizons, a network of businesses, promoting personal and organizational development, in Harrisburg, VA. Hans is a certified elementary teacher who served as head teacher at a Montessori International School in Bonn, Germany from 2013-2014. After graduating from the University of South Dakota in 2007 he traveled for five years around the world as a program director through a global education program known as Up with People based out of Denver, CO. Hans has a passion for big ideas and being the catalyst for change. Most of the roles he has held were positions created specifically to fit his unique skill set in relationship building, program development and influential enthusiasm.
Jayna Frederickson, Board Vice-President
Jayna Frederickson lives west of Spearfish on a cattle ranch, with her husband, Nate and two boys, Teegan and Tiernan. They operate a seedstock business and host an annual bull sale in December. Jayna was a probation officer for 20 years, starting her career in Gillette, Wyoming, as a juvenile probation officer. When she married in 2004, she moved to the Spearfish area and was a probation officer until a year ago. Jayna was involved in many different aspects of the criminal justice system including a local Safety Team, coordinating a yearly Defense Training to fellow probation officers. While in probation, she was a standard probation officer, meaning she took on felony adult and juvenile cases. Jayna was an intensive juvenile officer as well as an adult intensive officer in the Northern Hills Drug Court. She has seen and dealt with poverty first hand in the Northern Hills and what drug addiction does to families and communities. Her heart has always been on serving the disadvantaged population and helping them to be their best. However, after 20 years, Jayna felt it was time to focus on her family and their expanding ranching operation. Aside from her career, she have been involved in the Good Shepherd Clinic as a volunteer and coordinator. Jayna has been on the Northern Hills Drug and Alcohol Board and the Northern Hills CASA Board. She is a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, where she was a board member for 3 years and have served on several committees as a member in our church.
Kit Whitely, Secretary
Kit Whitely, grew up in both the Bay Area of California and Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. She holds a BA in Humanities from the University of Asia and the Pacific and an MA in Teaching TESOL from the University of Southern California. A licensed educator and new installment to Belle Fourche, SD, she happily accepted a position to teach Social Science at Belle Fourche High School. She represented the Philippines in the international education group Up with People in 2011 and strives to continue living their mission of building bridges of understanding in any community she is in. Well traveled and big hearted, she is motivated and ready to be of service.
Andrea Wager, Treasurer
Andrea Wager, grew up in Redfield, SD and also Belle Fourche, SD, where she graduated High
School. Andrea has lived in Spearfish for 24 years. She graduated from Black Hills State University in December 2019 with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration, emphasis in Accounting. Andrea
currently works for Greg Hollibaugh, CPA, as a bookkeeper. She is married with 2 kids, ages 22 and
19. Andrea loves to go to concerts, gardening, and hanging out with her family. Andrea enjoys all her volunteer work, including handing out the awards for Special Olympics, many years being a Sunday School Teacher, and lastly being a part of The Leapin Lutheran’s Relay for Life Team.
Kate has been the executive director of the Northern Hills Area CASA program since 2012. She
formerly served as the development director for three years. She currently serves on the board for
Prairie Hills Child Care Center and is on the State of South Dakota Court Improvement and
Children’s Justice committees. Kate graduated with a BA in English with an Emphasis on
Creative Writing from the University of Kansas. She’s worked as a newspaper writer/editor and
a bids/proposals writer. A native of Redfield, South Dakota, she and her husband John settled in
Spearfish in 2005 after moving more than 20 times during John’s army career. Kate and John
have three grown children and six grandchildren.
Barbara J. Donat, grew up in Plankinton, SD. She has lived in Spearfish for 22 years. She is a two time graduate of BHSU for Business, Computer Programming and Computer Applications in 2003 and Psychology in 2008. Barb is self-employed as a Divorce/Custody Mediator at Mediation Matters in Spearfish. She previously served as a Board Member for NHCASA for 9 years, and has been a CASA Advocate for 10 years and still actively takes cases. Barb has done 3 trips to Guatemala through Sharing the Dream and 1 mission trip to Nicaragua. She has two boys that keep her busy. She travels as often as possible and attends concerts and has passed that on to her children who enjoy it as much as she does. She and her sons spend a lot of time at the lake in the summer and she stays active with her many "side-hustles."
Ida Marie Snorteland
Ida Marie (Norton) Snorteland grew up on a farm northwest of Vermillion, SD. She attended Vermillion High School and the university of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD graduating with a BA in Home Economics. Ida Marie started her career with SDSU Cooperative Extension Service, working as an Area Extension Home Economics Agent in 6 counties in central SD. She transferred to the Rosebud Indian Reservation where she served as a Home Economics Agent and as a Housing Education Educator working with 12 Housing Program Assistants. In 1972, she transferred to a position serving Perkins and Ziebach Counties, serving as a Home Economics Agent there until 1980 when her responsibilities were shifted to Harding County. In 1985, Ida Marie transferred to Lawrence County and completed her Extension Career in Lawrence County. Ida Marie retired from Extension in 2002 and immediately started work as the Spearfish Tobacco Education Coordinator for the next 18 months. In 2006 she was offered the position as Senior Health Information and Insurance Education(SHIINE) coordinator for western SD; Ida Marie was employed by the Center for Active Generation, Sioux Falls SD. Currently she serves as a volunteer with SHIINE. Ida Marie currently serves on the Board of Directors for Western SD Community Action Agency, serving on the Executive Board. She is a member of Zonta, Meals on Wheels advisory board, and past member of the Spearfish Community Coalition. Ida Marie and her husband, Don, have one daughter, Alice who lives in Minneapolis, MN