Executive Director- NOW HIRING
At Northern Hills SOS, we believe that great leadership is the driving force behind transformative change. That's why we're thrilled to announce that we are actively seeking a passionate and visionary individual to join our team as an Executive Director. If you are a dynamic leader who is ready to make a lasting impact on our organization and the community we serve, we invite you to embark on this exciting journey with us. Please reach out by contacting us today! Email email@example.com
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. Hans and his wife Zoe live in Sturgis, SD with their fur baby Bodie.
Angie Albonico, Board Vice-President
Angie Albonico, works as an Account Executive at a software company and is a mother to three children; two teenage boys and a married adult daughter. Her family moved here from St Petersburg, Florida in 2009. After visiting the Black Hills for many years for local shareholder meetings, she decided this is where her family needed to be, in order to have the best quality of life. Since moving to the Black Hills, Angie has been a volunteer and lead organizer of many different organizations throughout South Dakota. As well as bringing different ballot measures to the state. Her passion for helping for those in need, making change and the love of giving back to people is what brought her to Northern Hills SOS.
Carissa Demming, Secretary
Carissa Deming is originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado but now calls the Black Hills home, as she moved to Spearfish to attend Black Hills State University in 2016 and has yet to find a reason to leave. She graduated from BHSU in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Music, a minor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and a certificate in Piano Pedagogy. After graduation, Carissa joined the BHSU TRIO Student Support Services staff as their English Specialist before transitioning into her current role as a Professional Advisor for the TRIO SSS office in 2021. In this position, she has the opportunity to assist students who are first-generation, low-income, or have a disability not only to succeed but also to thrive in the collegiate setting. She is currently working on completing a master’s degree in educational leadership focusing on adult and higher education from the University of South Dakota. She is excited to bring her newfound knowledge to her position at BHSU and NHSOS.
Carissa serves as the president-elect of the South Dakota TRIO association and sits on the ASPIRE board (the regional TRIO association board). Additionally, she is the Senior Choir director for Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spearfish. She also works as a supervisor for weddings and other events at the Joy Center on the BHSU campus. She also enjoys being a member of the Hook Young Professionals planning committee and always looks for new ways to get involved in the community
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 served as the executive director of the Northern Hills Area CASA program for 11 years until her retirement in 2023. She formerly served as the development director for three years. She currently serves on the board for Prairie Hills Child Care Center. 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
IIda 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, Spearfish Community Foundation and past member of the Spearfish Community Coalition. Ida Marie and her husband, Don, have one daughter, Alice who lives in Minneapolis, MN
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.