Pam started her career in the medical field as a Medical Receptionist and Billing Associate for Isabel Community Clinic in the 1980s, before moving into the position of CEO. Over the years, clinics in Eagle Butte, Faith, McIntosh, and Bison were acquired by the Isabel Clinic to form Prairie Community Health under Pam’s leadership.
As CEO of the organization, Pam was an active member of her State Primary Care Association, Community Healthcare Association of the Dakotas (CHAD), her Regional Primary Care Association, and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), serving on their boards and executive committees.
Pam was also a founding member of Community Health Association of Mountain/Plains States (CHAMPS) thirty years ago, serving as President from 2002-2006.
In January 2016, Pam retired from her position as CEO of Prairie Community Health, which led to the merger of Horizon and Prairie Community Health.
Currently, Pam resides in rural Isabel, SD, and operates her own business, Wellness Works, in Timber Lake.
Krissy began working at Prairie Community Health in 2013 where she was introduced to the healthcare field and how vital it is to keep community based healthcare in rural South Dakota. Prior to a merger with Horizon Health Care, Inc. in 2016, Krissy began working in marketing. Upon completion of the merger with Horizon Health, Krissy was able to concentrate her efforts on marketing and collaborating with her co-workers in rural healthcare advocacy.
Krissy currently serves on the Western South Dakota Community Action board of directors, is an active member of the Faith Community Commerce, and Development Group, serves as vice president of the Faith School Alumni and Scholarship board, and volunteers her time with local charity's and community events.
In September of 2017 Krissy's career path took her in a new direction as editor of the local newspaper in Faith, SD. She is able to combine her passion for community involvement, marketing, and healthcare advocacy.
Currently, Krissy resides in rural Faith, SD with her husband and two sons, operating their cattle ranch as 5th generation owners, and feed business, Bar E2 Feeds.
Jim, a Jerauld County rancher became part of the Horizon Health Foundation Board in May 2018. Jim is a graduate of South Dakota State University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. A third-generation rancher, Jim has been co-owner of Firesteel Ranch near Wessington Springs for over fifty years. Today, his sons manage the ranch, and he and his brother remain involved in semi-retired roles.
In addition to his farming career, Jim spent twenty-seven years in the National Guard, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He served two years in the state Senate, and 10 years in the state Legislature, during which time he served as assistant minority leader. He served 18 years as a Public Utilities Commissioner and served as chairman of the electricity committee of the National PUC Commissioners. In this role, he was a strong advocate for the development of wind energy in South Dakota. Given his passion for public utilities, Jim has been involved in many National Association of Regulatory Utility Commission (NARUC) committees and served on their board of directors. He has also served on advisory boards for the National Regulatory Research Institute, Electric Power Research Institute, and New Mexico State Forum.
In South Dakota, Jim has had a lifelong association with the South Dakota 4-H, and served as chair of South Dakota 4-H Foundation. He has also served as a board member for South Dakota Corn Growers and is a past Board of Director of South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Board of Director/Treasurer of South Dakota Retailer’s Association. From 2009-2017, Jim served as Chair of the State FSA Committee.
Locally in Wessington Springs, Jim is a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, a past Mayor in the community, and is a Farmers Union member.
Gary, a lifelong resident of Alcester, South Dakota joined the Horizon Health Foundation Board of Directors in January 2019. Gary is a graduate of the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
After graduation, he returned home to work in the State Bank of Alcester, which had been a family-owned bank since 1919. Gary was named Chief Executive Officer in 1990 and recently retired in 2017.
In addition to his career in banking, Gary has had a passion for economic development and expansion of the Alcester community. He has served as an officer and on boards of many community organizations, including the Alcester Development Company, Inc., Morningside Care Center, Inc., Alcester Downtown Limited Partnership, Alcester Community Foundation, and Alcester Lions Club.
Outside of his commitment to his hometown, Gary has also served on the Independent Community Bankers of South Dakota board and as a trustee for the University of South Dakota Foundation.
Doug Eidahl is currently the Vice President of Regulatory and Legal for Vantage Point Solutions, Mitchell, SD, where he works on a wide variety of legal, regulatory, business and strategic planning issues, financing, mergers and acquisitions for Rural Telecommunications, Internet, CATV and wireless providers. Doug holds a BS, MPA and Law Degrees, all from the University of South Dakota. He was the former General Counsel for the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and CEO for James Valley Telecommunications & Northern Valley Communications in Groton and Aberdeen, SD before joining VPS in 2003 where he has worked the last 16 years.
In addition to his extensive career, Eidahl also has served on numerous boards, commissions and community foundations and especially enjoys preservation of rural communities and economic development. Doug is currently serving on the Mitchell Technical Institute Foundation, Strand Kjorsvig Living Center in Roslyn, and Fort Sisseton Historical Commission. He grew up on the family dairy farm 11 miles northwest of Roslyn, where he continues to farm with his son and nephew.
Chrysti Protsch has lived and worked most of her life in Miner County, South Dakota. After 36 years in the Title Industry, she recently retired as Owner/President of Fidelity Abstract. Chrysti is on the Miner County Historical Society Board, serving as treasurer, and enjoys creating displays at the museum. She also volunteers where needed at Bethany Lutheran Church, especially with the Wednesday Mission Quilt group, and was a recent church council secretary.
Personally, Protsch has experienced the loss of several close relatives at a young age and helped with their care. This reason is what had led her to seek ways to provide help in healthcare and to support the mission of the Horizon Health Foundation as a board member. Her and her husband, Greg, reside in Howard and have three children and six (almost seven) grandchildren.
Jessica is a graduate of United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, ND and holds a degree in Criminal Justice. For the past eight years, Jessica has been the CEO of her household. She also helps at the Firesteel Creek Lodge, which her husband (Mark) and in-laws (Les and Marcia Lindskov) own and operate.
For the past two years, Jessica has also served on the Horizon Health Care Board of Directors and will act as a liaison between the two separate boards. Residing in one of Horizon’s most rural communities, Jessica is passionate about supporting Horizon Health Care and Horizon Health Foundation’s mission. “Our small clinics matter and are a big part of our towns,” said Jessica. “If it weren’t for Horizon clinics, my family would have to travel miles for doctoring."
Jessica resides in Isabel with her husband, Mark, and children, Benjamin and Chanley.
Patrick of Sioux Falls, SD (formerly Howard, SD) joined the Horizon Health Foundation Board of Directors in December 2019. Pat attended Dakota State University in Madison, SD and returned to Howard in 1967. Pat owned Maroney's Bar for more than forty years, taking over the business from his father, who owned the bar twenty-three years prior.
Over the years, Pat has held many leadership positions in the area. He has served as a Miner County Commissioner (11 years), former Vice President of Howard Industries, Board Chair of Miner County Community Revitalization (MCCR) and the Rural Learning Center, President of the Jaycees Club, Chairman for the First District Association of Local Governments (three terms), Chairman of the Democratic Party, and Treasurer of the Interlakes Community Action Board. He has also volunteered on numerous boards, including: Miner County Development Corporation, St. Agatha’s Church Council (23 years), Howard Public Library (38 years), and the Dakota State University Foundation (11 years).
Following a three year tour with an army airborne company, Mr. Mengenhausen received his degree in Business and Accounting from Nettleton College located in Sioux Falls, SD. After receiving his degree, he returned to his hometown of Howard, SD and opened a small accounting and tax preparation firm.
In October of 1983, he assumed the role of CEO of a small community health center, Miner-Hamlin Health Care Project which included clinics in Howard and Bryant, with a total staff of 14 and an annual budget of approximately $700,000. Through a number of mergers and expansions over the course of three decades, Mr. Mengenhausen led the organization to grow into what is today Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon). Horizon is the largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in South Dakota with 32 clinics covering 28,000 square miles of service area.
Having served as board chair for the State and Regional Associations which include SD, ND, CO, UT, MT and WY, he is respected at the state, regional and national level for his expertise in the field of community health center leadership. He also served as the Board Chair for the National Association of Community Health Centers representing all 1,200 U.S. community health centers. He currently serves as the Vice Board Chair for Community Health Advocates, Inc. a for-profit corporation formed to promote the accessibility of adequate health care to individuals residing in medically underserved US communities.
He currently serves as the Vice Board Chair for Community Health Ventures, a for profit corporation that provides group purchasing opportunities for FQHCs.
Tracy joined Horizon in April 2016 to lead the newly established Horizon Health Foundation as Foundation Director. Tracy has over 17 years of fundraising experience and oversees all policies, objectives, and initiatives regarding the Horizon Health Foundation to maximize funding and develop goals and strategies for all fundraising campaigns.
Tracy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University and served as a Foundation Director for a local hospital foundation prior to joining Horizon. Tracy also has been employed as a Capital Campaign Director and Development Officer in higher education fundraising.Email Tracy
Brianna Mae Feldhaus
Brianna Mae joined Horizon in August 2015 as a Recruiter for the Human Resource Department and transitioned in the spring of 2019 to the Horizon Health Foundation as a Fundraising Officer. With the growth of the Foundation, Brianna Mae is responsible for leading and continuing to develop the annual fundraising programs, as well as maintaining relationships with current and new donors to the Foundation.
Brianna Mae holds a Master’s degree from the University of Kansas in Higher Education and Policy Administration. She earned her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies and Criminal Justice from the University of South Dakota, with a minor in Spanish.E-mail Brianna
Adam joined Horizon in the fall of 2016 as the Horizon Health Foundation’s Foundation Database/Development Assistant. With the recent launch of the Foundation’s fundraising efforts, Adam is responsible for recording and maintaining gift and donor records, as well as the development and production of financial reports and projections.
Prior to Horizon, Adam has had over ten years of experience in the financial industry.
Marcia Sherman joined Horizon Health Foundation in March 2021 as a part-time Administrative Assistant.
Marcia comes to Horizon with over 40 years of experience in office management, administration, and local government services. Most notably she has done well over 412 meeting agendas/minutes in her career. She will be a very valuable part of our team working with our Foundation Board of Directors, policies, procedures, and supporting donor relationships.