Kelli Koepsell is a Content Marketing Writer for Forum Communications Company based out of Fargo, ND. She joined the company in 2023, where she is responsible for brand awareness and strategic content marketing to assist with securing and retaining consumers.
Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in English Writing and English Literature from Wayne State College (NE). She earned certificates from the Collegiate Management Institute, the Dakota State University Leadership program, and EAB's Marketing Higher Education Leadership. Kelli has served on several boards, including the Howard District School Board (SD). She is currently a member and chair of the Horizon Health Care Foundation Board. In addition, she is an active volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and Junior Achievement.
Prior to joining Forum Communications, she worked in higher education and healthcare marketing for 30 years. Notable are her years marketing Sanford Children’s, where she built brand recognition, promoted a children’s hospital designed as a castle, and opened multiple clinic locations the United States. Additionally, she rebranded Dakota State University and set a marketing strategy which assisted the university in having its largest enrollment ever in 2023.
Kelli and her husband live in rural Canova, SD. They have three daughters, two sons-in-law and one grandson. In her free time, Kelli enjoys reading, puzzles, cooking, crafting, and spending time at their Black Hills cabin.
Doug Eidahl is currently the Vice President of Regulatory and Legal for Vantage Point Solutions in 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. He joined the Horizon Health Foundation Board of Directors in 2019. Doug holds a Bachelor of Science degree, Master’s of Public Administration degree and law degree, 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.
In addition to his extensive career, Eidahl also has served on numerous boards, commissions and community foundations. He especially enjoys preservation of rural communities and economic development. Doug is currently serving on the board of Strand Kjorsvig Living Center in Roslyn and Fort Sisseton Historical Commission. He grew up on his family’s dairy farm, just 11 miles northwest of Roslyn, where he continues to farm with his son and nephew.
Carrie, a resident of Woonsocket, SD joined the Horizon Health Foundation Board in January 2022.
Carrie is the editor of the Sanborn Weekly Journal, as well as the co-owner of Dumont Boutique and Co. She is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education with Spanish and History minors.
In addition to her career, Carrie has served as the President of the Woonsocket Elementary Parents club for seven years, 2nd Vice-President of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 29, coordinates two blood drives in Woonsocket every year, and is a current board member of the Woonsocket Booster Club.
Carrie and her husband, Jeff, live on a farm south of Woonsocket. They have two children, a daughter, Erica, who is a senior at South Dakota State University, and a son, Blake, who is a senior in high school in Woonsocket.
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 50 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 27 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 he served as an 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 the South Dakota 4-H Foundation. He has also served as a board member for South Dakota Corn Growers and has previously served as 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 Farm Service Agency Committee.
Locally in Wessington Springs, Jim is a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, a past Mayor in the community, a Farmers Union member, and a member of the Wessington Springs School Board.
David Close was born and raised in De Smet, SD and currently resides in Lake Preston, SD with his wife Genevieve, and daughters Evelyn and Katherine. He also has one son, David Jr., who is currently attending the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.
Close has been practicing law for more than 20 years and currently serves as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of:
- Zoot Enterprises, Inc., a financial and medical technology company providing advanced origination, acquisition, and decision management solutions to some of the largest organizations in the world, including major financial institutions, retailers, healthcare organizations, and payment providers (www.zootsolutions.com);
- Healthy Is Wellness, LLC, a health and wellness company providing cutting edge biometric screening, wellness coaching, and employer-based health screenings and employee wellness programs (healthyiswellness.com); and
- My Health Navigator, LLC, a pharmacist-led disease state management company that helps consumers identify the safest, most effective, and least costly medications; better manage and control health issues; and navigate the complicated healthcare system (myhealthnavigator.net).
In addition to his law practice, Close is a co-founder and the Chief Investment Officer of Zoot Asset Management, LLC, a South Dakota based private investment fund.
Prior to his current roles, Close practiced law at Dorsey & Whitney, LLP in Minneapolis, MN where he was a member of the firm’s Commercial and Banking Practice Group. During his career, Close has represented many Fortune 500 companies, top 20 banks, hedge funds, credit card issuers, and other financial institutions, as well as several clients in the energy, retail, construction, aviation, medical, and hotel industries. His practice has encompassed many areas of the law, with particular emphasis on consumer financial regulatory issues, complex financial transactions, commercial lending, secured transactions, project finance, and privacy law issues.
Close is admitted to practice law as a member of the State Bars of South Dakota, Montana, and Minnesota.
Close obtained his education at the University of South Dakota, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics (with honors), and the University of Iowa, where he earned a Master of Arts in Economics, a Juris Doctor in Law (with honors), and served as the Senior Articles Editor of the Iowa Law Review.
Close and his family are active members of De Smet Community Church, where Close also serves as Moderator.
Tom joined the Horizon Health Foundation Board in January 2022.
Tom is the Community Relations Manager of South Dakota and Nebraska for NorthWestern Energy. He has worked in media, communications and public relations for 25 years and has been with NorthWestern Energy since 2005.
He is married to Stephanie and they have 3 children.
Cheryl is a continuous life learner; but more importantly, she possesses the drive to serve. She has pursued and received two degrees and several certifications as a marketing professional. She is passionate about many causes and serves her church, community, chamber of commerce, as well as in 4-H and on various committees. Her belief that we are all called to serve has been a driving factor in her life.
Professionally, her career has encompassed a variety of positions in health care, demonstrating her passion for the field. She has worked in insurance, admissions/registration, as a health care executive assistant and director of marketing. In all those roles, she continuously sought to learn and find new ideas for promotion of health care delivery.
As a forward thinking and driven individual, Cheryl plans for the future and seeks new ideas, because, as she says, "You never know where inspiration might come!"
Brandi Hodges, a graduate of White River High School and Sinte Gleska University joined the Horizon Health Foundation Board of Directors in February 2023. She is currently the Administrator of the White River Health Care Center.
Brandi is currently on the White River School Board, as well as the secretary of the U.N.I.T.E. board. She was the first Native American to receive the SDHCA Administrator of the year in 2022.
Brandi was born and raised on a farm and ranch on the outskirts of Norris, SD. She is married with 5 children, ages ranging from 3 to 23 with one girl and four boys.
Lorinda, a resident of De Smet, SD joined the Horizon Health Foundation Board of Directors in 2022.
As a previous provider for Horizon Health Care, Holland spent over 24 years serving the Bryant and De Smet communities and providing them with quality health care. In December 2021, she transitioned into a PRN role to continue serving the area as needed.
Over the years, Holland has volunteered as a Sunday school teacher and at the local Cancer Walk, her church board, the De Smet Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, and the Bryant Cinema. She’s also been an emergency response provider at the De Smet Memorial Hospital since 1997.
Lindy’s husband, Randy, is a contractor in De Smet and they have two sons, Andrew 21, attending Northern State University in Aberdeen and Lane 19, attending Lake Area Tech in Watertown.
Dennis Nelsen, a resident of Vermillion, SD, was appointed to the Horizon Foundation Board of Directors in June 2022. He is currently a Horizon Health Care, Inc. Board of Directors member serving as Treasurer and a member of the Finance and Executive Committees.
Prior to Horizon Health Care, he was a member of the All Points Clinic (Union County, SD) Board of Directors. He previously served in medical staff administration for Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA for 22 years. He was on the Mercy Board of Directors Performance Improvement Committee.
He has also served as City Administrator for the cities of Freeman and Elk Point, SD prior to his retirement, and he currently serves on the Scottish Rite of South Dakota Foundation Board of Directors and as a Deacon with his local church.
Tracy joined Horizon in April 2016 to lead the newly established Horizon Health Foundation as Foundation Director. Tracy has over 20 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
Anna is originally from a farm in Winfred, SD, and currently resides in Sioux Falls, SD. She has a strong connection to rural communities and understands how the small towns of South Dakota can be transformative in the lives of others.
In 2022, Anna graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations. With experience and interest in digital media and design, Anna explores how messaging can transpire into an effective and creative way to gain organizational interest.
She has volunteered with a number of organizations and nonprofits in secondary and post-secondary internships and school projects in the form of program coordination, event planning and facilitation, marketing and social media strategy, fundraising, and volunteer management. Anna also co-organized a virtual volunteer event that drew in over 200 students, faculty and staff, and alumi.
Her internships and professional experience with Maximizing Excellence have equipped her with the understanding of her relationship-building skills and how this can be utilized in communicating the story throughout the communities we are in. Through her exposure at Maximizing Excellence, she understands how to take an organization to the next level through creativity, data, and processes.
She believes in the power of helping others reach their potential by equipping them with the tools to do so. Philanthropists and change-makers energize her. With a servant's heart, she looks for opportunities to transform something into an avenue for impact.
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.