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Tracy Pardy Selected in Seventh Leadership South Dakota Class

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(HOWARD, SD) – Tracy Pardy, Executive Director of the Horizon Health Foundation, has been selected in the seventh class of Leadership South Dakota, a statewide program with a mission to engage citizens from across the state.

Leadership South Dakota provides participants with the background, unique experiences and insights necessary to be successful in leadership positions. Pardy will join 40 other class members to participate in the 8-month leadership program, which begins in September.

“We are extremely excited to hear that Tracy was selected to be a part of this year’s Leadership South Dakota class! Tracy is a talented, driven and innovative leader and this opportunity will allow her to expand upon those skills and bring back a wealth of knowledge that will be a benefit to the entire organization. Horizon Health Care and Horizon Health Foundation are proud to support Tracy while helping her grow personally and professionally,” stated Wade Erickson, Chief Financial Officer, Horizon Health Care.

Leadership South Dakota helps homegrown leaders expand their knowledge of the state. Participants learn from extraordinary people who have contributed to the fabric of our state. In the program, the 2021 class will gain leadership and organizational management skills, helping them shape the future of South Dakota.

Pardy was hired by Horizon Health Care in 2016 to build the Horizon Health Foundation, a non-profit, from the ground up. In 4 years, she has worked to assemble a new board of directors, has raised over $1 million to support new programming to include annual and endowed assets, along with growing staff from one full-time member to 3.5 staff members.

Prior to joining Horizon Health Care, Pardy spent nearly six years running a foundation at one of South Dakota’s largest healthcare systems. During her time there, she implemented the first Gala event, which netted nearly $100,000 for cancer care. She started her career in philanthropy as a Prospect Research Officer at Dakota State University. After mastering her craft, she was promoted to run the foundation’s annual fund, then major gifts, before being promoted to run the university’s first $32 million capital campaign.

Pardy serves as the incoming President for the South Dakota Chapter for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, a professional fundraising board which she has been on for the past 11 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from Ashford University in Clinton, IA.

A full list of class members can be viewed at www.LeadershipSouthDakota.com. Participants were selected from a diverse background of occupations and locations throughout the state. During their time in the program, the 2021 class will travel across South Dakota and study topics specific to each region.

September 16-18, 2020 – Pierre: Orientation and State Government 

October 14-16, 2020 – Brookings: Agriculture and Education 

November 11-13, 2020 – Rapid City: Tourism, Military and Natural Resources 

January 13-15, 2021 – Yankton: Rural Initiatives 

February 10-12, 2021 – Kyle: Native American History and Culture 

March 17-19, 2021 – Sioux Falls: Health Care and Financial Services

March 27, 2021 – Chamberlain: Graduation

About Horizon Health Care, Inc.

For over 40 years, Horizon Health Care has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and behavioral healthcare through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental healthcare needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 110,000 patient visits annually in 32 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

About Horizon Health Foundation The Horizon Health Foundation was established in 2016 to ensure rural health care access to those in need and provide funding for Horizon Health Care Horizon Health Foundation, a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation, seeks through responsible activities to encourage and derive sustaining gift support from current and former patients and interested friends, including corporate entities. The Horizon Health Foundation Office, operating in coordination with Horizon Health Care, is the duly designated fund-raising arm for Horizon Health Care, Inc.  In the broadest sense, the purpose of the Foundation is to create an awareness of the financial needs of Horizon Health which are not provided by patient charges and to systematically implement plans by which dollar needs can be met. For more information, please visit http://www.horizonhealthfoundation.com or call 605.772.4553.