Thrive Strategy Council

Members of the strategy council are representatives of entities in the community that provide significant sources of funding and/or services designed to ensure the welfare of children and families who stand in need. They are appointed annually to a one-year term of office by the governing board on the recommendation of the organizations they represent. Thrive’s Board of Directors calls the strategy council, its “brain trust”.

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Thrive Strategy Council Members, back row, L-R: Stephanie Monroe, Kari Benz, Andy Patterson, Doug Morrison, Mike Lynch, Daren Ketcham, Traci Jensen, and Cindy Dannenbring. Front row L-R: Pam Homan, Betty Oldenkamp, Alicia Collura, (Alternate), Janet Kittams-Lalley, Christina Riss, and Kris Graham. Not pictured: Jill Franken and Kristi Kranz.

The council
− develops an informed understanding of the public and private community resources available to assist disadvantaged children and their families.
− works to improve communication among public and private resource providers.
− identifies and prioritizes obstacles to children’s well-being and educational success.
− informs Thrive’s governing board of its research recommendations.
− recommends the formation of action teams.
− convenes action teams, soliciting applications for membership, reviewing the qualifications of applicants, and assuring that the membership reflects a cross-sector of business, government, nonprofit and faith-based sectors.

2017 Members
Kari Benz ─ Director, Minnehaha County Human Services
Cindy Dannenbring ─ Executive Director, Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership, Inc.
Jill Franken ─ Director, Health Department, City of Sioux Falls
Kris Graham ─ Executive Director, Southeastern Behavioral Healthcare
Pam Homan ─ Executive Director, Augustana University/Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Traci Jensen ─ Homeless Education Social Worker, McKinney-Ventos Homeless/Sioux Falls School District
Daren Ketcham ─ Director, Community Development, City of Sioux Falls
Janet Kittams-Lalley ─ Executive Director, Helpline Center
Kristi Kranz ─ Community Impact Director, Sioux Empire United Way
Mike Lynch ─ Investor Relations Director, Forward Sioux Falls
Stephanie Monroe ─ Managing Director, Volunteers of America, Dakotas/Children, Youth & Family Services
Doug Morrison ─ Member, Sioux Falls School Board
Betty Oldenkamp ─ President, Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota
Andrew Patterson ─ President, Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation
Christina Riss ─ Community Impact Specialist, Sioux Empire United Way

Alternates
Allicia Collura, Assistant Director, Health Department, City of Sioux Falls
Dennis Hoffman ─ CEO, Volunteers of America, Dakotas
Rebecca Kiesow-Knudsen, Vice President, Community Services, Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota
Brian Maher ─ Superintendent, Sioux Falls School District #49-5
Brent O’Neil ─ Manager, City of Sioux Falls
Jay Powell ─ President, Sioux Empire United Way