Joan Adam, Secretary of Health

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South Dakota Department of Health

Robert Hayes Building

600 E. Capitol Ave.

Pierre, SD 57501-2536

Phone: 605-773-3361

Fax: 605-773-5683

1-800-738-2301 (in SD only)

Staff Directory

Joan Adam, Secretary of Health
Lynne Valenti, Deputy Secretary, Division Director, Licensure and Accreditation, 605-773-6188
Doreen Kayser, Executive Assistant, 605-773-3923
Emily Kiel, Division Director, Healthcare Access, 605-773-3361
Beth Dokken, Division Director, Family and Community Health, 605-773-3737
Jennifer Larson, Assistant Division Director, Family and Community Health, 605-773-3737
Dr. Joshua Clayton, State Epidemiologist, 605-773-3737
Darcy McGuigan, Division Director, Finance and Operations, 605-773-4939
Kieran Tate, Communications Director, 605-774-3063

Child and Family Services - Linda Ahrendt, 605-773-4074

Health Statistics - Mark Gildemaster, 605-773-3596

Health Facilities Licensure & Certification - Cassie Deffenbaugh, 605-773-3356

Health Protection (food safety; restaurant, campground & lodging licensure) - John Osburn, 605-394-6064

Medical Cannabis - Chris Qualm, 605-773-3361

Professional & Occupational Boards - Mariah Pokorny, 605-773-4961

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Administrator - Kiley Hump, 605-773-5610

  • Chronic Disease Director & Deputy Administrator of Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion - Laura Streich, 605-773-7046

  • Infectious Disease Director and Deputy Administrator Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion - Angela Cascio, 605-773-4900
    • Northeast/Central Regional Supervisor - Greta Thorpe, 605-626-2403

Public Health Laboratory - Dr. Tim Southern, 605-773-3368

Public Health Preparedness & Response - Kaitlin Thomas, 605-367-5043

Health Information Technology - Kevin DeWald, 605-256-5711

Rural Health - Kaitlin Thomas, 605-367-5043

State Epidemiologist - Joshua Clayton, 605-773-2795

Vital Records - Shawna Flax, 605-773-4961

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