Melissa Magstadt, South Dakota 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

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. Tim Southern, Public Health Laboratory, 605-773-3368
Dr. Joshua Clayton, State Epidemiologist, 605-773-3737
Darcy McGuigan, Division Director, Finance and Operations, 605-773-3361

Family and Community Health

Division Director - Beth Dokken, 605-773-3737
Assistant Division Director - Jennifer Larson, 605-773-3737

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

Disease Prevention and Health Promotion - Kiley Hump, Adiministrator, 605-773-5610

Healthcare Access

Division Director - Emily Kiel, 605-773-6108

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

Communications - Vacant, Director, 605-773-3361

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

  • Assistant Administrator - Whitney Lutkemeier, 605-773-3593

  • Hospital Preparedness Coordinator & South Central Plains Regional Preparedness Coordinator - Melanie Wilmer, 605-773-3399

  • Strategic National Stockpile Coordinator - Chuck Kevghas, 605-773-2792

  • Glacial Lakes Regional Preparedness Coordinator - Rick Forkel, 605-626-2376

  • Sioux Empire Regional Preparedness Coordinator, SD Health Alert Network Coordinator - Carol Taylor, 605-367-7496

  • Black Hills Regional Preparedness Coordinator, Heather Fox, 605-394-6858

Rural Health - Kaitlin Thomas, Administrator, 605-367-5043

Emergency Medical Services & Trauma - Marty Link, Administrator, 605-367-5372

Licensure & Accreditation

Division Director - Lynne Valenti, 605-773-6188

Policy, Rules, & Legislation - Susan Sporrer, 605-773-4946

Accreditation & Reporting - Mariah Pokorny, Director, 605-773-3393

Licensure & Safety - Melissa Johnson, Director, 605-318-1843

  • Health Protection (restaurant, campground, & lodging licensure) - John Osburn, Administrator, 605-394-6064

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

  • Medical Cannabis - Jennifer Seale, Administrator, 605-773-3361

Public Health Laboratory

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


State Epidemiologist - Joshua Clayton, 605-773-3737

Finance & Operations

Division Director - Darcy McGuigan, 605-773-3361


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