Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

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To contact a licensing board, select the appropriate board on the licensing board page and use the direct contact information found on the individual board page. Questions about Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program should be directed to the Department of Social Services.

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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

Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health
Monica Harding, Executive Assistant, 605-773-3923
Joan Adam, Division Director, Administration, 605-773-3361
Colleen Winter, Division Director, Family and Community Health, 605-773-3737
Lynne Valenti, Division Director, Health Systems Development and Regulation, 605-773-6188
Dr. Joshua Clayton, State Epidemiologist, 605-773-3737
Kari Williams, Finance Officer, 605-773-4939
Derrick Haskins, Communications Director, 605-773-3361

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

  • Maternal and Child Health - Scarlett Bierne, 605-773-4439
  • Home Visiting Program - Carrie Churchill, 605-394-2495
  • Baby Care (case management for high-risk pregnant women) - Peggy Seurer, 605-948-2412
  • Better Health for Kids with Chronic Conditions - Whitney Brunner, 605-773-4749
  • Child & Adolescent Health - Sarah Barclay, 605-367-5212
  • Family Planning - Sara Gloe, 605-773-4476
  • Newborn Hearing Screening - Lucy Fossen, 605-773-2944
  • Newborn Metabolic Screening - Lucy Fossen, 605-773-2944
  • WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children) - Rhonda Buntrock, 605-773-4786

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


Correctional Health - Melissa Johnson, 605-280-2816

Health Statistics - Mark Gildemaster, 605-773-3596

Disease Prevention Services - Cassie Deffenbaugh, 605-773-3737

Health Facilities Licensure & Certification - Chris Qualm, 605-773-3356

Health Protection (food safety; restaurant, campground & lodging licensure) - Bill Chalcraft, 605-773-3907

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

Public Health Preparedness & Response - Bill Chalcraft, 605-773-3907

Rural Health - Andy Klitzke, 605-773-3366

Vital Records - Mariah Pokorny, 605-773-4961
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