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WEBSITE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Joan Adam, Interim 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, Interim Secretary of Health
Lynne Valenti, Deputy Secretary, Division Director, Healthcare Access & Quality and Health Protection, 605-773-6188
Doreen Kayser, Executive Assistant, 605-773-3923
Joan Adam, Division Director, Administration, 605-773-3361
Beth Dokken, Division Director, Family and Community Health, 605-773-3737
Dr. Joshua Clayton, State Epidemiologist, 605-773-3737
Darcy McGuigan, Division Director, Finance, 605-773-4939
Daniel Bucheli, Communications Director, 605-773-3361

Correctional Health - Cassie Deffenbaugh, 605-773-3917

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

Health Statistics - Mark Gildemaster, 605-773-3596

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

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

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
    • All Women Count! (breast and cervical cancer screening) - Lori Koenecke, 605-773-5725
    • Chronic Disease Epidemiologist - Laura Gudgeon, 605-367-7081
    • Colorectal Cancer Screening - Lori Koenecke, 605-773-5725
    • Comprehensive Cancer Control - Lexi Pugsley, 605-626-2660, Ext. 134
    • Diabetes Prevention & Control - Kayla Magee, 605-773-2981
    • Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention - Rachel Sehr, 605-367-5356
    • Nutrition and Physical Activity - Larissa Skjonsberg, 605-773-2171
    • South Dakota Cancer Registry - Kay Dosch, 605-773-6345
    • Tobacco Control - Sierra Phelps, 605-773-2891
    • Opioid Program - Vacant
    • Worksite Wellness - Enid Weiss, 605-878-0314
    • Injury Prevention Coordinator - Matt Tribble, 605-773-6744
    • Injury Prevention Epidemiologist - Amanda Nelson, 605-367-7436

  • 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

Rural Health - Kaitlin Thomas, 605-367-5043

State Epidemiologist - Joshua Clayton, 605-773-3596

Vital Records - Mariah Pokorny, 605-773-4961

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