Rural Health Staff Directory

Reach the Office of Rural Health at 605-773-3361 (phone) or 605-773-5683 (fax).

Kaitlin Thomas, Administrator

  • Josie Petersen, Assistant Administrator
    • Manager, South Dakota Healthcare Workforce Center
    • South Dakota Healthcare Workforce Center
    • Inter-Agency Healthcare Workforce Initiative
    • EMS Leadership Training
    • Rural Experience Programming

  • DeAnn Sprenger, Recruitment Program Coordinator
    • Recruitment Assistance Program
    • Rural Healthcare Facility Recruitment Assistance Program
    • J-1 Visa Waiver Program
    • Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNET)
    • Dental Externship Program
  • Michelle Hoffman, Rural Hospital Programs Coordinator
    • Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Critical Access Hospital) Program
    • Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program Grant

  • Emily Paulsen, Primary Care Program Coordinator
    • Primary Care Programs
    • Shortage Designations
    • National Health Service Corps Eligibility
    • Healthcare Workforce Data Collection
  • Vacant, Rural Health Specialist
    • State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)
    • State Office of Rural Health Grant
    • Health Career Awareness Programming
    • Health Career Camps - Scrubs Camps