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2019 Board of Directors

  • President – Brittany Wagner
  • Vice President – Steve Wintz
  • Secretary – Katie Feimer
  • Treasurer – Adele Jensen
  • Alexa Gaurer
  • Carol Ebel
  • Eugene Hornstra
  • Leann Bassing, MD
  • Sara Livingston
  • Chris Leon
  • Bryan Davis
2019 Board of Directors

L to R: Alexa Gauer, Gene Hornstra, Carol Ebel, Steve Wintz, Sara Livingston, Chris Leon, and Brittany Wagner. Not pictured: Leann Bassing, Bryan Davis, Adele Jensen, and Katie Feimer.


  • Executive Director
    Executive Director

    Sherri Rodgers-Conti is the Executive Director of the Southeast CASA Program. She began her duties in October 2011.

    Before coming to CASA, Sherri was the Director of Education & Outreach Services at South Dakota Public Broadcasting for nine years. She was a classroom teacher for many years, and she also worked at the SD Developmental Center in Custer and at the South Dakota Human Services Center in Yankton.

    Sherri is the Past President of Interchange, Inc. in Yankton, and she is also on the planning committee for SPARK Community Conversations. She was a founding member and President of the PFLAG-Yankton group, and she was a board member for NAMI-South Dakota (the National Alliance for Mental Illness). Sherri also served one term on the Yankton School Board.

    Sherri is married to Doug Conti. She has four grown children and seven grandchildren.

  • CASA Case Manager
    CASA Case Manager

    Crystal Gemar is the CASA Case Manager at the Southeast CASA Program. She began her duties on May 29, 2016. Prior to joining us, Crystal worked in Child Protection Services at the SD Department of Social Services for several years.

    Crystal is married to Lance Gemar, and they have three sons.


Thank you for all you did for the CASA kids!

David Bell                        Brooke Blaalid                     Katie Blaalid                             Mary Dell Cody

Michelle Cwach               Ryan Cwach                    Todd Dvoracek                      Elizabeth Fullenkamp

Chris Hof                         Karen Hovland                    Jennifer Kudera                          Micah Likness

Debbi McCuin                 Lisa Miller                            Chris Moore                                Carla Mueller

Rob Ness                        Holly Pearson                      Sean Potas                                 Liz Rembold

Jamie Ryken                   Melanie Ryken                     Steve Sternhagen                Jill Sternquist, MD

Mary Strom                     Renee Tereshinski               Michelle Townsend              Pam VanMeeteren

Tom Viereck                    Jane Wood

2018 Board of Directors

Back row, L to R: G. Hornstra, T. Viereck, R. Cwach, and S. Wintz. Front Row, L to R: K. Blaalid, S. Livingston, K. Feimer, A. Jensen, B. Wagner, and J. Wood. Not picutured: B. Davis and C. Ebel.

2017 Board of Directors

L to R: Viereck, Wintz, Wagner, Cwach, Tereshinski, Mueller, Sternquist, Jensen, Ebel, and Wood.

2015 Board Officers

L to R: T. Viereck, Treas., B. Blaalid, V.P., J. Sternquist, Sec., and R. Cwach, Pres.

2014 Board of Directors

Back Row, L to R: Wintz, Viereck, R. Cwach, M. Cwach, and Strom. Front Row, L to R: VanMeereren, B. Blaalid, Mueller, Sternquist, and McCuin.

2013 Board Members

Some of the 2013 Board members were, L to R: C. Mueller, E. Fullenkamp, L. Rembold, T. Viereck, K. Hovland, and D. Bell.

  • First National Bank
    First National Bank

    Major Sponsor of Southeast CASA

  • Yankton Medical Clinic
    Yankton Medical Clinic
  • First National Bank
    First National Bank

    Major sponsor of Southeast CASA

  • Sanford Vermillion
    Sanford Vermillion

    Sponsor of CASA training

  • Wintz & Ray Funeral Home
    Wintz & Ray Funeral Home

    Annual sponsor

  • Vishay

    Annual sponsor

  • Kolberg Pioneer
    Kolberg Pioneer

    Annual sponsor

  • United Way Yankton
    United Way Yankton

    Yankton County agency

  • United Way Vermillion
    United Way Vermillion

    Clay County agency