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Tim Neyhart

Tim Neyhart
Executive Director

Character: "Be true to you work, your word and your friends." – Henry David Thoreau

Tim has a B.S. in Secondary Education. He has been an active member of a number of disability policy work groups concerning special education, mental health, vocational rehabilitation and other related topics. He is the past chair of the Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired Rehabilitation Advisory Council, past member of the Division of the Vocational Rehabilitation Advisory Council, etc. In 1998 Tim was identified as the Governor’s Advisory Council Distinguished Service Award.

Tim began his career with DRSD on January 1, 1990. He is now the Executive Director. He says that he likes helping people to identify the things that are important to them and assisting them to achieve those things.

Brandy Rhead

Brandy Rhead
Legal Director

Brandy is a South Dakota native who calls the Black Hills home. She started working for the Pennington County Public Defender’s Office in July 2004, where she worked as an Assistant Public Defender until December 2007. Brandy then went into private practice, doing both criminal defense work and family law. She was in private practice until May 2011 at which time she joined the Murphy Law Office, PC as an associate attorney in the firm. In March 2015, Brandy joined APLC Moore-Faust Law Group doing personal injury cases, and civil cases in both state and federal court.

Brandy joined the DRSD team in May 2018 where she is happy to be providing protection and advocacy for those in our population who are often our most vulnerable and in need of representation.

John Hamilton
Operations Director

John has a B.S. in Business Administration, USD, I.D., USD School of Law MBA, USD School of Business. Prior to working at DRSD, John was a Law Clerk in the Northern Hills for one year.

John has been part of many committees and has received many awards. Some of the committees and awards that John has been part of are Minnehaha County JDAI policy Committee in 2013, Minnehaha County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI Facility Inspection Team, Co-Team Lead 2012), SD Voices for Children’s Champion for Children Award, 2009 South Dakota Parent Connection Board of Director, 2000-2006 (President 2001-03), Liberty Center/Here4YOUth Board of Directors, 1999-2008, 2009-2014 (President 2003-07), and South Dakota Advisory Panel for Children with Disabilities, 1988-1994 (Chairman 1992-03). John has also been involved in many significant court cases over the years.

John began working for DRSD in 1986. He is the Operations Director and works in the Sioux Falls field office. He says he enjoys the variety of work and constant challenges as the agency and the world we work in evolves. He also enjoys his co-workers.

John is married and has 1 daughter. He also has two Cairn Terriers. He enjoys playing softball, gardening, photography and golf which he seldom has time for. He enjoys singing with the Singing Legionnaires (Post 15) and spending time with his family. He has coached softball, soccer and basketball.

Cole Uecker

Cole Uecker
Staff Attorney / Program Director, CAP

“To obtain a bird’s eye is to turn a blizzard to a breeze”.
– Incubus

Cole graduated from Pierre‘s T.F. Riggs High School in 2000. After a four year enlistment in the Marine Corps, he returned to school and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Black Hills University. A year later, Cole went back to school to pursue a graduate degree in Law. In 2014, he earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of South Dakota.

Cole is a year 24 graduate of the Partners in Policymaking program. He sits on the South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation as well as the Board for the Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Cole joined the team at DRSD in 2015 as the Director of the Client Assistance Program (CAP) and Disability Rights Advocate.

Cole says that he enjoys working at DRSD because it gives him the opportunity to help people work, play, and live fully integrated in the community whereas historically they may not have been able to do so. He truly appreciates the opportunity to work for an agency that protects the rights of people who may not have any other resource.

Cole is married and has two school age children. Cole is an animal lover and he and his family have three dogs, three cats and a lizard.

Cole spends much of his free time fishing Lake Oahe, Lake Sharp, as well as in whatever local fishing hole that he can get a bite. He has been active in Tae Kwon Do since childhood. He holds a blackbelt in the art and enjoys teaching and mentoring at the school where he went through the ranks. What time there is left in the day is filled with projects around the house and in the community.

Cole loves adventure and the outdoors. He enjoys free climbing rock walls when he gets the opportunity and is a certified SCUBA diver.

Chris Houlette

Chris Houlette
Staff Attorney

"Be eager to learn and improve."
– John Wooden

Chris is a graduate of Black Hills State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Political Science and a Minor in Economics. He then went on to pursue and earn his Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota School of Law.

He received the Black Hills State University Young Alumni Achievement Award in 2002.

Chris worked previously as a Staff Attorney with Black Hills Legal Services, Division Counsel with the South Dakota Division of Insurance, as a Staff Attorney here under our previous agency name “South Dakota Advocacy Services” [2001-2014], and as a Staff Attorney with the South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources. Chris returned to Disability Rights South Dakota in 2019 to resume his duties as a Staff Attorney to provide legal assistance to South Dakotans with disabilities and is excited to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals who reach out to our agency.

Chris is married and enjoys attending his children's activities, travelling, fishing, reading, watching sporting events, spending time outdoors, and volunteering in the community. Chris is also a member of the Elks and the Knights of Columbus.

Something you should know about Chris is that he acted in “The Trial of Jack McCall” (a stage play reenacting the trial of Jack McCall, who killed Wild Bill Hickok).

Sean Hegyi

Sean Hegyi
Staff Attorney

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."
– Albert Einstein

Sean holds an undergraduate degree in Secondary English Education from Indiana University. He attended law school at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. 

Sean taught on the Navajo Indian Reservation and worked at school districts in Indiana, Missouri, and Arizona with middle and high school students. Before coming to DRSD in 2019, Sean worked at an employment law firm in Kansas City and interned with the U.S. Department of Labor. He says that he enjoys protecting underrepresented individuals and helping individuals with disabilities learn to assert their rights. 

Sean is married to Megan and has a bernedoodle puppy named Cooper. In his free time, Sean likes taking Cooper on long walks. He is also an avid video game player and is passionate about sports. He loves the Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Cubs, Indiana Pacers, and Indiana Hoosiers! 

Brandon Booth

Brandon Booth
Monitoring and Investigations Director

Brandon holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Morningside College and a J.D. from the University of South Dakota School of Law. He joined DRSD in 2019 as the Monitoring and Investigations Director.  

Brandon has received the International Academy of Trial Lawyer's Award, and he was a Finalist in the Texas Young Lawyer's Division Regional Trial Team Competition. He says he enjoys being able to make a difference in individuals' lives and to help make our community better as a whole. 

Brandon is married and has a Husky named Nitro. In his free time, Brandon likes watching the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins and LSU Tigers. He also enjoys hiking and camping with his wife and dog. 

Dianna Marshall

Dianna Marshall
Program Director, PAIMI

Dianna Marshall is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, born and raised on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. She is the Program Director for the Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Program. Dianna joined Disability Rights South Dakota in May 1987 working in the Pierre office for five years and then transferring to the Rapid City office. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor‘s degree in criminal justice and a law degree. Dianna is married, has two children, and two grandchildren.

C.J. Moit

C.J. Moit
Program Director, PAVA

“It is not our differences that divide us, it is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences”.
– Audre Lorde

C.J. has been trained as a Medical Assistant, and is a Partners in Policymaking Year 12 Grad. She also worked for 13 years as a Service Coordinator for the Birth to Three Program with the State of South Dakota. C.J. started working at DRSD in 2015 as the Protection & Advocacy for Voting Access (PAVA) Director/Advocate. She says that she really likes it when an issue has been resolved and an individual with a disability is able to participate the same as all individuals.

C.J. has four adult children and a 16-year-old Mini Schnauzer who likes to talk. She enjoys camping, fishing, gardening and going to concerts.

Rod Raschke

Rod Raschke
Intake Specialist/Systems Administrator

“Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever”.
– Lance Armstrong

Rod graduated from Winner High School and went on to college at University of South Dakota where he received his BS in Criminal Justice/Political Science.

Rod joined the Disability Right South Dakota team in 2016 as an Intake Specialist/ASR/Systems Administrator. He says that he enjoys it when parents/guardians/people with disabilities thank us for giving them the information or advocacy that made a difference in their lives. We know that we have made a positive impact for someone.

Rod has two adult children. The family enjoys the company of their dog a Chihuahua Silken Terrier mix. Rod enjoys outdoor activities, travel and gardening. He has two grandchildren ages 13 and 11.

Brian Poelstra

Brian Poelstra
Intake Specialist/ASR

Brian has a master’s degree in physical therapy and is a licensed Physical Therapist. Brian has worked as a certified Athletic Trainer, he has been an EMT, and he taught Physiology labs at the collegiate level.

Brian became a part of the DRSD team in 2017 as an Intake Specialist/Advocacy Services Representative. He says that he enjoys helping people and working to provide resolution to a problem that a person is dealing with.

Brian has 2 cats, Shadow and Dakota. He enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, riding his motorcycle and being with his family. He says he is an adrenaline junkie and that he has gone bungee jumping, rock climbing and hopes to someday cross skydiving from his list.

Jacob Koch

Jacob Koch
Advocacy Services Representative/PAAT Lead

Jacob is currently attending college at the University of Sioux Falls to obtain his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Jacob started with Disability Rights South Dakota in September of 2019 as an Advocacy Services Representative in the Sioux Falls Office.

Jacob has worked in the healthcare/ human services field for about 7 years. He says he has a passion for helping those that have a hard time representing or advocating for themselves. Jacob says that working at DRSD allows him the ability to help those with disabilities to achieve their dreams and goals.

Jacob and his significant other, Kourtney, have two pets. One cat, Apollo, and a yellow lab, Leo. Jacob and Kourtney enjoy taking both pets on car rides and playing fetch in the yard with Leo. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys golfing and bowling. When the weather allows Jacob also enjoys taking his motorcycle out on rides. He calls it his “wind therapy.” Jacob also loves spending time with his nieces and nephews.

Katrina Mulloy

Katrina Mulloy
Advocacy Services Representative/PADD Lead

“Adjust, Adapt, Overcome.”

Katrina has a B.A. in Social Work from the University of Sioux Falls, SD. She joined the DRSD team in 2019 as an Advocacy Services Representative after interning with The South Dakota Department of Social Services and working at several nonprofit agencies.

Katrina has always been drawn to the social services field because she enjoys helping individuals, families, and communities enhance their collective well being. Her four dogs keep her and her fiancé busy, and she enjoys camping, motorcycle riding, being outdoors, and spending time with her family.

Delores Lipp

Delores Lipp
Advocacy Services Representative/PAIR Lead

“How we spend our days, is of course, how we spend our lives.”

– Annie Dillard

Delores graduated from Northern State University with a BS in Sociology and minors in Psychology and Criminal Justice. She joined Disability Rights South Dakota (DRSD) in October of 2019 as an Advocacy Services Representative.

Prior to DRSD, Delores worked for 30+ years in both community and inpatient mental health programs in South Dakota. She was the recipient of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Heroes in the Fight Award in 2008. She also received the 1997 Professional Job Developer of the Year Award from the National Association of Persons in Supported Employment (NAPSE). Delores is pleased to be part of the DRSD team where she has opportunities every day to promote positive change.

Delores is married and she and her husband enjoy the many offerings of Sioux Falls including music, dining out, recreation, and observing all the seasonal changes that come with living in South Dakota. She has a passion for animals and nature and spends the spring and summer months submerged in her hobby of increasing the survival of the monarch butterfly.

Hanna Glissendorf
Advocacy Services Representative/Digital Media Administrator

Hanna graduated from Harvard University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minored in English.

Hanna joined the DRSD team in 2019 as an Advocacy Services Representative. She enjoys working at DRSD because she is passionate about advocating for individuals with disabilities, and she likes knowing that her work makes a difference in people’s lives.

Before coming to DRSD, Hanna worked in fundraising and development at her alma mater. She also spent time working as a research assistant in a developmental psychology lab. In her free time, Hanna enjoys reading and writing, and spending time with her 14-year-old pug, Baxter.

Administrative Staff

Sandy Hook
Executive Assistant and Partners in Policy Making Coordinator

“Never tire of doing the right thing”.

Sandy says that she had some college and has worked 40 plus years in the administrative field. In 1994 she became an Outstanding Member of the Winner Community Playhouse. She won the award for Best Actress in a Comedy in 1995 and qualified for National Rodeo Competitions years ago. She also played on a softball All Star Team some years ago.

Sandy came to work for DRSD in 1996 and is the Executive Assistant and Partners in Policy Making Coordinator. Sandy enjoys coordinating Partners in Policy Making each year and she enjoys her co-workers. She feels DRSD is a “team effort”.

She is married and has four adult children, two are hers and she has two step-children. She also has a Shepador, Walker who is huge. Her husband Dennis wanted a hunting dog, they got a horse. They also have three cats, Madden (named after John Madden), Boston, and AWOL. All their pets have been rescue animals.

Sandy says she doesn’t have a lot of spare time but when she does she enjoys reading.

Ona Arnold
Fiscal Director

Ona attended Chadron State College in Nebraska where she received her Master’s in Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in business administration/Office Management. She was inducted into the Delta Mu Delta business honor society in 2009.

Ona began working for DRSD in 2016 as the Financial Assistant, and then became Fiscal Director. She says that DRSD is a great place to work. She feels she gained a new family when she joined the team.

Ona is married and has three young children. The other member of their family is a Black Lab/Chesapeake Bay cross whose name is Rylee.

Ona enjoys playing cards/games and watching movies with her family. Ona believes that everything happens for a reason.

Annette July
Fiscal Assistant

Annette graduated form North Dakota State College of Science. Her prior experience has been in the area of providing supports and services to people with disabilities while working with Easter Seals, ARC/SD, OAHE, Inc. and Kelly Retirement Homes.

Annette was hired by DRSD in 2017 as the Director of Finance and Management. She says that she loves the people she works with and that we are all here for one purpose, to make life better for all people with disabilities.

Annette has four adult children and a golden retriever/cavalier spaniel mix rescue dog named Reggie. He was 1 1/2 years old and had already been in five different homes. She says her first year with him was a challenge, but he has now been with her for six years. She calls him her “little red head”.

When the weather permits, Annette and Reggie love to go on long walks. She also likes to work in her yard and ride her exercise bike. She enjoys reading when Reggie isn’t trying to get all her attention and she loves spending time with her family.

Kim Kietzmann
Administrative Assistant, Pierre

“Some men see things as they are and ask why, I dream things that never were and say why not”.
– Robert Kennedy

Kim has worked in the Human Services Field for approximately 30 years. She was employed with Capital Area Counseling Services for a couple of years and worked at OAHE, Inc. for 20+ years in direct care and then moved into administration/management in the early 90’s. She worked at Kelly’s Retirement Homes as an Administrative Assistant/Human Resource for six years.

Kim has been trained as a certified instructor in CPI and CPR. She has also had training in People First and Person-Centered Planning for people with disabilities.

She began working for DRSD in 2018 as an Administrative Assistant. She says that she loves working with people with disabilities and that this is where her heart is.

Kim is married to her high school sweetheart and has 2 adult children. She has two cats that were both rescue animals. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, children and husband. She has six siblings that she loves seeing as much as possible. She enjoys reading, talking long walks with her husband and traveling. She says that her grandchildren and children are the light of her life.

Marie McQuay
Administrative Assistant, Rapid City

Marie graduated from the National College of Business. She is the recipient of a Shorthand Award.

Marie was hired as the Administrative Assistant in 1989 in the Rapid City Field Office. She is proud to be part of the accomplishments and success DRSD has had on behalf of people with disabilities.

Marie is married and has four adult children. She enjoys studying the Bible, attending her grandchildren‘s baseball, softball and basketball games.

She enjoys spending time with her husband of 47 years, her children and grandchildren, great grandchildren and all their spouses. She enjoys celebrating all her family’s successes and accomplishments in life.

Diane Wurtz
Administrative Assistant, Sioux Falls

Diane is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Diane considers her greatest accomplishments in life were raising her two amazing children.

Diane began work at DRSD in 2018 as the Administrative Assistant in the Sioux Falls field office. Diane says that she loves working for a company that advocates for people with disabilities as they need a voice.

Diane has 2 adult children that she says are amazing. She does not have any pets but would someday like to have a small dog. She enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her children.

Diane believes that you should be kind whenever possible-it is always possible.

A fun fact about Diane is that she worked at one time for the Red Hot Chili Peppers (1980’s). She said it was a blast!!!

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