The South Dakota Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry held a Community Collaboration Event on Friday, September 25, 2020, 3:30pm CT.
Maria Holbeck is the Manager of Avera's Addiction Services in Sioux Falls, SD and serves on its Board of Directors. Malia's current role includes oversite of a full continuum of care for addiction services ranging from outpatient to inpatient programming. Malia holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Sioux Falls and a Master's of Social Work degree from Florida State University. Malia is a licensed social worker and a licensed addictions counselor. Malia has experience working with a variety of populations ranging from adolescents to elderly in a variety of capacities in the social work and addictions field.
Janet Kittams is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Helpline Center. She has been with the agency for over 20 years in a variety of leadership roles. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of South Dakota and her Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of North Dakota and is a licensed professional counselor. Her experience includes developing an innovative social service network, serving as a leader in statewide efforts surrounding suicide prevention and expanding the 211 system to become statewide in 2020.
Steve Lindquist has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of South Dakota and a Master's of Social Work Degree from Michigan State University. His career has been spent in behavioral health. He has served as a psychiatric Social Worker and Director of Social Services. He was Administrator of the South Dakota Human Services Center and during that time he was also appointed Director of Mental Health for the State of South Dakota. As Administrator, he was directly involved in the planning and development of the George S. Mickelson Center for the Neurosciences on the HSC campus. He then joined Avera McKennan as Assistant Vice President of Behavioral Health. He was directly involved in the design and planning for the Avera Behavioral Health Center. He has served as President of the National Association of Social Workers, South Dakota Chapter, been a member of the SD Board of Social Examiners and served on a variety of boards and commissions related to behavioral health. He served as Chair of the Avera McKennan Ethics Committee for a number of years. He was named Social Worker of the Year in South Dakota and the LIfetime Achievement Award by the SD Chapter of NASW. He was selected to the Beta Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honorary Society for excellence in social work, received the Governor's Award for teamwork and named a NAMI "Hero in the Fight". He has written articles on behavioral health ethics and on technology use in the delivery of behavioral health services. He is presently the Project Director for the Sioux Empire Triage Center in Sioux Falls, SD.
Thomas Otten, Assistant Vice President of Avera Behavioral Health Center and Behavioral Health Service Line Adminstrator through Avera, has a broad background in administration, with specific training and expertise in counseling and psychology. He is responsible for all inpatient and outpatient operations. His role encompasses strategy, change management, budgeting, data analysis, and therapeutic programming in addition to numerous adminstrative duties. Thomas has over 23 years of experience with Avera Behavioral Health and previously served as a Counselor, Child and Adolescent Services Manager, and Inpatient Director. As a counselor he utilized cognitive behavioral therapy to work with kids, adults and couples. In overseeing all aspects of behavioral health services to children and adolescents, he helped grow the program from an 11-bed adolescent unit to 40-beds with child and adolescent units. As the Director of Inpatient at Avera Behavioral Health Center, he oversees all aspects of the 122-bed facility, the ECT Center, and the Partial Hospital Program. His leadership assisted in moving the patient satisfaction scores from the 50th percentile to frequently above the 90th percentile. He became the Assistant Vice President with expanded adminstrative duties in December 2017. A native of South Dakota, Otten holds a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling. He has a heart toward improving acess and quality of mental health services for children, individuals and families. He has been instrumental in the development of life-changing programs including the Averal Behavioral Health Center, the Family Visitation Center and the Avera Addiction Care Center. He has advocated for the community triage center as a first step toward getting the help for substance use disorder and has been a champion for the Zero Suicide Program. He has served on various boards throught the community including President of the Helpline Suicide Crisis Hotline.
Patrick Ronan is a Research Scientist at the Sioux Falls VA and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences at the USD, Sanford School of Medicine. He attended Earlham College and did graduate work at the University of Minnesota and University of South Dakota where he received his Master's and Ph.D. in Biology and Neuroscience. He did his postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and was awarded a prestigious NRSA Fellowship under Dr. Eric Nestler. Dr. Ronan has a long-standing interest in the neurobiology and treatment of a wide range of psychiatric disorders including addiction. His work has focused on understanding fundamental mechanisms underlying these disorders to identify and test potential therapeutic targets and novel non-pharmaceutical treatment strategies. Dr. Ronan has an interest in translational clinical research. He was awarded a prestigious three-year VA Advanced Translational Research Fellowship. He is involved in numerous clinical trials, including serving as the site Principal Investigator for the Sioux Falls VA on a recently funded large NIH Clinical study that aims to gain a better understanding of PTSD and comorbid alcohol abuse that aims to develop more effective treatments. He also has a VA Merit Award grant to study neuroimmune targets for the treatment of alcoholism. Dr. Ronan has authored over 30 papers and book chapters and has received funding from numerous federal and state agencies, including the VA, NIH, NSF, State of South Dakota, and a number of foundations.
Tiffany Wolgang currently serves as the Division Director of Behavioral Health for the Department of Social Services. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology at the University of South Dakota in 1991. She earned the State Government Leadership Certificate in 2008 from the University of South Dakota. Tiffany was employed with the Minnehaha Juvenile Detention Center from 1991 to 1996. She served a a Juvenile Corrections Agent for the Department of Corrections from 1996 to 2001. She held the position of court services officer for the Unified Judical System from 2001 to 2006. She was the Placement Director for Department of Corrections from 2006 to 2008. Tiffany served as the Correctional Mental Health Program Manager for the Department of Human Services from 2008 to 2011. Upon reorganization of behavioral health services in 2011, Tiffany was named the Division Director for Correctional Behavioral Health. In 2013, Tiffany was appointed as the Division Director of Behavioral Health for the Department of Social Services encompassing both correctional and community based services. Tiffany has served on numerous work groups and training committees over her professional career including training the LSI-R and Motivational Interviewing and served on the Governor appointment Juvenile Reinvestment Initiative Workgroup. Tiffany served as President of the South Dakota Corrections Association and her local Kiwanis Club.