Case Management – Southeast Region

If you would like to work with a specific case manager, please contact the Regional Director, Karen Sudbeck, at 605-770-8282 or ksudbeck@BenchmarkHS.com.


Tacey DunwoodyTacey Dunwoody
Director of Benchmark Case Management Services
tdunwoody@BenchmarkHS.com

Tacey Dunwoody has 14 years of experience working in Case Management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human services, with a minor in sociology from Black Hills State University. Dunwoody served as a Case Manager, SPED Director, Admissions Coordinator, Outreach Program Director, and Human Rights/Positive Support Committee Chair for Northern Hills Training Center in Spearfish, South Dakota before joining Benchmark. She is a certified Person Centered Thinking Coach, and is Crisis Prevention Intervention certified.


Karen Sudbeck2016-05-02 21.57.55
Regional Director, Southeast Region
ksudbeck@BenchmarkHS.com

Karen Sudbeck has 17 years of Case Management experience and 21 years working in the developmental disabilities field.  She holds bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Human Services, with minors in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Dakota Wesleyan University. She began her career at LifeQuest in Mitchell, South Dakota working in their residential program as a Direct Support Professional (DSP).  She later transferred to LifeQuest’s vocational program working as a DSP and then took a position as a Case Manager where she has spent the majority of her career.


Taylor BergFullSizeR
Case Manager, Southeast Region
tberg@BenchmarkHS.com

Taylor Berg has three years of experience in case management working with both children and adults. He started working in the field in 2012 in an ICF/Residential setting working with children with high magnitude behavioral needs, and then transferred a year later to the Education Department of the ICF where he took on a Lead Teaching Assistant role. Most recently, Taylor served as a Professional Crisis Management Instructor and opened a behavioral day service program for adults at LifeScape in Sioux Falls, SD. Most of his experience in the field has been working in some part with people with extensive behavioral issues. Taylor is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He is a nationally registered and state registered EMT.


Stephanie BusjahnIMG_6186
Case Manager, Southeast Region
sbusjahn@BenchmarkHS.com

Stephanie Busjahn has 16 years of experience in case management, and has been supporting people with disabilities for 21 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development Consumer and Family Sciences, with a major in Early Childhood Education from South Dakota State University. Stephanie began her career as a DSP when she was in college, and because a case manager after graduation. She has worked in residential and vocational programs, and through county social services. She was the regional coordinator for ARC of Minnesota’s southwest chapter, and was also the People First coordinator in that county – a position that she says provided her many opportunities to advocate for people and their families. Stephanie says she enjoys helping others and has a passion for supporting people to help them achieve their goals and dreams.


Jean CroweJean Crowe.photo
Case Manager, Southeast Region
jcrowe@BenchmarkHS.com

Jean Crowe has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for the past 35 years. She holds a BA in recreation therapy, and a minor in psychology from Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota. Jean is a graduate of the National Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware.

Jean has worked in numerous positions during her professional career from direct support professional, to residential manager, case manager, director of client services, and vice president of residential services. Jean has had many opportunities through the years to develop and grow professionally through opportunities with LifeScape, DakotAbilities, and Hope Haven in Rock Valley, Iowa.


Ashley DeBlauwIMG_20170509_192117197
Case Manager, Southeast Region
adeblauw@BenchmarkHS.com

Ashley DeBlauw has worked in the case management field for seven years as an Assistant Services Director at SESDAC, Inc. She has been in the human services field for 11 years in multiple positions at LifeQuest, ABS, and SESDAC, Inc. Ashley also ran the first Traumatic Brain Injury Unit in the state of South Dakota.

 


Denice DvorakDenice
Case Manager, Southeast Region
ddvorak@BenchmarkHS.com

Denice Dvorak has been a Service Coordinator for the past 20 years at Dakotabilities in Sioux Falls. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of South Dakota, Vermillion. Prior to working in case management, Dvorak was a residential manager, mental health technician, and residential trainer. Dvorak says for over 30 years she has had a passion to be a voice for people with special needs. She describes herself as patient and respectful, and a supportive advocate.

 


Summer GerrySummer Gerry
Case Manager, Southeast Region
sgerry@BenchmarkHS.com

Summer Gerry has seven years of experience working with people with disabilities. Before joining Benchmark, she worked for LifeScape, first as a direct support professional, and as a coordinator of support services for the last four years.  Summer holds a bachelor’s degree in Hum
an Development and Family Science from South Dakota State University. She said she loves her work and looks forward to meeting more great people through her work with Benchmark.

 


Jenna GobelJenna
Case Manager, Southeast Region
jgobel@BenchmarkHS.com

Jenna Gobel worked as a Case Manager for SESDAC in Vermillion, SD for nine years, during which time she also served as Admissions Coordinator. Prior to her work in case management, Gobel spent two years as a Direct Support Professional with Region V Services. She has worked closely with many transition students, school districts, and families.  Gobel holds a bachelor’s degree in Family Science, with a minor in Psychology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska. She enjoys working together with individuals and their families, and exploring what is most important in a person’s life.


Lisa HanischLisa
Case Manager, Southeast Region
LHanisch@BenchmarkHS.com

Lisa Hanisch has nine years’ experience working for LifeScape in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, first as a Direct Support Professional (DSP), and as a Service Coordinator for the last 4.5 years. She has an associate’s degree in Human Services and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Presentation College. Hanisch is a Person Centered Thinking Coach, and in 2010, was the recipient of the Excellence in Service Award for her role as a DSP. Lisa is passionate about working with people to achieve their goals. Time with family, health, and fitness are a major part of her life. Hanisch describes herself as a kind and peaceful advocate. 


Nathan Hansprofile pic (3)
Case Manager, Southeast Region
nhans@benchmarkhs.com

Nathan Hans has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for nine years, most recently as a case manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Doane College, Lincoln, Nebraska. Throughout his career he has worked with troubled youth in a therapeutic setting, and managed both vocational and residential services. He also served as an assistant director of services.


Teresa HellandIMG_3269
Case Manager, Southeast Region
thelland@BenchmarkHS.com

Teresa Helland has 25 years of Case Management experience.  She began her career in human services as a Direct Support Professional with DakotAbilities, and later became a Residential Manager, before settling into the case management role in 1991.  Helland holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a minor in Child Development and Family Relations from South Dakota State University – Brookings.


 

 

Brianna Ishmael20170113_121945
Case Manager, Southeast Region
bishmael@benchmarkhs.com

Brianna Ishmael serves as a case manager for Benchmark’s Southeast Region. She has three years of case management experience and spent the last six years working for LifeScape, three of those in Supported Living.

 


Jay Joerszjay aflac
Case Manager, Southeast Region
jjoersz@BenchmarkHS.com

Jay Joersz has worked with children and adolescents with disabilities and disorders for 13 years within the school system as a school counselor.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Weber State University in Utah and a Master’s degree in Counseling from West Virginia University.   He has worked as a school counselor in schools in Northwest Iowa for 13 years including leading problem-solving teams for struggling students.

 


Daisy JohnstonDaisy Johnston
Case Manager, Southeast Region

djohnston@BenchmarkHS.com

Daisy Johnston has 10 years of experience in case management, and has worked 21 years in social services. She spent several years supervising in group home settings, worked with domestic violence offenders and victims, and did hospital response for sexual assault victims prior to becoming a case manager. Daisy holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Service Counseling and English Writing from Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. She also completed graduate courses at Eastern Illinois University. Daisy says her passion lies with case management. “I have a deep understanding for those who are medically complex both on a personal and professional level.   I have a great desire to help others to live up to their full potential. I believe in the power of active listening and also can be a strong advocate when needed.”


Jessica KesslerJessica Kessler
Case Manager, Southeast region
jkessler@BenchmarkHS.com

Jessica Kessler has served as a Case Manager for the past four years.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from The University of South Dakota.  Kessler worked for 10 years at Achieve, six as a Direct Support Professional, and four as a Coordinator of Support Services.  Prior to that, she was a Direct Support Professional at Volunteers of America in the West Oak program, and worked with youth in residential treatment facilities.


Heather Maasheather maas
Case Manager, Southeast Region
hmaas@BenchmarkHS.com

Heather Maas has 15 years of experience in case management. She began her career in social services as a DSP working in residential and day service settings, and has spent the last nine years as a Coordinator of Support Services at LifeScape.  “When I started out as a DSP 15 years ago, I was in it for a part time job,” Heather said.  “I quickly found out though that it was going to be more than just a job to me; it was going to be my career.  I have a passion for helping others and for helping those I support in achieving their dreams and goals.”  Heather has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Human Services from Northern State University. She is a certified Crisis Prevention instructor.


Megan PeschongMegan Peschong
Case Manager, Southeast Region
mpeschong@BenchmarkHS.com

Megan Peschong has three years of case management experience. She began her career in human services working as a direct support professional at Apire while attending college. She also served as a DSP at the Human Service Agency in Watertown, SD, where she later became a service coordinator. The position also came with supervisory duties. Peschong also worked as a service coordinator for the State of Nebraska.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Northern State University.


Ashlee RungeAshlee Runge
Case Manager, Southeast Region
arunge@BenchmarkHS.com

Ashlee Runge has five years of experience working with people with disabilities.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from South Dakota State University. She is a certified Crisis Prevention instructor. She spent five years at Lifescape in various roles including direct support professional and Coordinator of Support Services.  Ashlee says she is passionate about working with individuals with disabilities to achieve their dreams.

 


Joy Scholten, MS Joy Scholten
Case Manager, Southeast Region

jscholten@BenchmarkHS.com

Joy Scholten has over 10 years of experience in case management. She has spent 20 years working various jobs in the health and wellness field, including for the YMCA. She worked for two major healthcare organizations in Sioux Falls, and most recently, was a case manager at Independent Living Choices.  Joy holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Exercise Science from Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa) and a master’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation (University of Nebraska at Omaha). She is a certified health and wellness coach, and is trained in person-centered thinking.  Joy says the biggest impact on her life has been her sister, Greta, who was born with Down Syndrome, and is the reason Joy is so passionate about working with individuals with disabilities.


Sara Scholten
Case Manager, Southeast RegionMy Photo
sscholten@benchmarkhs.com

Sara Scholten has five years of experience offering support to individuals with disabilities.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and a minor in Business from South Dakota State University.  Her previous experience working at Lifescape as a Supported Living Advocate included offering individualized support to allow for independent living, and finding creative ways to help people achieve their goals and dreams.  For seven years, Sara has volunteered as a mentor for a local group for people with disabilities that provides an environment for interacting with others, developing friendships, singing, and participating in crafts.

 


Jen SundemSundem_J_13
Case Manager, Southeast Region
jsundem@BenchmarkHS.com

Jen Sundem has extensive experience working directly with adults and adolescents with mental illness at HSC in Yankton and Turning Point (Now Volunteers of America), before finding her true calling working with people with disabilities at South Dakota Achieve (now LifeScape).  Jen most recently served as Director of Services for CQL|The Council on Quality and Leadership. She has seven years of experience in case management, and holds a master’s degree in Psychology/Criminal Justice, and Juris Doctor from University of South Dakota.

 


Russell TennantRuss Tennant
Case Manager, Central Region
rtennant@BenchmarkHS.com 

Russell Tennant has 12 years of experience in the Human Services field, and two years working in case management. He started his career in Wyoming as a direct support professional in behavioral health. After moving to South Dakota, he worked with at risk youth for two years before finding his passion working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Tennant worked closely with LifeQuest and Dakota Wesleyan University to provide opportunities for persons served in the community. Before joining the Benchmark team, Tennant worked at LifeQuest as a residential supervisor.

 


Josh WagnerJosh
Case Manager, Southeast Region
jwagner@BenchmarkHS.com

Josh Wagner has three years of experience working in human services, including working as a direct support professional for Lifequest in Mitchell, SD, and as a youth counselor at the Human Services Center in Yankton.  Josh holds a degree in Human Services with a minor in Coaching.

 


Mackenzie Yostpic for Benchmark
Case Manager, Southeast Region
myost@BenchmarkHS.com

Mackenzie Yost has six years of experience doing child protection case management and investigations and six years of case management experience with Community Support Programs in the state of South Dakota. She worked for three different counties in Minnesota as a child protection social worker, and has five years of case management experience between Volunteers of America and Southeastern Directions for Life in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Mackenzie also worked for eight years as a direct support professional and 1.5 years as a residential manager of a group home for individuals with disabilities.   She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and an Associate of Arts degree, trained in Cornerhouse Forensic Interviewing, and is certified in Motivational Interviewing