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South Dakota Family Support

Tacey DunwoodyTacey Dunwoody
Director of Benchmark Case Management Services

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.

Teri Bukowski
Family Support Regional Director 

Teri Bukowski has worked in human services for over 25 years and in multiple roles including DSP, Job Coach, Family Support 360 Coordinator, and most recently as Resource Coordinator/Program Specialist with the SD Division of Developmental Disabilities for the last 11 years. She holds an associate’s degree in Human Services and Behavioral Sciences, is a Certified CQL Personal Outcomes Measure Interviewer, and has completed the CoP Charting the LifeCourse Ambassador series work for South Dakota. Teri’s passion to work with individuals with disabilities came from early experiences in her childhood when she attended an integrated grade school in St. Paul MN.  In 1994, she was appointed to the first South Dakota Family Support Council by then Governor Miller and remained active with that work until 2005 when she was chosen to work as one of the first PLANS/Adult Family Support 360 Program Coordinators when the Waiver was amended to include adults.

Alli Beach-Pattison
Family Support Coordinator

Alli Beach-Pattison has 8 years’ experience working with individuals with special needs. Alli was a Paraeducator at an elementary school and middle school for 6 years, working as a one-on-one for children with various disabilities such as Autism, Angelman syndrome, Down syndrome, and much more. Alli also holds an Associate’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology Assisting, where she has used her degree in several different situations throughout her career. She also has 6 years’ experience working as a Direct Support Professional at Lifequest working with adults who have developmental disabilities. Alli is very passionate about her career and the families she supports.

Tara Harberts  
Family Support Coordinator

Tara Harberts has 12 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. The past seven years, she worked for Lifescape, in the traumatic brain injury program, autism program, and program coordination in Supported Living. Tara has experience working closely with families on the Family Support 360 program and is passionate about helping individuals achieve their goals.


Tara Kaiser
Family Support Coordinator

Tara Kaiser has over 12 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. Before coming to Benchmark she worked for 7 years as a case manager and administrative coordinator with Black Hills Special Services, and 5 years as a DSP with Northern Hills Training Center. She graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Mass Communication from Black Hills State University. Tara has always been a strong advocate for individuals’ rights, participation in communities, and promoting fulfilling independent lives.

Jason Vaverka
Family Support Coordinator

Jason Vaverka has worked with people with developmental disabilities for close to 15 years both as a direct support professional and as a Family Support Coordinator for 10 years.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in General Studies and a minor in Youth Agency Administration from the University of Northern Iowa.  Jason is a certified interviewer for Personal Outcomes Measures for both children and adults.  He also has knowledge of the person centered thinking/charting the lifecourse tools to help participants and families achieve meaningful lives.