Northern Hills Training Center Board of Directors
The Northern Hills Training Center Board of Directors includes Greg Kruskamp (President), Dana Sneesby (Vice-President),
Jane Klug (Secretary/Treasurer), Russ Graesser, Josh Horak, Tracey Steinbach and Christopher Baumann.
Picture (Back row: Russ Graesser, Tracey Steinbach, Greg Kruskamp, Jane Klug Front Row: Christopher Baumann, Dana Sneesby, Josh Horak)
Greg Kruskamp – Greg is originally from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Greg and his wife, Kathy, were married in Lead, SD in 1996 in the same church Greg's parents and grandparents were married. He moved his family back to the northern Black Hills in 2000 after spending 15 years as the Chief Information Officer at Boulder Medical Center in Boulder, Colorado. Greg is currently an assistant director with Regional Health. Greg has served on various boards and commissions including the Optimist Club, the Historic Preservation Commission, and the Spearfish Planning and Zoning Commission where he has served as President in the past. Greg and his family are active in scouting and he serves as a Council board member, District Commissioner and local Unit Commissioner. Greg's awards include the Boy Scouts of America District Award of Merit and PREMIER's highest award of honor, the President's Award. Greg, his wife and their two children, Gus and Ella, are thankful to have moved back to Spearfish so they can enjoy their friends, the Black Hills and the quality of life Spearfish offers.
Jane Klug - Jane lives in Spearfish with her husband, Ken and two children, Paxton and Amelia. Jane has worked at Black Hills State University for 26 years and currently serves as the Dean of Students at Black Hills State University and is responsible for the operations of Residence Life, Judicial Affairs, Disability Services and Testing, Student Health and Counseling Services and the Student Union and Engagement; which includes student organizations, fall orientation, leadership development, student activities, student group advisement and civic engagement. She teaches International Service Learning which takes students to the Philippines and Botswana/South Africa and is the grant sponsor for the BHSU Retired Senior Volunteer Program, a federally funded grant program which coordinates volunteer service opportunities with seniors in our local communities. In the community, Jane is a member of the Northern Hills Rotary Club and a youth leader and volunteer in her church.
Russ Graesser - Russ has an undergraduate degree in business and a Masters degree in public administration. His professional career began as a management auditor with the Government Accountability Office, Denver Region. After several years with the GAO, he then joined the faculty at BHSU and the SD School of Mines and Technology, eventually settling with BHSU full time. During this time he served as the business division representative to the Faculty Senate, including serving as its President. After teaching for several years, Russ took a position as director of a health education organization with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and a non-profit health organization. After many years in this position he and his wife, M.J., moved to Salt Lake City where he was the Managing Director of the VA Salt Lake City Education and Resource Center that provided education development and consulting services to a large share of the western U.S. After retiring from this position, Russ and his wife, MJ, developed and sold a Subway restaurant after which they worked part-time as Subway Field Consultants in western Nebraska and South Dakota. During much of his career in the South Dakota area, Russ served on the Board of Directors of NHTC, including as chairperson until moving to Salt Lake City and was reinstated to the board shortly after his return to Spearfish several years ago. Russ also served on the Governor's Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities, and he and his wife, MJ, served on planning groups with the Department of Developmental Disabilities to develop policies and procedures for Family Support in South Dakota. Russ and M.J. are also the proud parents of Emily and Joshua, who was born with Down Syndrome, and is a lot of the motivation for their advocacy.
Dana Sneesby - Dana is a lifelong resident of the northern Black Hills, currently working at home, taking care of her family along with assisting in the other family business ventures, mainly rental properties in the Black Hills and Arizona. She graduated from BHSU in 1995 with a degree in Human Services and Sociology. Her internship was with the Northern Hills Training Center (Pink House – 1005 Canyon Street). She thoroughly enjoyed that experience and it seemed to come naturally. Her uncle, Dick, in Rapid City, was a client of the Black Hills Workshop for years and Dana’s entire family was involved in his care and activities there. Her past business experience includes Membership Director for the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce, several administrative positions at Mountain Plains Health Consortium (MPHC) at Ft. Meade assisting the amazing Russ Graesser, serving as a loan officer for Blue Ribbon Mortgage, and co-owner and operator of Help-U-Rent in Spearfish. She and her husband, Ron, have been married for 20 years and have three daughters. Jenni is 26, married to Talon Tucker, and they live in Spearfish. Lily and Macy are both 11 years old and attend Spearfish Middle School. Dana’s passions are taking care of her family and friends, traveling, playing tennis and paddle boarding.
Josh Horak – Josh is Assistant Vice President of First Interstate Bank in Spearfish. Josh moved to Spearfish in July of 1995 from Willmar MN and graduated high school from Spearfish. He then attended two semesters at BHSU and then transferred to SDSU where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in 2003. Josh began working in Sioux Falls out of college for Wells Fargo and transferred back to Spearfish with the company in 2004 and has lived in Spearfish ever since. Josh is an active community and church volunteer. Past and current roles Josh has held in the community include Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce board member and President, Grace Bulloch Memorial Library Board member and President, Northern Hills Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation committee member and Chairman, Evergreen Management Services board member and President, Black Hills Christian Academy board member and Treasurer, Northern Hills CASA board member, and various church leadership roles. Josh is married to Marcy and they have a son named Cayel. Cayel is a 12 year old and in 6th grade in Spearfish. Cayel enjoys baseball, fishing, and hunting. Marcy works as a Treatment Coordinator for Meyer Dana Orthodontics on a limited basis and is a full time Mom. Josh enjoys spending time with his family and friends in the outdoors doing everything from hunting and fishing, to camping and hiking. Josh feels honored to be able to contribute his time, talents, and knowledge to NHTC.
Chris Baumann – Chris grew up in Lead and studied at Black Hills State University before transferring to the University of South Dakota where he attained an undergraduate degree in political science and anthropology. He then pursued a graduate degree at the University of Oregon in Eugene for a year. During that time, Chris was accepted to the University of South Dakota School of Law and returned to Vermillion. Following graduation in 1981, Chris was immediately hired by the Pennington County Public Defenders’ Office in Rapid City, which opened his eyes to the many issues that confront people with mental, intellectual, and physical disabilities – especially the limited resources available to them. In 1983 Chris and his wife moved to Spearfish, where he practiced law for 33 years before retiring in 2017. Chris and his wife, Michelle Morin, have been married since 1985. However, they began dating in Oregon where she was studying linguistics and anthropology. By coincidence, she too, was from South Dakota. Michelle received a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 1986 and worked for Regional Health and its predecessors for 30 years before retiring. Her younger brother has Down’s syndrome and lives in a group home in Worcester, Massachusetts where he can be near his mother.