Who We Are

Northern Hills Training Center Board of Directors

The Northern Hills Training Center Board of Directors includes Greg Kruskamp (President), Shawn Rost (Vice President), Jane Klug (Secretary/Treasurer), Dana Sneesby, Ed Furois, and Russ Graesser.

Picture (Back row: Russ Graesser, Greg Kruskamp, Shawn Rost/ Front Row: Jane Klug, Ed Furois, Dana Sneesby)

 

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.

Shawn Rost –Shawn is the Branch President of First Interstate Bank in Sturgis, SD.  He is also the Northern Hills Regional President which encompasses Sturgis,     Belle Fourche, Lead, Deadwood and Spearfish branches.  Shawn graduated from BHSU with a degree in business administration.  In 2000, Shawn was honored as the BHSU Alumni Association’s young alumnus of the year.  This award is given to alumni who have distinguished themselves with outstanding achievements, contributions and service to society, the community and BHSU.  Shawn has spent his entire career in the Northern Black Hills.  Shawn and his wife Susan reside in Spearfish with their three children: Hunter, a Junior at the University of Wyoming; Tanner, a Freshman at Arizona State University, and Traven, a kindergartener in Spearfish.  Shawn has been active in community affairs and has served on the boards of the Northern Hills Training Center as President, Board of Directors for the South Dakota Bankers Association, Deadwood Area Chamber of Commerce, Dakota Land Trust, Deadwood Economic Development Corporation, Retired and Seniors Volunteers Program and The Neighborhood Housing Service of the Black Hills.  Shawn has a passion for the mission and vision of Northern Hills Training Center.  His sister Kaylene, is a supported person of NHTC. He understands the positive impact  NHTC and its employees play in the lives of those supported.

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 24 years and currently serves as the Director of Student Services at Black Hills State University and is responsible for the operations of Student Health and Counseling Services and the Student Union and Activities; which includes student organizations, fall orientation, leadership development, student activities, student group advisement and civic engagement.   She serves on various university committees, including the Strategic Initiatives Committee,  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 an active volunteer in the Northern Hills Rotary Club, a leader in her church, and a volunteer with Junior Achievement.

Ed Furois - Ed and Mary Furois, are longtime supporters of BHSU and the entire community. Ed graduated from BHSU in 1959 with a degree in business and economics. The couple entered the local retail business world in 1962 with the purchase of the Spearfish Bootery which they operated together until it was sold in 1999. Ed and Mary were both active members of the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce and the Spearfish Retail Trade Association. Ed was also a volunteer fireman, a member of the Spearfish School Board and a member of the local hospital board of directors and Norwest Bank board of directors. The Furois couple was honored as South Dakota Retail Couple of the Year in 1997 and received the Spirit of Spearfish Award in 1999.

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.