Board of Directors

Northern Hills Training Center Board of Directors:

(Vacant)
President

Jane Klug
Vice-President
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.

Tracey Steinbach
Secretary/Treasurer
Tracey was born and raised in Spearfish, SD and much of her family still resides in the area. She is married to her husband of 17 years, Brent Steinbach, and they have 5 children between the two of them (Brianna, Brad, Ashley, Kayla and Carly). They are also the proud grandparents of 7 wonderful grandchildren. Tracey has worked at Black Hills State University for 20 years and is currently a Senior Computer Support Specialist for Network and Computer Services. Brent was born and raised in Belle Fourche, SD and has been employed with CenturyLink for 30 years. Both her and her husband have been the West River Power lifting coaches for Peaks Special Olympics since 2007 and are also the SD State Special Olympics meet directors when the event is held in the Black Hills. Tracey is also the Chair on the Peaks Steering committee for Special Olympics, member of the Friends of NHTC Board and is a certified nutrition specialist as well as an ISSA certified personal trainer. Inspired by their granddaughter, Avalee, who has Cerebral Palsy and Autism, Tracey and Brent got involved in Special Olympics and have made so many memories over the years. As power lifting coaches with a special needs grandchild of their own, they decided early on that they were committed to never turning someone away because of their ability and they would always find a way to include them in their team – no matter what. To this day, they have never had to turn someone away. In her spare time, Tracey enjoys spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and family. In the summer they love to be on the boat with their kids and grandkids making memories like they had growing up that last a lifetime. Tracey loves Spearfish and being part of a great community.

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.

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.

T.J. Gusso
I have currently served as Market President for First Interstate Bank for the last 6 years where I am responsible for the management of the First Interstate Branches located in Spearfish, Lead, Deadwood and Belle Fourche. I have been employed by First Interstate Bank for 26 years and have worked in all of the Northern Hills branches over this time holding numerous lending and leadership positions. I graduated college from Cameron University in Lawton, OK in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Prior to college was born and raised in Spearfish, SD graduating High School in 1991 and quickly moved back to the Black Hills area after graduating college. I have been a long time community member and have served on numerous community boards to include the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce, Spearfish Economic Development Corp., Good Shepherd Clinic, Belle Fourche Economic Development Corp., Spearfish Canyon Country Club, and numerous local Youth Sports Organizations. I am married (Janelle Gusso) with three children, ages 23 (Madison), 20 (Drew), and 18 (Sydney) and my hobbies include golf and any other sporting/outdoor events in general.

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