Frank Lamere (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska), is a noted social and political activist from South Sioux City, Nebraska, and founder of the Memorial March to Honor Lost Children. Mr. LaMere chairs the Community Initiative for Native Children and Families (CINCF) and facilitates the Four Directions Parenting Program in Sioux City, IA. Frank is a member of the board of the Sioux City Community Health Center, ATLAS (Winnebago, NE), the Winnebago Hospital advisory board, the Mercy Medical advisory board, the Mercy Medical patient advisory council and the Briar Cliff University social work advisory committee. Frank is generally regarded as the architect of the movement to stop the illegal flow of alcohol from Nebraska onto the dry Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota. He is featured in the documentaries The Battle for White Clay and Sober Indian Dangerous Indian. He has won numerous awards for his advocacy work including the 2001 Peacemaker of the Year award from Nebraskans for Peace, the 2011 War Eagle Human Rights award from the Sioux City Human Rights Commission, and the recent 2015 Jim Wolf Equal Justice Award from the Nebraska Appleseed Center. Frank helped with the creation of the Iowa Indian Child Welfare Act in 2004 and currently represents Native interests on the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission. He is a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and though semi-retired, supports the work of the Ho-Chunk, Inc. (HCI) and the Ho-Chunk Community Development Corp (HCCDC) as a consultant. Frank is married to Cynthia, a member of the Yankton Sioux tribe and stays very involved with the Nebraska Democratic Party where he chairs the Native Caucus.
Nora Boesem is from South Dakota. She was born in Scottsdale but moved to SD in her teen years. She married her best friend 18 years ago. Together they have fostered 90 children and adopted 12 children. Most of their children have had some form of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Nora has worked to build community awareness and provide education in the field of FASD the past 12 years. She has had to be an advocate for her adopted children and foster children. Nora founded Roots to Wings, an online family support organization, in 2007. She has experienced what it is like to love and care for a child with FASD. Through her studies with some of the country's most respected FASD research professionals, Nora has expanded her ability to help Black Hills families. Behavior Management Systems (BMS) is excited to offer services to families with FASD. Nora’s real-life experience, research, resources, and continuing education, she is able to offer help and hope to children and families living with FASD. FASD cannot be cured, but it can be managed. Nora can help families take precautions for caregiver burnout and give families tools to make their lives better.
Dr. Kathleen Brown-Rice is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Counseling and Psychology. Dr. Rice received her PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Provider, Certified Addiction Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor, Qualified Mental Health Provider, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and National Certified Counselor. She has worked as a professional counselor in various clinical mental health settings assisting clients with mental health and substance use issues. Dr. Rice’s research efforts are on developing and enhancing ethical and competent services to clients and focus on three main areas: professional counselor supervision and training, Native American mental health with an emphasis on the implications of historical trauma, and risky substance use. To further understand emotional regulation, resiliency, and intergenerational transmission of mental health and substance use disorders, she incorporates neural imaging and epigenetics.
Jerry Foxhoven is the Director of the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS). DHS is the largest state agency in Iowa, directly serving (unduplicated) over one million people (one-third of all Iowans). Before being appointed as DHS Director, Jerry served as Executive Director of Clinical Programs as well as a Professor of Law at the Drake University Law School, where he taught Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Children and the Law, Law Office Management, and Children’s Rights. He has a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, and is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics across the country. (He has spoken at over 200 conferences for lawyers, social workers, judges and others.) Jerry has published an academic textbook, Juvenile Delinquency Law and Procedure along with a teacher’s manual for the course, through Carolina Academic Press. Jerry has also published five law review articles, 25 magazine articles and six newspaper articles.
Allison Larson is the Institute for Community Alliances’ (ICA) Coordinated Entry/Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Specialist for Woodbury and Dakota Counties. Allison provides training and technical/analytical HMIS support to local homeless services agencies. In addition to technical support, a key piece of Allison’s work is to ensure data timeliness and accuracy in the effort to inform data driven decision making in local communities. Allison also provides technical support for the implementation of Coordinated Entry in Woodbury and Dakota counties. Allison holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa with previous work experience in nursing, substance abuse, and postsecondary/college access.
Matt Ohman is the Executive Director for Siouxland Human Investment Partnership. He is responsible for the management, guidance and direction for all programs and services provided by and authorized by SHIP. Graduating from East High School, Matt is a lifelong Sioux City resident. He graduated from Morningside College in 2000 with a degree in mass communication and business. He worked as an account executive at Cable One Advertising for six years prior to coming to SHIP in 2006. His role at SHIP from 2006 – 2012 was as a contract coordinator and Early Childhood Iowa Director. Matt finds working at SHIP an enjoyable and satisfying experience because the funding and programs make a positive difference in people’s lives. Matt resides in Morningside with his two children, Mia and Jack.
Elizabeth (Liz) Rembold is the director of the social work program and assistant professor of social work at Briar Cliff University. She received her B.A from the University of South Dakota and her M.S.W from the University of Iowa. She is an LISW in Iowa and CSW-PIP in South Dakota. Liz worked for almost 15 years in clinical practice, in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings and has worked with children, families, and adults. Her interests include infant and early childhood mental health and child welfare. She currently resides in Yankton, S.D. with her husband Josh and their three daughters.