Michael Huxford, PhD

Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD

Michael Huxford earned his doctor of Psychology degree at the University of Northern Colorado. He is currently an assistant professor of behavioral science and psychology at Black Hills State University. He is  also a practicing psychologist at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center in Rapid City, SD and with a primary care clinic at the Fort…

Sandy Whitehawk

Indian Child Welfare Act Consultant, St. Paul, MN

Sandra White Hawk is a Sicangu Lakota adoptee from the Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota. She is the founder and Director of First Nations Repatriation Institute. Which is the first organization of its kind whose goal is to create a resource for First Nations people impacted by foster care or adoption to return home, reconnect, and…

Carrie Sanderson, JD

Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment, Sioux Falls, SD

Carrie Sanderson, JD, earned her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Public Administration and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of South Dakota. As an Assistant United States Attorney, Ms. Sanderson became intimately familiar with the services many victims require but are hard to come by due to the rural nature of our state and recognized…

Pat Hubert

Northwest Area Schools, Isabel, SD

Pat Hubert is a South Dakota ACEs trainer and has more than 10 years of experience working with schools to support Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports as well as many other school improvement efforts in her work as an Education Consultant in South Dakota. Pat received a BA in Speech and Business Communication from Black…

Carole Cochran

SD KIDS COUNT, Vermillion, SD

Carole Cochran is the Director of South Dakota KIDS COUNT. SD KIDS COUNT is one of fifty-three similar projects throughout the United States and its territories funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. SD KIDS COUNT compiles, analyzes and shares accurate, up-to-date statistics and research on child well-being indicators with people and policymakers statewide. Carole…

Annie Brokenleg

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, Pierre, SD

Annie Brokenleg holds a MSW from the University of South Dakota and is a Licensed Certified Social Worker. Ms. Brokenleg is the statewide Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Coordinator. In her role, she works with several jurisdictions across the state to find alternatives to detention through an eight core strategic approach. One of those strategies…

Nancy Free, DO

Child’s Voice Child Advocacy Center, Sioux Falls, SD

Nancy Free, DO, is the Medical Director of Child’s Voice Child Advocacy Center at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls and Avera St. Mary’s Central South Dakota Child Assessment Center in Pierre. She is also a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. She earned…

Eric Kurtz, PhD

Center for Disabilities, University of South Dakota, Sioux Falls, SD

Eric Kurtz received his PhD from the University of South Dakota with specialized training in neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Kurtz currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Disabilities at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. Previously, he served as Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Interim Director for Rural Healthcare. He also formerly…

Clint Sperle

Great Plains Psychological Services, Sioux Falls, SD

Clint Sperle, MA, LPC-MH, received his degree in Counseling and Psychology in Education and is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health. He works with children, adolescents and adults in individual, group and family settings. Special areas of interest include working with children and adolescents in areas related to: abuse issues, trauma, evaluations and therapy for children…

Cassie Nagel

Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment, Sioux Falls, SD

Cassie Nagel joined CPCM in July 2017. Ms. Nagel has an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration and recently completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Studies at the University of South Dakota.  Her passion for helping vulnerable populations is driving her education and inspired her to begin work at CPCM. Cassie…