Dedicated Leaders Ready to Serve
Jennifer Gray has been with Aspire since 1996. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Sociology, and is a graduate of The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities Leadership Institute, as well as the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Aberdeen program. Over the years, Jennifer has served in many roles supporting people with disabilities, including being a family member. Jennifer values relationships and community partnerships, and is a strong advocate for our employees to ensure Aspire delivers high quality services for our participants.
Director of Quality Assurance
Arlette has worked for Aspire since 1992. She graduated from NSU with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Special Education. Arlette began her career at Aspire as a DSP and has worked a variety of positions before taking on the responsibilities of the Director of Quality Assurance. She currently oversees the Quality Assurance, Education and Residential Services and is chairperson of the Admissions Committee.
Director of Nursing
Angela has worked for Aspire since 2010. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Presentation College. Angela supervises the Nursing , Dietary and Therapeutic Recreation departments. She oversees all of Aspire’s medical services, coordination of care, preventative healthcare, promotes healthier lifestyles through diet and fitness, provides education to employees and participants on health and medications, ensures state guidelines/laws are followed, and advocates for human rights and dignity. She is also the advisor for Aspire’s Wellness Committee and Events Committee and is an instructor for CPR and Medication Administration.
Director of Vocational Services
Paul has worked for Aspire since 1991. He has a degree in management and marketing. He started his career at Aspire as a DSP and has held various other positions along the way. Paul currently oversees the day activities which include: Production, Exploration, Creative Expressions, Employment Options (supported employment), Community Contracts and Maintenance. Paul is also the advisor for the Creative Expressions and Safety and Sanitation Committees.
Director of Human Resources
Meranda has worked for Aspire since 2014. She graduated from Northern State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Design. Meranda plans, develops, organizes, implements, directs, and evaluates the company’s human resource function and performance. She is also a CPR instructor, a Person Centered Thinking coach and the adviser of both the Employee Personnel Advisory and Employee Recognition committees.
Beth has worked for Aspire since 2017. She received her Bachelors degree in Information Management Systems and has her Masters in Business Administration. Beth has worked in a variety of government, private business and corporate settings, giving her just the right blend of expertise for this job. She currently oversees the Business Office functions of Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and Payroll as well as maintains the Agency’s financial statements and records.
Board of Directors
Ryan Schimke, President - Great Western Bank
Laura Millett, Vice President - Aberdeen School District
Jay Gellhaus, Secretary/Treasurer - Gellhaus Law
Lisa German - Northeastern Mental Health Center
Krissy Epp - Aramark, Partner
Robyn Ewalt - Avera Health
Cate Diede - Lifequest / Family Support, Parent
Jody Zueger - Aberdeen Housing Authority
Doris Stusiak - Northern State University