Empowerment Starts Here

EmBe’s beginnings are rooted in meetings in 1921 that formed the YWCA in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The vision to serve women and families has remained strong, empowering people to create lives of meaning and purpose, creating a community that serves everyone well.

Our Mission

Empowering women and families to enrich lives.

Our Vision

The lives of women and families are better.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors governs EmBe providing leadership and vision to our organization. The board of directors consists of influential women and men of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds ranging from human resources and law to finance and communications.

Alex Halbach – President
Cutler Law Firm

Sonja Theisen – Treasurer

Kendra Calhoun – Secretary

Anne Rieck McFarland
Interim EmBe CEO

Joe Beck
Raven Industries

Steven DeVoe
Sanford Health

Lisa Irvine
PREMIER Bankcard

Angela Lammers
Cetera Services LLC

Valerie Loudenback
Grand Prairie Foods

John Meyer

Sister Roxanne Seifert
Avera Queen of Peace Hospital

Natasha Smith
Wells Fargo

Michele Wellman
Pinny PR

The EmBe Board of Directors and committee members are the connection between the community and our mission. They provide guidance and governance, often offering unique skill sets and support to our staff. If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to complete the nomination form. We are not actively accepting nominations now, but are always interested in having a conversation about being part of how EmBe serves the region.

Nomination Form


EmBe staff leadership reflects our commitment to mission, impact and using resources well.  The Sr. Leadership Team represents the groups we serve as well as strong, skilled direction.

Anne Rieck McFarland
Anne Rieck McFarlandInterim CEO
Angie Bakke
Angie BakkeChief Care Officer
Michelle Hentschel
Michelle HentschelChief Financial Officer
Jennifer Smith Hoesing
Jennifer Smith HoesingChief Development Officer
Stacy Stahl
Stacy StahlExecutive Direct or Youth Programs & Interim Executive Director of Women's Programs
Katy Morris
Katy MorrisExecutive Director of Human Resources

Documents and Reports

The support of people like you help EmBe to continue to serve the community well. The following materials share more detail about our fiscal responsibility.

Community Partners

The EmBe vision encompasses collaboration and partnerships as a vehicle to enhance the programs and services our organization provides to the Sioux Falls community. As a supporter of EmBe programs and services, these relationships help to ensure:

  • Women are able to choose a career outside the home because her children have safe, quality childcare in her absence
  • Girls are taught leadership skills that carry with them into adulthood
  • Skill enhancing and fun programs are available to kids throughout the year (i.e. volleyball league, soccer league, summer camps, babysitting camps)
  • Programs are offered on “no school” days allowing parents to maintain a full work day if desired
  • Health and wellness services can be expanded to those that cannot afford the services and to entire families

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Can you empower women and families with a donation?

The COVID-19 pandemic impacts our community more and more each day. Suspending program offerings and decreasing demand for childcare are impacting our organization. We ask you to consider a donation to EmBe so that we can respond to urgent community needs like childcare scholarships and employment resources. Click here to learn more about how you can help.

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Click here to learn more about EmBe’s Program Scheduling changes due to COVID-19.



While EmBe’s childcare operation is reopening with limited services on March 30, EmBe’s offices are closed.

Get In Touch

300 West 11th Street

Phone: (605) 336-3660

Fax: (605) 336-2238

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