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.


We uplift the potential in children, women, and families through opportunities that empower all.


A community where children thrive, women excel, and families succeed.


Curiosity, Authenticity, Leadership & Connection

Board of Directors


The EmBe Executive Leadership Team is a diverse group, united in their connection and passion for EmBe’s mission and serving this community.

Kerri Tietgen
Kerri TietgenChief Executive Officer
Susanne Gale
Susanne GaleChief Development Officer
Katy Morris
Katy MorrisChief Human Resources Officer
Kelly Ballew
Kelly BallewExecutive Director of Childcare and School Age Care

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:

  • Parents can choose a career outside the home because their children have safe, quality childcare in their absence.
  • School Age Care Programs such as “no school” days allow parents to maintain a full work day if desired.
  • Girls gain leadership skills that carry with them into adulthood.
  • Skill-enhancing and fun programs are available to kids throughout the year.
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