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.


Empowering women and families to enrich lives.


We transform lives, supporting success at work, at home and in life.


Leading, Empowering & Inspiring

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.

Kendra Calhoun
Board Chair – Avera

Sonja Theisen Portrait

Sonja Theisen
Vice Chair – MetaBank

Nicole Tupman
Treasurer – Woods Fuller

Alex Halbach
Immediate Past Chair – Cutler Law Firm

Lisa Irvine
Secretary – CURO Financial Technologies Corp

Joe Beck
Raven Industries

John Meyer

Natasha Smith
Sanford Health

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


The EmBe Senior 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
Michelle Hentschel
Michelle HentschelChief Financial Officer
Susanne Gale
Susanne GaleChief Development Officer
Katy Morris
Katy MorrisChief Human Resources Officer
Kelly Ballew
Kelly BallewChief of Staff
Liz Mosena DeBerg
Liz Mosena DeBergExecutive Director of Childcare and School Age Care
Megan Bartel
Megan BartelExecutive Director of Women's Programming

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