Horizon Health Foundation announces new board members

COURTESY PHOTOS L to R: David Close, Lake Preston; Cheryl Havermann, Elk Point; Kelli Koepsell, Canova

Horizon Health Foundation welcomed David Close of Lake Preston, and Cheryl Havermann of Elk Point, to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Secretary/Treasurer Kelli Koepsell of Canova; transitioned into the role of Board Chair. She replaces Pat Maroney of Sioux Falls, who will remain as a member.

The Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of 11 leaders, representing the Horizon Health Care service area across South Dakota, who guide the direction of the Foundation and oversee operations, including financial management and advocacy efforts.

Close has practiced law for more than 20 years and is admitted to practice law in Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota.

He currently serves as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Zoot Enterprises, Inc.; Healthy is Wellness, LLC; and My Health Navigator, LLC. He is co-founder and Chief Investment Officer for Zoot Asset Management, a South Dakota-based private investment fund. He has extensive experience representing Fortune 500 companies, top 20 banks, hedge funds, credit card issuers and financial institutions. His extensive experience working on financial issues will aid the Foundation in continuing to secure assets that can make a huge impact on patient lives.

Havermann describes herself as a continuous life learner. She has several degrees and certificates from her extensive study of marketing. Her passion for health care is evident when viewing the variety of roles she’s held in the industry, including insurance, admissions and registration, executive assistant, and director of marketing.

Koepsell has served on the Foundation board since November 2021, during which she has volunteered at annual programs and helped guide Foundation operations toward the benefit of patient care. She joined the Forum Communications Company in 2023 as a Content Marketing Writer. She is responsible for brand awareness and strategic content marketing to assist with securing and retaining customers. Her marketing strategy assisted Dakota State University in having its largest enrollment ever in 2023. She spent 15 years working in health care marketing for Sanford Health. Koepsell has served on several boards, including the Howard School District Board.  In addition to her activity in her church and local communities, she volunteers as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) advocate for Miner and Lake counties.

Other current Horizon Health Foundation board members include Patrick Maroney (Sioux Falls); Doug Eidahl (Roslyn); Jim Burg (Wessington Springs); Brandi Hodges (White River); Kelli Koepsell (Canova); Tom Glanzer (Huron); Carrie Howard (Woonsocket); Dennis Nelson (Vermillion); and Lorinda Holland (De Smet).

They are looking for board members to represent the following communities: Isabel, Eagle Butte, Faith, McIntosh, Bison, Alcester, Bryant, Yankton, Martin, and Mission.

The Horizon Health Foundation was established in 2016 to ensure rural health care access to those in need and provide funding for Horizon Health Care.

For more information, please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.