Board of Directors

2022 Board of Directors

President - Ericka Schapekahm, Coffee Cup / Heinz Corporation
Vice President -  Carly Heard, University of South Dakota 
Secretary - Mindy Larsen
Treasurer -Jane Rhoades, Vogt Cleaners

Members - Dan Cwach (Yankton Public Schools); Daniel Flahie (Mount Marty College); Ginny Moser (Yankton Public Schools); Mary Sorensen (retired); Shanna Ibarolle (Yankton Public Schools); John Howe (University of South Dakota); Bob Standen (Shur-co); Brian Beeken (Heinz Corporation); and Dick Thompson (Electronic Frog Advertising) 

Amy Miner joins the HHS Board of Directors as a representative of the City of Yankton Commissioners.

The HHS Board of Directors meets on the second Thursday of each month. The board is responsible for the overall oversight of finances and shelter management.

In 2021, Heartland provided intake services to 633 animals - 298 dogs, 325 cats and 10 small animals enter our shelter care, for a total of 633 animals. About 40% of these animals are owner surrenders, followed by transfers and stray. HHS is proud of its successful stray holding policy, which has a 95% success rate of lost dogs being reunified with its owners.

During 2021, 618 animals were adopted.

About an average 600 pounds of pet pantry good are handed out monthly to pet owners. The shelter also completed 136 Trap-Neuter-Release surgeries in 136 for community cats. It partnered with agencies in Oklahoma and Eagle Butte, SD to transfer animals to HHS and rescued over 30 animals impacted by Hurricane Ida.

Volunteers logged 4,622 hours, an average 88 hours per week, saving over $50,000 in employee wages.

In 2022, The Board of Directors made the following goals: 

  1. Securing the financial future of HHS by creating an investment plan and promoting planned giving.
  2. Continuing to provide top-notch medical care to shelter pets.
  3. Update the shelter’s canine holding facilities to accommodate serving more dogs.
  4. Increasing the number of animals, we provide Trap-Neuter-Release services too.
  5. Reestablishing partnerships impacted by the pandemic.
  6. Hosting two successful community fundraising events.