ALASD - 2018 Summer Newsletter
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Chairman: Nathan Gellhaus  

Vice Chairman: Scott Engel

Treasurer: Colette Broekemeier 

Secretary: Kim Eggert 

Western Region Rep: (Open)

Central Region  Rep: Lori Mc Carty

Northeastern Region Rep: Vicky Maag

Southeastern Region Rep: Brandy Salts

Member at Large: Heather Moechnig

Regulatory Advisor: Deb Carlson, DOH

Administrative Director: Brandy Fiala  


Interested in serving on the Board of Directors? Nominations are open for Central Region Representative, Southwestern Region Representatives, and Vice Chair. Submit your nominations by September 30th 2018 to


2018 Hero of the Year
An award will be presented to 3 nominees and the winning facility will also receive a plaque!  We all have employees who are very deserving. Make sure to get your nomination in by September 30th, 2018. The winning Facility Administrator’s will be notified if their employee was selected.  The winning employee will receive a free conference registration! Download nomination form below.



The South Dakota Department of Health is currently seeking qualified candidates for survey positions, requirements of either a registered nurse or social worker.

Greetings ALASD Members,

Happy Assisted Living Week of 2018! ​Established by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995, National Assisted Living Week® provides a unique opportunity for residents, their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and the surrounding communities to recognize the role of assisted living in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. The annual observance encourages assisted living communities around the country to offer a variety of events and activities to celebrate the individuals they serve, as well as to help educate members of the public about this distinctive aspect of long term care.

Capture the Moment” is this year's theme for National Assisted Living Week (September 9-15, 2018), which hopes to inspire residents to realize their dreams and seize the day. Simultaneously, the theme also supports reflection, as residents may look back on the pivotal moments in their lives. With the theme’s word play referencing photography, residents may refer to pictures or videos from their past.  Assisted living communities across the country are encouraged to organize activities and events during NALW that help residents celebrate their past while also enjoying the present.

For more information visit: 

We are excited to see our membership and industry associates at the 21st annual ALASD Conference. Conference theme this year is “Pooling into Assisted Living.” Join us in Brookings, SD on October 10th for a pre-registration and networking pool party sponsored by Asera Care, thank you Asera Care! The conference will take full speed for a full day on the 11th and a half day of the 12th. This year’s conference committee has scheduled a wide variety of seminars and breakout sessions offering opportunities for growth both personally and professionally. This is a great time to network with industry colleagues and associates. See a highlight of our conference agenda below and get registered today at: Thank you and again, happy National Assisted Living Week! 

ALASD Board of Directors

You're going to want to get REGISTERED TODAY for the 21st ALASD Annual Conference..

It is time for our 21st Annual Conference and Trade show!  Let's Pool into Assisted Living on October 11th & 12th, 2018 at the The Days Inn in Brookings, SD!  Join us a night early on the 10th for pre-registration with a pizza and beverage pool party sponsored by Asera Care!

This years conference committee is pleased to announce VJ Smith as our Keynote speaker! VJ Smith is the author of bestselling book "The Richest Man Town" and has spent twenty-five years working in various management roles at both a Fortune 100 Company and mid-sized university. Not only has VJ been a professional speaker for more than twenty years, he is a two-time finalist in Toastmasters International's “World's Championship of Public Speaking”, and was also named a favorite speaker of meeting planners in America by Meetings and Conventions Magazine. With over 2,500 presentations Smith has traveled coast to coast and spoken to more than a million people! He has generously discounted his fee to bring his inspirational and motivational practices to assisted living professionals and industry associates of South Dakota at our conference! 

We are also extremely excited to bring you these highlights of sessions:
  • Department of Health panel, Q & A session
  • Medicaid vs. Medicare and HCBS final settings rulings
  • Active Shooter and Emergency Preparedness 
  • Elder Law and Cost Planning by Legacy Law
  • Hospice Do’s & Don’ts 
  • Caregiving & Employee Stressbusting
  • Customer Service, Employee Retention & Recruitment 
  • Music Therapy in Senior Care
  • FSA Chef/Plate Presentation
  • Coping with Parkinson’s in AL
  • “They Believed They Gave Good Care” 
  • DoToerra Oil & Bath Therapies 
  • Engagement by Image Truth 

Room reservations must be made by September 19th, 2018! Call (605) 692.9471 to make your reservations. Room Rates $85.00 a night, plus tax and be sure to mention ALASD conference.


Our mailing address is:
Box 818
Yankton, SD 57078

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ALASD Assisted Living Association of South Dakota · PO Box 818 · Yankton, SD 57078 · USA

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