Aspire Boards

Aspire's Board of Directors is composed of community members, family members and Aspire participants that provide oversight and outside opinion for the agency.

Aspire's Foundation Board works in tandem with the Foundation Director to promote Aspire and raise awareness and funds to support the agency.

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Aspire, Inc. Board of directors

  • Elissa Dickey, President - Northern State University

  • Ryan Schimke, Vice President - Great Western Bank

  • Laura Millett, Secretary/Treasurer - Aberdeen School District

  • Glenn Opp -Farmer, Family Member

  • Jay Gellhaus - Gellhaus Law

  • Paul Dennert - Retired, former State Representative

  • Lisa German - North Eastern Mental Health Center

  • Bryan Samson - Aberdeen Housing Authority

  • Krissy Epp - Aramark, Participant

Foundation Board

  • Duane Sutton, President - Business Owner, Brown County Commissioner

  • Ryan Schimke, Vice-President - Great Western Bank

  • Eldon Swingler, Secretary/Treasurer - Insurance Plus

  • Eric Bauer - Great Western Bank

  • Dave Taffe - Plaza Pharmacy, State Street Pharmacy, United Pharmacy, Business Owner

  • Mike Carrels - C-Express, Business Owner

  • Tom Paepke - Farmer

  • George Casanova - Super City Mall Property Managment

  • Cyndy Larson - Farmer

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Board members and staff attend the Legislative Day Meeting

Board members and staff attend the Legislative Day Meeting

Get Involved

Being a part of an Aspire board is not just about meetings; it's about giving back to your community. Board members are invited to be a part of events for employees and people supported, to meet with local legislators at our annual meet up, and have an opportunity to advocate for participants to the general public.  If you would be interested in being on an Aspire board please fill out the board member application by clicking here and send to Jennifer Gray by email at