Chief Executive Officer
Jerilyn Church is the Chief Executive Officer of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board. Church joined GPTCHB in 2012, ushering in an organizational restructuring to meet the health-related needs of the tribal nations the organization serves through the provision of technical assistance, policy analysis and advocacy, as well as acting as a liaison between the health board and Indian Health Service to help identify and meet the needs of GPTCHB constituents.
Born and raised on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, one of the reservations served by GPTCHB, Church obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work with an emphasis in American Indian studies from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. From there, Church pursued her master’s degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, receiving a full fellowship in child welfare with an emphasis in human services management.
Upon completion of her education, Church became the Executive Director for the American Indian Health and Family Services center in Southeast Michigan, which provided behavioral health, social services, health education and youth programming to an estimated 57,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives. Under her leadership, the organization was able to triple its budget and double its staff to further expand and meet the needs of those it served.
Phone:605-721-1922 ext. 101
Chief Operations Officer
Sunny is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. She received her master’s degree in business administration from National American University. Prior to her work at GPTCHB, Sunny served as a health system administrator at the Rosebud Indian Health Service. Sunny has been with the health board since August 2011. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her three children.
Director of Human Resources & Organizational Development
Christina Larson-Dike joins Great Plains Tribal Chairmen Health Board in March 2017. Christina was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and spent her childhood summers on the beaches of Perryville, Alaska. She is of Aleut descent and a shareholder with Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) and Oceanside Native Corporation. Christina obtained her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Alaska Pacific University and currently seeking her Master in Business Administration from National American University.
Prior to moving to Rapid City, SD in 2009 Christina was an Improvement Specialist within the Organizational Development Division for an Alaska Native-owned, nonprofit health care organization serving Alaska Natives and American Indians living in south-central Alaska. Since 2012, Christina worked for the local health system within the Black Hills recruiting and on boarding healthcare professionals.
Christina’s experience and compassion for others is a foundation for building positive relationships, respect and empowerment of others, and living by the Golden Rule – treat others, as you want to be treated.
When Christina is not with her work family, she is with her husband, Justin Dike and their two children, Isaac (12) and Allison (7). Many evenings are spent at the baseball fields, football field, softball fields, gymnasium, or camping and fishing.
VP of Organizational Development & Innovation
Human Resources Generalis
Allison earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Human Resource Management at National American University. She has been with Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board as a Human Resources Generalist since December of 2018. Prior to her career with the Health Board she served the Good Samaritan Society, Communities of the Black Hills for five and a half years in various capacities, but most notably as a Human Resources Assistant.
In her free time she enjoys hiking the black hills, biking, exercising, and most importantly spending quality time with her husband, and three dogs.
Human Resource Specialist
Debee Eagle Elk
Debee is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and is a 14 year Army veteran. She has one son and a large extended family that all live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. In her spare time she enjoys art beadwork, sewing, sketching, reading and going for walks with her puppy.
Lezley “Lez” Kempf
Lezley is an Army veteran of over 13 years. He has two plus years of college towards a mechanical engineering degree and a certified Microsoft systems engineer as well as a Security + certification. He has been the IT Administrator for GPTCHB for 19 years and has been with the health board since 1996. Lezley is a proud parent of one boy and enjoys spending time with his son making models and deer jerky, hiking, reading, and playing sports.
Staci is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She is a mother of two and Grandmother of two granddaughters. Prior to her work at GPTCHB, Staci worked as an Information Resource Manager/Event Coordinator at First Nations Oweesta Corporation, a Community Development Financial Institution. Staci has been with the health board since 2011. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys beading belts, rodeos, karaoke and most recently kayaking.
Jean is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa and attended Sinte Gleska University. Before moving to Rapid City, Jean worked for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe for 26 years and started with GPTCHB Access to Recovery (ATR)Program in December 2011. When the ATR Program ended in September 2016, Jean became Administrative Coordinator for the Behavioral Health and Recovery Department, she also works with the Native Connections grant.
Training & Education Department
Program Manager - Pathways to Healthcare Professions
Gerri LeBeau is an enrolled tribal member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from Black Hills State University. Gerri has been with the Health Board since 2011.
Phone:605.721.1922, ext. 159
Behavioral Health & Recovery Department
Community Health Department
Maternal & Child Health Department
Epidemiology & Informatics
Public Relations & Communication Department
The majority of our staff photos were taken by R. Becker Creative, LLC of Rapid City, S.D.