Non-voting Board Advisor

​Dawn Hahn, RN
​​South Dakota Foundation
for Medical Care

The South Dakota Diabetes Coalition provides the following services to South Dakotans:
Clinic Diabetes Educator Representative

Mary Jo Nemec, FNP
SD Urban Indian Health - Pierre
The South Dakota Diabetes Coalition (SDDC) is a non-profit organization comprised of over 100 diverse partners - healthcare professionals, advocacy groups, government agencies, tribal health representatives, persons with diabetes, quality improvement and wellness program coordinators and many others. The South Dakota Diabetes Coalition is a volunteer-based organization comprised of professionals and citizens who are passionate about preventing diabetes and empowering those with diabetes to successfully manage their health.

The roots of the Diabetes Coalition stem from the Diabetes Advisory Council, founded in the mid-1980s by the South Dakota Department of Health and its healthcare partners. The Coalition has since transitioned to a 501c3 charitable, educational organization comprised of four work groups. Throughout the years, the SDDC has grown from a few dozen members to over ninety (90) members. The South Dakota Diabetes Coalition is now coordinated by Sage Project Consultants of Sioux Falls. The coordinators at Sage work with the volunteer members of the Coalition to help those affected by and at risk for diabetes in South Dakota.

What We Do

Voting Delegate

​​Sue Johannsen GNP, PA, CDE
​​Avera Medical Group

SD Department of Health Representative

Kayla Magee, RN​​
South Dakota Department 
​of Health

• Diabetes Prevention Resources
• Patient Education and Resources
• Provider Education and Resources
• Support Group Information
• Locate Diabetes Educator Map
Tribal Healthcare/Indian Health Service/Representative

Rita Broken Leg, RN​​
Rosebud Diabetes Program

Academia Representative

​Cristina Lammers MD, MPH
​​South Dakota State University
Board Vice President

Len Wonnenberg, PA-C
Horizon Health Care

Our Mission
• Virtual Nurse Project
• Educational Conferences
• Speakers Bureau
• Evaluation Services
Voting Delegate

Erica Bukovich, PharmD, BC- ADM, CCM

To collaboratively improve the quality of life for all South Dakotans at risk for, or affected by, diabetes.


​Sage Project Consultants, LLC
Sharon L. Chontos
Ben Tiensvold

Non-voting SD Department of Health Representative

Karen Cudmore
South Dakota
Department of Health

Board of Directors

About the Coalition

  • Promote collaboration and coordination of efforts in the statewide diabetes network
  • Promote access to quality diabetes prevention and control information and services in order to reduce the number of new diabetes cases and decrease the negative impact of diabetes on health and quality of life.
  • Provide advice and recommendations to the South Dakota Department of Health’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Program.
  • Share expertise and insights into the needs, evidenced-based practices, and trends of persons and organizations impacted by diabetes.
Our Goals
Voting Delegate

​Susan Barnes RN, CDE
Avera Sacred Heart Hospital

South Dakota Provider Representative

Stephan Schroeder, MD​​
South Dakota
Foundation for Medical Care
Sioux Falls

South Dakotans living free of the burden of diabetes.

About Us


​Mary Lobb Oyos RN, MS, CDE
​Avera McKennan Diabetes Center
Sioux Falls


Judith Pederson​​

Locate Diabetes Educators in Your Area

Our Vision
Board President

​Jodie Barnett RN, BSN
Sioux Falls