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Based at the Good Samartian Society National Campus in Sioux Falls, S.D., the Society's key leaders stay closely connected with our local Good Samaritan Society centers across the country in order to best understand current issues, strengthen relationships and recognize and celebrate residents, clients, family members and staff members.

David J. Horazdovsky

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dave's passion is exploring new ways to serve others in need. This is evident as he leads the Society with a focus on developing innovations that create and improve environments where people are loved, valued and at peace.

Dave began serving as president and chief executive officer of the Society in July 2003. He first joined the Society in August 1978, after receiving a bachelor's degree in hospital administration and sociology from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. He served as an administrator for the Society at Windom and East Grand Forks, Minn., and Eugene, Ore., from 1978 until 1989, when he became regional director for Minnesota.

Prior to becoming president and chief executive officer, Dave served as vice president for advancement, support and planning from 1994 to 1997; vice president for operations from 1997 to 2002; and executive vice president and chief operating officer from January 2002 to July 2003. He was a member of the Society's Board of Directors from 1985 until 1989.

Dave enjoys exploring the outdoors, hiking and boating with his family when he gets the chance.

Tom Syverson

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Tom is passionate about looking at new ways to provide care for seniors in new settings, including the development of home care and emerging technologies. Many of Tom's relatives have been served by the Good Samaritan Society in Minnesota, where he grew up.

Tom graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., in 1987 and began his career with the Good Samaritan Society as an intern that year. He also has a master's degree from the University of North Texas. After completing his internship at the Good Samaritan Society – Sioux Falls Center, he served as administrator of the Good Samaritan Society center in Syracuse, Neb., from 1988 to 1996. He then transferred to Windom, Minn., and served as administrator from 1996 to 2001. In 2001, Tom began serving as an associate regional director, and in 2002, he began serving as the regional director for Southern Minnesota. In 2010, Tom accepted the position of vice president, operation systems northern territory. He became executive vice president and chief operating officer in February 2014. Tom has served on a number of committees and task forces during his career, including the National Board of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators, where he is focusing on how to better encourage and support people beginning a career in long-term care.

Tom loves music and theater and will often lead the singing of hymns and other songs for Society residents and friends. Tom and his wife also enjoy following and encouraging the artistic pursuits and other interests of their two children.

Raye Nae Nylander

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Raye Nae is proud of the work ethic she learned from her parents while growing up on a farm in Minnesota and her belief that everyone should be treated the same — a value that came from her deep Christian roots.

Raye Nae Nylander was named executive vice president and chief financial officer in 2009. Previously, Raye Nae served as vice president for financial services, treasurer and chief financial officer since 2002. She has also served as senior division director for financial and payment systems with the Society.

Before joining the Society in 1992, she worked for Gold Medallion and Good Neighbor, where she held positions as accounting manager, controller and vice president of accounting/controller. Raye Nae has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from National American University in Rapid City, S.D. She is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and has served as a member of several community boards.

Raye Nae enjoys living in the country with her husband, gardening, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Joe Herdina

Vice President, Finance

Joe says that he's grateful for how God has lead him in his career to where he is now. One of his earliest experiences with the Good Samaritan Society was visiting his oldest brother who had cerebral palsy and was being cared for at the Good Samaritan Society community in Hot Springs, S.D., in the early 1960s. Joe says that seeing the care that his brother received was probably one of the reasons he gravitated toward healthcare-related work after he graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Joe spent about eight years as an auditor before he began his career with the Good Samaritan Society in 1986 as a reimbursement consultant. Much of that time was spent auditing the Society. In May 1994, Joe moved to the position of department director, accounting services. He then assumed the role of controller in June 2002. In December 2009, Joe accepted his current position of vice president, finance.

Joe says that those who work in the area of accounting and finance within the Society must continually ask how they can do things more efficiently so that more resources go to caring for residents.

Joe is very active and enjoys running in road races, hiking and participating in other outdoor activities with his wife.

Thomas J. Kapusta

Vice President for Legal, Audit and Compliance Services

Thomas Kapusta, Esq., joined the Society in March 2000 and serves as chief legal officer for the organization. In this role, he provides strategic leadership for Society legal, internal audit and compliance services as well as organizational risk oversight. He also coordinates and manages Society legal activity and supervises staff and outside counsel. Further, he provides specialized legal advice in the area of health-care law and regulation. Kapusta received a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in English and philosophy, his juris doctorate degree from Marquette University School of Law, a certificate in health law and policy from Pace University School of Law and a master of law in health law from Loyola University-Chicago School of Law. He has also received a certificate in management from Marquette University and a certificate of achievement in environmental law and policy from the George Washington University National Law Center. He is admitted to practice in the states of Connecticut, Illinois, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Jim Krekelberg

Controller/Vice President

Jim began his career with the Society in March 1990 as a data control coordinator. He has served as data control consultant, senior data control consultant, department director for accounting service operations and as director, accounting services. In December 2009, Jim moved to his current position of controller.

Dean Mertz

Vice President, Workforce Systems

Dean is proud of having established many solid relationships across the Society during the course of his career. He has always had a passion to serve seniors and to know their stories, a passion he attributes to the tight-knit nature of his family and the stories they shared, especially the ones shared by his grandparents, who immigrated to the United States from Germany.

Dean earned a bachelor's degree in public health at South Dakota State University in 1977 and joined the Society in 1978. He also has a master's degree in management with an emphasis on human relations and organizational behavior from the University of Phoenix. Dean was administrator at rehab/skilled care centers in Wymore, Neb.; Prescott, Ariz.; Kaneohe, Hawaii; and Palm Desert, Calif. At the Society's National Campus, he has held the positions of regional director for the Southwest Region and director for administrative personnel. He was appointed to his current position in May 1993. Dean is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management at the national level.

Dean enjoys the outdoors, traveling and spending time with his family.

Jacci Nickell

Vice President, Development and Operation Delivery Systems

Jacci began her career in 1983 as a social worker, assisting seniors through complex healthcare decisions. Over the next 17 years – in roles that included senior housing manager and healthcare administrator – Jacci sought to find ways that the healthcare system could better meet the needs of seniors. She didn’t want the senior to have to fit into the system; she wanted the system designed to fit the senior.

In 2000, Jacci became the Society’s regional director for North Dakota and later, Nebraska. In 2010, she became vice president for development and operation delivery systems. In her current role, Jacci has the opportunity to provide creative spaces for dedicated and innovative staff to re-imagine residential based rehabilitation and skilled nursing care, senior housing and home and community-based services. In her oversight of the Society’s construction development/design processes, she is passionate about supporting new models of care and services that keep the senior at the center of the process. Jacci also provides leadership to the Society’s communication and customer experience programs with the goal of sharing the deep story of the Society’s mission and ministry.

Jacci loves to laugh, read, make jewelry, visit the ocean and spend time with family and friends.

Mark A. Scharnberg

Vice President, Revenue System

Mark admires how the Society's mission is at the heart of what motivates staff within the organization, whether they work in billing and collections or care for residents and clients face to face.

"We have all been called to a vocation at the Society, and our mission must have a margin to prosper," says Mark.

Mark began working in his current role as vice president for Revenue System in January 2011. In this capacity, he provides leadership to all elements of the revenue system of the Society. Mark began his career as an intern at the Society's National Campus in Sioux Falls. After completing his internship in May 2000, he took on a temporary assignment with the Society until April 2001. In October 2001, Mark joined the Society in an accounts receivable clinical project position. In April 2003, he transferred to a business office consultant position, which he held until August 2005, when he became the business office consultant supervisor. In March 2008, Mark was named the director of accounts receivable, a position he held until assuming his current role. Mark received bachelors' degrees in accounting and management information systems from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., and a master's degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota in 2009. He is also an active certified public accountant.

Mark enjoys traveling, hiking, mountain biking and spending time with family and friends.

Victoria Walker

Chief Medical Officer

Victoria Walker MD, CMD, joined the Good Samaritan Society family in September 2013 as the organization’s first Chief Medical Officer. She grew up in rural Northern Iowa, where she volunteered at the local nursing home as a “sunshine girl.” She was fortunate to live close to a large, extended family. Through their example, she learned the rewards of hard work, service to others and faithfulness.

Dr. Walker earned a double major in biology and chemistry at Mt. Marty College in Yankton, S.D. She attended medical school at the University of South Dakota, where she was honored by election to the elite Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AOA). The motto of AOA is to be “worthy to serve the suffering,” an ongoing goal.

She was drawn to the multigenerational and holistic approach of family medicine, and completed residency at the Washington Hospital Family Medicine program in Washington, Pa. The Walker family enjoyed the beautiful, rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania, but was drawn back to the wide-open plains and extended family in the Midwest.

The hallmark of Dr. Walker’s approach to patient care is to listen, strive to understand and work collaboratively. She has worked to be “worthy to serve the suffering” in a variety of medical settings, including emergency, primary care, hospice, psychiatry and skilled nursing. In addition, Dr. Walker spent a year working as a physician in Australia.

Dr. Walker says that it’s a privilege to be able to help people feel loved, valued and at peace through the work of the Society.

When not at work, Dr. Walker enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, reading, and kayaking on the Missouri River.

Greg Wilcox

Vice President, Mission Effectiveness and Senior Pastor

Greg points to working as a certified nursing assistant in various long-term care settings as a young adult and the connection he experienced with residents as a source of inspiration to pursue a career in long-term care. One of his greatest joys is working to help provide inspiration and resources to those who live and work in our Good Samaritan Society communities across the country so that they may daily experience God's love.

Greg was ordained as a Lutheran pastor in 1983 and served a parish in Hendrum, Minn., for five years. He joined the Society in 1988 and served as director for spiritual ministries prior to being named vice president for spiritual ministries in 1998. He is a member of Lutheran Services of America and Augustana College's Board of Trustees (Sioux Falls, S.D.). Greg has developed the Good Samaritan Society’s curriculum for lay ministry, the STAR Program and its culture change movement, Christian Communities of Care. He leads retreats, seminars and workshops on the subjects of spirituality and aging. Greg has a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College and a master of divinity degree and doctor of ministry degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

Whether it's leading a mission/vision trip to Colombia for the Society or going on a yearly canoe trip to the Boundary Waters with friends, Greg loves to travel and meet people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. He is passionate about missions and envisioning how to continue connecting Good Samaritan Society residents and staff with places like Zimbabwe, Bangledesh and Colombia where the Society serves people in need through its Project Outreach. Greg and his wife also enjoy continuing to help guide and encourage their four children in their pursuits.

Rustan (Rusty) Williams

Vice President, Information Services/Technology Systems
and Chief Information Officer

Rusty first became interested in technology when he realized that software engineering offered the opportunity to create solutions to meet the needs of others. This led to a personal philosophy that information services and technology should exist to enable others to be successful. This philosophy has led to an unending determination to work with others until solutions are identified that bring value to their work and create greater opportunities for success.

Rusty joined the Society in June 1997. Prior to joining the Society, he served as chief information officer for the multi-state Hospital Division of Adventist Health Systems in Orlando, Fla. Williams has spent the last 30 years working in healthcare, serving in different application development and management positions. He received a bachelor's degree in business and administration, an associate's degree in computer science from Southeastern Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and a master's degree in business administration from Colorado Technical University in Sioux Falls, S.D. He is a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), Center of Aging Services Technology (CAST) and has served as a committee member with the American Health Care Association (AHCA). Williams is a frequent speaker at many healthcare and technology events throughout the country.

Rusty enjoys downhill snow skiing with his son, Travis; visiting his daughter, Emily, and her husband, Matthew; and spending time with his wife, Kimberly. He also enjoys working with his yellow lab retriever, Molly. Rusty says that he has a desire to one day live in the mountains.

Charles Hiatt

Executive Director, the Good Samaritan Foundation

Chuck Hiatt has been with the Good Samaritan Foundation since August 2002. He attended the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Sioux Falls (B.A., 1971), North American Baptist Seminary in Sioux Falls (M.Div., 1974) and Arizona State University (Ph.D., 1995). In his previous professional career, he served as a parish pastor, 1974–1979; vice-president for development (1979–1982) and president (1982–2000) of North American Baptist (NAB) Seminary; and executive director of the Leadership Foundation of NAB Seminary, 2000–2002.

Chuck's personal mission statement is: "To use my gifts and graces to advance the cause of Christ." Chuck says it's important for him to live up to this mission statement and, at the same time, care for his family and friends.