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Good Samaritan Society – Selby

4861 Lincoln Ave. Selby, SD 57472
(605) 649-7663

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Good Samaritan Society – Selby

Good Samaritan Society — Selby
4861 Lincoln Ave.
Selby, SD 57472


(605) 649-7663
(nursing home, rehab, assisted living)

Lisa Flink named employee of the quarter


Lisa Flink has been selected as our next employee of the quarter. Originally from Minnesota, Lisa has lived in Selby for two years. She has been a CNA for 19 years and has worked for Good Samaritan Society – Selby for two months.


Lisa loves her role of caring for our residents and knowing at the end of the day she has made a difference in someone’s life.


When Lisa lived in Minnesota, she worked at a center for disabilities and started a bed making program. She took the center’s residents to a skilled nursing facility to make beds and this is where Lisa fell in love with the nursing home setting and became a certified nursing assistant.


We appreciate the dedication Lisa has to our residents and her co-workers at Good Samaritan Society – Selby. 



April 2014 employee recognition

Several staff members were recognized for their service to Good Samaritan Society – Selby at our April 2014 staff meeting. Pictured (left to right) are Wilma Geohring (1 year of service), Administrator Kayley Cartmill, Bertha Diaz (1 year of service) and Deb Tollefson (1 year of service). Not pictured are Lindsey Helm (5 years of service), Gene Ahlstrom (1 year of service), Deb Hafey (1 year of service) and Gabby Chase (1 year of service). Congratulations to these staff members, and thank you for all you do!



2013 Employee of the Quarter: Chelsea Prasek

Chelsea Prasek

Chelsea Prasek has been selected as our second employee of the quarter by residents and staff members.

Chelsea is the daughter of Tammy Prasek and the late David Prasek. Chelsea graduated from Selby High School in 2009 and attended Mitchell Technical Institute after high school.


Chelsea came to work with us in January 2012 as a certified nursing assistant and since has trained as a medication aide. Chelsea shares that the joy of her job is working with our residents. "They all have their own personality," she says. "I love working with all of them."

Residents chose Chelsea because she is always happy and willing to help them with whatever they need. She always takes time for each of them.


Congratulations, Chelsea!



Center staff receive 2012 safety award

Betty Sieck, director of staff development and safety coordinator, holds the plaque the center staff members received with their safety award.

Congratulations to our staff on achieving two years of no lost time due to workplace injuries. This is quite an accomplishment that benefits everyone. Each day that goes by without lost time helps to contain workers compensation costs, ensures a safe work environment for staff members and provides a safer home for our residents. The team spirit and hard work that go into such an achievement are to be commended. We are proud of our staff for such a great accomplishment. May God continue to richly bless us in our ministry of sharing His love with others.


Along with a plaque, the center also received $376 to be used to improve safety around the center. Staff members also were treated to a pizza party to celebrate this goal.













January 2013 Employee of the Month: Ida Vander Vorst

Ida Vander Vorst

Ida Vander Vorst is our January 2013 employee of the month.


Ida has been with us for 3½ years in laundry. Ida shared that she always wanted a job in laundry because it is her favorite thing to do.


Ida grew up on a farm in Canada about 30 miles from the North Dakota border. She has three sisters and a brother. As kids growing up on a farm, they always had something to do helping with the field work or milking cows.


Ida and her husband, Tim, met in Canada when he was going to school. They were married in 1989 and live on a farm in the area. She spends her time helping Tim with chores and field work.


Ida and Tim have three kids: Ashley, Sarah and Wyatt. Ashley lives in Canada with his wife, Heather, and their three children: Trey, 9, Heidi, 6, and Maci, 2. Sarah is attending college in Wheaton, Ill., and Wyatt is a senior at Herreid High School.


In her spare time, Ida enjoys gardening and being outside. Ida loves coming to work and being with the residents and her co-workers. Ida always makes sure things are done right.



December 2012 Employee of the Month: Kim Bearsheart

Kim Bearsheart

Kim Bearsheart has been chosen as the center’s December employee of the month.


Kim enjoys being a certified nursing assistant and a medication aide. She lives in Mobridge with her husband, Jeremy Bearsheart, three step-children: Tyson, Taya, Trenten, and a daughter, Ellianna.


Kim grew up in Mobridge with her parents Lon and Julie Gustafson. She graduated from Mobridge High School and has three sisters and one brother. In her spare time, she likes to camp, attend Jeremy’s softball games and play darts.


Kim shared that she enjoys working at Good Samaritan Society – Selby with the residents and her co-workers. “Everyone is so good to work with,” she says.




November 2012 Employee of the Month: Miriam Hughes

Miriam Hughes

Residents and staff members have chosen Miriam Hughes as November employee of the month.


Miriam has been with Good Samaritan Society – Selby for five years as our physical therapist. Miriam says it is rewarding to help her patients become more active, help them be more independent and keep their quality of life as good as it can be. Miriam has worked on an outpatient therapy basis with many area residents while they were recovering from surgery or an injury.


Miriam and her husband, Kent, have been married for 28 years and have three sons: David is an electrical engineer in Iowa, Daniel farms with his dad, and Kyle is 12 and attends Selby Area School. Miriam and Kent enjoy living in the Selby area, knowing how close and helpful the people here are.


Miriam spends her spare time attending school and community events, walking and reading. She is a member of the Book Club that meets once a month. Miriam also attends physical therapy classes to further her education.




Years of service recognition

Staff members were recognized for their years of service during the center's October 2012 all-staff meeting. Pictured left to right are Paul Codina, 1 year; Lewis Gill, 1 year; Corinne Adkins, 1 year; Heather Caplinn, 1 year; Janice Mandernach, 20 years; and Miriam Hughes, 5 years. Not pictured are Paige Hesselberg, 1 year; Bradi Smith, 1 year; and Brandy Scheller, 1 year.


God has blessed our residents with dedicated staff members who love them and care for them. Thank you for all you do each and every day.





October 2012 Employee of the Month: Paulette Moser

Paulette Moser

Congratulations to Paulette Moser, our October employee of the month.


Paulette has been with us for 20 years. She is dedicated to our residents, her co-workers and our center. When we have snow, Paulette likes to make a decorated snowman for the residents, and they all love it.


Paulette grew up in the Java area with her parents, Leona and Jalmer Naasz, and two brothers. Paulette attended Java Public School and Sheyenne River Academy in Harvey, N.D., where she graduated from high school. Paulette is married to Mearl Moser and has a son, Jerome, who lives in Pierre.


Paulette enjoys taking care of our residents and loves working with her co-workers. After working the night shift each night, she always makes us laugh in the mornings; she likes to have fun while working hard. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with friends, do counted cross stitch, walk and exercise, and she likes to cook when she has time.





September 2012 Employee of the Month: Corinne Adkins

Corinne Adkins

Corinne Adkins has been chosen as September’s employee of the month.


Corinne has been with Good Samaritan Society – Selby for one year. She came to us as a nurse aide and received her certified nursing assistant certificate through our in-house learning program. Corinne works the overnight shift, so a lot of the community probably has not had the opportunity to meet her. Corinne is a dedicated employee and friend to our residents and co-workers.


Corinne grew up in Dwight, Ill., with one sister. Her family has been living in Germany for four years; her father is in the U.S. Army. Corinne and her family are planning on visiting them next summer in Germany so they can meet their new grandson and nephew, Kierawn. During high school, Corinne took college credits and received her Early Childhood Professional Certificate. She also worked in a daycare.


Corinne loves taking care of residents and sharing her time with her co-workers. In her spare time, she likes to knit and cook, but now she loves spending her time with her son, Kierawn, and fiancé, Gene Ahlstrom.




August 2012 Employee of the Month: Heather Caplinn

Heather Caplinn

Heather Caplinn was chosen by residents and staff as our August employee of the month.


Heather has been with Good Samaritan Society – Selby for one year. She came as a nurse aide and received both her certified nursing assistant and medication aide certificates through our learning program at the center. Heather would like to pursue her nursing degree in the future.


Heather grew up in Mobridge with her sister, Cheyenne, and brother, Bodie. During her high school years, she worked at Taco John's. After high school, she worked as a bartender/waitress while living in Rapid City and Anchorage. She then returned to Mobridge, where she lives with her two girls: Mattailus, 14, and Madison, 11.


Heather loves anything to do with the Missouri River. In her spare time, she takes the family camping, boating, swimming and ice fishing on Lake Oahe. She also works part-time at New Everts as a waitress/bartender.


Heather is a positive person, and residents love having her around. She likes to joke with residents while being very dedicated and reliable. She does a wonderful job and works well with her co-workers.




July 2012 Employee of the Month: Lyla Schick

Lyla Schick

Lyla Schick is our July employee of the month.


Lyla grew up in rural Mound City with her parents, Ludwig and Esther Sieler. She attended Kiel Country School. As a child, she stayed busy with her six sisters and two brothers. After school, she babysat for a teacher at the Kiel Country School.


In 1963, she married Elden Schick. They have four children: Duwayne lives in Selby, and Loren, Keith and Dawn all live in Watertown.


In 1974, she started working at Good Samaritan Society – Selby as a nurse aide, and after two years she added laundry and housekeeping to her schedule. Lyla says she loves to see the residents everyday when she works.


Lyla loves to spend time with her four grandchildren. In her spare time, she likes to quilt and garden.





Staff member nominated for national award

Administrator Josh Hofmeyer with Marvin Kindel

Congratulations to Marvin Kindel, director of environmental services, for being nominated for the Good Samaritan Society’s Augusta Staff Member of the Year award for 2012.


Committee members who considered the nominations for this award were deeply moved by the commitment, care and contributions demonstrated by each nominee.


Marvin, you are a gift, and our warmest thanks go out to you for sharing your talents and skills.









Years of service recognition

Staff members were recently reconized for their years of service. Pictured left to right are Sandy Lemburg, 20 years; Sally Perman, 30 years; Angela Torgerson, 1 year; Maddie Frederick, 1 year; and Jessica Peters, 1 year. Not pictured is Kris Mitchell, 25 years.












43 years of service: Betty Sieck

Betty Sieck with Administrator Josh Hofmeyer

Betty Sieck, staff development coordinator, was recently recognized for 43 years of service to our center. Congratulations, Betty, on this outstanding accomplishment, and thank you for all you do!



















Happy retirement, Marcie!

Marcie DeJong

Marcie DeJong, environmental services, retired in April 2012 after 22 years of service to Good Samaritan Society – Selby. Congratulations and many blessings on your retirement, Marcie!






















June 2012 Employee of the Month: Dawn Prusha

Dawn Prusha

We are excited to announce that Dawn Prusha is our June employee of the month.


Dawn grew up in Omaha, Neb., with one brother and one sister. Dawn's father worked as the minister of music at Grace Bible College in Omaha. After he retired, he would go to nursing homes to pray and sing with residents.


Dawn’s mom was a piano teacher. The family spent a lot of time together as Dawn was growing up; they would go to the opera, symphonies and community plays.


Dawn attended Bellevue College and majored in business management.


Dawn has one son, Dylan, who is in the National Guard and lives in Mobridge. Dawn says that her dad would be so proud of her caring for our residents with love and compassion, and she also shared how much she loves to do it each day.


In her spare time, Dawn enjoys her rest and relaxation, spending time with friends, and is contemplating picking up the violin again.




April 2012 Employee of the Month: JoElla Thorstenson

JoElla Thorstenson

We are pleased to announce our April employee of the month, JoElla Thorstenson. JoElla is very dependable, dedicated, and always there to help our residents. Our residents have always been JoElla’s extended family.


JoElla grew up on a farm near Bridgewater, S.D. She then went to Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell for her associate’s degree in elementary education before spending four years in Meadow, S.D., teaching the fifth grade. JoElla met Ken thru Sally Thorstenson, and she and Ken were married in 1962. JoElla has four children, who have been very supportive to JoElla since Ken passed away. JoElla and Ken spent a lot of time traveling the world, including Brazil, Europe, Australia, Hawaii and Mexico.


In 1980, JoElla started working part-time in the kitchen at Good Samaritan Society – Selby. In 1988, she started working as a certified nursing assistant and later became certified to be a restorative aide.  


JoElla has been blessed with 12 grandkids and gets to visit them often. In JoElla’s spare time, she loves to garden and is an avid reader.





March 2012 Employee of the Month: Ashley Nelson

Ashley Nelson

We are excited to recognize Ashley Nelson as our March employee of the month.


Ashley has been at our center for almost a year. She is dedicated to her job, our residents and her co-workers. Ashley always comes to work with a smile, and our residents enjoy seeing her.


Ashley grew up in Springfield, S.D. In high school, she liked to create artwork in her spare time. She also worked in a restaurant and a ceramic shop before starting a career as a certified nursing assistant at the Good Samaritan Society center in Tyndall, S.D.


Ashley enjoys working at Good Samaritan Society – Selby. She says working at a smaller center gives her more one-on-one time with residents. She enjoys sharing her day with all our residents and her co-workers.


In her spare time, Ashley loves to watch movies and spend time outdoors.




February 2012 Employee of the Month: Jessica Perkins

Jessica Perkins

Our February employee of the month is Jessica Perkins.


Jessica was born in Ohio and was adopted by Janice and Gene Perkins in 2004 when she was 12 years old; she joined a family of three sisters and two brothers. Her family moved to Selby in 2005. Jessica was encouraged by her parents to volunteer and decided to do so at Good Samaritan Society – Selby. After a year of volunteering for the center, she applied for a nurse’s aide position and later became a certifed nursing assistant. Jessica’s future plans are to obtain her licensed practical nurse degree and pursue a nursing career.


Jessica feels more kids in this area should volunteer at the center because it is very rewarding. After volunteering, Jessica grew to love the center and believes other kids would as well. She says one day she will definitely suggest her own children volunteer in a care center.


Jessica enjoys her co-workers and the residents she cares for. They always do something to make her smile.


In her spare time, Jessica likes to read. She is learning to cook with her mom. She also enjoys fishing and spending time with her black Lab, Smokie.




January 2012 Employee of the Month: Kris Mitchell

Kris Mitchell

Kris Mitchell is our January employee of the month.


Kris has been with Good Samaritan Society – Selby for 24 years. She started out as a cook, then went to the floor as a certified nursing assistant. She attended Presentation College in Aberdeen for her associate’s degree as a registered nurse. After completing her degree, she worked as a nurse in various roles. Even when she was the director of nursing, she always was in the kitchen frying eggs to specific order for the residents once a month when we had special breakfast.


Kris is a native of Selby, graduating in 1978. Kris and Ed Mitchell will have been married for three years in May and have a special chocolate laborador, Sam.


Kris said change is probably what she likes most about the center, because she says change is good. She loves to be with residents and is always there for them. Kris has always been very dependable and always here when we need her.



December 2011 Employee of the Month: Marcie DeJong

Marcie DeJong

We are pleased to announce that Marcie DeJong is our December employee of the month. Marcie is very dependable, dedicated, and always has a great sense of humor.


Marcie and her husband, Harvey, have been married for 46 years and have three children. Angela lives in Sioux Falls, and Travis and his wife, Kristie, live in Harrisburg with their three children: Brett, 19, Amber, 12, and Kailey, 2. Stacey, their third child, was 22 years old when he lost his life in a car accident while he was in the Army at Ft. Bragg.


Marcie has been at our center for 21 years and has been a cook, certified nursing assistant, laundry assistant and housekeeper. She also helps with the outside flowers by purchasing, planting and giving them the tender loving care that they need to be beautiful year after year.


Before coming to Selby, Marcie worked at Dakotah Enterprise in Veblen. Dakotah Enterprise made pillows and bedspreads that were sold all over the country, including the White House.


Since Harvey was in the education field for many years and transferred frequently, he and Marcie lived in several towns in eastern S.D. Harvey was the Director of Oahe Special Ed Coop for 18 years until he retired. They have remained in Selby for 21 years because they love the area and enjoy the hunting and fishing it offers.


Both love to travel. Portland, Ore., and Laughlin are two of the places they enjoy traveling to. During the warmer months, Marcie loves to spend her spare time in the yard working with her many flowers.



November 2011 Employee of the Month: Julie Wolf

Julie Wolf

We are excited to recognize Julie Wolf as November employee of the month. Julie is dedicated to her job, residents and co-workers. 


Julie has worked at the center for seven years. She has been a certified nursing assistant and housekeeper and now works in laundry. Julie says she enjoys her job and loves being with the residents every day.


One thing Julie will always remember is when her son Tyler worked at the center when he was in high school. He would come home and say, “Mom it feels like I have 30 grandmas at work!” Shortly after that conversation, Julie started working at Good Samaritan Society – Selby.


Julie has been married to Kurt Wolf for 23 years, and they have three boys: Tyler, who lives in Watertown; James, who lives in Minneapolis; and Clayton, who is a junior at Selby Area School.


Julie spends her spare time working, helping her husband mow, cooking and sewing.



October 2011 Employee of the Month: Shirley Ketterling

Shirley Ketterling

Shirley Ketterling has been with our center for 38 years. She enjoys the residents and all of her co-workers. One of the things she will always remember is the stories all the residents have told her. She is a very dedicated and reliable worker and does a wonderful job with residents.


Shirley has three daughters: Jolene of Java, Kathy of Sioux Falls, and Peggy of Bowdle. She also loves spending time with her 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Shirley lost her husband, Ronald, in 1994. In her spare time, she loves crocheting gifts for her grandchildren. She moved to Bowdle one year ago and is getting settled in and likes to work in her yard in the summertime.


We enjoy all of the holidays as Shirley surprises us with her colorful shirts, earrings and socks. Some of us like to surprise her with gifts of earrings just to make her think, Who in the world could they be from? It drives her crazy!



September 2011 Employee of the Month: Sandy Myers

Sandy Myers, CNA

Sandy Myers, certified nursing assistant, has been selected as the employee of the month for September 2011. She grew up in Roseburg, Ore., and ventured all the way to Tolstoy, S.D., where she came across the opportunity to work for the Good Samaritan Society in Selby.


Sandy is a very unique person with a colorful personality. She always comes to work with a smile and leaves with a smile. She spends quality time with and takes good care of residents she works with.


Sandy spends her spare time with her dogs Saffiera, Sadie Grace, Mocha, Benjamin and Bella, and she also likes to watch movies.








August 2011 Employee of the Month: Nancy Raba

Nancy Raba, RN

Nancy Raba, registered nurse, has been chosen as our August employee of the month. She has been at Good Samaritan Society – Selby for five years; prior to working at the center, she was employed at Mobridge Regional Hospital for 10 years.


Nancy has three children: Sara, who will be attending Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown to be an occupational therapy assistant; Chris, who works at North Central; and Bryce, a sophomore in Selby Area School. She also has one grandson, Camden.


Nancy has been married to Marty Raba for seven years and enjoys living on the ranch. In her spare time, she babysits Camden, cross-stitches, sews, bakes and helps on the ranch. Some of her favorite things to bake are lemon poppy seed bread and any kind of cookies.


Nancy enjoys her time at work. “It is close to home, and I enjoy the residents,” she says. She will always remember the unique stories each resident has to tell. Everyone at Good Samaritan Society – Selby enjoys working with Nancy. We are blessed to have her as part of our family.



July 2011 Employee of the Month: Sandy Lemburg

Sandy Lemburg and her grandson, Noah

Sandy grew up in Java. Her mother died when she was young, so she was kept busy with daily chores to help her dad out. Sandy has been married to Troy Lemburg for 23 years and has three children, Amanda, Zach and Jeff, and one grandson, Noah. Troy works for Northern Central Farms Elevator. Sandy has worked at Good Samaritan Society – Selby for 19 years, currently serving in the kitchen as a cook and dietary technician. She works hard at her job to make sure our residents are well fed.


Spending time with her grandson, Noah, fishing, camping and helping out with the Boy Scouts keeps Sandy very busy.


We are so happy to have Sandy as a co-worker. She is a joy to be around, and she works very hard to make sure things are done right.






June 2011 Employee of the Month: Pam Seyer, LPN

Pam Seyer, LPN

Pam and her husband, Bob, have been married for 33 years and have two daughters and two grandsons. Their son, Cody, died in 1998. Their daughter Kelly and her husband, Brian, have sons Isaac, 3, and Noah, 5 months. Kelly and Brian are both accountants at Student Loan Finance Corp. in Aberdeen. Daughter Heidi, lives in Rochester, Minn., and works at the Mayo Clinic as a communications consultant in the department of development.


Pam has been at Good Samaritan Society – Selby for 33 years. She is a very dedicated and reliable worker, and she does a wonderful job with residents. She has a positive attitude and works well with her co-workers. Pam started working the night shift when the kids were young and planned to do it until they started school, but she is still working that same shift today. Pam says she truly likes her job at the Good Samaritan Society and that no two days are ever the same.


In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, attending auction sales (she collects measuring cups) and maintaining her many family photo albums. Her grandsons have become a very important part of her life. She volunteers time in the community through the Selby Lioness Club and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Java.


We are so grateful to have Pam on our staff, and we appreciate all she does for residents and staff members.



Staff member anniversaries

Recently, Good Samaritan Society – Selby recognized six staff members for years of achievement. We are honored to have these devoted employees on our staff. We thank all of you for all you do for our residents and center.


Those recognized include Marvin Kindel, 15 years; Ardella Ackerman, 1 year; Sandy Myers, 1 year; Trudy Peterson, 1 year; Sheila Holzwarth, 35 years; and Mark Carpenter, 1 year.



May 2011 Employee of the Month: LaMoyle Aman

LaMoyle Aman


LaMoyle has been with Good Samaritan Society – Selby for 42 years. She brings so much joy into the center and works well with everyone. She is always there to help out when needed. When LaMoyle started at the center, her starting wage was $1.25 an hour. She says that was enough to put food on the table for all nine in her family. She became a medication aide in 1989, which always helps out the nurse and she also spent time as an EMT until a couple years ago. When not at work, LaMoyle loves to spend time baking.


LaMoyle and her husband, Calvin, have seven children, 10 grandchildren and, in July, will have seven great-grandchildren. They enjoy traveling to see all their kids and grandkids.






April 2011 Employee of the Month: Sharon Boschee

Sharon Boschee


July 19 will mark Sharon’s 30th year at the center. Sharon is very good at what she does and she makes sure the residents have what they need. She makes sure they are at activities and special events if they want to be. Residents appreciate all the special attention she gives to each of them.


Sharon and her husband, Dennis, have been married for 40 years. They have three children and three grandchildren. She loves spending her time with her grandkids.