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Madison, SD 57042
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Meet The Team

The Bethel team desires to work together for the better of the community.

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Amiee Brown

Director of Nursing

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Becky Glanzer

Becky Glanzer

Business Office Manager

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Becky Glanzer

Business Office Manager

Becky Glanzer joined Bethel as its Business Office Manager in July 2015. Prior to that she worked at the Madison Regional Health System and the Howard Good Samaritan Society.

Becky and her husband of 12 years, Tom, live in Howard with their two children: Autumn and Carson. They stay busy attending the children's extracurricular activities and are avid hunters and fishers. Becky and Tom also own the hardware store in Howard. In her spare time, Becky enjoys reading and vacationing in warm climates. Becky says she loves working with everyone at Bethel and "I feel blessed to be part of an amazing group of people."

Sara Kuchta

Sara Kuchta

RN/Director of Community Service

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Sara Kuchta

RN/Director of Community Service

Sara grew up in Madison., South Dakota. She attended South Dakota State University and graduated as a Registered Nurse in 2009. Sara began her nursing career at Brookview Manor in Brookings, SD It was during this time that I also worked at Universal Pediatrics for a year. In 2011 I moved back home to Madison and began working at Bethel Lutheran Home. I was a charge nurse at Bethel for ten years before I became the Director of Community Services in June, 2021. My husband Jason and I live in Madison and have 3 children. In my free time I enjoy camping, volleyball, softball, and watching the kids’ activities.

Jona Schmidt

Jona Schmidt

Development Director

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Jona Schmidt

Development Director

Jona came to Bethel Lutheran Home from Dakota State University where she was serving as Director of Major and Planned Giving. As a member of the university’s advancement team from 1995, Jona filled various roles including over 20 years as Director of Alumni Relations. Her experience at DSU included leading the annual fund, editing the Dakota State Magazine, and as executive director of the DSU Alumni Association Board of Directors. For several years, Jona added public relations to her role, leading the university’s marketing and trademark office. Jona has presented at state and regional conferences on topics including building and maintaining an alumni association, fundraising in a crisis, and advanced major and planned giving fundraising techniques.

Jona has a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Black Hills State University. She is a native of Canton, SD, and currently lives in Wentworth. She has two daughters and four grandchildren.

Karen Youmans

Karen Youmans

Activities Coordinator

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Karen Youmans

Activities Coordinator

I grew up on a farm between Benson and Montevideo MN. My husband and I graduated from Bible School in 1977 and have Pastored Abundant Life Church in Madison since 1984. We have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. When Bethel Suites opened in 1997 I was one of the first Residential Attendants. I worked in the New Hope Adult Day Program and Child Day Care from 2001-2011. I joined the Activity team in 2011 and became Activity Director in mid-December 2021. I love hearing the life stories of our residents. It’s an honor to have been with Bethel the last 25 years. Favorite pastimes are restoring furniture, crafting, singing, auctions and my flower gardens.

Pastor Mary Feistner

Pastor Mary Feistner

Chaplain

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Pastor Mary Feistner

Chaplain

Chaplain Mary Feistner is a 1974 graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree from South Dakota State University and a 1981 graduate with a Master of Divinity Degree from Luther Seminary. In preparation for her ordained ministry, she was a parish worker for several years, then interned through Luther in Clinical Pastoral Education. 

On September 6, 1981, Mary Feistner was ordained at her home church of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Redfield, South Dakota. The calling to serve the good LORD as a young child has enriched her life through these many years.

She served as hospice chaplain for Steven's County and Pastor of Trinity of Alberta and Good Shepherd Churches of rural Appleton, all in Minnesota.  Pastor Feistner has also served congregations in North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota. In June of 2018, she joined Bethel Lutheran Community as Chaplain.

She enjoys sharing her musical talents daily, at the noon and supper hours, as the Bethel residents dine together, by playing hymns, show tunes and old favorites on the piano. In addition, caring for flowering plants and walking her dog, Ole, bring her delight.

Tom Toates

Tom Toates

Maintenance Supervisor

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Tom Toates

Maintenance Supervisor

Tom Toates joined the Bethel Maintenance Department in October 2021 and was promoted to the Maintenance Supervisor position in November of the same year. Tom has been involved in general construction and maintenance for over 20 years. Prior to joining the Bethel team, Tom worked with his dad and brother in the construction trades. Tom also managed the maintenance responsibilities for his father’s rental properties for several years. Tom also work at the lumber yard in Flandreau for a few years.

Tom is an Army veteran where he served as an Operating Room Specialist for 6 years at several different military installations.

Tom is a native of South Dakota and lives near Colman in the same house that his family homesteaded in 1884.

Tammy Struwe

Amiee Brown

RN/Infection Control Nurse

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Amiee Brown

RN/Infection Control Nurse

I started my career as a Certified Veterinary Technician, and loved animal nursing, but I always wanted to be a human nurse too. I got my BSN in nursing and have worn many hats since then from ER, Staff, Charge RN, Educator, ICU/CCU, Travel nurse, and now my most recent as Infection Control and Prevention nurse here at Bethel. I am very excited to start this new chapter in my career and am looking forward to building relationships with my new co-workers and all the Residents.

I live in Canistota with my significant other, our dog Stanley and cat Mouser. I love to travel, hike, camp, and work on my yard and in my flower gardens.

Abby Nielsen

Abby Nielsen

RN, RAC-CT, MDS Coordinator

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Abby Nielsen

RN, RAC-CT, MDS Coordinator

Abby grew up on a farm by Chester, SD. She graduated in 2004 from Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls with her LPN. Abby returned to nursing school and received her Registered Nurse, A.A.S in 2012 also from Southeast Technical Institute.

Abby started her nursing career as a C.N.A at Beverly Healthcare in Madison in 2000. She had a total of 15 years working at Beverly/Golden Living. She worked various roles there until lastly being the Director of Nursing for 3 years. The last 2 years Abby worked as the Assistant Director of Nursing at United Living Community in Brookings.

Abby has a passion for the Clinical Reimbursement area of Long-Term Care. She is certified through the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators. She is excited to be working in Madison and serving the people of her community again. Abby has lived in Madison for 17 years with her husband Derrick. They have 2 children. In her free time Abby enjoys fishing, hunting, boating, softball and attending her children’s various activities.