About CHAD

Who We Are

The Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas (CHAD) is a non-profit membership organization that serves as the primary care association for North Dakota and South Dakota. They support community health centers (CHCs) in their mission to provide access to health care for all Dakotans regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. CHAD works with health centers, community leaders, and partners to enhance access to affordable, high-quality health care and to find solutions for expanding health care services in areas of the Dakotas that need it most.

For more than 30 years, CHAD has advanced the efforts of CHCs through training, technical assistance, education, and advocacy. Currently, CHAD supports nine CHCs across North Dakota and South Dakota by providing a variety of resources to enhance key areas of operations, including clinical, human resources, finance, outreach and enabling, marketing, and advocacy.

Our Mission

Foster healthy communities by promoting and supporting programs that increase access to affordable, high-quality care for all.

Our Vision 

Access to a high-quality system of care for all Dakotans.

Who We Are

Community health centers in the Dakotas provide comprehensive, integrated primary, dental, and behavioral health care to more than 112,000 individuals at 65 sites in 53 communities across North Dakota and South Dakota. CHAD works with health centers and other health care partners to enhance access to care and expand service offerings to foster healthy families and healthy communities.

Who We Serve

CHAD supports the work and mission of health center organizations across the Dakotas. Health centers, sometimes known as federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) or community health centers, are dedicated to providing quality health care to all patients, especially those in rural, low-income, and underserved populations.

Staff, Board & Partners

Our Team

Shelly Ten Napel
Chief Executive Officer
Joined CHAD in March 2016
ShellyTenNapel@communityhealthcare.net
Bio

Deb Esche
Director of Finance & Operations
Joined CHAD in May 2019
deb@communityhealthcare.net
Bio

Lindsey Karlson
Director of Quality Improvement
Joined CHAD in March 2021
lindsey@communityhealthcare.net
Bio

Mary Hoffman
Director of Training & Operations
Joined CHAD in October 2011
mary@communityhealthcare.net
Bio

Becky Wahl
Director of Innovation and Health Informatics
Joined CHAD in October 2017
becky@communityhealthcare.net
Bio

Melissa Craig
Data Manager
Joined CHAD in July 2000
melissa@communityhealthcare.net
Bio

Dani Gullickson
Event and Operations Manager
Joined CHAD in December 2014
dani@communityhealthcare.net
Bio

Kayla Hanson
Communications and Marketing Manager
Joined CHAD in October 2015
kayla@communityhealthcare.net
Bio

Shelly Hegerle
Human Resources Manager
Joined CHAD in December 2005
shelly@communityhealthcare.net
Bio

Jill Kesler
Program Manager
Joined CHAD in June 2013
jill@communityhealthcare.net
Bio

Kyle Mertens
Health Information and Data Analytics Manager
Joined CHAD in September 2019
kyle@communityhealthcare.net
Bio

Robin Landwehr
Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder Program Manager
Joined CHAD in January 2020
robin@communityhealthcare.net
Bio

Shannon Bacon
Health Equity Manager
Joined CHAD in January 2021
shannon@communityhealthcare.net
Bio

Bobbie Will
Policy and Partnerships Manager
Joined CHAD in March 2021
bobbie@communityhealthcare.net
Bio

Carmen Toft
Communications Specialist
Joined CHAD in November 2018
carmen@communityhealthcare.net
Bio

Tim Trithart, CEO
Community Health Center of the Black Hills, Inc.
Vice President/Finance Committee
www.chcbh.com

Kristi Halvarson, Executive Director
Community Health Service, Inc.
Treasurer/Finance Committee
www.chsiclinics.org

Jill Franken, Executive Director
Falls Community Health
Board Member
www.siouxfalls.org/FCH

Patrick Gulbranson, CEO
Family HealthCare
Finance Committee
www.famhealthcare.org

John Mengenhausen, CEO
Horizon Health Care, Inc.
Board Member
www.horizonhealthcare.org

Nadine Boe, CEO
Northland Health Centers
Board Member
www.northlandchc.org

Michaela Seiber, Executive Director
South Dakota Urban Indian Health
Board Member
https://sduih.org/

Mara Jiran, CEO
Spectra Health
President/Finance Committee
http://www.spectrahealth.org/

Brian Williams, CEO
Coal Country Community Health Center
Board Member
www.coalcountryhealth.com

CHAD builds strong partnerships with national, state, and local stakeholders to advance the work and mission of community health centers across the Dakotas and impact the health of families, communities, and populations across both states. Collaboration, teamwork, and shared goals are central to our partnerships and affiliations, supporting our efforts to increase health care access and improve health outcomes among diverse populations.

Learn more about our partners and how we are impacting health outcomes together.

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Member Benefits

Become A Member

Become a member of the CHAD network and join us in our mission of fostering healthy communities and ensuring access to quality, affordable health care for all Dakotans.

Full membership to the Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas is available to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and FQHC Look-Alikes serving North Dakota and South Dakota. The CHAD Board of Directors must approve full member applications.

Benefits of Full Membership

  • Representation on the CHAD Board of Directors
  • Discounted registration fees for CHAD workshops and trainings
  • Access to CHAD peer networking groups
  • Coordinated grassroots advocacy
  • Legislative tracking and policy review
  • Access to “Members Only” information and resources on the CHAD website
  • Technical assistance in areas of finance, human resources, clinical informatics, clinical quality, data, communications and marketing, policy and advocacy, dental services, emergency preparedness, behavioral and mental health services, and special populations
  • Access to UDS data analysis for individual health centers, as well as state and bi-state aggregates
  • Workforce recruitment and retention assistance
  • Community health center management and policy assistance
  • Board training and development
  • Assistance with New Access Point (NAP) and other grant applications
  • Community development and planning grant assistance
  • Community education and outreach to improve access to medical, dental and behavioral health services
  • Group purchasing programs 
  • Access to CHAD fee-for-service products and services
  • Promotional opportunities in CHAD publications and communication tools
  • Representation on statewide boards, committees, and task groups
  • Liaison to Primary Care Offices (PCO)
  • Subscription to CHAD newsletters and communications
  • Representation on CHAD Training and Technical Assistance Steering Committee

For more information about becoming a CHAD member or for an application to
apply for full or associate membership, please contact:

Mary Hoffman
Director of Training and Operations
701-221-9824
mary@communityhealthcare.net

Associate membership to the Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas is available to rural health clinics, public health units, and health care partners with a mission and goals common to those of CHAD and its membership organizations.

Benefits of Associate Membership

  • Policy and advocacy for initiatives that align with CHAD and member community health centers 
  • Discounted registration fees for CHAD workshops and trainings
  • Access to selected CHAD peer networking groups
  • Access to selected “Members Only” information and resources on the CHAD website
  • Guidance with Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) planning grant applications and key program requirements
  • Workforce recruitment and retention assistance
  • Group purchasing programs – benefits/savings
  • Promotional opportunities in CHAD publications and communication tools
  • Representation on statewide boards, committees and task groups for initiatives that align with CHAD and member organizations
  • Subscription to CHAD newsletters and communications

For more information about becoming a CHAD member or for an application to
apply for full or associate membership, please contact:

Mary Hoffman
Director of Training and Operations
701-221-9824
mary@communityhealthcare.net

Member Directory

Meet Our Members

North Dakota
Organization Profile CEO/Executive Director
Coal Country Community Health Center     Brian Williams
Community Health Service Inc.   Kristi Halvarson
Family HealthCare   Patrick Gulbranson
Northland Health Centers   Nadine Boe
Spectra Health   Mara Jiran
South Dakota
Organization Profile CEO/Executive Director
Community Health Center of the Black Hills   Tim Trithart
Falls Community Health   Jill Franken
Horizon Health Care   John Mengenhausen
South Dakota Urban Indian Health   Michaela Seiber

The Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas (CHAD) is a non-profit membership organization that serves as the primary care association for North Dakota and South Dakota. CHAD supports health center organizations in their mission to provide access to health care for all Dakotans regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. CHAD works with health centers, community leaders, and partners to enhance access to affordable, high-quality health care and find solutions for expanding health care services in the areas of the Dakotas that need it most. For more than 35 years, CHAD has advanced the efforts of health centers in North Dakota and South Dakota through training, technical assistance, education, and advocacy. Currently, CHAD provides a variety of resources to enhance key areas of operations, including clinical quality, human resources, finance, outreach and enabling services, marketing, and policy.

North Dakota
Organization Profile Contact
North Dakota Primary Care Office Stacy Kusler
North Dakota American Cancer Society Jill Ireland
South Dakota
Organization Profile CEO/Executive Director
Great Plains Quality Innovation Network  Ryan Sailor