Chief Executive Officer
Amy has over 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field. Prior to becoming the CEO, she served as the Deputy Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Social Services for nine years, overseeing the Division of Behavioral Health and the state psychiatric hospital in Yankton and providing executive leadership in integrating the state’s mental health and addiction systems. Prior to that, Amy held leadership roles in the Department of Human Services, including serving as the Director of the Division of Mental Health for several years. Amy also served on various Governor appointed oversight councils and task forces during her career with state government. Amy has a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Human Resource Development from South Dakota State University as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Human Services from Dakota Wesleyan University. Amy is a South Dakota native, growing up on a cattle ranch near Murdo. Amy’s husband Greg works for the Department of Transportation. They have two daughters, Paige and Addison.
Jennifer Gray, MSW, CSW-PIP, QMHP
Jennifer received her Bachelors in Social Work from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan, in 1992 and her Masters in Social Work from Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia in 1999. She is a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Private Independent Practitioner, and a Qualified Mental Health Professional. Jennifer has been employed with Capital Area Counseling Service for fifteen years, and she currently serves as the Clinical Director. When asked what she enjoys most about her work, Jennifer replied, “seeing all the amazing work that our staff do with clients to help them meet their goals.”
Kellie Shuman, BS
Chief Operations Officer
Kellie received her Bachelor's Degree in Human Relations from Doane College in 2000. She has over 20 years of experience working for non-profits and the State and Federal government in the human service and criminal justice fields. Kellie started working for CACS in 2006 and has held various positions within the agency such as Clinical Specialist, Program Director of the Day Reporting Center and Teen Court, Administrative Supervisor, Corporate Compliance Officer, and in April 2020 she accepted the Operations Officer role. Kellie and her husband Dane are originally from Nebraska. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in, on, and by the water with her husband and their dog, Lucy.
Carrie Ward, BA, SWA
Therapeutic Foster Care Director
Carrie has worked with children and families within the Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) program for 20 years. Prior to coming to CACS she worked at Children’s Inn in Sioux Falls. Carrie has her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and art from Augusta University and holds a social work license. Carrie loves to see the progress that children make while they are in the TFC program. When children are able to go back home with learned skills and can have a successful reunification it is the best outcome. Carrie grew up in Pierre and has lived here most of her life. Her husband, Torry Zeller, is the training director for the SD Department of Corrections. They have two children, Ella and Mason.
Becky Spoehr, BS
BGCCA Executive Director
Becky received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2009. She has a major in dietetics and minor in psychology. In 2010 Becky joined Capital Area Counseling Service, and she currently serves as the Director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area. When asked what she enjoys most about her work, Becky replied, “seeing the positive impact being made on every youth who walks through the Club’s door, either it be educational programs, supportive role models or an overall safe environment.”