About Us

BHSSC’s governing board is composed of one elected school board member from each of 12 public school districts in western South Dakota. Public board meetings are conducted monthly with minutes published in the Rapid City Journal. The organization operates as an education cooperative under South Dakota Codified Law 13:5:31. Due to its work in many diverse fields Black Hills Special Services Cooperative is reviewed by 15 regulatory councils and secures an independent audit annually as required by law.


Executive Director: Dr. Joe Hauge
Deputy Executive Director:
Dr. Pam Lange
Business Manager:
Heidi Anderson
Family, Community, and Special Services:
Dr. Pam Lange
Developmental Disabilities:
Shirley Halverson
Economic Development:
Ali DeMersseman
Education & Workforce Development:
Gloria Pluimer
Human Services:
Brooke Lusk
Technology & Innovation in Education:
Dr. Julie Mathiesen

Black Hills Special Services Cooperative mission is to build stronger communities by helping individuals and organizations reach their full potential.

Black Hills Special Services Cooperative vision is to provide innovative and comprehensive services in education, training and employment.

Core Values

  • Partnerships – Working with others to achieve common goals.
  • Respect – Supporting each other while valuing differences.
  • Excellence – Exceeding expectations.
  • Visionary – Leadership for the future.
  • Adaptive – Responding to change with creative solutions.
  • Integrity – Honesty in word, action and deed.
  • Learning – Achieving growth and building capacity.
It is the policy of BHSSC not to discriminate on the basis of any protected group status in its educational programs, activities, or employment policies and activities as required by following state and federal laws and regulations. Inquiries regarding non-discriminatory policies in employment may be directed to the EEO Officer, Personnel Specialist, Executive Director, and/or any Division Director at BHSSC, PO Box 218, Sturgis, SD 57785-0218 or by calling (605) 347-4467.

Wheelchair AccessibleEqual Opportunity EmployerThis institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.