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Horizon Health Foundation welcomes new board members

By The Associated Press | Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:22 pm

HOWARD -- Horizon Health Foundation has recently welcomed Doug Eidahl and Chrysti M. (Schwader) Protsch to the board of directors, which is comprised of eight leaders representing the Horizon Health Care service area. The board members guide the direction of the Foundation and oversee operations including financial management and advocacy efforts.

Eidahl is currently the vice president of regulatory and legal for Vantage Point Solutions, Mitchell, where he works on a wide variety of legal, regulatory, business and strategic planning issues, financing, mergers and acquisitions for Rural Telecommunications, Internet, CATV and wireless providers.

He holds BS, MPA and law degrees, all from the University of South Dakota. He was the former general counsel for the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and CEO for James Valley Telecommunications & Northern Valley Communications in Groton and Aberdeen before joining VPS in 2003, where he has worked the last 16 years.

In addition to his extensive career, Eidahl has served on numerous boards, commissions and community foundations and especially enjoys preservation of rural communities and economic development. He is currently serving on the Mitchell Technical Institute Foundation, Strand Kjorsvig Living Center in Roslyn and Fort Sisseton Historical Commission.

He grew up on the family dairy farm 11 miles northwest of Roslyn, where he continues to farm with his son and nephew.

Protsch has lived and worked most of her life in Miner County. After 36 years in the title industry, she recently retired as owner/president of Fidelity Abstract. She is on the Miner County Historical Society Board serving as treasurer and enjoys creating displays at the museum. She also volunteers where needed at Bethany Lutheran Church, especially with the Wednesday Mission Quilt group, and was a recent church council secretary.

Protsch experienced the loss of several close relatives at a young age and helped with their care. This is what led her to seek ways to provide help in health care and to support the mission of the Horizon Health Foundation as a board member. Her and her husband Greg live in Howard and have three children and six grandchildren.

"We are excited to have both of these passionate individuals join us on our board," said Tracy Pardy, Horizon Health Foundation executive director. "Horizon Health Foundation will benefit from their years of diverse experience, so we can continue to help our patients and communities across the state.

Other current Horizon Health Foundation board members are Jodi Jung (DeSmet), Pam Locken (Isabel), Kris Stocklin-Johnson (Faith), Jim Burg (Wessington Springs), Gary McKellips (Alcester) and John Mengenhausen (Howard).