We help young adults live well today and for the rest of their lives.
Our team knows what it means to share their time, talents, and stories to improve the lives of others in their community. Our backgrounds range from finance to public health to network security, but we share a common purpose and belief that no young adult should ever feel isolated in their lives.
Get to know the team behind Lost & Found. We hope our stories and passion inspire you to join the cause and take part in building resilient communities and people wherever you are.
Erik MuckeyExecutive Director, CEO
Susan KrogerDirector of Programs, COO
Elliott BreukelmanDirector of IT, CTO
Heidi Marttila-LosureDirector of Communications
Dr. Gesine ZiebarthSenior Research & Evaluation Specialist
Courtney YoungEducation/Advocacy Mgr.
Joel KaskinenCommunity Engagement Coordinator
Michaela AhrenholtzProgram Associate
Erik Muckey began his term as Executive Director of Lost&Found in 2018, but his presence in the organization has been felt for much longer. Erik helped form the original Board of Directors in 2010 and was responsible for leading and advising the founding chapter teams at the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University. Erik uses this experience and passion to shape a new vision and structure for Lost&Found. Erik most recently served as the President of Lost&Found’s Board of Directors, taking over the reins in August 2014 from co-founder Dennis “DJ” Smith.
“Lost&Found was started as a movement to inspire hope—real hope—for our peers struggling with suicide ideation. It is imperative now, more than ever, that we build communities where young adults can establish a foundation of resilience and self-care that will follow them the rest of their lives.”
Erik was raised in Corsica, SD and is a graduate of the University of South Dakota (BBA in Economics, 2014) and the University of Minnesota (Master of Public Policy (MPP) / Master of Business Administration (MBA) / Certificate in Nonprofit Management (CNM), 2020). Erik is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Before joining Lost&Found as its Executive Director, Erik began his career in municipal government and financial services, serving in various financial analysis, consulting, project management, and strategy roles for the City of Sioux Falls, RGP, MetaBank, and Sunrise Banks.
Outside of Lost&Found, Erik is the founder and Managing Partner of PASQ, a professional services outsourcing and consulting firm for rural economic development agencies and serves as a board member or adviser to several social ventures spanning Minnesota and South Dakota. He currently resides in St. Paul, MN.
Susan Kroger has 15 years of nonprofit experience and has served in leadership positions in several organizations in South Dakota. She holds a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern Iowa and is finishing up her PhD in Rural Sociology at SDSU with an emphasis in gender and policy. Her research interests include the use of social media within social movements and barriers to social movement participation.
“Susan has been an incredible partner to Lost&Found’s emerging mental health research efforts, and we’re excited to have her on our team as we expand our efforts to new campuses in South Dakota and around the region,” says CEO Erik Muckey. “Susan’s unique research skill set and entrepreneurial mindset make her the perfect fit for a role that defines the way we gather, understand, and act upon student mental health data.”
Outside of her academic pursuits, Susan is the co-founder of LEAD South Dakota, an organization that has helped thousands of new South Dakotans become involved in politics since its inception in 2016. She’s also employed full time as a research director with Sanford Research where she consults on over 20 evaluation metrics projects as a data scientist. Susan enjoys helping nonprofits establish sustainable data processes and has consulted with several local organizations on development and strategic planning. She lives in Sioux Falls with her 9 year old daughter and 8 year old son.
Elliott Breukelman serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Lost & Found, providing leadership and oversight of L&F’s technical systems and security. Elliott has played multiple roles within Lost & Found, founding the Dakota State University chapter in 2013 and serving as Vice President of the Board of Directors from 2014 to 2017.
“Elliott has been a key player in Lost & Found for over five years and will continue to play key roles as we grow and change,” says President Erik Muckey. “Elliott’s professional expertise in network security and healthcare information management are invaluable to our growing and changing organization, as well as his personal passion for suicide prevention.”
Elliott is a proud graduate of Dakota State University, earning both his Bachelor (2013) and Master (2014) degrees with focus on Networking and Healthcare Information Management. Outside of his work with Lost & Found, Elliott is a Systems Engineer for for McAfee and is the Director of Technology for Anderson Public Schools in his hometown of Bozeman, MT. Elliott resides in Coon Rapids, MN with his fiance and three-year old German Shepherd, Oakley.
Heidi guides Lost&Found’s marketing and public relations strategies in a part-time role, putting her 15 years of professional journalism and design experience to work for our resilience-focused organization.
Heidi grew up on a farm near Frederick, S.D., and graduated from Frederick High School. She attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and worked at daily newspapers in Asheville, N.C., and Ames, Iowa, before returning with her family to her home farm in 2008.
She started Dakotafire Media with business partner Troy McQuillen in 2011. Since 2017, she’s been providing editing and graphic design services to clients across the country. In addition to running Dakotafire Media, Heidi is co-owner of Dakota Sisu Farm with her husband, David, as well as mother to two children.
Dr. Gesine Ziebarth
Gesine joined the Lost&Found team in April 2021 to help advance research and evaluation efforts for the organization as well as external partners. She earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Human Factors psychology from the University of South Dakota with an emphasis on cognition (decision-making) and has several years of experience working as an evaluator on a variety of grants that focused on health and education.
Gesine especially cares about clear communication of research and evaluation findings, including effective data visualizations, that empowers stakeholders of varied backgrounds to draw their own conclusions and translate them into actionable insights. She is excited to work with an inspiring team to help build resilience in young people in the state of South Dakota and beyond.
Gesine grew up in Munich, Germany, and lives with her family in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
In her role as Education & Advocacy Manager, Courtney oversees Lost&Found’s digital public mental health programs and supports Lost&Found’s new, innovative campus data gathering and needs assessment efforts. Courtney joined the Lost&Found team while a graduate student at South Dakota State University in spring 2020.
While serving as an Evaluation Association with L&F, Courtney received her Master of Public Health degree from South Dakota State University and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with her Bachelor of Science Degree in General Biology. As an MPH graduate student, Courtney dedicated her time to helping others with mental illness, as it has greatly impacted her own life personally and professionally. She finds she is most fulfilled working and dedicating her time to nonprofit organizations that provide strength to vulnerable populations.
In Courtney’s free time, she loves to be outdoors, whether hiking, boating, swimming, or reading in the sunshine. Courtney currently lives in Wausau, WI with her fiancée, Nathan.
Joel Kaskinen joined Lost&Found in July as full-time Community Engagement Coordinator after six years working in higher education. He brings to the team a dedication to communication, community, and event planning and will be responsible for social media, event and volunteer management, and hosting our weekly podcast, Great Minds with Lost&Found, launching in September.
Lost&Found is pleased to welcome Michaela Ahrenholtz as a Program Associate after serving as a highly impactful leader of the USD Lost&Found chapter. Michaela is a current undergraduate Honors student at the University of South Dakota, majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology with a minor in History. Michaela originally got involved with Lost&Found as the President of the USD chapter for the last two years. In addition to her role with Lost&Found, she continues to conduct research at the Sanford School of Medicine in Vermillion, SD. In her role, Michaela supports Lost&Found in a variety of ways, ranging from volunteer recruitment to fundraising activities to research and qualitative interview efforts through Lost&Found’s Evaluation Services division.
In Michaela’s free time, she enjoys reading and hanging out with her friends.
Dr. Anne KellyPresident
Nick MaddockVice President
Tom ParkerTreasurer, CFO
Anna HyronimusBoard Member
Sandra MelstadBoard Member
Kacey McCarthyBoard Member
Dr. Kimberly GrieveBoard Member
Dr. Frank ArpanBoard Member
Dr. Anne Wessels Kelly serves as the President of the Board of Directors for The Lost & Found Association. She is the Dean of the College of Leadership and Public Service and Chair of the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at Dakota Wesleyan University, where she has taught since 2000. She earned her B.A. from the Evergreen State College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. As a Certified Psychological Autopsy Investigator, she has worked with bereaved individuals and families in several states to conduct psychological autopsy research, both at the request of the American Association of Suicidology and of those who have established contact privately.
“I would like to express my thanks to the members of the Board for inviting me to serve as President. I am honored that [the Board] has placed trust in me and am eager to be part of this talented and dedicated group. I am looking forward to a busy year promoting mental health and preventing suicide among college students.”
Anne began her work in suicidology as an undergraduate, assisting her advisor and the Nisqually Indian Tribe with the development of suicide prevention programs to build a healthier community. Her work in prevention programming was subsequently supported by the Sicangu Lakota Youth Center on the Rosebud Reservation, where she worked closely with undergraduate youth mentors to collaborate on creative expression projects. As a Certified QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Trainer, Anne supports suicide prevention by educating the public about signs of suicidal behavior. For her 2015 sabbatical semester, at the invitation of the Georgia Department of Health, Anne organized and analyzed county and state suicide data; collaborated with stakeholders to author a history of suicide prevention in Georgia; and made recommendations for future research and statewide prevention. Her efforts have been recognized many times at DWU, most recently with the Clarke Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013 and the Dave and Ann Mitchell Award for Exemplary Service in 2018. Dr. Kelly serves on the State Advisory Committee for South Dakota Youth Suicide Prevention and is the chair of the Mitchell Area Suicide Prevention Coalition.
“Anne is, without question, one of the top leaders in this sector in South Dakota and beyond,” says Executive Director Erik Muckey. “Our team will greatly benefit from her leadership, her passion, and her commitment to this field. We are fortunate to know Anne and work alongside her.”
Nick Maddock, a St. Louis, Missouri native and Southeast Missouri State University graduate, is a global citizen currently on a multi-year world journey to honor his father who he lost in 2015 to suicide, by spreading his ashes across the world. His reach currently includes all 50 American States and over 54 countries.
Nick brings to the board a sincere and deep passion for suicide prevention and LGBT advocacy based on his personal life experiences. As a 2014 Southeast Missouri State University graduate with degrees in Finance, Economics, and Entrepreneurial Management, Nick was heavily involved throughout campus in numerous leadership positions including Interfraternity Council President, Executive Member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Finance and Economics Society President, Student Government Treasurer, 3 year Resident Assistant, and much more. In 2013, Nick endowed the first LGBT focused scholarship at Southeast to be awarded to those who advocate for the LGBT community on and off campus. In 2016 he also endowed the Kevin J. Maddock International Studies Scholarship after his late father. Nick has also been actively involved in the Out for Undergrad organization, an LGBT focused non-profit with a mission to help Undergraduate LGBT+ individuals to reach their full potential. Within Out for Undergrad, Nick served in several positions throughout their operations and alumni teams.
After graduating from Southeast Missouri State University, Nick began working as a Financial Analyst for Capital One in Richmond, Washington D.C., and New York City, later moving to a more nomadic position launching Capital One Cafes across the United States. After the death of his father, Nick felt passionately about making the most of his time on this earth, thus choosing to leave the job he loved in 2018 to embark on a global journey to explore and experience the world and all the hidden beauty within.
Today, Nick continues that journey while also following his passion by working with Lost&Found to create a world where no family member, friend, or acquaintance has to endure the loss of a loved one to suicide.
Tom Parker joined the Lost & Found team in 2016 as its Treasurer, offering his wealth of experience and incredible client care focus at Limestone Consulting. He has 22 years of experience as a manager and small business owner, including 11 years in manufacturing and distribution, four years as plant manager for an international firm, and three years as a business owner in the retail and hospitality industries. He also had a two-year stint as a manager and certified installer of a local geothermal drilling business.
“Tom has proven an excellent partner to Lost & Found and is deeply invested in the cause of suicide prevention for young adults,” says President Erik Muckey. “We aspire to his level of dedication and care for those he serves and are thankful to have him on our team for the long haul.”
Tom has a wife and son and enjoys camping, running, volleyball, home improvement projects and visiting family out of state. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Operations Management.
Anna Hyronimus grew up in Brandon, SD and attended the University of South Dakota (Go Yotes!) with majors in Economic and Spanish. Anna was an active campus leader at USD, serving Kappa Alpha Theta as its President and accepting a Fulbright scholarship to Mexico City, Mexico for a year following her undergraduate career. Anna has brought that experience, energy, and professionalism to Lost & Found’s Board of Directors since 2015.
“I believe L&F creates a safe space for college students to be vulnerable and open about their struggles, and hopefully, by sharing their struggles, they realize they aren’t alone. Human connection is a powerful thing, and I believe L&F is one of the best conduits to real, raw human connection on our college campuses.”
Anna’s professional endeavors outside of L&F have taken her to the renewable energy sector, most recently serving the U.S. State Department’s Energy Bureau and RENEW Energy Maintenance as a Business Analyst. In addition, she is pursuing her MBA from Indiana University and will graduate in May 2018. Her and her husband, James, currently reside in Germany and South Carolina.
Sandra Melstad joined the Lost&Found Board of Directors in 2016 and is the owner of SLM Consulting, LLC. Sandra has worked in public health for over a decade focused on health promotion and chronic disease prevention and control initiatives; working to improve the health of rural and urban communities where people live, work, learn and play. Sandra is experienced with evidence-based public health practice, policy, system, and environment change, community health needs assessment and improvement, cancer prevention, epidemiology, and big data.
“As a public health professional, mental health is am important factor to understand and address. Lost&Found fills an important need to support college students across South Dakota and why it is important for me to support.”
Sandra holds a Master of Public Health with an emphasis on Community Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion from South Dakota State University.
Kacey McCarthy joined the Lost & Found Board of Directors in 2018. She serves as the Project and Brand Director at Maximizing Excellence, LLC where they focus on partnering with organizations who want to improve their effectiveness to achieve high impact. Kacey brings to the L&F Board many years of fundraising and volunteer management experience.
“I believe addressing and acknowledging the pressures that young adults face is so important for their success in life. Through Lost & Found, those dealing with mental health issues are provided with a support system and a community where they can feel confident and comfortable being themselves.”
Kacey is a Sioux Falls native, graduating from Washington High School and attending Southeast Technical Institute. Kacey is passionate about the community and providing opportunities for all. She has been a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run, was a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire, served as part of a mentor team through the Genesis program, and has helped to coordinate Henry’s Run, an annual 5K for child abuse prevention since 2012.
Dr. Kimberly A. Grieve, PhD, received her Doctorate in Leadership in Higher Education and Master’s degree in Education from the University of Toledo and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Michigan State University. She possesses over 25 years of experience both in Student Life and Academic Affairs. She currently serves as the Vice President of Student Services and Dean of Students at the University of South Dakota.
“We are fortunate to have such a respected student affairs and academic leader on our team,” says President Erik Muckey. “Dr. Grieve will elevate L&F’s capacity to provide trusted solutions and advising to student and academic affairs teams seeking to improve campus mental health outcomes.”
Student wellness, safety and success are her first priority. She understands and supports the importance of creating an inclusive environment for all students that integrates both learning experiences in and out of the classroom. Dr. Grieve has a passion for serving students and watching them grow and prosper.
Francis Arpan, Ph.D. was born in Wagner, SD and is an enrolled tribal member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe. Currently a full-time faculty member at Sisseton Wahpeton College, he has previously worked in higher education at Aims Community College (Greeley, CO), South Dakota State University (Brookings, SD), Southern New Hampshire University (Online), and the University of South Dakota (Rapid City, SD).
Aside from a career in higher education, Dr. Arpan served in the US Air Force as an Egress Systems Mechanic at Eielson AFB, AK. Dr. Arpan received his Ph.D. in Sociology from South Dakota State University, received a MA in Educational Administration-Higher Education from the University of South Dakota, and received a BS in History/Sociology from Black Hills State University. Dr. Arpan has worked for Sisseton Wahpeton College since 2016, first as an adjunct instructor, then as a researcher leading an ongoing project exploring barriers and facilitators to tribal student educational attainment and success, and now in his current position as a full-time faculty member.
Dr. Arpan’s research experience includes his ongoing research with tribal students at Sisseton Wahpeton College, research assistant doing data collection for Horizons Project, and evaluation research for an NSF scholarship grant with the Department of Engineering at South Dakota State University. His teaching experiences include a variety of social science classes and he has taught in a variety of classroom environments, online included. Dr. Arpan’s passion is centered around education, developing a greater understanding of the issues that affect Native American students and how to address those issues, and how to increase the research capacities of Native American communities.