Invitation from the Mayor

A place to call home is one of the most essential needs for our residents. Finding a home that is not only affordable but also accessible to quality schools, parks, health care, transportation and healthy food options in a safe neighborhood is a basic need for all of us. As a community, we can collaborate and coordinate to improve the lives for many who struggle to find accessible housing.  
Please join me for the 2019 Housing Summit to engage in a collaborative solutions-based discussion on how we can connect public and private resources to deliver housing opportunities for working families.

- Mayor TenHaken

2019 Sioux Falls Housing Summit

Thursday, May 9, 2019 | Downtown Holiday Inn 

Housing Summit Video Replay

Mayor Paul TenHaken, Chief of Staff Erica Beck, Panel Discussions

Public Hearing # 1

Public Hearing #2


Cindy Dannenbring

Cindy Dannenbring is the Executive Director of Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership, Inc. (ICAP), a position she has held since 1993.  Ms. Dannenbring began her career with ICAP in 1972 and has served in positions in the fiscal and administrative offices of the organization since that time.  Immediately prior to her appointment as Executive Director, she served as the agency’s Deputy Director.

Joel Dykstra

Joel Dykstra is CEO of RMB Associates, the holding company and management entity for the business investments of Rob and Miriam Broin and their family. Joel has been employed in that position since April 2010. He served 6 years in the South Dakota Legislature and on the boards of several civic organizations, including as President of Downtown Rotary Club of Sioux Falls. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from Oral Roberts University in 1980.

Joan Franken

Joan Franken is the Managing Director of Costello Companies and an owner in Costello Property Management, Costello Bookkeeping Services, Costello Compliance and several affordable apartment complexes in South Dakota. She has been with Costello’s for 23 years and during the past 15 years has overseen the development of 45 affordable multifamily apartment complexes, totaling over 1,600 units. Her focus has been on development of energy efficient designed complexes certified in Energy Star, LEED and more recently, Passive design.  She has served on the boards for the Sioux Empire Housing Partnership, South Eastern Council of Governments, Affordable Housing Solutions and the Homeless Advisory Board.

Lynne Keller Forbes

Lynne serves as Executive Director of Dakota BUSINESS Finance, the South Eastern Development Foundation, and the South Eastern Council of Governments (SECOG). Lynne has served as Director of SECOG since 2001 and led the organization's efforts to create the South Eastern Development Foundation and Dakota BUSINESS Finance.

Lynne is a Certified Economic and Housing Development Professional through the National Development Council. She has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from St. Leo College, St. Leo, FL and a Juris Doctorate Law Degree from the University of South Dakota.

Aaron George

Aaron has owned and operated several multifamily properties in Sioux Falls since 2006. Since then, after overcoming many challenges as a landlord he has gone from four units to over 350 units, providing affordable and accessible housing to a variety of people, including those individuals with credit and background challenges. While Aaron has acquired these different properties, he has made it a priority to greatly improve the appearance, safety, and quality of each property. His philosophy is that if you have credit or background challenges, you should still be able to obtain safe and accessible housing.

Rich Merkouris

Rich Merkouris is the President of the Kingdom Capital Fund in Sioux Falls and serves as Chair for the Board of Directors for the Sioux Falls Ministry Center. He is leading an effort through the Ministry Center to bring renewal to Pettigrew Heights through a Housing First initiative. They currently have purchased and renovated five properties in the area. Rich has also overseen the construction and management of tax credit apartment complexes. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Compassion Child Care and the Sioux Falls Hope Coalition which both directly serve lower income families in Sioux Falls.

Jeff Nelson

Jeff has been selling and teaching Real estate for the last 42 years. He also serves on the Sioux Empire Housing Partnership Board and the Homeless Advisory Board.

Kelly Nielson

Kelly Nielson, offers over 18 years of experience in construction planning and building. Kelly places a special emphasis on thorough, thoughtful and careful planning of each construction phase. This focus ensures achieving the goal of building the best value into every project.

Lorraine Polak

Lorraine Polak is the Director of Rental Housing Development for the South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA). The Rental Housing Development division administers the HOME, Housing Tax Credit, Housing Trust Fund, Emergency Solutions Grants, and the Tax Exempt Bond Financing Programs and is the lead agency for the statewide Housing for the Homeless Consortium. The division is also currently administering several SDHDA programs available for development of workforce housing such as the Housing Opportunity Fund and the Community Housing Development Program. Lorraine has been with SDHDA since 1998.

Jake Quasney

Jake Quasney loves seeking creative solutions to complex problems. He works closely with all divisions of Lloyd Companies to deliver effective results for the company while identifying and mitigating potential risks to the organization and partners. In addition to these roles, Jake works closely with capital partners and investors to capitalize projects.

Darla J. Van Rosendale

Darla J. Van Rosendale is the CEO at Dow Rummel Village. Her 21 years at Dow Rummel includes 6 years as CFO prior to becoming CEO. She has over 25 years of accounting management experience and was Accounting Manager of a John Deere Industrial Company in South Dakota, Iowa, Arizona and California for 13 years before coming to Dow Rummel Village. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from the University of Sioux Falls and her Associate Degree in Computer Science from National American University in Sioux Falls.

Nate Rygh

Nate Rygh is the Housing Program Manager at The Community Outreach. He started at The Community Outreach in August of 2018, and helped initiate and launch the organization’s first housing ministry, Hezekiah House. Prior to being at The Community Outreach, Nate was a pastor at The Ransom Church, and he also worked in Avera’s IT Project Management department. His experience with managing and leading projects and also ministering to others has been greatly beneficial to his role at The Community Outreach and leading the Hezekiah House pilot program.

Chris Stout

Chris Stout is Co-Founder and CEO of Veterans Community Project. Previously Chris worked at a Kansas City nonprofit connecting Veterans to Veteran specific resources. Chris helped launch and develop the program from infancy. Chris served in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division. He was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VI. While on deployment and out on a mission, Chris was critically wounded resulting in his medical retirement from the Army. Chris has served / volunteered with a number of Veteran organizations in an effort to improve the lives of Veterans moving forward. This last year Chris was named 2018 CNN Hero Top 10 for his work and service to his community.