SFLS Board of Directors


Scott Peters, Board Chairman - Faith Lutheran Church

Mr. Peters has a degree in political science from Augustana College and a J.D. from the University of South Dakota School of Law. He practiced law for 30 years, served as Chair of the Minnehaha County Mental Illness Board for 35 years, and is currently retired.

Mary Ellen Heirigs, Vice Chair - Lord of Life Lutheran Church
Ms. Heirigs has an associate degree in nursing. She worked as a nurse for 20 years before retiring from the profession. She is currently a co-owner of J & M Transmission and Auto Service and has been an integral part of the business for the last 16 years.

Melissa Greenwaldt, Secretary - Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Ms. Greenwaldt has a degree in management from the University of Sioux Falls. She is currently a project coordinator with POET Design and Construction, one of the world’s largest producers of ethanol and biofuel products.

Kent Harnisch, Treasurer - Resurrection Lutheran Church
Mr. Harnisch has over 25 years of experience as a CPA. He worked in the private accounting sector for 25 years and started his own CPA firm in October, 2014, which he uses to provide general accounting, tax, consulting and on-site CFO services.

JoAnn Hirsch - Faith Lutheran Church
Ms. Hirsch began working in healthcare as a registered nurse in 1978. She is currently employed as the compliance officer and risk manager at Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital.

Heidi Jerke - Lord of Life Lutheran Church
Ms. Jerke has a master’s degree in geography from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  She has been the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Coordinator for Minnehaha County for 14 years.

Tom Sohre - Memorial Lutheran Church
Mr. Sohre has a degree in computer science from Augustana College and a master’s degree in management information systems from Colorado Technical University.  He works for the United State Geological Service (USGS) as the EROS Center Information Technology Manager and has over 20 years of IT experience in the federal and private sectors. Mr. Sohre also teaches project management and business ethics courses at the University of Sioux Falls.

Jay Prouty - Memorial Lutheran Church
Mr. Prouty has worked in the insurance industry since 2002. His first experience as an agent was with McKinney Olson Insurance. Presently, he serves as an insurance agent with North Central Insurance.

Ron Gjoraas - Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Mr. Gjorass has a degree in biology and composite science from the University of South Dakota—Springfield. He served as a high school biology instructor and a junior high school earth and life science teacher from 1965 to 1974. In the summer of 1974, he took a job as a territory sales representative with Syntex Laboratories and spent 20 years doing pharmaceutical product promotion to physicians, hospitals, and retail drug stores. Mr. Gjorass is currently retired.

Allen Schmuck - Resurrection Lutheran Church
Mr. Schmuck has a degree in business administration from Southwest Minnesota State University. His professional experience includes work as an underwriter in the property and casualty insurance industry, insurance agency management, and loss control.