Jennifer Gray, MSW, CSW-PIP, QMHP
Chief Executive Officer
Jennifer received her Bachelors in Social Work from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan, in 1992 and her Masters in Social Work from Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia in 1999. She is a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Private Independent Practitioner, and a Qualified Mental Health Professional. Jennifer has been employed with Capital Area Counseling Service for over twenty years. When asked what she enjoys most about her work, Jennifer replied, “seeing all the amazing work that our staff do with clients to help them meet their goals.”
Lara received her Bachelor's of Business Administration in Economics from the University of South Dakota and her Master's of Business Administration from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Prior to joining Capital Area Counseling Service, she worked for the State of South Dakota at the Bureau of Finance and Management. She has experience with state budgeting processes, specifically state funding to providers. Lara grew up in Pierre and enjoys the many different opportunities our community offers. When asked what she enjoys most about CACS, Lara replied “CACS provides much needed services to our community. It is great seeing our community partners working towards a common goal of supporting our citizens.”
Kacy Gill, MSW, CSW-PIP, QMHP
Kellie Shuman, BA
Kellie received her Bachelor's Degree in Human Relations from Doane College in 2000. She has over 20 years of experience working for non-profits and the State and Federal government in the human service and criminal justice fields. Kellie started working for CACS in 2006 and has held various positions within the agency such as Clinical Specialist, Program Director of the Day Reporting Center and Teen Court, Administrative Supervisor, Corporate Compliance Officer, and in April 2020 she accepted the Human Resources role. Kellie and her husband Dane are originally from Nebraska. In her free time, she enjoys spending time by the water with her husband and their dogs, Lucy and Rupert.
Carrie Ward, BA, SWA
Therapeutic Foster Care Director
Carrie has worked with children and families within the Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) program for 20 years. Prior to coming to CACS she worked at Children’s Inn in Sioux Falls. Carrie has her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and art from Augusta University and holds a social work license. Carrie loves to see the progress that children make while they are in the TFC program. When children are able to go back home with learned skills and can have a successful reunification it is the best outcome. Carrie grew up in Pierre and has lived here most of her life. Her husband, Torry Zeller, is the training director for the SD Department of Corrections. They have two children, Ella and Mason.
Becky Spoehr, BS
BGCCA Executive Director
Becky received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2009. She has a major in dietetics and minor in psychology. In 2010 Becky joined Capital Area Counseling Service, and she currently serves as the Director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area. When asked what she enjoys most about her work, Becky replied, “seeing the positive impact being made on every youth who walks through the Club’s door, either it be educational programs, supportive role models or an overall safe environment.”