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The Good Samaritan Foundation


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Walter D. Woods

Foundation President

Walter D. Woods has over 20 years of social development experience working both with and for young and 50+ people in America. Prior to joining the Good Samaritan Foundation, Walter served as Vice President – Strategic Programs for the AARP Foundation, a consultant to The World Bank Group, Chief Development Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and Managing Director – Commercial Markets for the American Gas Association. Walter has published numerous marketing and sales articles including: “A Program for the 21st Century” for the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives magazine Executive Update, 10/’00.

Walter has a MBA from Northwestern University – J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Evanston, IL, 1989; BBA, cum laude, from Howard University, Washington, DC, 1987; and completed the Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, Palo Alto, California, 2013. He has been added to the 2001 Associations Advance America Honor Roll by ASAE for developing a program that “resulted in significant benefit to American society” and given a 2003 Award of Excellence by ASAE for developing a program that resulted in “significant benefit to American society."

Away from work, Walter enjoys fly-fishing, cross-country/downhill skiing, orienteering, sky diving and adventure travel.

Toll-free: 1-877-774-2746
Phone: (605) 362-5592
Fax: (605) 362-3356

Suzie O’Meara

Vice President, Development

Toll-free: 1-877-774-2746
Phone: (605) 362-3167
Fax: (605) 362-3356

Amy Pokela

Foundation Administrator

Amy comes to the Good Samaritan Foundation with a wealth of small shop fundraising experience. She has figured out many ways to work smarter, not harder to maximize resource development efforts. She has her MPA from the University of South Dakota and is privileged to teach an online course in fundraising for them during spring semesters.


Toll-free: 1-877-774-2746
Phone: (605) 362-5561
Fax: (605) 362-3356

Marylou Schnabel

Administrative Assistant to the Foundation President

Marylou has been with the Foundation since March 1999. Prior to joining the Foundation, Marylou worked at the Good Samaritan Society – Sioux Falls Village for 15 years.

"Working for and caring for our residents is so rewarding, especially the one-on-one personal contact with the residents and their families," Marylou says. "At National Campus, I am able to provide support for many centers and staff members."

Toll-free: 1-877-774-2746
Phone: (605) 362-3340
Fax: (605) 362-3356

Leah Hebner

Director, Data Analytics and Metrics

A native of South Dakota, Leah has worked in resource development since she graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. She also has master's degrees in philanthropy and development and English/creative writing. Before joining the Foundation, her career in fundraising included experience in the areas of social services and higher education.

Leah has a strong background in writing and planning/organization. She is passionate about responding to the resource development needs of the Good Samaritan Society centers she serves and working to enhance the lives of others.

When she's not at the National Campus, Leah likes to indulge in voracious reading, creative writing, mediocre knitting, bad golfing and spending time with her husband and son.

Toll-free: 1-877-774-2746
Phone: (605) 362-3934
Fax: (605) 362-3356

Melinda Larson, CFRE

Associate Director, Volunteers

Melinda graduated from the University of Sioux Falls in 1976 and then spent more than 20 years working for three different private universities in South Dakota and Oregon. Since coming to the Good Samaritan Society in January 1997, Melinda has served the Foundation as resource development consultant, planned giving consultant and campaign manager, in addition to serving in her current role as director of resource development.

Melinda enjoys travel, reading, vocal music and spending time with family and friends.

Toll-free: 1-877-774-2746
Phone: (605) 362-3123
Fax: (605) 362-3356

Heather McClintock

Associate Director, Location Support

Heather graduated from The University of South Dakota in May 2010 with a degree in advertising and public relations. In correlation with her studies, Heather was involved in philanthropic organizations on campus and completed internships with nationally known not-for-profit organizations.

Heather says that it has been a goal to work for an organization with a mission to reach out and better the lives of others. She says she's proud to be part of the Good Samaritan Society, an organization she admires and loves.

Toll-free: 1-877-774-2746
Phone: (605) 362-3935
Fax: (605) 362-3356

Shawndra Shofner

Associate Director, Location Support

Shawndra holds an associate's degree from Bemidji State University and a bachelor's degree in liberal arts with a focus in public relations and communications from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn. She has more than 15 years of experience working, volunteering and fundraising for not-for-profit organizations. Prior to joining the Good Samaritan Foundation, she served the Good Samaritan Society – International Falls (Minn.) as its resource development and marketing director. She has also worked as a substitute teacher, written 20 nonfiction children's books and led numerous writing workshops for adults and children. Her volunteer leadership positions have included Friends of the Falls Public Library president, First Lutheran Church Council secretary, Bronco Swim Boosters vice president, Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee member and Good Samaritan Society – International Falls Advisory Board member.

Shawndra’s passion for the mission, vision and values of the Good Samaritan Society and her background has provided the perfect combination for her role as an associate director of grants and major gifts.

In her free time, Shawndra enjoys reading, writing, boating and spending time with her family.

Toll-free: 1-877-774-2746
Phone: (218) 285-2078

Jay Bethke

Associate Director, Foundations

Jay Bethke joined the Good Samaritan Foundation in August 2010. He studied at the University of Malta, the University of Minnesota, Mankato (B.S., 2002), the University of South Dakota (M.A., 2006) and the University of San Francisco. His previous experience includes working for the Office of the Dean at USDSU (2003–2006) and as a grant administrator in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at San Francisco State University (2006–2010).

Jay says that he appreciates being part of something positive that is much bigger than himself, and he tries to be mindful of that in all aspects of his life and work.

Toll-free: 1-877-774-2746
Phone: (605) 362-5552
Fax: (605) 362-3356

Juan C. Bustamante

Associate Director, Corporations and Businesses

Juan has spent his entire career helping organizations build effective development programs. Juan joined the Foundation in June 2006. He has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Illinois and has participated in post graduate studies in administration at U of I.

Juan’s career includes affiliations with The United Way of Chicago, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, SER Jobs for Progress and The International Latino Cultural Center.

Juan’s personal mission statement is: “To champion others to grow personally, professionally and spiritually by using my compassion and my belief in others' inherent goodness and awesome potential – the sky is not the limit.”

Toll-free: 1-877-774-2746
Phone: (605) 362-5413
Fax: (605) 362-3356

Mark Maturi

Associate Director, Annual Giving

A native of Wisconsin, Mark has worked in development since he graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Before joining the Good Samaritan Foundation, he was a fundraiser for non-profit organizations and higher education, most recently at the University of South Dakota.

Mark has a strong background in developing relationships and successful fundraising. He looks forward to raising the funds necessary to support the needs of the Good Samaritan Society centers he serves, and working to enhance the lives of residents.

Mark has always wanted to work for an organization that loves and cares for people. He is excited to be part of the Good Samaritan Society, an organization whose mission “is to share God’s love in word and deed by providing shelter and supportive services to older persons and others in need, believing that ‘In Christ’s Love, Everyone Is Someone’.”

When he’s not at National Campus or visiting a center, Mark likes to run, participate in intramural activities and spend time with family and friends.

Toll-free: 1-877-774-2746
Phone: (605) 362-3915
Fax: (605) 362-3356    

Larry Raad

Associate Director, Major and Planned Gifts

For nearly 24 years, Larry has helped hundreds of individuals establish estate plans that accomplished their charitable goals. Larry is a CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) and has helped many individuals make current day major gifts of tax burdened property with creative gift planning strategies. In addition to helping individuals and their professionals with planning assistance, Larry presents gift and estate planning seminars all across the country. Larry's previous career experience includes serving as the controller for an industrial equipment distribution organization and later managing all aspects of the organization's business affairs.

Larry's faith is at the center of his personal and professional life. He has been in leadership positions in his church for more than 25 years and is excited to be a part of the mission of the Good Samaritan Society.

Toll-free: 1-877-774-2746
Phone: (605) 362-3306
Fax: (605) 362-3356