Board of Directors

East River Legal Services is governed by a Board of Directors, composed of attorneys, client representatives from various organizations, and at large members. Collectively they provide oversight in the provision of legal services. Our Board helps govern Legal Aid through financial review, strategic planning, and continually focusing on the legal needs of our current and potential clients implementing a clear vision for carrying out Legal Aid’s mission.


Board Officers

  • President - Steve Huff, Yankton
  • Vice President -
  • Secretary - Kimberly Dorsett, Aberdeen
  • Treasurer -
  • Member At Large - Jeff Schultz, Sioux Falls

Board Members

  • Dan Fritz, Sioux Falls
  • Timothy Cummings, Watertown
  • Sheila Fenderson, Sioux Falls
  • Melissa Fiksdal, Sioux Falls
  • Ruth Henderson, Sioux Falls
  • Jennifer Goldammer, Brookings
  • Sharon Chontos, Sioux Falls
  • LeAnn No Heart, Sioux Falls
  • Asst. Professor Wendy Hess, USD School of Law, Vermillion
President - Steve Huff, Yankton Melissa Fiksdal, Sioux Falls