South Dakota Right to Life Committee
Board of Directors
1107 Mt. Rushmore Rd, Suite 1B Rapid City, SD 57701
Each region is eligible to have two directors on the South Dakota Right to Life Board of Directors. In addition, there may also be two directors-at-large. If you know of pro-lifers interested in filling open positions on the Board of Directors, please call 605-220-8678.
A native of Mitchell, South Dakota, Mr. Bartscher is known and respected throughout the state as a tireless and visionary leader.
A graduate of Dakota Bible College and Cincinnati Christian Seminary, Mr. Bartscher served for many years as a pastor in Minnesota and South Dakota. Beginning in 2007, he served three years as West River Director for the South Dakota Family Policy Council. In 2010, he was named founding Executive Director of the Family Heritage Alliance, which grew into one of the state’s most effective Christian public policy organizations.
In 2018, Mr. Bartscher served former SD Attorney General Marty Jackley as State Political Director of his gubernatorial campaign. On working with Dale, Mr. Jackley commented, “I witnessed first-hand his honesty, dedication, and ability to address complex challenges.” “Working with Dale,” he went on to say, “has always inspired me to work harder and to be a better person.”
On September 16, 2019, Mr. Bartscher began his work as the Executive Director of South Dakota Right to Life. Nationally founded in 1968, National Right To Life celebrates this year…51 years of protecting defenseless human life from conception to natural death.
Dale, and his wife Jan, have two daughters, a son-in-law and two amazing grandchildren of which they are very proud.
Debbie Pease is the past lobbyist and state field coordinator for South Dakota Right to Life. As an educator and mother of nine, she has a passion to help our youth understand the value and dignity of each human life from conception to natural death. She greatly appreciates the opportunity to work with so many pro-life champions across the state.
Jon Hansen lives in Dell Rapids with his wife, Sheila, and their four children. Hansen is a lawyer and Representative in the South Dakota House of Representatives where he has sponsored numerous life-saving, pro-life laws. Hansen is the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and serves in leadership as a House Majority Whip. Hansen recognizes the dignity inherent in all people and is dedicated to defending the right to life of all human beings from conception to natural death.
Beth Spitzer, from Hot Springs, SD, is a founding member of Hot Springs Area Right to Life and is its current Vice President. Beth is a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church (LCMS) and has been married to the love of her life, Bruce, for over 20 years. From a young age, Beth has been acutely aware of injustice and sees the passage of laws promoting anti-life positions as some of the greatest injustices which need to be overturned.
Spencer Cody lives in Mina, South Dakota, with his wife and two daughters. He teaches 7-12 science at Edmunds Central in Roscoe, South Dakota. As a scientist and a teacher, Spencer understands that the pro-death mentality is anti-science.
Spencer served as SDRTL’s Vice President from 2011 to 2018 and has served as Treasurer since 2018. He has always considered it both a privilege and a blessing to serve on the SDRTL board.
Valerie Johnson is an at-large member of the National Right to Life Executive Committee.
She and her husband Rick have 6 children. Valerie is current the Director of Music at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell.
There are many reasons I am active in the right to life movement and they all are rooted in the fact that humans are exceptional. We all have a duty to protect the most vulnerable among us. Being part of Right to Life increases the strength of individuals - we are stronger together.
Dr. Fred Deutsch is a chiropractor and state legislator from Watertown. The son of a Holocaust survivor whose grandparents were murdered in Auschwitz, Dr. Deutsch was raised to profoundly appreciate the value of life. He is a staunch advocate for those that cannot speak for themselves including the unborn, the aged, the ill, and disabled.
Kassidy and her husband, Kyle, live in Watertown, SD, with their daughter. She owns and runs a Real Estate Appraisal business. Kassidy is pro-life because she believes that every person, no matter how old or young, born or unborn, was created in the image of God and matters just as much as the next person. She wants to ensure that all youth around the nation understand how important our work is to advocate for the unborn.
Victor Rapkoch is Deputy State’s Attorney and has a civil practice in Britton, SD. He and his wife, Mary, have 4 children with a 5th on the way. Victor is Pro- Life because human life is God’s creation from conception all the way until natural death. Life is worth protecting at all stages, and Victor wants to help spread that message.
Anne Hanson and her husband, Greg, have 4 children and live in Watertown. She owns a marketing agency and is SDRTL's webmaster. Growing up, Anne remembers her parents being involved in their local Right to Life group and has always felt a calling to do her part.
Dr. Leslie Heinemann began practicing dentistry in Flandreau in 1981 and established a second dental clinic in Dell Rapids in 2000. He recently retired, both from dentistry and the legislature, serving 6 years in the South Dakota House of Representatives.
Leslie and his wife, Libby, have been married for 44 years, and have four children and eight grandchildren. Leslie actively farms over 500 acres.
Doug grew up in rural Brookings County, graduated from SDSU, and now owns a small farm raising dairy and beef cattle with his wife, Ginger and five children, Steph, Zach, Jacob, Kaden and Tory. He has been active in Volga Christian School, Volga Christian Reformed Church and served as a state Representative for District 7.
Shane Oien is the President of Sioux Falls Area Right to Life.
He owns and operates a consumer products company that distributes products to retailers across the country. Shane and his wife have 3 children, Rilee (22), Chase (18) , and Noah (11). Shane has always been Pro-Life, just never "active" until he saw the undercover video releases by Project Veritas. It was then that he knew he had to become involved in some way to make an impact.
Donna was married to her husband, Jerry, for 62 years and together they raised 5 children. Donna was an elementary teacher for 23 years in Vermillion, SD. Donna has always been pro-life, but recently became acquainted with a niece that her sister gave up for adoption. She is a beautiful Christian woman who is thankful that her birth mother made the decision she did.
Al Novstrup and his wife, Kathy, live in Aberdeen, SD. Kathy works at the United Methodist Church. They have 2 children six grandchildren. In his ‘spare time’ Al serves as a SD State Senator from District 3 (Brown County). Roger Hunt and Al were the prime sponsors of HB1217 in 2011 that required counseling and a waiting period prior to an abortion being performed. Fred Deutsch and Al were the prime sponsors of HB1051 in 2021 called the Born Alive Bill.
Joyce Maras lives in Huron with her husband, Steve. They have 6 children and 18 grandchildren. God called Joyce to be involved in the pro-life movement when she was in high school, and she has been involved in doing a variety of pro-life work ever since.
Mary grew up on a farm near Iroquois SD. She is a farm wife. She and her husband, Charlie, will celebrate 45 years of marriage in October this year. They have 7 children and 10 grandchildren. She works as the assistant cook at Sanborn Central School in Forestburg and they are members of St. Charles Catholic Church in Artesian.
Dan Hargreaves and his wife Marlene farm in Stickney, SD. They have 4 grown children and 5 grandchildren. Dan has served on the SDRTL board since 2004. Dan believes that in the short time we are here on earth to prove where we will spend eternity, he must be totally committed to others, beginning with basic life itself.
Chris Newton and her husband have 4 children and own a water jet cutting, welding and machining business. As a teen, Chris remembers watching the “Silent Scream” and it left a lasting impression. Since moving to South Dakota, Chris has been involved with the pro life movement - close to 25 years now.
Krystal Stuwe is a Registered Nurse from Hoven,SD and currently works in Bowdle for a family practice clinic. The majority of her nursing career has been in labor and delivery, women’s health and prenatal care/teaching. Krystal has been married to Lance for 20 years and they have eight children, one with disabilities. Both her work in women's health and the gift of her family, have profoundly shaped her perspective on pro-life issues. The biggest lesson she has learned, is those people our culture would deem the most insignificant, are often the most gifted and able to change hearts."
Sue Rausch and her husband, Shannon, live in the Hoven area and own a cow/calf and grain farm in partnership with Shannon’s family. They are blessed with 7 children, 4 married, and 3 beautiful grandchildren. Sue's faith is her motivation. God has preserved her life since she was conceived, how can she not spend it trying to flourish the life of every human being He has created? Sue wishes to thank everyone who has been a great pro-life example to her, including her children.
Doug Schueller has been involved with pro-life since moving to Pierre, South Dakota, in 1991. He has served on the SDRTL board since 2003. Doug and his wife, Joan, have been married for 28 years and are blessed with a daughter (married), and three sons. Life from beginning to end has dignity and priceless value. Be boldly pro-life within this culture of death.
Russel K. Enns, Ph.D., retired Biotechnology Scientist & Corporate Officer, specialized in the development of DNA diagnostic tests for infectious disease, cancer and genetics. He joined the SDRTL Board as a region 11 member in 2019. Russ and his wife Shirley (retired Registered Occupational Therapist) are Evangelical Christians, and have been active Pro-Life supporters for decades. They have three adult children who they and their spouses are also all active Pro-Life supporters.
Dr. Don Oliver has been a Pediatrician in Rapid City for 39 years where he is a Partner at Black Hills Pediatrics. Don has been married to Jeannette for 49 years and they have five children and fourteen grandchildren. Don is a Veteran of the US Army and a professing Christian for as long as he can remember.
Pastor Craig Werling and his wife, Janine, live in Watertown. They
co-pastor Hosanna Lutheran Church (LCMC) in Watertown. They have three grown children and one grandson. Pastor Werling
has always believed that we are created by God, and that life begins at conception. Experiencing the birth of his children made this belief very real.