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.
Dale Bartscher-Executive Director
Dale Bartscher, Executive Director
A native of Mitchell, South Dakota, Mr. Bartscher is known and respected throughout the state and beyond as a tireless and visionary leader, and a passionate advocate for biblical influence in the public square. His election follows a search process as part of SDRTL’s leadership transition plan.
A graduate of Dakota Bible College and Cincinnati Christian Seminary, Mr. Bartscher served for many years as a pastor in Minnesota and South Dakota. After some eleven years as a Senior Pastor in Rapid City, 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.
For the last year, Mr. Bartscher has served South Dakota 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.”
Dale is married to Jan, his wife of 42 years. They have two daughters, a son-in-law and two amazing grandchildren of which they are very proud.
South Dakota Right to Life is a non-profit public service organization. SDRTL’s primary purpose is to educate through the presentation of detailed and factual information about fetal development, abortion, alternatives to abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, assisted suicide and related issues, upon which individuals and the general public may make informed decisions.
Dr. Fred Deutsch is president of South Dakota Right to Life. The son of a Holocaust survivor whose grandparents were murdered in Auschwitz, Dr. Deutsch was raised to profoundly appreciate the value of life. In his adult years he’s been a staunch advocate for those that cannot speak for themselves including the unborn, the aged, the ill, and disabled. Dr. Deutsch has a special affection for those who lives are threatened by dangerous assisted suicide laws. This past year he successfully led the fight to prevent an out-of-state group from legalizing assisted-suicide in South Dakota. A former Watertown School Board Member and former South Dakota legislator, Dr. Deutsch is currently campaigning for re-election to the South Dakota House for District 4. He is incredibly grateful to pro-life advocates across South Dakota who continue to renew their commitment to building a culture where all people, born and unborn, are guaranteed the right to life.
Vice President & Region 5
Debbie Pease is the vice president, 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.
NRLC Representative & Education Coordinator
I am the SDRTL Delegate to National Right to Life.
In the 1980's, I was a teen representative on the SDRTL Board of Directors. Now that I'm older, I still can't think of a more important organization.
My regular job is being a wife and mom and teaching music. My husband Rick and I have 6 kids and live in Mitchell.
Please don't hesitate to contact me.
Secretary & Region 4
Originally from Veblen, South Dakota, he currently lives in Mina, South Dakota, along with his wife and two daughters and teaches 7-12 science in the Edmunds Central School District. He has a BA in Biology Middle School and Secondary Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and an MS in Chemistry from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. Science education and research are his lifelong passions. However, Planned Parenthood introduced him to another passion of his: LIFE. After a bioethics tour of the Red River abortion facility had gone terribly awry, he could not help but to ask the professor if they knew if they were coming in advance. Remarkably, they did…sometimes a select few get to see firsthand what a sham the abortion industry truly is when they think no one is looking. He walked out of that facility that day as a committed pro-life activist. Later that year he helped found a Collegians for Life chapter on his campus and co-hosted a pro-life radio talk show on his campus radio station among other activities. He has been active in Right to Life since joining the Hoven Area Right to Life chapter in 2006. He was the chapter chair from 2009 to 2017 and is currently the vice chair of Edmunds County Right to Life. His work on the SDRTL Board of Directors started in 2011 representing Region 9. He was the lobbyist for SDRTL for the 2012 session where he successfully advocated for South Dakota’s web cam abortion ban and has since testified in committee advocating for South Dakota’s sex-selective abortion and pain-capable laws. He served as SDRTL’s Vice President from 2011 to 2018 and has served as SDRTL’s Treasurer since 2018. He has always considered it both a privilege and a blessing to serve on the SDRTL board, which has afforded him many opportunities at pro-life advocacy through education, legislation, and grassroots mobilization that he would not have in any other circumstance. To him it is a labor of love.
I have lived on farm all my life, dairy as growing up and some years after, still farm corn, beans, and feed cattle. Married Marlene in 1979, have one adopted daughter, married, has 5 children, lives in New York, one married son lives in Stickney, SD and one married son and daughter lives in Sioux Falls, SD.
Currently serving on SDRTL state board, have since June 2003, served as vice president, president, and current past president. Current chairman of Tri-county Right to Life.
I have been a Gideon since sometime in the 1990's.
Been involved with Aurora county Republicans since 2004, been to every SD Republican state convention since 2004 and also to Republican national convention in Cleveland in 2016. Current Aurora county Republicans chairman.
Also, have been involved with Christian Motorcycle Association since 2005 as part of a prison ministry in a dozen prisons across South Dakota.
The one other organization I am currently involved with is the Aurora county soil conservation district serving on that board since 2011.
I mention these different organizations as means of showing my interests and most of these organizations work well together. I like to say things like I am a republican because it is the party with the pro-life platform. Being a follower of Jesus Christ, wanting to live a life pleasing to him, sharing the gospel of Jesus with others when given the opportunity and doing what I can to stop this hideous issue of killing unborn babies while still loving the mothers is just who I am.
Youth Outreach & Region 10
Kassidy Peters lives in Pierre, SD with her husband, Kyle, where she is a real estate appraiser at her own business. She became passionate about being pro-life at a young age. Growing up with her mom in politics, she was exposed to all pro-life issues and realized how much she wanted to make a difference. While attending South Dakota State University, she became the SDSU College Republicans President and spent time interning at the South Dakota State Legislature and at the National level for Congress. She believes she is just getting started in making a difference for pro-life issues. Kassidy is the Youth Coordinator for South Dakota Right to Life. She wants to ensure that all youth around the nation understand how important our work is to advocate for the unborn.
Anne Hanson is proud to be a board member for South Dakota Right to Life. 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. Marketing is her expertise, and she works hard to spread the message that every human life has value. Anne and her husband, Greg, have 4 children and live in Watertown.
God called me to be involved in the pro-life movement when I was in high school. I have been involved in doing a variety of pro-life work ever since that time. My husband Steve and I are the parents of six and grandparents of 18!
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. They have 7 children, and 9 grandchildren with grandbaby #10 due in February. She works as the assistant cook at Sanborn Central School in Forestburg and are members of St. Charles Catholic Church in Artesian.
I grew up in Minnesota, I graduated high school and went on to Worthington Comm. College for a year. I decided I wanted to get away from the small town and I moved to Aurora, Colorado and lived there for 6 years, met my husband and we moved to South Dakota in 1994. I love SD and it values. It has been a wonderful place to raise our family. I don’t think there is a better state than SD. I became involved with pro life at my church right around 1996 and have been active or involved since. I am very active in my community as is my husband. I have been serving on the board for ??? how many years and I pray that in my life time that abortion will be no longer legal in any state.
Dr. Enns retired as the Chief Regulatory Officer for Cepheid at the end of 2012. From 1995 to 2001, Dr. Enns was Vice President of Regulatory and Clinical Affairs, Quality Systems, and Medical Reimbursement at Vysis, Inc. and he became a Divisional Vice President at Abbott until mid-2003. From 2009 through 2012 he served on the Strategic Planning Committee for the Association of Molecular Pathologists. Dr. Enns served on the MedSci Advisory Board of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation from 2011 through 2013. After retirement, Dr. Enns has volunteered with Entrepreneurs in Residence at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and he remains active with his wife Shirley in community charities including faith-based ones.
I entered this world 5 minutes after my twin brother, Lt. Governor Larry Rhoden, in Sturgis South Dakota. I was so blessed to grow up in a Christian home and I loved living on a ranch and working along side my family. I attended a small country school for my fist 8 years. My parents didn't have a lot of money but they were able to send my bother and me to Sunshine Bible Academy for high school. After I graduated, I went to Nursing school at Rapid City and became a RN. My first job as a RN was in the NICU in Rapid City and it lasted until May of 2018 when I was able to retire from the hospital. It was an amazing experience and I took care of so many babies that I couldn't even guess how many. I saw so many miracles in my career. They will always have a special place in my heart. May of 2008 Gary Hausmann and I were married. We attend the Union Center Baptist Church. The Lord has been so good to me, and I am so thankful for His salvation and His presence in my life.
Beth Spitzer, former teacher and Christian school principal from Hot Springs, SD, is one of the Region 12 representatives on the SD Right to Life Board. Beth is a founding member of Hot Springs Area Right to Life and is its current Vice President. Beth has been active on various pro-life campaigns in the state of SD and has been actively involved in leadership roles with South Dakota's Concerned Women for America group and was on one of the boards of Family Heritage Alliance when it first began in Rapid City, SD. Beth is a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church (LCMS) and has been married to the love of her life, Bruce, for over 20 years.
Dr. Don Oliver has been a Pediatrician in Rapid City for 39 years where he is a Partner at Black Hills Pediatrics. He formerly served as Chief of Staff for RCRH and has served as a Board Member at RCRH. Don has been married to Jeannette for 49 years and they have five children and fourteen grandchildren. Don and his wife Jeannette did foster parenting for DSS for 25 years. He is a former Board Member on the 'Vote Yes For Life’ campaigns of 2006 and 2008. Don is a Veteran of the US Army and a professing Christian for as long as he can remember.
Nicholas Craig Werling grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the oldest of five boys born to a school teacher father and RN mother. Graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point in 1979. Served as an officer in the 1st Armored Division in Germany. Graduated from theLutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) in 1988. Served ELCA congregations in Langford and Milbank SD. Resigned from the ELCA in2010 and a have served LCMC (Lutheran Congregations in MIssion forChrist) congregation in Milbank and presently at Hosanna LutheranChurch in Watertown, SD. Married to Pastor Janine Rew-Werling with two daughters and a son. Was recruited to the SDRTL board from Milbank, Region 1, about four years ago by Dr. Fred Deutsch and presently serve as an At Large member.
DIRECTORS BY REGION:
Region 2: Fred Deutsch 16452 449th Ave Florence, SD 57235 605-882-3323 DrFred@Deutschclinic.com
Anne Hanson 660 S Lake Drive Watertown, SD 57201 605-753-5372 email@example.com
Region 3: OPEN
Region 4: Jon Hansen 47484 Dells Drive, Dell Rapids, SD 57022 605-261-3620 firstname.lastname@example.org
Justin Smith 300 South Phillips Ave Suite #300, PO Box 5027, Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5027 605-978-0634
Region 5: Debbie Pease 46051 299th St., Centerville, SD 57014 605-929-4933 email@example.com
Region 6: Dr. David Wachs 1899 Eisenhower Circle Aberdeen, SD 57401 605-226-2232 firstname.lastname@example.org
Region 7: Joyce Maras 1290 /Lawnridge Ave SE, Huron SD 57350 605-861-9961 email@example.com
Region 8: Dan Hargreaves 39031 267 St. Stickney, SD 57350 605-732-4682 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Newton 406 S. Chapman Dr. Parkston, SD 57366 605-928-7619 email@example.com
Region 9: OPEN
Region 10: Doug Schueller 1718 E Humbolt St. Pierre SD 57501 605-224-0252 firstname.lastname@example.org
Region 11: Dr. Russ Enns
Region 12: Beth Spitzer Hot Springs, SD 57747
Dr. Don Olivier
At Large: Rev. Craig Werling 1121 Redwood Drive Watertown, SD 57201 605-949-0559
Spencer Cody 342 North Sunset Drive, Mina, SD 57451 605-228-4886 email@example.com