About Us



Kaleb C. Hight, LNHA


I was born and raised in South Dakota.  I grew up in the Olivet/Freeman area.  My first exposure to LTC was as the son of an LPN who worked at the local nursing home.  I eventually worked as a Certified Nurse Assistant for three years.  During that experience, I developed a passion for working with those needing nursing care.  I got sidetracked from the LTC profession and spent approximately 14 years in the banking industry, which was a great training ground for what was to come.  During that time, I also graduated from the University of Sioux Falls in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.   

In 2011, I returned to LTC in the roll of Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and have immensely enjoyed this role ever since.  I married my wife, Heather, in 1998 and have 3 sons: Eli, Lucas, and Blake.  I enjoy spending time with my family, hunting, fishing and watching America’s football team.  I joined ULC in September of 2017 and am excited to be a part of such a vibrant LTC community.


Email: khight@ulcbrookings.com

Direct Line: 605-696-7500


Dr. Debra Johnston

Medical Director

I attended the University of Iowa, College of Medicine in Iowa City and went through the Sioux Falls Family Medicine Residency Program. I am on the American Board of Family Medicine.


Bill Thelen

Director of Environmental Services and Housekeeping

I went to Brookings High School, and I went to college at Southwest State University in Marshall, Minn. At ULC, I oversee all housekeeping, laundry and maintenance on campus. 

I currently live in Brookings with my wife and four sons.

Email: bthelen@ulcbrookings.com

Direct Line: 605.696.7508


Camille Koolmo

Director of Human Resources

I was born and raised in Brookings, S.D. I attended St. Cloud State University and earned my bachelor’s degree. 

I moved back to Brookings after starting a family. My husband, Graham, is a Sioux Falls firefighter and we have two daughters.

Email: ckoolmo@ulcbrookings.com

Direct Line: 605.696.7519


Laura Schwarz

Human Resource Generalist

I was born and raised in Bloomington, MN. I graduated with an Associate’s degree in Accounting. I moved to Brookings with my husband and we have 3 little kids that keep us very busy.

Email: lschwarz@ulcbrookings.com

Direct Line: 605.696.7506


Angie Hudy

Director of Nursing

Prior to nursing school I worked as a certified nursing assistant for approximately 8 years.  I graduated from the USD Nursing program. After graduating I worked at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls SD for approximately 4.5yrs.    I started my career with ULC in 2014.  Prior to taking the Director of Education position, I was an Operations nurse and also worked as a Charge Nurse here at ULC.  I love working with our residents and hearing their stories.

Email: ahudy@ulcbrookings.com

Direct Line: 605.696.7516

Josh Johnson

Director of Finance


Email: JJohnson@ulcbrookings.com

Direct Line: 605.696.7532


Pastor Dorthy Tufte


I grew up in Brookings, SD and went to Brookings High School. I graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, in Mass Communications and completed my Ordination Studies through Berean University in Springfield, MO. I received a Masters of Divinity at Sioux Falls Seminary in Sioux Falls, SD, where I have lived for almost 30 years. I have three adult children and three grandchildren. I am very happy to be here!

Email: dtufte@ulcbrookings.com

Direct Line: 605.696.7505


April Rieger

Director of Social Services

I graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Social Work and a minor in Sociology. I reside in Brookings with my husband, Marc and my son, Mason. I have worked in long term care for more than twenty years in various roles including rehabilitation assistant, activity assistant and as a certified nursing assistant. I began working in Social Services in long term care in 2009. Please let me know how I can assist you!

Email: arieger@ulcbrookings.com

Direct Line: 605.696.7509

Amber Hanson

Medical Records Clerk


Email: ahanson@ulcbrookings.com

Direct Line: 696-7521


Beth Boone

Dietary Manager

My first introduction to the 'once' United Retirement Center was in 1979-81 in which I held the position of Nurse Aide.  I looked forward to working my shifts and always wanted to be at the facility.  I graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelors of Science degree from the College of Home Economics in Restaurant Hotel and Institutional Management.  


I located in Maryland where I gained experience through various types of Restaurants ranging from Full Service Dining to Fast Casual and Quick Serve type of Operations.  I have always been intrigued by the behaviors and performance which defines exceptional customer service.  Likewise I found that  the depth of timeliness to the daunting task of food costing is the thought provoking fun of food service in general.  


I reclocated back to Brookings SD in an effort to live closer to my family.  I feel privileged to resume my career at the warm hearted United Living Community.  

Email: BBoone@ulcbrookings.com

Direct Line: 692-5351

Melisa Zaug

Director of Recreation


Email: MZaug@ulcbrookings.com

Direct Line: 696-7513

Abby Nielsen

Assistant DON


Email: ANielsen@ulcbrookings.com

Direct Line: 692-5351

Jeanine Reed

AR/AP Accounting Clerk


Email: JReed@ulcbrookings.com

Direct Line: 692-5351

Amanda Gundvaldson

Director of Education


Email: AGundvaldson@ulcbrookings.com

Direct Line: 692-5351