Our Staff


Gayla Sherman, MSW, CIT, CCTP

Co-Executive Director, Programs & Resource Development

Gayla's Resume

Gayla's BIO

Over 30 years experience in not-for-profit management, programming and resource development, including serving as vice president for development and public relations for Central Baptist Theological Seminary (Kansas City) and lead fundraising staff for other not-for-profit organizations (e.g., residential treatment, urban homeless/low income programs, domestic violence) over two decades.  Also worked as writer and producer for the National Public Radio affiliate (Austin, TX) and as congressional office staff for U.S. Representative Les Aspin, Washington, D.C.  Master of Social Work & Theology; Bachelor of Journalism.  Musical talents include harpist, flutist, pianist and vocalist.


Gayle Klopp

Co-Executive Director, Administration & Operations

Gayle's Resume

Co-Executive Director's BIO

Over three decades of experience in both profit and not-for-profit management, human resources and business operations, including serving as director of human resources for American Baptist Homes of the Midwest, senior benefits analyst for MDU Resources, Inc., and multiple years experience consulting in health care and for other major companies (Farmland Industries, La Petite Academies, Schlage Locks/Ingersoll Rand, Premium Standard Farms).  Bachelor of Business Administration & Religion; U.S. Marine Corps veteran.  Musical talents include jazz trombonist and church vocalist.



Dan Foster, LCSW, MSW

Director of Programs/Admissions

Dan has worked as a social services professional with children and families since the late 1980s in agencies providing mental health services as well as out-of-home care.  Thematic to Dan’s work is purposeful belief that even the most difficult children and families have strengths that are often underappreciated and/or hard to harness, doing so requires a wide lens and the flexibility to think in nontraditional ways.

Professional positions for Dan have included:  Child Welfare Supervisor for Dakota Central Social Services, Program Director for Adult and Child/Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Services at North Dakota’s State Hospital; Child and Family Therapist for Manchester Residential Treatment Center in Bismarck; Clinical Social Work Supervisor for Casey Family Programs (ND); Therapist, Children’s Mental Health Day Treatment Program, Catholic Family and Child Services in Yakima, WA; Cross Roads Alternative High School Counselor in Yakima and Program Coordinator for the Connections Independent Living Skills Program (Children’s Home Society of Washington); and, as Youth Counselor for Epic, a youth crisis residential center in Yakima, WA.  His professional certifications include:  Adolescent/Child Mental Health Specialist, Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI), Response Abilities Pathways (RAP), Developmental Audit Certification, and ND Child Welfare Certification.  Dan earned a Master of Social Work from Eastern Washington State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (Human Services Concentration) from Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia.


Rhonda Styles-Rohde

Director of Marketing and Communications; CPI Certified Instructor

Over 25 years experience in leadership and management.  A long history of volunteering helping to make our community a better place to live.  Bachelor of Management with a Minor in Psychology from Minot State University.  She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) , the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) and the North Dakota Economic Security and Prosperity Allance (NDESPA).  Rhonda serves as the President and active member of the Bisman Stiletto volunteer organization. 



Krislyn Thompson

Director of Business Affairs

Over 25 years of experience working in the accounting field, Krislyn came to Charles Hall directly from the Council of Abused Women's Services (CAWS).  She also worked for the North Dakota Department of Commerce and the North Dakota Water Commission.  She holds accounting degrees from Bismarck State College and Moorhead State University.



Tomi Cimarosti

Director of Residential Services

Tomi began work with Charles Hall in 2005. She began as a youth coach.  She  served as academic liaison in Case Home and was promoted to house manager in 2010.  Tomi was the manager of Good Bird's co-ed, then all boy home in 2012.  She served as the Interim Director of Residential Services for three months before moving to the Director positon in July 2014. Tomi holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Minor is Psychology through Minot State University. She is an enrolled member of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.  She has a photography business and has donated services to CHYS senior residents during graduation. 




Lynette Hendrickson, M.Ed.

Coordinator, Independent Life Skills and Mentor Program

Lynette joined Charles Hall Youth Services in June 2015.  In addition to assisting youth with independent living skills, Lynette is responsible for recruiting and training mentors to work with CHYS residents.  Lynette has previously taught parent education classes for 12 years through the NDSU Extension Service/Region VII Parenting Resource Center.  She also has been employed with the Dept. of Public Instruction (race/gender equity, education of homeless youth/adults, and family literacy programs), Job Service North Dakota, and Dacotah Foundation/Children’s Services Coalition.  Lynette holds a B.S. degree from NDSU, and a M.Ed. from Montana State University, Bozeman.



Erna Crouse, LSW

Social Worker

Erna Crouse started at CHYS in May 2017 as a residential coach. She then did her social work internship with CHYS in the fall of 2017 and graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work from Minot State University in December 2017. Erna has prior experience working in customer service and management and feels that working with people and learning about their stories taught her empathy and awareness that life is full of challenges.


Jamie Anderson, LSW

 Social Worker

Jamie Anderson joined CHYS in August 2015. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Minot State University in social work. She worked and managed a retail store for 4 years, which she says has given her good insight into working with teenagers.



Heather Pfaff, RN, AAS

Registered Nurse

Heather is a Registered Nurse of 10 years, who joined Charles Hall Youth Services in May 2016. She graduated Bismarck State College with an Associates in Applied Science through the Dakota Nursing Program. She is also certified to teach CPR/AED & 1st Aid classes. Heather has experience working with children of all ages and has always wanted to help kids. She is married with four kids, enjoys photography and being a cheerleading coach.



Amie Burtness

Accounting Clerk


Kimberly Steffen

Executive Assistant

More than two decades of experience in office management and administration.  Associate Degree in Applied Science, Information Processing.  Loves helping people from all walks of life! 


Contract Faculty

Julijana Nevland, PhD, LP

Dr. Julijana Nevland is a Licensed Psychologist, Assistant Professor, and Chair of the Graduate Counseling Program, at the University of Mary.  She received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Dakota in 2013.  Dr. Nevland completed her pre-doctoral internship with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where she received specialized training in neuropsychological and forensic assessment, suicide prevention, chemical dependence, dual diagnosis, and behavior management. She has worked in various clinical settings, to include state and federal prisons, veteran administration (VA) hospital, community mental health agency, and is currently in private practice with Chambers and Blohm Psychological Services (Bismarck, ND).  Dr. Nevland and specializes in the treatment of mood disorders (anxiety, depression, PTSD), suicide prevention, and conflict resolution.  She has presented original research and symposia at regional and national conferences, including the American Psychological Association conference, Society for the Teaching of Psychology conference, and National Multicultural Conference and Summit, among others.  Dr. Nevland is a member of numerous professional organizations and boards including: North Dakota Board of Addiction Counseling Examiners, North Dakota Coalition of Clinical Training Consortiums, and North Dakota Association of Counselor Educator Supervisors, among others.  She is also an active member of the University of Mary community and serves on several committees, including Program Reviews Committee, Institutional Review Board (IRB), Faculty Council, and Emerging Leaders Academy.  She has special interest in public consulting/training on the topics of mental health awareness, workplace conflict resolution, enhancing employee motivation, and decreasing counterproductive employee behaviors.



Dr. Leslie Dunn has been associated with the Teel Institute (Kansas City) for over two decades. She has been a national advocate for character education through public speaking, publication of books and articles, and consultation with numerous organizations, schools, and institutions of higher education. Dunn was previously with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she served as Director of the Research and Development, Strategic Planning, and Training departments before leaving the Kauffman Foundation to start the Teel Institute to continue the work on The ESSENTIAL Curriculum © by forming a freestanding non-profit organization in the Greater Kansas City area. Dunn earned her bachelor’s degree at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and holds both master’s and doctoral degrees in Research Psychology from the University of Kansas.

Tami De Coteau, Ph.D., Clinical Consultant

Dr. Tami DeCoteau, a clinical psychologist, joins Charles Hall Youth Services as clinical services consultant.  De Coteau has over a decade of experience in advanced clinical work, research, and program development related to mental health with families and individuals of all ages. She has extensive experience in working with Native American populations, children, and veterans and has published widely in her field of clinical psychology and trauma-informed practice. She, too, is recognized nationally for the development and implementation of graduate-level internship programming and clinical supervision. De Coteau holds graduate degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (PhD, 2003) (MA, 2000) and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of North Dakota (1998). Currently, De Coteau is in private practice in Bismarck.