Our Wonderful Staff

Jen Red Bear

 Jen Red Bear 

Executive Director 

Phone:   605-718-1930 

Email:     jen@wril.org 

  Jen Red Bear is the Executive Director of Western Resources for  Independent Living.  Jen has worked for Western Resources for  Independent Living for a combined 4 years, she was the Independent  Living Specialist in Pierre before she was promoted to the Adult Day  Manager in Rapid City.  Jen worked as a Direct Care Counselor and The  Little Girls Wing Supervisor for The Pierre Indian Learning Center for a  combined 8 years in Pierre, SD.  Jen has 19 years of experience working  with youth, elderly and people with disabilities in general.

Jen  graduated from Cheyenne River Community College/Northern State  University in May 1997 with an Associate Degree in Social Services.
 

Codi Erickson

Codi Erickson 

Finance Manager
Phone:   605-718-1930 

Email: financemanager@wril.org
Hello, my name is Codi and I have lived in Rapid City my entire life. After working in the accounting field for 10 years, I have obtained my Bachelor's Degree and am currently working on my Masters'. My family, extended family and I love spending time together outdoors with our horses and competing in rodeos. I am excited to be working for WRIL and assisting them be the best company we can be!



Kelan Timm

 Kelan Timm 

Administrative Assistant 

Phone:   605-718-1930 

Email:     kelan@wril.org 

 My name is Kelan Timm, I was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. I graduated from Central High School class of 2014. I like to watch  football specifically the Broncos, Vikings, and Notre Dame. I  also enjoy spending time with my wife and son, pro wrestling,  friends, and the great outdoors. I started with Western Resources as part of youth  transitions about 6 years ago, I love my job!  

Destinie Harford

 

Destinie Harford 

Administrative Assistant- Rapid City 

Phone:   605-718-1930 

Email:     destinie@wril.org 

 Destinie was born and raised East River in a small town of 300 people. She has been living in Rapid City since December 2015 and has  been with WRIL since July 2017.  Destinie has worked in the health care  profession off and on for 16 years.  Her family consists of son, 2 dogs, and her boyfriend. When not working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, being  outdoors, watching movies, reading and introducing all genres of music  to her son.
 

Lou Straub

 Lou Straub 

Independent Living Specialist-Rapid City 

Phone:   605-718-1930 

Email:     lou@wril.org   

Louetta Straub, aka “Lou”, likes her working career to revolve around assisting people of all ages and disabilities on their path to lifelong independence which is why she works at Western Resources for Independent Living as an Independent Living Specialist. It is her vision for people who need assistance, and for those people who can assist, to master the challenge.

Lou grew up in the eastern part of Montana (where she felt she never quite fit in), then graduated from the University of Dickinson State taking up teaching as a career after majoring in Education. 

Once moving to Rapid City, SD, (where she finally started to feel like she fit in) her “living life to the fullest” revolves around friends, family, plus spiritually guiding her two treasured, young grandsons.


Tina Meyer

 Tina Meyer 

Independent Living Specialist-Rapid City 

Phone:   605-718-1930 

Email:     tina@wril.org 

Tina has been an employee of Western Resources for Independent Living  since September 2015. She has two daughters and three granddaughters.   In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends,  hiking with her three dogs, geocaching, and volunteering.
 

Linda Williams

 Linda Williams 

Independent Living Specialist-Spearfish 

Phone:   605-718-1930 

Email:     linda@wril.org 

Linda has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Black Hills State  University with a double major in Education/Special Education and a  minor in Psychology.  She has 30 plus years of experience assisting  people with all disabilities in achieving their dreams.  Linda has  served on many state committees working towards quality of life and  improvement of services for people with disabilities.  She received the  Simply the Best Award from the Association of Community Based Services  in 1997.  Linda's background includes Person Centered Thinking and  Behavior Intervention Strategies.  She specializes in Social Security  disability claims in her current role at WRIL.  Linda lives in  Spearfish, is married, has 2 daughters, and 7 grandchildren.
 

Candy Hackett

Independent Living Specialist-Pierre

Phone: 605-718-1930

Email: candy@wril.org


Bio coming soon!