Meet Our Team

The Compass Center has a growing team of experts ready to give trauma informed care to survivors of sexual and domestic violence. They work relentlessly to break the cycle of violence through community education and by working directly with batterers.

Executive Director

Michelle Trent, MS, NCC, LPC-MH

Michelle Trent joined the Compass Center in January 2014 as a Counselor/Advocate. She added the title of Clinical Director in 2018, and was named Executive Director in 2020. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Science degree in Counseling from South Dakota State University. Michelle serves as an individual counselor as well as an advocate on the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). Michelle heads the educational efforts of the agency and recently developed "It's Our Business," a free training available to local businesses. Her past experience includes working with families and children in home-based counseling, providing case management to children with developmental disabilities and their families and providing case management to adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

michelle@thecompasscenter.org
Chief Development Officer

Jason Lemke, M.S.Ed, CFRE

Jason Lemke joined The Compass Center in October of 2017 as the Development Director after more than 22 years serving the South Dakota Board of Regents in various capacities, most recently as Development Coordinator for the South Dakota Area Health Education Center at the USD Sanford School of Medicine. In 2020 he moved into the role of Chief Development Officer. He holds a B.A. in Community Services and an M.S.Ed. in Leadership & Administration/Guidance & Counseling, both from Northern State University. Jason served as the 2017 president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals South Dakota Chapter and has presented at the Grant Professionals Association National Conference, the COABE National Conference, and the Mid-America Conference on Fundraising.

jason@thecompasscenter.org
Counselor

Maranda Ehrenfried, MA, LPC, IoWA-PCIT trained

Maranda Ehrenfried joined The Compass Center in April 2019 as a Counselor. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota and her Masters of Arts in Professional Psychology from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Maranda has previous experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Before joining The Compass Center she worked at an Adolescent Day Treatment center in the Twin Cities conducting individual, group, and family therapy. Maranda is motivated to walk with others through their hardest times, helping them find their own strength and empowering them to find joy in life.

maranda@thecompasscenter.org
Clinical Coordinator/Registered Play Therapist

Briana Halse, MA, LPC, RPT

Briana Halse joined The Compass Center in September 2018 as a Counselor. In 2020 she added the title of Clinical Coordinator as well. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, and her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Sioux Falls Seminary. She specializes in working with children and young adults, and she is a Registered Play Therapist. Prior to joining The Compass Center, Briana worked at Lutheran Social Services as a clinical therapist in their psychiatric residential treatment facility, providing treatment for youth who have significant mental health, emotional, and behavioral issues. In addition, Briana has led support groups for women who experienced abuse, as well as led therapeutic groups for children/adolescents to learn about healthy relationships and appropriate boundaries. Briana feels it is important to help survivors of abuse understand that their worth is not determined by their experiences and has a passion to empower the survivors she sees.

Briana@thecompasscenter.org
Receptionist

Terese Hammerstrom, BA

Terese joined The Compass Center in September 2018 as our receptionist. She brings many years of working experience with her, the most recent being in the healthcare field. She has an affinity for HGTV, painting, and refurbishing furniture.

Terese@thecompasscenter.org
Counselor

Michele Johnson, RN, MA, LPC, CCTP

​Michele Johnson joined The Compass Center in September 2017 as a counselor. Michele received her Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD in 1987. Her Master of Arts degree in counseling is from Sioux Falls Seminary. Shelly spent 30 years in various nursing positions, from staff nurse to case nurse manager. She is motivated by compassion for her clients and wants to assist them in discovering their strengths and goals.

shelly@thecompasscenter.org
Advocacy Coordinator

Sara Krekelberg, SWA, CA

Sara Krekelberg joined The Compass Center in June 2014 as a Victim Advocate. In 2020 she moved into the role of Advocacy Coordinator. She received her Bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Sociology in 2012. Her past experience includes working with at risk children and families. Sara enjoys being involved in many volunteer organizations and is committed in helping those in need through victim advocacy.

sara@thecompasscenter.org
Counselor

Kelsey Kruse, MA, LPC, CCTP, IoWA-PCIT trained

Kelsey Kruse joined The Compass Center in January 2016 as a Counselor. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. Her Master's degree in counseling is from Sioux Falls Seminary. She spent several years in social work positions, including being a child and family advocate for the Iowa Department of Human Services. She enjoys the challenges that come with working with teen populations and plans to one day become more involved with play therapy.

kelsey@thecompasscenter.org
Office Coordinator

Nicole Olvera

Nicole Olvera joined The Compass Center in October 2017 as the Office Coordinator. Nicole came to The Compass Center with 11 years of experience at a large corporation, holding various administrative and operations positions. She is passionate about art, mental health, and building relationships with every client who walks through our door.

nicole@thecompasscenter.org
Victim Advocate and Disability Liaison

Rashel Olesen, BSW

rashel@thecompasscenter.org