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Family Services Department

Our Staff

Kelli Whartman, BSW, LSW
Family Services Department Head

Kelli is a Licensed Social Worker who has worked to help heal children and families who have experienced trauma, mental health issues, and behavioral issues. She has a background working in residential treatment, serving children and families. Kelli believes that families are the foundation of our culture and she is excited to help build strong families through the adoption and pregnancy services through Catholic Social Services.

Kelli enjoys learning about holistic interventions and serving families in the rural environment. Kelli grew up on a ranch in Western South Dakota. She loves spending time with her family and enjoys camping, kayaking, hiking, and enjoying the scenery in the Badlands and Black Hills.

Nora Boesem, MSW, CSW, QMHP
Family Services Supervisor

Nora is a clinical social worker who has worked in the child welfare arena for the last 17 years in many different roles, most notably with clients diagnosed with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder).

She brings to CSS her personal experience of parenting more than 150 foster children, as well as the 12 adopted children (yes, 12!) she is raising with her husband, Randy, on their ranch near Newell. All of their children are affected by FASD. She is a nationally recognized speaker on FASD and has won multiple awards for her work in the field.