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Who We Are

Board of Directors

Foundation Board of Directors

Ronald Yockey (President)
Marilyn Hagberg (Vice-President)
Cindy Hagen (Secretary)
Jennifer Jackson (Treasurer)
Ken Beaulieu
Don Claeys
Nick Hegarty
Ginny Peterson (Honorary Life Director)
Kermit Dahlen 
Ben Nesselhuf (Executive Director, Jackson Recovery Centers Foundation)

Executive Leadership

  • Kermit Dahlen
    Kermit Dahlen

    Kermit Dahlen has been CEO of Jackson Recovery for more than 35 years, and has worked in the addiction field for 40 years. Dahlen’s extensive history in the addiction field includes member and past Chairperson for the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, founder and former chairman of the Chemical Dependency Treatment Providers of Iowa, founder and former chair of the National Adolescent Treatment Consortium, long-term member and former chair of the Iowa Substance Abuse Directors Association, and current executive committee member of the Iowa Behavioral Health Association. Dahlen has testified on behalf of the addiction field both nationally and in Iowa to committees of both houses and special study committees. He has presented workshops on both a state and local level on addiction program leadership, addiction treatment processes, and many addiction related topics. Dahlen has also served as a mentor for a number of young leaders in the field of addiction as part of the Addiction Transfer Technology Center.

  • Julie Enockson
    Julie Enockson

    Julie Enockson is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Jackson Recovery Centers. Julie has more than 20 years of experience in financial management. She received her MBA with a specialization in Finance from Bellevue University, and attained her undergraduate degree in Accounting from Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, IA. She is also a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

  • Ben Nesselhuf
    Ben Nesselhuf

    Ben Nesselhuf is the Vice President and Chief Development Officer as well as the Executive Director of the Jackson Recovery Centers' Foundation. Before coming to Jackson, Ben spent 18 years in politics working on campaigns at every level from Presidential to local office. Ben also served in the South Dakota Legislature for 10 years and served as the Chairman of the South Dakota Democratic Party. He is a Vermillion, South Dakota native and a graduate from the University of South Dakota. Ben has also received his Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Nebraska Omaha and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

  • David Paulsrud, M.D.
    David Paulsrud, M.D.

    David Paulsrud, M.D., is the Medical Director at Jackson Recovery Centers. He has over 50 years of medical experience, and has been with Jackson Recovery Centers for 30 years. Prior to his work at Jackson Recovery, Dr. Paulsrud served as an orthopedic surgeon in Sioux City, and served as a doctor in the Army for 11 years, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel. Dr. Paulsrud has been honored with several local awards including, Sertoma Service of Mankind Award, AID Center Distinguished Community Leadership Award, and Morningside College Honorary Doctorate in Community Service. He also served on the Sioux City City Council from 1987-1992. Dr. Paulsrud received his medical degree from the University of Iowa.

  • Dr. Richard Brown
    Dr. Richard Brown

    Dr. Richard Brown is the Medical Director for Child and Adolescent Services. He has over 32 years of experience in Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Brown completed his undergraduate program at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. He went on to Medical School at Loma Linda University in California and received his M.D. He completed his Psychiatry training and residency in Psychiatry at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. Dr. Brown is affiliated with the National Medical Association, the Woodbury County Medical Society, the AMA, and the APA.

  • Rachel Wurth, MSN, ARNP FNP-BC
    Rachel Wurth, MSN, ARNP FNP-BC

    Rachel Wurth, MSN, ARNP FNP-BC, is the Assistant Medical Director at Jackson Recovery Centers. She has provided medical services for Jackson since 2011- initially through the Siouxland Community Health Center and now as a member of Jackson’s medical provider team. Rachel received her Nursing diploma degree from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Sioux City in 1993. She earned both her Bachelor’s (’08) and Master’s (“11) of nursing science from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. Rachel is a certified family nurse practitioner through the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center). Rachel is a member of the Iowa Nurse Practitioner Society, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Rachel has worked most of her professional career serving women, children and families.