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Meet our Leadership Team

Reier Thompson

Reier Thompson

President & CEO

Reier Thompson has been President and CEO of Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center since 2013. Reier holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Mary, and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Mary. Reier is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA) in North Dakota and a Health Services Executive (HSE). He is a member of the American College of Health Care Administrators, North Dakota Long Term Care Association (NDLTCA), Bismarck Kiwanis Club, and the Bismarck/Mandan Young Professionals Network.

LeAnn Hokanson

LeAnn Hokanson

Vice President of Resident Services

LeAnn Hokanson holds a Bachelor's degree in Nursing and Master's degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Mary. She worked as a staff RN and then in a leadership role in an acute care hospital on a medical/oncology unit for 15 years prior to beginning her career in long term care at MSLCC in 2016. She is board certified in geriatrics and is a member of the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration (NADONA), including long-term care's North Dakota chapter.

Jessica Gilbertson

Jessica Gilbertson

Foundation Director

Jessica Gilbertson has more than 10 years of experience working in the fundraising and nonprofit sector. She holds a Bachelor's degree from North Dakota State University and a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of North Dakota. She began her role at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center in 2015. Gilbertson is a member of the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE).

Larry Giese

Larry Giese

Director of Pastoral Care

Pastor Larry Giese has been at Missouri Slope since 2016. He has been an ordained pastor with the American Lutheran Church (ALC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) for 33 years. He holds a Master of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts from St. Mary's University. Pastor Larry has a Certificate of Endorsement for Specialized Pastoral Care and Clinical Education and an ELCA Endorsement. He is a member of the ND Chaplain's Association and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Ryan Bailey

Ryan Bailey

Director of Maintenance

Ryan Bailey has been with Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center since 1979. Ryan is a member of the North Dakota Environmental Services Association (NDESA).

Vicki Butler

Vicki Butler

Jayne Hovland

Jayne Hovland

Director of Nutritional Services

Jayne Hovland has been at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center since 1995. Jayne holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and has more than 35 years of experience working in long-term care, including two years as a state surveyor. Jayne is registered through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (Registered Dietician), and licensed in North Dakota (Licensed Regsitered Dietician).

Mellisa Nordsven

Mellisa Nordsven

Director of Human Resources

Mellissa Nordsven holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources and Organizational Leadership, and is Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certified. With over 8 years of experience in human resources in a nonprofit healthcare setting, she joined the leadership team at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center in 2017. She holds membership in both the Society for Human Resource Management as well as the Central Dakota Human Resource Association.