Meet our Leadership Team
President & CEO
Reier Thompson has been President and CEO of Missouri Slope 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.
Vice President & CFO
Stacy Hokanson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Upper Iowa University and a Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Accounting from Upper Iowa University. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in North Dakota. She has worked in the accounting field for over twenty years and began her career with Missouri Slope in 2015 as the Finance Director and became Vice President and CFO in 2022. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
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 Missouri Slope 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.
Vice President of Ancillary Services
Jayne Hovland has been at Missouri Slope 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).
Director of Maintenance
Ryan Bailey has been with Missouri Slope since 1979. Ryan is a member of the North Dakota Environmental Services Association (NDESA).
Director of Environmental Services
Vicki Butler has been at Missouri Slope since 1982. She started in the Nutritional Services Department before transitioning to the Laundry Department, where she worked until 1994, when she became the Director of Environmental Services. Vicki is a Member of CenDak Safety Association and North Dakota Environmental Services Association.
Director of Information Technology
Ben Crawford has been with Missouri Slope since 2011. He is a Microsoft Certified IT Professional and holds multiple other IT certifications. Ben has 20 years of experience in IT with a variety of systems.
Director of Assisted Living
Kaitlyn Green has more than 10 years of experience working in the social work field, primarily in the healthcare and long term care settings. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from the University of North Dakota. Kaitlyn began as a social worker at Missouri Slope in 2012, transitioned to the Director of Social Services in 2013 and to the Director of Assisted Living in 2017.
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) since 1984. 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).
Catherine (Cathy) Anhalt joined the Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center Foundation in 2021. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northern State University. She has worked primarily in the nonprofit sector in marketing, development, and administration. She also worked for the American Cancer Society, Medcenter One and St. Gabriel’s Community Foundations, and most recently was employed in Business Development for Sanford Home Care and Hospice.
Director of HCBS
Gwen Beckler holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Jamestown and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership from the University of Mary. In 2015, she began a career in senior care focusing on sales and marketing and later grew into a role as the Executive Director for an Assisted Living Community. With over 20 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, and development, she joined Missouri Slope in 2022 to lead the launch and development of Missouri Slope at Home.