Dani Beaubien is a sports enthusiast and enjoys supporting her favorite sports teams, the New York Jets and the Tennessee Lady Volunteers. Originally from Garretson, SD, Dani graduated from Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a specialization in Middle School, and minors in Physical Education and Computer Science. She has worked her entire adulthood with children and adults with disabilities. Dani has a laid-back personality and likes to keep the atmosphere light--she doesn't get overwhelmed easily. When not at work, she enjoys playing and watching sports, spending time with family, and traveling.
Heidi Valer grew up in Huron, SD and graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and a minor in Music. She started working at Advance in Brookings, SD in 2003 and discovered a new passion for working with people with disabilities. She moved to Sioux Falls in 2006 and began working at LifeScape. She has worked in various capacities at Advance and LifeScape, including providing direct care to adults in their home and day programs, assisting people with finding and maintaining community employment, supervising two residential group homes, and providing Service Coordination. She has been a Family Support 360 Coordinator since 2015. Heidi enjoys building positive relationships with the individuals and families served by the Family Support program and empowering each person to direct their service needs. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking with her dogs, and camping.
Shannon Jones is the mother of two adult daughters, Haley and Linsey, and has been married for around 30 years to her husband Randy. She graduated from South Dakota State University in Brookings with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development, with minors in Psychology and Sociology. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Human Development with a concentration in Family Services--also from SDSU. Since January 2006 Shannon has worked for LifeScape. Prior to working as a Family Support Coordinator, she worked as a Service Coordinator at both LifeScape and Advance in Brookings. Shannon says the best part of her job is seeing others grow and succeed. Outside of work, Shannon enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, watching various sporting events, and traveling.
Travis Gallipo spent his childhood on various Naval bases up and down the West and East Coasts. When his father retired, the family moved to Aberdeen, SD, where his parents were raised. Travis started his career supporting people with disabilities in the late ’90s in Aberdeen, SD at what is now called Aspire. He supported adults with disabilities in their own apartments and provided guidance and training at their jobs. He started at LifeScape (then called Sioux Vocational Services and later SD Achieve) when he and his wife moved to Sioux Falls in 2000. He began as a Direct Support Professional and later as a Lead Support Professional, supporting adults in various community-based jobs and in the day service program. He was promoted to Coordinator of Support Services and began managing two residential locations that supported 20 adults with various disabilities and mental health conditions. Travis was in that position for 11 years. In the summer of 2017, he began working as a Family Support Coordinator. In his leisure time, he enjoys hiking, photography, traveling, baseball, soccer, and spending as much time as possible with his family.
Ramie Carder has spent the past ten years of her career advocating for people, a passion that she discovered at a young age. Ramie began foster care at the age of 21 and finds it a privilege to support and encourage people in need. Ramie started off as a Supported Living Advocate in her hometown of Madison, SD – assisting people to live independently. She then became a Guardian Representative to many individuals throughout the state of South Dakota – advocating for and helping people however needed. Ramie joined LifeScape in 2014 and worked in a variety of positions until recently starting her role as Family Support Coordinator. The best part of working at LifeScape for her is joining in celebrating peoples’ successes – both large and small. In the summer, you’re most likely to find Ramie at the softball field coaching her daughter’s team. She enjoys watching her kids’ sporting events, spending time with family and friends, cooking, and reading.