LifeScape CEO Announces Retirement After Forty Years in Disability Services

January 24, 2018


 Anne Rieck McFarland, President/CEO of Lifescape, has announced that after 30 years at LifeScape and 40+ years in the human services profession, it is the right time for her--and she believes for the organization--for her to close this chapter in her life.  She will be retiring on or before January 2019. 

“We greatly appreciate Anne’s excellent leadership and dedication to the patients, students, children, adults, and their families who have been served by Lifescape over the years,” said Gayle Ver Hey, Chair of LifeScape’s Governing Board of Directors.  “She has built a strong team and together they have provided the right support which has helped hundreds of people with disabilities gain independence and enjoy productive lives.  The organization has accomplished much over the years and we attribute our growth and excellent programs to her vision and leadership.”

Ms. Rieck McFarland started her career right out of college as a direct support staff.  In 1987 she joined the team at Sioux Vocational Services.  In 1995 she became the CEO of Sioux Vocational Services which later became South Dakota Achieve and finally was named CEO of LifeScape in 2014 when Children’s Care Hospital and School and South Dakota Achieve affiliated and became Lifescape. 

LifeScape is a very unique and successful statewide organization serving over 3,300 patients, students, children, adults and families across the region.  Lifescape is one of the top 10 employers in Sioux Falls employing 1,200 employees with 40 locations in Sioux Falls, and outpatient centers in Rapid City, SD and Sioux City, IA.  The Board will look for a leader who will appreciate working with their current team of Senior Leaders and Staff, who will continue the organization’s progress and take on the initiatives identified in its strategic plan.

The LifeScape Governing Board of Directors will be doing a regional/national search and expects to post the position in early March 2018.  Once the new CEO is selected the board and Ms. Rieck McFarland will work together to allow for a graceful transition.

The Board emphasizes they are not putting anything on hold while transitioning to a new leader.  Ms. Rieck McFarland and her entire team will continue to focus on making progress toward the organization’s priorities.    

Lifescape empowers children and adults with disabilities to lead fulfilling lives.  It has the distinction of holding the longest standing national accreditation with the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) of any agency supporting people with disabilities, in the nation (35 years).  It is the only private, children’s Intermediate Care Facility and Specialty School in South Dakota.

Ms. Rieck McFarland shared “I have loved working with a wonderful team of people and serving such an important mission.  I am grateful to have been able to touch the lives of so many people who needed our support.”

For more information contact, Gayle Ver Hey, Chairperson of Lifescape Board of Directors, at (605) 940-3758.