Emily’s Hope Board of Directors
Angela Kennecke is the founder and president of Emily’s Hope. Angela named the non-profit after her daughter Emily, who died of fentanyl poisoning in May of 2018. Angela is committed to stopping the stigma through education and awareness. Angela travels across the country telling Emily’s story and informing people on the opioid epidemic. She also is active in fundraising for Emily’s Hope and helps plan and coordinate all of the signature events. Angela is a broadcast journalist, with 30 years experience as an anchor and investigative reporter for KELOLAND Media Group. She is also the author of the book, The Day His Heart Stopped Crying. Angela is a volunteer for the Addiction Policy Forum, Children’s Miracle Network and many other causes. She also writes a blog and produces a podcast called Grieving Out Loud.
Jeff Rink is the treasurer of Emily’s Hope. As Emily’s stepfather, Jeff helped his wife Angela, form the non-profit corporation. Jeff has assisted in organizing fundraising events and takes care of the day-to-day operations of Emily’s Hope, including the finances. Jeff had a career in marketing and retail spanning 30 years. Jeff is currently a real estate broker associate, father and active volunteer with the school mentor program, youth hockey and his church. He participates in many fundraisers and events for community organizations.
Beth Jensen is secretary of Emily’s Hope. She helped Angela form the non-profit and secure the backing of KELOLAND Media Group for the cause. Beth was named KELOLAND News Director in 2008. She has produced stories, newscasts and specials that have received national Edward R. Murrow awards, regional Emmys and recognition from the South Dakota Associated Press.
She is Sioux Falls native and graduate of Boston University where she studied broadcast journalism and political science. Beth serves as an EmBe Women’s Leadership Mentor, on the Washington Pavilion Board of Trustees, Levitt At The Falls Board of Directors and Sioux Falls Thrive Board of Directors.
Dr. Matthew Stanley
Dr. Matthew Stanley is a member of the Emily’s Hope Board of Directors. Dr. Stanley is the Vice President of Avera Behavioral Health and the Medical Director of the Avera Addiction Care Center. Dr. Stanley is certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He graduated in 1991 from the University of Osteopathic Medicine & Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA, Medical School. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Western Missouri Mental Health Center in Kansas City and his fellowship at University of South Dakota School of Medicine, Vermillion, Dr. Stanley often serves as the medical expert on panels discussing the opioid crisis with Angela Kennecke.
Joseph Wiltse is a member of the Emily’s Hope Board of Directors. Joseph is an attorney who has been instrumental in the formation of our non-profit organization. Joseph practices law in the areas of corporate and business law, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate. He has represented clients in activities such as acquisitions and dispositions of businesses, mergers, entity formation, private securities offerings, financing transactions, real estate acquisitions and dispositions, employment matters, and issues relating to corporate governance. He is a member of the South Dakota State Bar Association and the Second Judicial Bar Association. Joseph also served as Vice President for the Board of Directors for the Sioux Empire Community Theatre.
Jim Entenman is a member of the Emily’s Hope Board of Directors and is one of the people behind the success of the Emily’s Hope Poker Run. Jim is a lifelong resident of the Sioux Falls area. For the past 44 years, Jim has owned and operated J & L Harley-Davidson in Sioux Falls, SD, Glacial Lakes Harley-Davidson in Watertown, SD, and Harley-Davidson of Fargo in Fargo, ND.
Jim has served on the Sioux Falls City Council and has been an active member of the community. His leadership on the Build It Now Committee was instrumental in bringing the Denny Sanford Premier Center to Sioux Falls. Jim’s philanthropic efforts have touched the lives of many in our community. The loss of his brother motivated Jim to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Entenman Family created the event, Hot Harley Nights, and have raised over $3 million for Make-A-Wish of South Dakota. Jim has been an active board member of the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau, Make-A-Wish South Dakota, the Sioux Falls Sports Authority, Sanford Board of Trustees, the Sioux Empire Red Cross Development Board, the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board and the South Dakota Auto Dealers Board.