Board of Directors

Cheri Matthews – Board President


Cheri Matthews, received a B.S. in Teaching Prekindergarten-Kindergarten Children and Early Childhood Special Education from Iowa State University in May 1994, and a M.S. in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Wayne State College in May 2009.

She is currently employed as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher and Coordinator with Educational Service Unit #1.  Her job duties include providing special education services to children (birth through Preschool) and their families as well as being the supervisor for the Early Development Network.

Angela Abts

IMG_7627 (1)Angela Abts, received a B.S. in Human Resources and Family Sciences with a major in secondary education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in May 1998, and a M.S. in Youth Development  from the Kansas State University in May 2006.

She is currently employed as an Extension Educator with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Dakota County.  Her job roles as an educator are to develop, implement, and evaluate research-based youth development educational programs (i.e. school enrichment, after-school/out-of-school programs, etc.) for the county, district, and state.

Angela has also worked as an Extension Agent with K-State Research and Extension in Pottawatomie and Sheridan counties and taught at the Ponca Public Schools as a Family and Consumer Science teacher.

Marian Burnett

Marian Burnett PicMarian graduated from Loras College with a degree in Sociology and a LBSW.

She has been working at the Crittenton Center for the past 38 years.  Marian is dedicated to helping families in need in all communities.  Marian believes that  Dakota County Connections is a great way to assist our neighbors in whatever their needs are because we are working together as a strong collaborative team.

Kevin Rohde

Kevin W. Rohde is a Dakota County Deputy Sheriff. He has been employed with the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office since 1999. He worked as a Correctional Officer prior to becoming a Deputy Sheriff. His job duties include: warrant service, investigations, special services security, DUI enforcement and road patrol. Kevin is a member of the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office/South Sioux City Police Department Special Response Team.

Todd Strom

Todd Strom is the Superintendent of South Sioux City Schools and a South Sioux City Resident. He has been married for 27 years to his lovely wife, Jill Strom. They have 2 children, Elijah and Hannah. Both are attending South Sioux City High School. Todd has been in the education profession for 28 years serving as a teacher, coach, principal, assistant superintendent and now superintendent. He is passionate about serving others, education, and community. His hobbies include attending school activities, fishing, hunting and spending time with family.



*Meetings are the second Thursday of every month 9-10 am at the Cardinal Conference Center in South Sioux City, 4401 Dakota Ave.

*Click on the date below to view Dakota County Connections’ monthly meeting minutes.

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