Staff

Office Staff

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Kelly Arntzen
Administrative Assistant

My name is Kelly Arntzen. I am the Administrative Assistant at WRSS. I have been here almost a year and enjoy working here. My hobbies are walking my dog Keiko, hiking with my husband in the badlands, reading, and an occasional Netflix binge!

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Heather Meek
Business Manager

Hi! My name is Heather Meek, and I’m in my 10th year as the Business Manager here at West River Student Services. I graduated from Dickinson State University in 2002…Go Blue Hawks! Much of my free time is spent with my husband, two sons, daughter and our puppy. When I am not busy with work and family, I also enjoy baking, and spending time with friends.

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Melissa Uetz
Director

Hello! I am so excited to join West River Student Services as the director! I’m originally from Fargo and have spent the last decade teaching special education in the West Fargo and Northern Cass school districts. My family consists of my husband, Erik, and our sons, Harris (12) and Cullen (6). I hold Masters degrees from UND as a Special Education Strategist and from the University of Mary in Strategic Leadership. Currently, I am finishing my Doctor of Education in K-12 Leadership and Administration at Bethel University. In my free time, I love to travel, read, and spend as much time as possible with my family.

Service Providers

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Jessica Buckman
Speech Language Pathologist

I was born and raised in southwest North Dakota and currently live on my grandparent’s homestead with my husband and two children. I graduated from Minot State University with my master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. I began working for West River Student Services soon after graduation and have served many schools in the past five years including Belfield, Prairie, Medora, Scranton, New England, and Killdeer. Outside of work I enjoy horseback riding, camping/boating, and decorating cakes!

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Corinne Chruszch
Preschool Coordinator

Corinne Chruszch, was born and raised in SW ND and attended grade school in Billings Co and High School in Belfield. She attended Dickinson State University obtaining a degree in Elementary Education. Corinne worked at the Belfield School for several years as a paraeducator in the special education room and taught elementary education there for 4 years. Corinne begin working for West River Student Services in 2005 as the Early Childhood Specialist and preschool coordinator. Corinne has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Minot State University and a Masters Credential in Autism from the University of North Dakota. She continues to live in Belfield with her husband and 3 children.

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Emily Dukart
Occupational Therapist

Hello my name is Emily Dukart. I am the occupational therapist at West River Student Services. I was born and raised here in Dickinson. I graduated from Dickinson High School in 2013. After that I attended college at the University of Mary in Bismarck where I graduated with my Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in December of 2018. Following graduation, I moved back to Dickinson to be closer to family and began working at West River. I have a strong passion for working with children and students of all ages. My love for occupational therapy comes from working with students and teachers to help children master skills and succeed in all areas of their educational environment. It is a great joy to me to see a student become independent and grow in activities that are important to them, their families, and teachers.

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Maria Fairfield
Speech Language Pathologist

This is my 2nd year as an SLP. I graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2018. I’m originally from Ironwood, MI, which is in the Upper Peninsula. I live in New England with my boyfriend and adopted cat, Spook. I enjoy the outdoors! Hiking, fishing, camping, exploring new places, and snowmobiling are a few of my favorite things to do!