Meet the Staff

 


 

Our CVSOs are trained to determine whether or not clients are eligible for County, State and/or VA Benefits. We must collect enough information to do so. We will assist you in applying for benefits and will follow your case throughout the process. If approved, we will assist the Veteran in maintaining benefits, up to and including survivors' benefits.

Contact Information:
1211 Triview Avenue

Sioux City, IA 51103
Office: (712)279-6605
Fax: (712)224-4093                                    

 


 

Danielle Dempster, Executive Director
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Danielle Dempster has served as the Executive DD1Director since April 2010. Danielle has been employed with Woodbury County since September 9, 2002, and was the County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO) before being promoted.

In June of 2008, she became nationally accredited with NACVSO and attains Continuing Education Units (CEUs), annually. She is cross-accredited with American Ex-Prisoners of War, Inc (AXPOW), The American Legion (AL), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Iowa Department of Veteran Affairs (IDVA), Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA), Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US (VFW) and Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). She also intends to pursue further cross-accreditation when available. Danielle is a lifetime member of The American Legion, AMVETS and DAV. She regularly attends meetings on a wide range of Veterans' issues. She also does outreach, in an attempt to acquaint Woodbury County's Veterans with the benefits available to them, specifically VA benefits. Her goals for the office are to maintain a good working relationship with community partners, in order to best serve Veterans, as well as to correct misinformation and give clients a reasonable expectation of the VA and what they have to offer.

Director Dempster proudly and honorably served in the U.S. Army signal core as a 31F (Network Switching Systems Operator/Maintainer). Following her discharge in 1999, she graduated magna cum laude from Morningside College, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management, with emphasis on business and psychology (May 2002). She also participated in a work-study program through Iowa Works, where she assisted Veterans with obtaining/maintaining employment. She considers it an honor to have served Veterans, ever since becoming one herself. Danielle was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. She became and Iowa resident in 1999, upon her discharge from the Army. She is married and has two children.

 


 

Kelly D. Hansen, CVSO
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KHsiteKelly D. Hansen has served as a County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO) since August 6, 2014. Prior to this position, Kelly was the Director of Monona County Commission of Veteran Affairs since May 2011.

Kelly became Nationally Accredited in June of 2011 and attains Continuing Education Units (CEUs), annually. He is cross-accredited with American Ex-Prisoners of War, Inc (AXPOW), The American Legion (AL), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Iowa Department of Veteran Affairs (IDVA), Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA), Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US (VFW) and Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). He also intends to pursue further cross-accreditation when available. He is a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans and The Retired Enlisted Association, as well as an active member in The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Kelly attends meetings and provides outreach when Director Dempster is unavailable.  

Kelly proudly and honorably served 10 years in the U.S. Air Force, before being Medically Retired, as a Munitions Systems Specialist (46150) also known as AMMO! During his career in the Air Force, he served in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during Desert Storm, the first Gulf War. He was stationed at Nellis AFB, in Las Vegas, Kwang Ju AB, in South Korea and Soesterberg AB, in the Netherlands. Following his discharge in 1996, he graduated from the University of Phoenix, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Information Systems (May 2000) and then continued his education with the University of Phoenix earning a Master of Business Administration degree (May 2002) graduating summa cum laude.

 


 

Nick Nieman, CVSO
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Nick Nieman has served as a County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO) since July 1, 2016.

Nick became Nationally Accredited in November of 2016 and attains Continuing Education Units (CEUs), annually.  He is cross-accredited with American Ex-Prisoners of War, Inc (AXPOW), The American Legion (AL), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Iowa Department of Veteran Affairs (IDVA), Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA), Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US (VFW) and Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA).  He also intends to pursue further cross-accreditation when available. Nick attends meetings and provides outreach when Director Dempster is unavailable.  Nick is the point of contact for questions, concerns or comments regarding Home Base Iowa.

 Nick proudly and honorably served six and a half years in the U.S. Army National Guard as a Forward Observer (13F) with the 1-113 Cav in Sioux City, IA.  He also served with his unit from 2010 to 2011 in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), where he was stationed in the Parwan Province along side his brother.  Following his discharge in 2015, he graduated from Western Iowa Tech wtih a degree in Business Administration.  Nick was born and raised in the Siouxland area and has lived here the majority of his life.  He is married and has two children.