Michele Snyders, MSW
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose - 05/28/2021
Michele M

Michele M. Snyders

7917 S. Pinewood Ave

Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Phone:  (605) 359-4729

Email:  [email protected]




1982-1987                    BSW, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD

1996-1997                    MSW, Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, New York, NY

2017              Post MSW Palliative Care Certificate, California State University Institute for Palliative Care



2016-Present              Social Worker, Avera eCare Senior Care, Avera Health, Sioux Falls, SD


2013-2016              Dialysis Social Worker, Avera Dialysis-Sioux Falls, Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center, Sioux Falls, SD


2007-2013              Palliative Care Social Worker, Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center, Sioux Falls, SD


2002-2007              Transplant Social Worker/Financial Counselor, Avera McKennan Transplant Institute, Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center, Sioux Falls, SD


1999-2002            Medical Social Worker, Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health

Center, Sioux Falls, SD


1998-1999                    Director, Senior Day Break, Center for Active Generations, Sioux Falls, SD


1998-1998                    Social Worker, Medically Complex Program, Children’s Care Hospital and

School, Sioux Falls, SD


1997-1998                    Social Worker, Intensiva Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD


1994-1996                    Manager, Food Pantry, Food Service Center, Sioux Falls, SD


1987-1994                    Director, Clubhouse, 5th Street Connections, Southeastern Behavioral Health

Center, Sioux Falls, SD




              1997-2019              South Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners- L.C.S.W. License number 1603

              2016-Current              State of Nebraska, Dept. of Health and Human Services-                                                                                                                     Division of Public Health- Social Work Certificate- Certificate No. 2871

              2016-Current              State of Iowa Board of Social Work- L.M.S.W- License number 081971

              2016- Current              State of Minnesota Board of Social Work- L.G. S.W. License number 25271

              2016-Current              State of West Virginia Board of Social Work- G.S.W.  License Number BP00944986

2017-Current              State of Illinois Dept. of Financial & Professional Reglation- Div of Professional Regulation

LSW-Masters- License Number 150.102814

              2018-Current              State of Washington  Dept. of Health- SWAAL- Credential number SA 60844870

2018-Current              State of Wisconsin Dept. Safety and Professional Services- APSW- License Number 331137-121

2019-Current              State of Indiana PLA Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board- LSW-

License Number 33009230A

              2019- Current              South Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners- CSW-PIP  License Number 4995

              2020-Current              State of Michigan LARA Board of Social Work – MSWLL  License Number 6801104831

              2020-Current              State of  Ohio- Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist Board- LISW-                                                                       License Number I.2002044

              2020- Current              Kentucky Board of Social Work- CSW- License Number 254692

              2019-Current              Advanced Palliative Hospice Social Worker-Certified-APHSW-C

              2010-Current              Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Social Worker - ACHP-SW

              2019- Current              Respecting Choices Facilitator Trainer





1999-2002                    Senior Companion Advisory Board

2001-2004                    National Kidney Foundation Patient Services Committee

2001-2004                    National Kidney Foundation of the Dakotas Board of Directors

2003-2004                    President-Board of Directors-NKF of the Dakotas

2005-2008              UNOS Patient Affairs Committee- Region 7 Representative

2007-2008              UNOS Minority Affairs Committee- Member at Large



              1987                            Alpha Delta Mu National Social Work Honor Society

              1997-1999              South Dakota Society for Social Work Administrators in Health Care

              1999-2008              Council for Nephrology Social Workers

              2000-2008              Society for Transplant Social Workers

              2004-2008              Transplant Financial Coordinators Association

              2008-2014              Association of Oncology Social Work

              2013-2017              Council for Nephrology Social Workers

              2008-Present              Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network

              2010-Present              National Association of Social Workers

              2017-Present              Clinical Asst. Professor/University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences



              2016-Present              Life Circle Advisory Committee

              2018- Present              ACP Quality Conversations

              2018- Present              SD Palliative Care Network

              2019-Present              Project ECHO/AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network

              2020-Present              ACP Quality Conversations ECHO Project Leadership

              2020-Present              National Multiple Sclerosis Society Upper Midwest Chapter- Sioux Falls Community Council



Mitzel H, Snyders M.  Anonymous donation:  a transplant center’s experience. 

Nephrol Nurs J2002;29(3):275-277.


Schroder NM, McDonald LA, Etringer G, Snyders M.  Consideration of psychosocial factors in the evaluation of living donors.  Prog Transplant.  2008;18(1):41-48.


Bennett J, Dutcher J, Snyders M.  Embrace:  addressing anticipatory grief and bereavement in the perinatal population.  J. Perinat Neonat Nurs.  2011;25(1):72-76.




Avera Transplant Symposium, Sioux Falls, SD,  March 19, 2004.  “Living Donation”


Avera Transplant Symposium, Sioux Falls, SD.  March, 2005.  “Financial Implications of Transplantation.”


Children’s Hospice International 21st World Congress; Washington DC, USA; October 11-14, 2010.  “Facilitation of Neonatal Advance Care Planning Through A Perinatal Palliative Care Consult Approach.”  Dutcher J, Bennett J, Snyders M. 


Avera Lunch and Learn; Sioux Falls, SD, November 30, 20210.  “Advance Care Planning in in Inpatient Setting.”

USD School of Medicine; Sioux Falls, SD; December 2010; “Social Work Role”


Avera Ethics Discussion and Conference; Sioux Falls, SD; April 7, 2011; “Panel Discussion.


Avera Lunch and Learn; Sioux Falls, SD; October 2011; “Conducting a Family Meeting.”


Kidney Care Education Day; Sioux Falls, SD; October 26, 2011.  “Advanced Directives and Palliative Care.”


Avera Ethics Conference; Sioux Falls, SD; October 26, 2012; Quality Care”- Panel Discussion.


Avera Palliative Care Learning Collaborative; Sioux Falls, SD; February 27, 2013- The Role of Social Work in Palliative Medicine


Arneson, F; Snyders, M; Gjoraas, C.  Sr. Colman Room-Avera Prairie Center; Sioux Falls, SD; October 5, 2017.  “Being Mortal”


Arneson, F; Snyders M.  Good Samaritan Society Village; Sioux Falls, SD; April 19, 2017.  “Being Mortal.”


Avera eLTC CMMI Site Education; April 12 & 19, 2016 via Video Conference;  “ Overview of Advance Care Planning.”


South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations Annual Convention; September 21-23, 2016; Sioux Falls, SD; “Advance Care Planning:  Ethical, Legal and Practical Considerations.  Hill M, Rafferty D, Snyders M.


Avera McKennan Social Work Conference; October 4, 2016; Sioux Falls, SD; “Integrated Care Discussion Panel” 


NASW South Dakota Conference; March 15 &16, 2018; Sioux Falls, SD; “ Transforming Social Work  & Behavioral Healthcare Delivery to Geriatric Residents via Telemedicine.”  Hofmeyer J, Erpenbach J, Snyders M.


eCare Senior Care Learning Center Education  via Video Conference; Advance Care Planning-What, Why, When and How; July 24, 2018.  Snyders M & Paulson P


South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations Annual Conference:  September 21, 2018; Sioux Falls, SD, “Medical Order for Scope of Treatment (MOST) Panel Discussion.”  Brown C, Heinemann D, Hill M, Soholt D, Snyders M. 


Avera Palliative Care and Ethics Symposium; November 6, 2018; Sioux Falls, SD; “Providing Palliative Care Through Telehealth Technology.”  Rees J, Snyders M.


Care Providers of Minnesota; 2018 Convention and Exposition-Fresh Perspectives; November 13, 2018; Chaska, MN.  “Adopting Telehealth to Deliver Social Work Care.”  Hofmeyer J, Snyders M.


South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations 93rd Annual Convention. September 19, 2019; Sioux Falls, SD. “MOST Panel.”  Heinemann D, Anders C, Taylor M, Snyders M.


South Dakota Health Care Association Annual Fall Conference.  September 25, 2019; Sioux Falls, SD.  “MOST- What It Is, What It Is Not.”  Rees J and Snyders M.


American Health Care Association 2019 AHCA/NCAL 70th Annual Convention and Expo.  October 15, 2019; Orlando, FL.  “Collaboration and Virtual Care: The New Norm in LTC.”  Snyders M, Johnson A, Erpenbach J. 


SDAHO Webex.  April 23, 2020; Sioux Falls, SD.  “Advance Care Planning During a Pandemic.”  Fishbach, C; Hegge, H; Snyders, M; Taylor, M.


AVEL eCARE, LLC- Senior Care Education.  December 2020, Sioux Falls, SD.  “Advance Care Planning in the Age of COVID-19.”  Snyders, M & Paulsen P.


AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network.  January 13&14, 2021, Sioux Falls, SD.  “ECHO COVID-19 Session 10:  Advance Care Planning and COVID-19 in Nursing Homes.”  Snyders, M.