Paige Thompson is a Licensed Graduate School Social Worker who earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Augustana University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of South Dakota. She is in her 5th year with SWWC. Serving as President of the National Association of Social Workers - South Dakota, Paige is an engaged leader in her field. She is also a Trustee for the National PACE Committee, board member for the Minnesota School Social Workers Association, and an involved committee member with the School Social Work Association of America. She is passionate about working with youth and families. She has been published twice and traveled to national conventions to represent local voices on issues such as mental health and disabilities. She earned the Patrick Redinius Spirit Award from the Center for Disabilities for her ongoing efforts and advocacy. She serves on the SWWC Crisis Team and also helped found the Pipestone group of Girls on the Run which she continues to volunteer with as a coach. She serves on her local library Board of Trustees and is an active member of the Connections Group which aims to provide awareness and education for community members with youth issues. She also helped found a summer camp for kids called Camp Aspire. An experienced and passionate public speaker, Paige is a certified trainer for Youth Mental Health First Aid and travels to give presentations on various topics to meet the needs of schools, churches, and community groups.