About

Project CAR has 42 years of experience in non-profit transportation in Sioux Falls.

We began as a collaborative transit effort among a small group of agencies and churches focused on serving the needs of senior citizens. Since that time we have grown to a reliable system of transit for seniors, persons with developmental disorders or medical conditions – any adult whose ability to transport themselves is limited because of health or finances. We offer rides at no cost to the passenger.

Our network includes 15 member organizations, a group of churches, non-profits, and educational institutions. We own a fleet of five vehicles driven by over two dozen volunteers.



Board of Directors

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Rev. Dr. Christopher Montgomery joined Project CAR as its executive director in August 2020. He was a parish pastor for 12 years in the Church of the Brethren and the Mennonite Church USA, an adjunct seminary professor in worship, and also did a brief stint working in management for a school bus company. He is an ordained minister in the Progressive Christian Alliance who holds degrees in music, organizational leadership in a changing culture, as well as a doctorate in applied theology. He sees the work that Project CAR does as ministry and service: helping those who are the least among us. He lives in Dell Rapids with his wife, Amanda, and their three children.

BOARD CHAIR

Doug DeGroot joined the board of directors in early 2020 and was elected chair in January 2022. He is a retired banker with many years of experience in community work. He is an active member of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, serving on their diplomat committee. A self-proclaimed “community enthusiast,” he is a frequent attendee at business ribbon cuttings and events that feature upstart organizations around town. In addition to his responsibilities as board chair, he is a volunteer driver.

BIOS AND PICS COMING SOON for
Sue Roust, Vice Chair
Dr. Betty DeBerg, Secretary
Greg Richards, Treasurer
Mike Hahn
Rev. Dennis Hansen

BOARD MEMBER ’24

Cynthia Nelson joined the board of directors in 2022 and is a long-time resident of Sioux Falls.  She taught in the Sioux Falls School District for 36 years and ended her teaching career with the USD School of Education retiring in 2014. She is an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church (UMC) currently chairing the Missions Team, playing in the handbell choir and leading a Bible study. Through the Missions Team, she works with local nonprofits including the Banquet, Laura Wilder Elementary, Samaritan’s Feet, SF Thrive’s Kid Link Riverside program and the Nightwatch meal program. She also serves on the UMC Dakotas Conference Board of Pensions and leads Grandparents and Me Camp at Lake Poinsett UM Camp each summer. In 2014 Cynthia and her husband Jeff were invited to help with the fundraising efforts for the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House. When the facility opened, Cynthia joined the Board of Directors and served for 7 years. She continues to volunteer there on a weekly basis. In the community Cynthia mentors a student at Cleveland Elementary through Lutheran Social Services.

BOARD MEMBER ’22

Rev. Katherine Olson joined the board of directors in 2022. She currently serves First Lutheran Church as a visitation pastor and coordinator of visitation ministry. She is also the executive director of Sad Isn’t Bad, a free grief support program for children and their families in Sioux Falls. She is also active on the board of South Dakota Masters Swimming and serves on the LMSC Development Committee of United States Masters Swimming. She has lived in Sioux Falls since 2013.  She and her husband, Lars, have four children.

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