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Harlene Neave Pesicka was American mental health services professional. Licensed professional mental health counselor. Named South Dakota Volunteer of Year, 1983, National Volunteer of the Year, Department Health and Human Services, 1983; recipient award United States Department Justice, 1992, Athena award Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce, 1997.


Pesicka, Harlene Neave was born on July 27, 1937 in Aberdeen, South Dakota, United States. Daughter of Harlan Michael and Margaret Marie (Hatzenbeller) Loye.


Bachelor of Science, Northern State University, 1992. Master of Science in Education (Counseling and Guidance), Northern State University, 1997.


Clerk Josip Juraj Newberry, Aberdeen, 1955-1956, Internal Revenue Service, Aberdeen, 1957-1958. Staff assistant Office of Environmental Health Indian Health Service, 1958-1990. Executive director battered women shelter Resource Center for Women, 1990-1992.

Executive director South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, 1992-1995. Education aide May Overby School, 1996. Graduate assistant department psychology Northern State University, 1997.

Therapist, case manager Northeastern Mental Health Center, 1997—2004. Clinical therapist Lutheran Social Services, 2005—2007. Retired, 2007.


Board directors Resource Center for Women. Founding mother Aberdeen Area Rape Task Force, 1976, advocate, speaker, since 1977. Board directors South Dakota Peace and Justice, vice president, 1996, president, 1997, 98.

Member South Dakota Advocacy Network for Women, since 1984, president, 1987. Member various committees and board directors, Brown County United Way, chairman board, 1980. Den mother Boy Scouts American, also institutional representative.

Member South Dakota National Organization of Women, since 1974, state coordinator, 1980-1990. Manager Federal Women's Program Committee, national Equal Employment Opportunity counselor, 1975-1976. Volunteer member 4-person team on sexism and racism American Lutheran Church, Northeast South Dakota District, 1978-1980.

Member of American Association of University Women, American College Certified Forensic Counselors (diplomate clinical forensic counseling), Pi Gamma Mu, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married William John Pesicka, December 23, 1956. Children: William Michael, Sandra Sue, Charlene Marie, Dennis John.