Fischer-Clemens currently serves as the Vice President of the Avera Center for Public Policy in Sioux Falls, S.D. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D., and Master of Health Services Administration from the College of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. Her passion is quality patient care and advocates on behalf of patients by monitoring, assessing and recommending public policy decisions for Avera. In this role, she works with legislators and public officials in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. In addition, she also serves on several business and professional organizations, locally, state-wide and nationally.
Fischer-Clemens' experience in health policy advocacy stems from her service as the South Dakota State Representative for District 20 from 1995 to 2000. During her political service, she also advocated for women and children, especially in the areas of health care and abuse and neglect. Public safety issues, including immunizations, and decreasing tobacco use among young people, were also priorities for her. Fischer-Clemens' other work experiences include 24 years leading a large nursing team to deliver quality care for all patients. For 30 years, she has been involved in Nurse leadership positions, impacting the practice of nursing.
Aubre, her daughter, works in financial management in Washington, D.C. Fischer-Clemens lives in Sioux Falls with her cat, Gizmo.