15 South Dakota leaders join the SD Change Network Cohort

SDSU Extension

BROOKINGS — Fifteen emerging leaders from across South Dakota have been selected to participate in the first cohort of the South Dakota Change Network, a program created by the Bush Foundation and executed through a partnership of National Arts Strategies, SDSU Extension Community Vitality and Vision Maker Media, the Change Network Cohort, will provide a supportive environment to assist participants in leading change in a more equitable and inclusive manner.

“The cohort experience will offer forward-thinking South Dakotans an opportunity to build their self-awareness, leadership abilities, and systems-change skill sets,” said Kari O’Neill, SDSU Extension community vitality field specialist.

Individuals selected, their locations and their career and interest fields include: Jill Baker, Sioux Falls, human services with a focus on veterans; Stacey Berry, Madison, English professor at Dakota State University with interests in student equality; Amy Hofer, Doland, finance manager interested in rural community involvement and volunteerism; Jared Hybertson, Centerville, economic developer focused on rural community inclusion; Kelsea Kenzy Sutton, Burke, attorney with interests in food security and public health; Patti Martinson, Rapid City, focusing on social change through the arts; Billy Mawhiney, Sioux Falls, youth director working on nonprofit connections; Carla Miller, Sioux Falls, serving families and individuals with disabilities and chronic health issues; Alli Moran, Eagle Butte, interested in secondary education for tribal youth; Andrea Powers, Hot Springs, economic developer focused on bringing young people to rural areas; Traci Smith, Sioux Falls, interests in changes in the judicial system as a public defender; Adam Strenge, Sioux Falls, Southeast Technical Institute work on increasing student success in post-secondary education; Peter Strong, Rapid City, gallery owner with interests in the arts and Native American culture; Viola Waln, Parmelee, journalist interested in affecting people through writing; and Ernest Weston, Porcupine, assisting first-year Native American students in colleges.

All Change Network participants will have access to a $5000 grant to implement an action plan they develop during the one-year program.

Want to learn more?

To learn more about the members of the South Dakota Change Network, visit http://bit.ly/2xv9MDx. Applications for the upcoming South Dakota Change Network will open April 2018.

To learn more about the South Dakota Change Network contact Kari O’Neill, SDSU Extension at 605-685-6972 or [email protected]

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