Board Members

Contact a board member or express your interest in serving in a position.


Elected Positions

President
Brandon Brake, South Dakota State Parks, West Bend Recreation Area, Pierre
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Preside at association board meetings. Attend Midwest and National Recreation and Parks Association conferences (paid in full) to bring new ideas and trends to the membership. One-year term, preceded by a term as president elect and followed by a term as past president. Term ends 2019.

President Elect
Kristy Lintz, City of Rapid City Parks and Recreation

Perform duties of the president in his/her absence. Serve as liaison for the annual conference between the executive board and the conference host. Attend Midwest and National Recreation and Parks Association conferences (half payment) to bring new ideas and trends to the membership. One-year term, followed by terms as president and past president. Term ends 2019.

Past President
Todd Larson, City of Yankton

Advise the president and board on past activities and policies. One-year term, preceded by terms as president elect and president. Term ends 2019.

 
Secretary/Treasurer
Josh Cleveland, South Dakota State Parks, Pelican Lake Recreation Area, Watertown

Keep a careful and authentic record of board meetings and proceedings of the organization. Preserve all records, reports and documents of the association except those specifically assigned to the custody of others. Maintains authority to approve and execute disbursements of association funds as authorized by the board. Files the annual report and tax documents. Two-year term. Term ends 2019.

Member-at-Large
John Dummer, South Dakota State Parks, Big Sioux Recreation Area, Brandon

Represent the membership to bring ideas, trends and concerns to the board. Member of the annual conference planning committee. Two-year term. Term ends 2019.

 

Member-at-Large
Ryan Baedke, City of Vermillion Parks and Recreation

Represent the membership to bring ideas, trends and concerns to the board. Member of the annual conference planning committee. Two-year term. Term ends 2020.

 


Committee Chairs

Activities
Currently vacant

Provide information to community recreation departments throughout the state. Engage membership in discussion on recreation activities and trends, including pricing, cost recovery, safety initiatives, etc. Coordinate statewide recreational activities (senior games, pickle ball tournaments). Three-year term. Term ends 2020.

Awards and Elections
Jean Pearson, City of Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation

Promote, accept and review award nominations. Assist in recipient selection and order plaques. Coordinate annual awards ceremony. Track, promote and coordinate election of board vacancies. Three-year term. Term ends 2019.

Communications
Emilie Miller, South Dakota State Parks, Pierre

Keep membership informed by maintaining the website and Facebook, as well as through emails. Identify and promote topics of interest to the membership, such as meeting minutes, career and professional development opportunities, grant availability and national trends. Three-year term. Term ends 2021.

Constitution/Legislation
Jim Goblirsch, City of Vermillion Parks and Recreation

Monitor and inform board about state and national legislation as it applies to SDPRA and the field of park and recreation. Review the SDPRA Constitution and By-Laws with the president-elect and members-at-large on a yearly basis. Assist the president on any correspondence sent on behalf of the association to governing offices in Pierre or Washington. Three-year term. Term ends 2020.

Maintenance School
Scott Anderson, City of Rapid City Parks and Recreation

Plan and coordinate yearly maintenance school and other appropriate training opportunities for the membership and communities. Three-year term. Term ends 2019.

 

Membership
Katy Hiltunen, South Dakota State Parks, Pierre

Manage and maintain the association’s membership list. Promote and recruit new individual and corporate members. Contact lapsed members and encourage them to become involved again. Three-year term. Term ends 2021.

 

Municipal League
Doug Lowe, City of Rapid City Parks and Recreation

Act as the contact between the association and the South Dakota Municipal League. Promote the association through advertisements and articles in the municipal league magazine. Three-year term. Term ends 2021.

 

NRPA Representative
Darren Hoff, City of Brookings Parks, Recreation and Forestry

Keep the association connected with the Midwest Region and the National Recreation and Parks Association. Attend both conferences (paid in full) on behalf of the association and report back on new ideas, initiatives and trends discussed. Three-year term. Term ends 2021.

 

Scholarships/Special Projects
Stella Liu, South Dakota State University, Health and Nutritional Sciences, Brookings

Promote, accept and review scholarship applications. Assist in recipient selection and presentation. Lead special projects as assigned. Three-year term. Term ends 2019.


Branch Representatives

Aquatics Branch
Brett Rauterkus, City of Spearfish Parks and Recreation

Provide information to communities on aquatics. Coordinate and plan training for aquatic facility staff throughout the state. Three-year term. Term ends 2020.

 
Community Recreation Centers Branch
Chad Quissell, City Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation

Provide information to community recreation centers throughout the state. Engage membership in discussion on recreation centers and trends including pricing, cost recovery, safety initiatives, programming, etc. Three-year term. Term ends 2020.

 

Parks, Forestry and Open Spaces Branch
Robert Teachout, South Dakota State Parks, Richmond Lake Recreation Area, Aberdeen

Promote the benefits of membership to professionals in an associated field, such as foresters, golf course operators, smaller city park and recreation professionals and cemetery directors. Three-year term. Term ends 2020.

 

Student Branch
Kiley Foss, South Dakota State University, Brookings

Represent the student community in the field of parks and recreation. Create opportunities for students to network with professionals and become more involved with the association. Three-year term. Term ends 2019.

 

Therapeutic Recreation Branch
Teresa Luke, South Dakota Dept. of Social Services, Human Services Center, Yankton

Represent the therapeutic recreation branch of the association. Provide and coordinate training and sessions during the annual conference to meet professional certification requirements. Three-year term. Term ends 2020.

 


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