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Katy Hiltunen, South Dakota State Parks, Pierre
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. Two-year term, preceded by a term as president elect and followed by a term as past president. Term ends 2023.
About Katy: Katy works for the department of Game Fish and Parks, Division of Parks and Recreation as the Statewide Volunteer Coordinator out of Pierre, SD. She also helps at special events with the department throughout the year. Katy has been with the Department of GFP for 10 years. She started her career at Lake Thompson as a campground attendant. Then moved across the state to work at Custer State Park for a summer. Finishing at West Whitlock Recreation Area for 2 summers. After graduating from South Dakota State University she moved to Pierre for her current position. Katy has been apart of the association for 10 years and has served on the board for 8 of those years. “I love all things Parks and Recreation and will help the association the best I can in the next 2 years.” In her free time she enjoys being outdoors with family and friends and traveling to new destinations.
Kristy Lintz, Rapid City Parks and Recreation
Advise the president and board on past activities and policies. One-year term. Term ends 2022.
About Kristy: Kristy is the Golf Operation Manager for Rapid City Parks and Recreation Department at Meadowbrook Golf Course. She has been with SDPRA for 17 years serving in various leadership roles for most of those. When she is not working, she loves to spend time with friends, attend sporting events, hiking, mountain biking, or most things outdoors. Her and her husband Brian, live on the family ranch raising Rylee (14), Jack (10), cattle, chickens and horses all while owning their own pizza restaurant.
Connor Olson, South Dakota State Parks, Shadehill Recreation Area, Lemmon
Keep a careful and authentic record of the proceedings of the organization. The secretary takes notes so that the exact wording of a motion or motions pending before the association may be furnished; prepares a roll of members and calls it when necessary; preserves all records, reports and documents of The Association except those specifically assigned to the custody of others; provides the president at the beginning of each meeting with a detailed order of business, including unfinished business, committees which are to report and any announcements to be made; brings to each meeting a copy of the constitution, bylaws and standing rules of The Association. Two-year term. Term ends 2023.
About Connor: Connor works for the Parks Division of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, based out of Shadehill Recreation Area where he is the Assistant Park Manager. He enjoys his job because he gets to do a variety of activities including assisting campers, hosting educational programs, performing resources management, and planning events with community members. In his free time he enjoys camping, hiking, reading, and painting.
Josh Cleveland, South Dakota State Parks, Pelican Lake Recreation Area, Watertown
Make such other expenditures as may be authorized. The treasurer shall conduct association business under a fiscal plan approved by the executive board and shall have the authority to approve and execute disbursements of association funds. The funds shall be kept in a bank authorized by the executive board. Two-year term. Term ends 2023.
About Josh: Josh works for the Game, Fish and Park Department, Parks Division. He a District Supervisor and oversees the Watertown area state parks. “The best part about what I do is knowing I provide opportunities for people to relax, unwind, spend time outside with family and friends, and most importantly make memories. There is nothing better than seeing people enjoy themselves in our state parks and knowing you helped make that happen.” In Josh’s free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, spending time with family, and playing baseball
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 2024.
Member-at-Large (Municipal Governed Organizations)
Joshua Bauman, City of Brookings Parks, Recreation and Forestry
Gather ideas from field staff. Perform other duties referred to him/her from time to time by the president and executive board. Two-year term. Term ends 2023.
About Joshua: Joshua Bauman has been with the City of Brookings since 2011. He started out as a seasonal in the parks department that summer. In 2013 he started full time as a parks maintenance technician. In 2015 Josh became a parks supervisor. He absolutely love what I do everyday! This is his first time being a member of the SDPRA board and he looks forward to growing and learning in his position. Outside of work his family is everything. They enjoy spending lots of time outside and the kids loving getting new experiences and going to the children’s museum.
Member-at-Large (Municipal Governed Organizations and State Parks)
Ali Tonsfeldt, South Dakota State Parks, Fort Sisseton Historic State Park, Lake City
Gather ideas from field staff. Perform other duties referred to him/her from time to time by the president and executive board. Helps with annual conference planning. Two-year term. Term ends 2023.
About Ali: Ali works as the Park Manager for South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks at Fort Sisseton Historic State Park. One of her favorite parts of her job that she really enjoys is being creative with the events and programs for children, families and adults. Usually you can find Ali in a Victorian Era costume cooking or using tools from the “old days.” In her free time she enjoys exploring, camping, hiking, reading, baking and doing historical reenacting and research with her two-legged and four-legged family members.
Member-at-Large (State Parks)
Kristina Laska, South Dakota State Parks, Lewis & Clark, Yankton
Represent the membership to bring ideas, trends and concerns to the board. Member of the annual conference planning committee. Two-year term. Term ends 2022.
About Kristina: Kristina works for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Park as a Park Manager. She oversees Lewis and Clark Recreation Area by Yankton, SD. She enjoys her job because it combines her love for the outdoors with creating a relaxing, safe environment that visitors can also enjoy the outdoors in. “It is great to see people who have been camping with us for years keep returning and meeting the new people that come into the parks for the first time.” In her free time Kristina likes to hike, kayak, hunt, spend time with family and do photography.
Member-at-Large (Outside Organizations)
Darren Hoff, City of Brookings Parks, Recreation and Forestry
This representative would work with outside organizations such as but not limited to NRPA (National Recreation Park Association), Parks and Recreation Midwest. Two-year term. Term ends 2023.
About Darren: Darren Hoff is a Recreation Manager for the Brookings Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department. He currently oversees the Larson Ice Center, Edgebrook Golf Course and the outdoor athletic facilities for the City of Brookings. He coordinates with a majority of the Brookings sports associations to provide facilities for the programing needs. He also administers adult city league programs, T-ball and Learn to Skate and is the unofficial grant writer for the department. Darren sits on the Brookings Visitor’s Attraction committee and the SDSU Wellness Center Advisory Committee. He has B.S. in Public Recreation and M.A. in Kinesiology. Being on the SDPRA board had broadened my professional network throughout South Dakota. As the NRPA Representative is always learning how NRPA can assist South Dakota with trends, ideas and relationship. Fun fact! Darren has a mirror image identical twin brother that lives in Hartford, SD.
Annual Conference Host
Kobee Stalder, South Dakota State Parks, Custer State Park, Custer
Each year the annual conference will have a host committee. This committee will perform the expectations listed within Article V. Host Committee Chair has a duty to give updates at each board meeting. Members-at-Large will serve on the committee as directed by the president.
About Kobee: Kobee Stalder is the Visitor Services Program Manager at Custer State Park. He has been with the park for the past four and a half years. When Kobee isn’t in uniform, you can find him out on the trails hiking with his family in the Black Hills or helping coach youth sports. He is excited to be a part of the 2022 conference and can’t wait to meet everyone.
Awards and Elections
Jean Pearson, City of Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation
This committee serves as a platform to annually recognize exceptional and outstanding accomplishments that model behaviors that further the mission, goals, and core values of SDPRA professionals and students. These awards showcase the inspiring park and recreation professionals as well as community leaders that have improved and empowered their communities through innovative practices. Three-year term. Term ends 2024.
About Jean: Jean Pearson is the Recreation Program Coordinator of Aquatics for the City of Sioux Falls. She began her career as a seasonal outdoor pool manager with the Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation department over 20 years ago. She was given the unique opportunity to leave her high school teaching and coaching career in 2011 to work full time as the Aquatics Program Coordinator for the city and hasn’t looked back. She is currently in her 7th year of serving as the Awards Chair for SDPRA and love being able to recognize those in the field who are contributing to amazing memories for those we serve. In Jean’s free time, she enjoys traveling, reading and spending time in the hills of Northeast SD with my husband and golden retriever Finn.
Jim Goblirsch, City of Vermillion Parks and Recreation
The Municipal League’s mission is the cooperative improvement of municipal government in South Dakota. As a former affiliate organization and with a significant percentage of our members are among municipal employers, we utilize their organization as a resource and lobbyist when issues arise. Three-year term. Term ends 2022.
About Jim: Jim is the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Vermillion. Jim began his career in Yankton at the Human Services Center followed by positions in Sioux Falls, Canton, and Casper, WY. Jim has been involved with SDPRA for over 20 years and has had the opportunity to be on the Executive Board for half of those years. “Being the Director of such a wonderful community is a blessing that allows me to have a tangible reflection of the quality of life in the community. In general, South Dakotans love their parks, historical sites, trails, and outdoor opportunities, which truly shows how great and livable our state is.” Outside of work, Jim enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, and attending sporting events.
Scott Anderson, City of Rapid City Parks and Recreation
Facilitates the planning, implementation, and monitoring of professional learning opportunities specifically for maintenance level employees. The goal of this position is to make significant contributions to improving the knowledge of maintenance level employees by designing, delivery and promotion high quality professional learning opportunities. Three-year term. Term ends 2022.
About Scott: Scott is the Parks Division Manager for the City of Rapid City. He’s been with Rapid City Parks & Recreation for nearly 13 years, five of which have been as Manager. Scott has a landscaping background so he has a passion for maintenance and keeping things in great shape. As Maintenance School Chair Scott looks forward to providing good learning opportunities for the SDPRA membership. In his spare time he enjoy spending time in the outdoors and riding mountain bike on the great trails in the beautiful Black Hills.
Higher Education Branch
Alex Kirk, Splash Central Waterpark, Huron
Serves as a platform to connect the association to our higher education institutions throughout the state. This group will collaborate students with professionals though communication on internships, conferences, meetings and other opportunities that students can engage with our profession. Professors from the various institutions can utilize this organization to keep both the classroom and the field current in trends and best practices. Three-year term. Term ends 2024.
About Alexandra: Alexandra is the Central Park Manager for Huron Parks and Recreation. Currently overseeing Central Park and Splash Central Waterpark. A recent transplant to South Dakota from North Carolina where she grew up and attended East Carolina University (Go Pirates!). In her free time she likes spending time outside, reading, and visiting as many National Parks as possible.
Therapeutic Recreation Branch
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 2021.