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Leadership class announced, year-long training underway

BURKE, S.D. – After launching the fifth year of the program, Billie Sutton, a former state senator, 2018 candidate for governor of South Dakota, and founder of the Sutton Leadership Institute observed, Year after year I’m impressed by the talent and passion of the leaders who come to this program with a focus on making our state a better place.”

He added, “South Dakota and all of its towns and cities are stronger because of their contributions to their community. We’re proud to be investing in these leaders’ potential and supporting their efforts across the state.”

Members of the 2023 class of the Billie Sutton Leadership Institute include:

Adam JorgensenSioux Falls, Sutton Leaders
Angie ClebergAberdeen, Sutton Leaders
Bobbi Jo HorstedSioux Falls, Rural POWER
Brendyn RichardsVermillion, Rural POWER
Carmen Garcia PachecoTabor, Rural POWER
Courtney SullyWagner, Rural POWER
Elaine Yellow HorseRapid City, Sutton Leaders
Jake DanielsonSioux Falls, Sutton Leaders
Jessica MuranoBrookings, Rural POWER
Karin EagleRapid City, Sutton Leaders
Kendra GottslebenSioux Falls, Sutton Leaders
Lesley AtkinsGregory, Rural POWER
Lindsey PetersonSioux Falls, Sutton Leaders
Sara BurtisSioux Falls, Sutton Leaders
Sentel SchreierBelle Fourche, Rural POWER
Serene Thin ElkSioux Falls, Sutton Leaders

The non-partisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit Billie Sutton Leadership Institute is dedicated to inspiring and preparing the next generation of leaders to build a stronger South Dakota and more vibrant communities and workplaces through service to others.

Sutton Leaders is the Institute’s original program, now in its fifth year, focused on leadership development, community engagement, and public service across South Dakota.

Rural POWER, now in its third year, seeks to grow a new generation of rural leaders and encourage involvement in local rural cooperatives providing essential services to South Dakota communities.

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