Advisory Council

The Advisory Council for the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is selected and approved by the Board of Regents. The Council meets three times a year and offers assistance and support to the Superintendent and the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Advisory Council Members

  • Marie Ivers, School District (Chairperson)
  • Virginia Miller,  (Chairperson Elect)
  • Hilary Filler, SDSBVI Faculty (Secretary)
  • Dawn Brush, Community Leader
  • Rich Crawford
  • John Emmett, Lions Club
  • Kate Koisor
  • Danielle Savick, Parent (on-campus student)
  • Doris Stusiak, Northern State University
  • Julie VanDover, SDSBVI Outreach Vision Consultant
  • Ronda Williams, Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI)
  • VACANT, Parent (outreach student)
  • Regent Jim Thares, SD Board of Regents (ex-officio)
  • Dan Trefz, SDSBVI Superintendent (ex-officio)
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  • James Konechne, National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
  • Larae Olson, South Dakota Association of the Blind (SDAB)
  • Eric Rippentopp, Community Leader
  • Kristin Hamman, School District
  • Steven Buras, Braille and Talking Book Library