Course Listing - by Instructor

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Dick Ambrosius
Ambrosius has been an evangelist for positive aging and ageless marketing for over 40 years. He brings this passion and vision to every client he serves by providing marketing strategies, educational and motivational workshops, and entertaining stories. Every client and workshop attendee benefits from his experience in the fields of aging service delivery, senior living, wellness, customer service and marketing. He is the Founder and Principal of Positive Aging and Phoenix Associates. His previous positions include VP of Outreach and Business Development for start-up Brain Fitness Company, two national senior living development and management companies, Founder and CEO of Phoenix Systems Inc., Executive Director of the Iowa Lakes Area Agency on Aging (a not-for-profit aging services corporation, and business and marketing professor. In 1980, President Reagan appointed Dick as the youngest member of the National Advisory Committee to the 1981 White House Conference on Aging where he delivered a keynote address on rural aging. He has delivered keynote addresses and workshops in 49 states and consulted with a variety of Fortune 500 companies, corporations, nonprofit agencies, associations and government agencies. In 1997, he was selected "South Dakota's Entrepreneur of the Year" by Entrepreneur Magazine for identifying the huge potential of the aging marketplace. He holds both BA and MA degrees in Political Science and is a Viet Nam veteran earning the Purple Heart and Bronze Star w/ 'V' device.
Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum Staff

Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum & East Sioux Falls Historic Site Our mission is to nurture connections between plants and people, past and present, in an inspiring natural setting that invites discovery.

Yelena Balashova
I was raised in Estonia in a Russian family. I earned by Masters Degree in Teaching Education from Estonia and Russia. Our family moved to the United States in 1999. Before our move, I was the principal of a Daycare-Kindergarten school for 18 years, I have worked in the ELL program for the Sioux Falls School District for 4 years. I have taught Russian language through the Ukranian Church, the Philadephia Language Center and through private lessons. I believe in Community Education because it is an affordable way for students to expand their knowledge without the cost of college. The knowledge of languages helps to understand cultures, meet new friends with the same interests, and make a connection to different countries.
Acorn19 - Bead Co
Yes, it's still the Bead Co! It's Bead Co. with a newly repurposed nature inspired artisan addition named Acorn19. Custom jewelry, bead shoppe, and nature inspired wares all stirred together! The Bead Co was opened in downtown Sioux Falls in Sept 2000 by Community Education Instructor, Melanie Erickson. Melanie is grateful to continue sharing 27 years of beading experience, jewelry design, and 17 years of hands on experience teaching beading and jewelry technique classes and parties locally. Having the help of the 'BeadCo Beadies' instruction team, Bead Co has evolved to a whole new collaboration of jewelry goodness, ready to share their passions and ideas!
Britta Berry Britta Berry has an extensive background in Fine Arts, English and Education which makes her a well-rounded, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher. After completing her Master's degree work, she taught in both high school and undergraduate classrooms before becoming a Professional Development Trainer a community college in Iowa. Through those 5 years as a trainer, she worked with many companies and other community partners to customize classes in the areas of computer skills and business communications. The only thing Britta loves more than teaching is spending time with her husband and two-year-old daughter.
Premier Bookkeeping
Andrea and Sarah have been working in the financial field for over 25 years combined. In 2015 they joined individual bookkeeping firms to create Premier Bookkeeping & Business Services, Inc. where they share their love of helping others, consulting, bookkeeping and many other business services for multiple industries. Furthering their own education has always been a passion for both Andrea and Sarah so when the opportunity to teach others came up, they were thrilled! When the ladies aren't in the office you can find them enjoying sunny days and smiles with their families. For more information on Premier Bookkeeping & Business Services, Inc. please visit their website at www.premierbbs.com.
Simply Bookkeeping
Fit Body Boot Camp
Amy & Ryan Clay

Ryan and Amy Clay are originally from Beresford and now reside in Sioux Falls. They were both teachers with the Sioux Falls School District before recently spending two years living overseas in France and Senegal, W. Africa, where they used French every day. Ryan is currently working on his family's farm and Amy creates lessons for a membership website for art teachers. They enjoy biking, coffee, and camping.
Ballroom Dance Club
Kersten Dobberpuhl
Driver's Ed Driving
Community Education
Melanie Erickson  
Yes, it's still the Bead Co! It's Bead Co. with a newly repurposed nature inspired artisan addition named Acorn19. Custom jewelry, bead shoppe, and nature inspired wares all stirred together! The Bead Co was opened in downtown Sioux Falls in Sept 2000 by Community Education Instructor, Melanie Erickson. Melanie is grateful to continue sharing 27 years of beading experience, jewelry design, and 17 years of hands on experience teaching beading and jewelry technique classes and parties locally. Having the help of the 'BeadCo Beadies' instruction team, Bead Co has evolved to a whole new collaboration of jewelry goodness, ready to share their passions and ideas!
Stacy Fisher

A South Dakota native, Chef Stacy, like most Midwest-raised girls, started baking when she was 9 years old. In her early 20s she married, and with the support of her new husband left the comforts of home to pursue her education at the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Colorado in Denver.

Graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2006, Chef Stacy knew the next step was to bring her talents back to where her heart was. The eclectic food scene in Sioux Falls offered a variety of ways to use her skills as a barista, pastry chef, and baker. Her passion goes beyond the walls of any one building or kitchen. Her goal is to bring menus to life that are special to her personal clients in their own kitchens. Catering private events, teaching classes or offering one-on-one lessons, Chef Stacy can make a menu more than just what you eat, but a memory to savor.

Jaime Freed

Jaime grew up in SD and then started traveling where she picked up a love of salsa. She learned in Mexico while she lived there and went on the study Latin dances while in Costa Rica and Asia. She learns through fun and prefers to give that same experience to her students! She taught Salsa in California before she returned to SD in 2017.

Steve Grosvenor

  Steve & Kay Grosvenor

I have been making creative pieces and custom knives for over 20 years. I appeared on the History Channel on a show called Forged in Fire where I won the title of champion for my Charay sword. I have always been interested in art and learning. Teaching a metal art class is a great outlet for creativity and making heirloom pieces that you can be proud of.

ARGUS LEADER ARTICLE - FORGED IN FIRE

 

Virginia Gustad I have been the network admin at the Wakonda, Harrisuburg and currently the Beresford School District since the 90's. I LOVE the iPad for its versatility, portability and ease of use. I have used and adopted the iPad as a main computer device since they came out in 2010. In my spare time I like walk/run, cross stitch and read—most often my books are on the iPad of instead of paper. See you in class!
Ahva Halma
Sioux Falls Hapkido & Judo Club
Kevin & Robin Hempel

Kevin was a hobby woodworker for 15 years, learning through seminars, reading books and magazines and watching woodworking programs while on active duty with the Navy. Robin was a school teacher for 15 years, teaching at the middle school level. After retirement, Kevin attended the Vermont Woodworking School and received a certification in furniture building. While there, Robin took several seminars including a table building class and wood carving. We retired to Sioux Falls where we both grew up and started K R Hempel Woodworking as custom furniture makers four years ago. We both enjoy woodworking and sharing our passion for it. Teaching classes feels like a great way to share.

Joseph Herreman
Nathan Hofflander, DroneWise LLC

Mr. Hofflander - Owner/Licensed UAS Pilot at DroneWise LLC has been teaching high school computer science and technology in Sioux Falls for 9 years. He has always been fascinated with flight and finally got a tiny drone as a gift from his wife while working at Sanford. He returned to teaching with the crazy idea of integrating drones with education. After being awarded a grant from the Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation for The Volaré Project, the first high school drone program was established.

After strategically selecting and purchasing a small fleet of minidrones, the RHS Flight Club was established for students. Through Community Education, Mr. Hofflander wants to demystify drone technology for public interest and to promote the safe, responsible pursuit of using drones in our community. Drone technology has been integrated into two classes which exposes students to STEM education through programming and flight. Minidrones can be checked out by the building staff at Roosevelt for a variety tasks.

Mr. Hofflander is a husband and a proud father with four daughters at home who endure his love of drone activity. With drone technology, the Hofflander family photo just got more interesting.

Course offered by DroneWise LLC

Visit The Volaré Project ? and ?RHS Flight Club websites

Marta Hoffman
Marta has been teaching technology skills to PreK-12 grade students for 28 years. In 2008 she started teaching adult community education classes. Presently she is a Technology Integrationist in the Harrisburg School District at Journey Elementary School in Sioux Falls.
Mary Houska

I began my career as a Paramedic in Pennsylvania. I managed an ambulance service about an hour south of Pittsburgh. I moved to Sioux Falls SD to raise a family in 1992. I continued to volunteer as a Paramedic as I raised my children. I now work full time at the Avera Heart Hospital and as a BLS/ACLS Instructor with Heartstarters. I was born third to the last into a family of 9 children and started babysitting early. I have three children ages 35,25,23 and two grandchildren ages 1 and 6. I teach many life support courses for Community Ed and have combined several classes for the Super-Sitter program. Students from the Supersitter class don't just learn to watch children, they learn to play, feed and care for children. They learn how to identify risks and prevent injury and illness and know what to do in an emergency! I enjoy teaching people of all ages to be prepared to prevent injury and illness and what they can do should if they are on the scene of a victim needing help.

Bryan Jensen
Bryan, a lifelong South Dakotan, is a multi-instrumentalist who has 20 years of experience playing guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin, piano and violin. As someone who has learned a variety of instruments, he knows how important it is to encourage and support a student while at the same time making music and learning enjoyable. This has given Bryan a unique and comprehensive approach teaching how to learn an instrument and appreciating all genres of music. Bryan is a firm believer that learning an instrument is one of the most fulfilling and beneficial endeavors a person can take on. Numerous studies have shown the long term benefits of learning an instrument and it's Bryan's goal to make sure you get the most out of your experience while still having fun. Lessons will draw from pop music, rock & roll, country, jazz, oldies, blues and punk. Your child as a student will learn: chord formation & progression, rhythm, music theory, how to read sheet music and tablature, song structure, ear training, and many other practical skills and exercises!
Jim Jensen
Mark Koterwski

Mark Koterwski graduated from Gallaudet University in 1989. Mark has worked for Communication Service for the Deaf for almost 25 years as a Community Support Specialist. Mark has also worked in following areas: Community Support, Interpreting Mentor Program, Employment Services, American Sign Language Instructor, Advocacy, and Communication Assistance. Mark has worked with deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing people with communication barriers for over 30 years in the states of Maryland, Washington D.C., Illinois, California, and South Dakota.

Alina Krone-Hedman
My name is Alina Hedman and I am 25 years old. My passions include art and cooking, which is why I am excited to lead classes teaching both. For over six years, I've worked in youth programming and possess a degree in Art Education. My favorite part of working with kids is the excitement they get when learning a new skill. In my spare time, I work on my art skills, try new recipes, and enjoy the outdoors.
Ivanna Kusijanovic
Casey LaBue
Esperanza Langle Hilda Esperanza Langle studied Spanish in Colombia, Fine Arts with an emphasis in Foreign Languages, went back to Colombia to do her masters in Spanish Linguistics, and now she teaches kindergarteners at Sonia Sotomayor Spanish Immersion. In the meantime, Esperanza divides her free time in being a mother, a reader, a dreamer, and a painter of words and things
Anna Maifeld
Anna Maifeld began crocheting rag rugs years ago as a way to use up fabric scraps and old clothing. She now sells her rugs on her Etsy shop "HeartlandHandmadeSD". You can see more of her rugs on her website annasews.net. She and her family live on a hobby farm near Sioux Falls and enjoy incorporating old time crafts with homeschooling, gardening, and animals.
Steve McFarland
I have been playing guitar and bass professionally in Sioux Falls for the past 30 years! I also perform throughout the area and am happy to share my knowledge and love of music with students at two locations. With a B.A. from SDSU and a M.A. from Augustana, both in education, I love to motivate & reach students of all ages! I teach students ages 6 through adults, beginners and experienced on acoustic, bass and electric guitar. Two years ago I began teaching myself Ukulele and Banjo by using the same methodologies used in teaching others. Students with an electric guitar will need to bring their own amp to practice.
Kristi Nimick

I first discovered working with glass when I was in high school and have loved it ever since. I enjoy working with all kinds of glass and am always playing with a new project. It's always exciting to learn how to make new glass designs and sharing them with friends. My inspiration is gathered from my family, friends, and everything around me.

Toni Oberg
Mitchell Olson
TV credits include: contestant on CBS's Survivor 2, where he went on to win the Emmy for Best Reality Cast, as well as the Peoples Choice award. Mitchell won a foosball table on The Price Is Right, guest (and performer) on Letterman, Rosie, Regis, Howard Stern, Ricki Lake, Craig Kilborn, Early Show, Kathy Griffin, VHI: I Love The 80's, Wheel of Fortune, Anna Nicole Show and bottom left Square on Hollywood Squares. He went on to work as a casting director for a number of Network Reality shows, including ABC, TLC, VH1, NBC and BBC. Some of the reality shows he has cast in the past include: WHAT NOT TO WEAR, THE BIGGEST LOSER, AMAZING RACE, WIFE SWAP, to name a few. Mitchell has judged over 18 state pageants in the Miss America Organization, favorites being Miss Oregon and Miss Hawaii. he also served as the MC for the Miss South Dakota pageant for 14 years. He also teaches piano lessons after school. Once a week he is the "Entertainment Expert" for KSFY news, where he covers local theatre productions, concerts and movies on the morning show with Shawn and Kamie. Every Friday morning he co-hosts the 104.7 radio show with Andy and Tasha. Over the summer, just for fun, he helped create the #1 selling App in the Apple Store for a full week. Called "Never Hillary Clinton". Not to be confused with his political views, he's an equal opportunity candidate joker. Check out "Ask Donald Trump" an original App he released earlier this month for free.
Mark Opp


My wife Bethany and I met for the first time at church camp back when we were 10. After years of living half way across the country from each other, we are amazed at God's providence in bringing us together. We have also been blessed with two very energetic children who love life and spending it with others. Personally, I have had a passion for years in helping others with their finances. I know the positive impact of making wise choices with your money, and I want to guide others to reach their most important goals

Archery Outfitters
Cherri Palmer

 

I was raised in the mid-west but moved away during the early years of my marriage to Robert. We spent over twenty years in the military and traveled to many stateside and oversea posts. During this time I started teaching adult education classed to military family members and also to family members of people that were attached to the military facilities. After retirement I made the change from teaching in military classrooms to civilian classrooms. I also have a personal business where I sell the work I do. I specialize in knitting, crocheting, embroidery, quilting, needle point and tapestry work. Robert and I have lived in Sioux Falls for six years and we have really enjoyed our time in this great city. I also love teaching for community ed.
Patricia Pannell
Rosa Yrene Parsons
William Perry
Bill has been serving clients as a Financial Advisor since 2004. He believes that the best financial advice comes from a comprehensive understanding of his clients’ needs. He thoroughly enjoys working with families to help reach their financial goals through customized and personalized solutions. Many of his younger clients are proactive about preparing for retirement now so they can achieve the lifestyle they desire. Bill also enjoys working with clients who are entering the final stages of retirement planning, and with clients living in retirement to utilize and manage their funds appropriately. Bill earned his Accredited Asset Management Specialist. (AAMS®) designation in 2008. He attended Augustana College and is a member of the Downtown Lions Club and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE).

Bill is an affiliated instructor with a national organization called the Financial Educators Network. This Network offers courses on Life Planning and Retirement Planning at over 400 schools throughout the United States. He is also a Level Two archery instructor and enjoys volunteering his time teaching archery to individuals with disabilities. He is actively involved as a youth leader and teacher at his church. Bill’s wife, Anna, is a social worker at the VA Hospital and together they have two young daughters who will both be participating in the Spanish immersion program in the Sioux Falls School District. He is an avid reader, softball player and fan of eclectic music.

Stephanie Peterson

Stephanie is a graduate of Rapid City Stevens High School and Augustana University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She has eight years of political experience in Washington, DC where she worked on Capitol Hill for former Senator Tom Daschle.

Moving home to South Dakota in 2014 with her husband and two teenage sons has allowed Stephanie to reconnect with her roots and her passions. Last year, she founded Fruit of the Coop, LLC, a wholesale egg business, on their farm near the Big Sioux River and Brandon, South Dakota. In addition to selling eggs from her own flock of heritage chickens, she sources eggs from other small flocks within the Sioux Empire. All the chickens are pasture-raised on natural grains and forage, which gives the yolks of their eggs a deep golden color and strong shells. You can find her eggs at Cherry Rock Farm and Glory Garden (a local CSA) and served at Josiah's, Breadico and Morrie's Steakhouse. Stephanie believes in bringing local food to Sioux Falls area establishments and helping to revitalize small and mid-level agriculture in rural economies and communities. She also serves on the board for Dakota Rural Action and is active in DRA's local chapter, Homegrown Sioux Empire.

Adrian Pfarr-Ness
Adrian has been a passionate professional cosmetologist for 10 years, with experience in full service salon environments and post secondary cosmetology instruction. She has a special interest in formal occasion styling and providing hair and make up for professional photo shoots too! She enjoys sharing her passion with students and clients alike and loves being an active volunteer and business owner in the Sioux Falls community!
Fay Prairie


Fay Prairie is a certified counselor, personal life coach and speaker specializing in relationships and POSITIVE, empowering mindsets. She helps set you free from stress, anxiety, worry, negativity, DEPRESSION AND FRUSTRATION so you can start creating a life and relationships that you're excited to wake up to!
Glenda & Jeff Pray

Jeff and Glenda have been dancing and teaching ballroom, latin, swing and country dance in the Sioux Falls area since 2008. They studied and taught dance at Ballroom at the Bridges before it closed in 2010 and have owned their own business since then. Not only do they enjoy teaching dance in the studio but they share their love for dance with community groups and charity organizations.Community Education classes give community members options they might not think of or are intimidated by for educational opportunities, making them convenient and inclusive. We think this ballroom dance class would be a perfect fit for Community Ed to make folks aware of the dance opportunities in Sioux Falls and the realization that they can participate.

Linda Pudenz
Rich Ramstad
Lisa Rinaldo
Lisa Rinaldo is a retired elementary teacher, with many years of experience in teaching art to children and adults. She enjoys breaking projects down into steps, then watching as each person's "internal artist" comes out to play! "Art is about immersing yourself in the process more than the outcome."
Travis Roberts

My name is Travis Roberts. I am the first Level 1 Certified DDP Yoga Instructor in South Dakota. Midwest Strong Fitness is all about utilizing the Best Fitness Program on the Planet Today: DDP Yoga. What is DDP Yoga, you ask? DDP Yoga is, quite simply, the Best Fitness Program on the Planet! It definitely ain't your Momma's Yoga! It incorporates several Yoga Positions, Rehab Moves & Old School Calisthenics (push-ups & squats) , all while using Dynamic Resistance. Putting this all together, DDP Yoga gives you the best & safest Cardio, Strength Training and Flexability Workout all with Minimal Joint Impact! That means that ANYONE can do this workout!

Lois Running
Eleanor Ruthenbeck


Eleanor Ruthenbeck, MBA candidate, CEO of Ruthenbeck LLC – a local hybrid Advertising, Branding & Communication agency. Her work is lauded by her peers and has earned international awards from New York, Australia, Singapore, and Canada. In addition, she has over 20 years of experience in creating successful integrated marketing campaigns for clients, big and small, among them: Canon, Converse, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Toyota, and Volkswagen. Learn more about Ruthenbeck at: www.ruthenbeck.xyz

Ryan Schiebout
 

Ryan Schiebout-USJA Shodan-

Ryan began his study of Judo in 2010 at Jae Ho Sim's Martial Arts Academy in Sioux Falls, SD. He is a certified black belt with both USJA and USA Judo and is a nationally certified Judo Coach through USJA!
After receiving his black belt in 2014 he followed his dream and opened his own gym, Sioux Falls Hapkido and Judo Club. He has designed classes for any age student and is able to offer training for any skill level. He has coached his students in both local and regional Judo tournaments and has a nationally ranked student.
Ryan's is passionate about judo and enjoys sharing his knowledge with his students. He believes that anything can be accomplished through hard work and dedication!


Heidi Schrag
I was born and raised in southeastern South Dakota (Freeman), and ended up in Sioux Falls to attend Augustana College, which is where I've been ever since. Several years ago, I drove by Dakota Stained Glass and saw a sign advertising beginning stained glass classes. I signed up and fell in love with the process of copper foiled stained glass. I have taken several different classes in stained glass technique, but always seem to come back to the copper foil method. After giving friends and family a lot of stained glass sun catchers and ornaments as gifts, I've begun selling my pieces at local craft fairs and shows throughout South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. My creations tend to be funky, unique and whimsical, definitely all one of kinds!
LandShark Scuba
I have been a certified diver for 13 years and have been teaching diving for 10 years. I developed a passion for diving almost immediately from my first experience underwater and fell in love with the wonders of the underwater world. Now I just so thoroughly enjoy sharing those wonders with others, but teaching kids is my favorite! Diving became such an important part of my life that I opened a dive ship in the upper midwest. Local diving as well as tropical are high on my list of entertainment! Watch Life with Laura and your instructor! Discover Scuba Diving with Colonel and KDLT Laura
Lyndsay Seivert

 

My name is Lyndsay Seivert; I am a mom, wife, full-time Registered Nurse, and Silver Leader with doTERRA Essential Oils. I have been using oils on myself and my family for over 2 years and providing education on oils for over a year. Learning about essential oils, what they are, how they work, and how to safely and properly use them can be overwhelming at first. I love to teach and educate on all the amazing benefits essential oils can provide, how to use them, when to use them, and how they work. Having a solid foundation of knowledge is vital for anyone looking to start utilizing essential oils in their everyday life, and I want to provide that foundation. Having the platform Community Education provides will give people interested in learning about natural options the opportunity to do so, and allowing me to continue to educate and enhance and empower lives with natural options.

 

Lynn Shattuck
Kathi Skoglund
Kathi Skoglund is a Program Specialist II with the SD DSS Division of Economic Assistance out of Sioux Falls with responsibility for the Long Term Care Partnership Program and the federal Community Services Block Grant that provides funding to the SD Community Action Agencies. She is responsible for statewide public education for the Long Term Care Partnership Program; and she does training and educational sessions for many college classes, community education, agent groups, and community and consumer groups. She has a BA in Sociology with minors in Psychology and Child/Human Development from South Dakota State University. It is her goal to clarify challenging concepts about long term care to all who come to learn!
Randy Smith
After studying Physics & Electrical Engineering at SDSM&T my attention turned to matters of health, and I went on to attain a Master's Degree in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. I now co-operate R & R Transformational Healing with my wife Rita. I have a holistic practice and strive to help people with acupuncture, traditional herbal therapy, lifestyle guidance, and more. I also love to give people tools that help to improve their mind-body-spirit health by teaching such things as meditation, tai chi, & healthy eating.
Natalie Sorenson
I'm Natalie Sorenson. I've been drawn to creative play forever. I caught the jewelry bug in my mother's cellar studio and later took metallurgy in OH, where I received my degree in fashion design. The beauty of handmade jewelry comes from an artist's own signature hammer blows, torch strokes, and aesthetic, and going elemental with precious metals and soldering is the cathartic step in making so much possible. JoeBobLeigh is my label for handmade jewelry, where it has sold from Sticks & Steel to Mall of America. Some of my artistic haunts are Painted Prairie, 1st Lutheran Church, St. Mark's Church, Soul Movement Studio, the Butterfly House and Knitter's Magazine. I've taught sewing, tie-dye, painting, baton, knitting, as well as jewelry. JOE'S Garage is where I have been teaching jewelry classes to like-minded earthy artsy sorts since 2011. I have lived in Sioux Falls since 1990 with my husband, where we raised our 3 daughters.
Steve Spencer
Jim Sternick


 

Jim Sternick-USA Judo Nidan-
Jim is a second degree black belt and certified judo coach who began his career in 1985 at the age of seven! Since that time he has had the opportunity to train at a variety of clubs throughout the United States. He also practiced at dojos in Europe and Japan. Mr. Sternick competed extensively at the national and international level. Highlights include a junior national championship and a gold medal at the 1999 USA Judo National Ladder Tournament! He continued to compete at the senior elite level until 2006 and remains active in master's level tournaments today.

Jim is passionate about sharing his judo knowledge with others and thoroughly enjoys helping students realize their potential in this Olympic sport!


Sioux Falls Sword Academy


My name is Jesse Adams and I am originally from the Bemidji area in Northern Minnesota, and moved to Sioux Falls six years ago. Up north I ran a Dojang (training gym) for nearly ten years before moving to the Sioux Falls area to support my wife's career. I feel very fortunate to be able to continue offering Kumdo/Kendo classes to the great people in our region! My training began nearly sixteen years ago, during which I have enjoyed the opportunity of traveling overseas on a number of occasions. I believe strongly in both the physical and emotional benefits of martial arts practice! The study of the sword specifically is an excellent method of pursuing a deeper understanding of ourselves while enjoying being active. I look forward to seeing you in class!

Dawn Szymik
Hello, my name is Dawn Szymik. I have been teaching Zumba since 2009. Zumba is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party!! Since I was introduced to Zumba I knew this was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I have always had a passion for dance and fitness. I used to be 260 pounds, and in the journey of losing weight I knew it was my mission to help inspire others! Zumba has changed my life because it has given me back happiness, a purpose, and a mission to help others through what ever journey they are on! I stage my classes in a club style environment to create a comfortable, non-intimidating, party like atmosphere. If you have never taken a Zumba class, please come try it with me! We love to laugh, shake, sweat, dance, and most importantly have FUN!!!!
Rita Taylor

I feel like my life has been a journey of discovering the many tools available for healing. Since I was a little girl, my dreams and life choices have centered around being able to help others. After a short career as a pharmacist, I moved on to a more holistic approach with Reiki and Massage Therapy. After returning from Thailand, where I learned their traditional massage, I met my husband Randy who runs R & R Transformational Healing with me. Since then I have added crystal healing, energetic jewelry design, and sound therapy with crystal singing bowls and tuning forks to my "tool box". My passion is to continue learning and assisting others in their own journeys.

James Trett
Jill Turbak
Jill Turbak is Mrs. South Dakota International 2018 and represented South Dakota at the Mrs. International pageant this past July in Charleston, WV. She lives in Brandon with her husband, Chris, and their two rescue cats, Miu and Prada. She works in Sioux Falls and in her free time you will find her working out, volunteering, or advocating for mental health through her platform A Different Kind of Lifeguard.
Tracy Vik-Sonia Sotomayor Principal
Troy Vink


Master Troy Vink - 5th Degree Black Belt

I started Taekwondo when I was 14 yrs. old and now I am 45.... I can let you do the math. I obviously have a love and passion for this! I am a 5th degree black belt and have been teaching for over 25 years now. I "think" that close to, if not over 15 years have now been with Community Education in Sioux Falls. I have the pleasure of teaching students the aspects of Respect, Confidence, and Discipline. I cannot think of many things in my life that has been more gratifying than the companionship and connection that I have through this experience.

Robert Vroman
Brad Walker
Sensei Brad Walker has been practicing Judo and Jiu-jitsu since 1998 and has over a decade of teaching experience with both adults and kids. He is the areas only active instructor with black belt ranks in both Judo and Jiu-jitsu. These ranks were awarded to him by Sensei Emilio Claudio, the Army Judo coach at West Point Military Academy. Beyond his unique teaching style he holds the highest aim of Judo as his goal - To contribute positively to society and the community. Sensei Walker is also the Self-defense instructor for the Sioux Falls Multi-cultural center and is partnered with Children's Inn Home Society and offers regular Women's only Self-defense classes and workshops.
Molly Wilson
Rhonda Wilson
Siouxland Woodturners

The Siouxland Woodturner's (SWT) is a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). The AAW is an international, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the woodturning craft. Our mission is to provide information, education, a meeting place, and an effective organization for all who are interested in turning wood.

 

Deb Yoder
Deb is a retired librarian who now follows her passion for teaching yin (yoga) and playing the Tibetan singing bowls. She uses the bowls as a relaxation/healing therapy at the Avera Cancer Institute for patients, caregivers, medical staff and the general public. She owns Tibetan Temple Sounds and plays meditations at her office, the Butterfly House and Aquarium, Half Baked Cupcakes, various senior communities in and around Sioux Falls and teaches for OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute). Deb also does sound massage (bowls on the body) and is available for private meditation and massage sessions. Find her on Facebook at Tibetan Temple Sounds, on her website www.tibetantemplesounds.abmp.com or on DTSF.com (Downtown Sioux Falls).