Board of Directors
Liz currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for South Dakota Parent Connection. She is an attorney with a practice focused on estate planning and trusts, including special needs trusts. She also has previous experience in trust administration, including administering various special needs and complex trust accounts, and served as an attorney for the Social Security Administration, where she was responsible for reviewing case files and writing disability determination decisions. Liz resides in Sioux Falls with her husband and middle school age son, who is on the autism spectrum.
Kristi Wallin joined the SD Parent Connection Board of Directors in 2017. She is currently the Vice-President of the Board. She is a retired educator having taught special education and then becoming a Special Education Director. Kristi holds both a B.A. and M.A. in special education as well as her Specialist Degree in Educational Administration. Kristi and her husband have 3 children and six grandchildren.
Amber Winkler is the Secretary for the Board this year. She graduated for the University of South Dakota in 2005 with a BS in Sociology. She devoted 10 years working at LifeScape as a Coordinator of Supports and Services; overseeing Day and Residential programs for adults with Autism. Amber left Lifescape in 2016 to work for the Department of Human Services Long Term Services and Supports Division. Amber spends her days helping Elderly and Disabled Adults connect with needed resources, services and providing case management. At home she is a loving wife and mother. Her daughter was diagnosed with CMV at birth and, as a result, suffers from bi-literal moderate hearing loss. She is passionate about SDPC’s mission and the work they do as it directly benefited her family and many families across South Dakota. Amber enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, camping, hiking and staying active.
Musheera is the mother of a young child with Down Syndrome. She is a University of South Dakota faculty member. She has a Ph.D. in Child Development and Educational Psychology. She worked as a child psychologist in Egypt, mainly with patients and families affected by mental illness and childhood psychiatric disorders. She was one of the founding members of a highly specialized Child Psychiatric Unit in her hometown. There she worked closely with families of individuals with ASD and ADHD, working with adolescents from high-risk environments. As part of her work there she also founded the Mansoura Autism Support Association (MASA) in Egypt.
Brad Bartz has served on the SDPC Board of Directors since 2011. As a parent of a young adult with a disability, Brad has been especially interested in such areas as employment, post-secondary education, and transition to adulthood for individuals with disabilities. Brad is a past President and past Vice President of the Board. Brad has served on the Finance Committee the entire time he has been on the Board. Brad is employed at MetaBank as Vice President, Senior Credit Review Officer and brings his financial expertise and experience to the Board. Brad is a graduate of leadership programs including Partners in Policymaking and Leadership Sioux Falls. Brad also has previous experience serving on non-profit boards.
Christopher G Bordeaux
Chris is married to Deborah and lives in the Slim Buttes/ Loafer Camp Community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Chris is the Executive Director of the Oceti Sakowin Education Consortium (OSEC). A retired Gifted and Talented Educator and Principal. Chris has a MS Ed Admin from Oglala Lakota College, a BS Elem Ed from Black Hills State College and an endorsement in Gifted Education from the University of South Dakota. Majority of His teaching career was in Gifted Education in Tribal Schools. Has a younger brother who graduated from the SD School for the Deaf after attending 12 years. Chris has served eight terms on the South Dakota Indian Education Association Board. Three terms on the National Indian Education Association Board. Currently a member of the South Dakota Parent Connection Board, Anpo Wicahpi Owayawa-Pine Ridge Girls School Board... Consultant for Tribal Schools.
Deb and her husband, Tim, are the parents of three children. Their middle daughter, 24, was born with significant challenges and is currently living at home and attending a day program. Deb has served on numerous boards that work to make lives better for individuals with disabilities and their families. She currently serves on the Board for the Good Samaritan Home Health Care Board and reviews the critical incidence reports, financials, and audit findings for their Home Health Care agency. Deb also served on the South Dakota Employment Works Initiative at the request of the state’s Governor, as well as the Financial Work Group which is currently working to restructure the reimbursement method under the Center for Medicaid Services in regard to how services are paid for individuals with disabilities. Additionally, she serves on the Family Support Council and reviews the critical incidence reports, new initiatives, audit findings, and is a resource for families that receive Family Support in the area. She works at US Bank as a Relationship Manager.
Suzzanne is a mother of 3 children. Her youngest daughter is 13 and has cerebral palsy. Suzzanne works part-time as a teller at a bank in Spearfish, South Dakota. She has been an active advocate for her child’s educational and health needs.
Kristen Sauer has been a board member with South Dakota Parent Connection since January 2020. Throughout the years, she has enjoyed serving her community and giving back to others. As Assistant Manager for US Bank in Aberdeen she has been given her the opportunity to what she loves even more. She is currently also serving her 2 nd term as board member for United Way of North Eastern South Dakota and was a 2019 graduate of the Leadership Aberdeen program. She also belongs to a Women’s Leadership Network that acts as a mentorship to business professionals within US Bank seeking to increase their knowledge and skill set. Kristen has been married to her husband, John for 19 years and they have 4 children: Michael (25), Johnny (24), Sarah (18) and David (10). Kristen has had a lot of experience with Special needs individuals between Johnny, who has been diagnosed with Autism, Cortical Blindness, and Seizure disorder and their youngest, David that has an ADHD diagnosis. When enjoying her downtime; she can
be found in the flower beds, walking their dog, or spending time at the lake with family.
Vicki Stewart is the Executive Director of Business Resource Network in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Vicki has a B.A. in religion with a minor in psychology from Augustana University. She has worked in the field of disabilities for 28 years striving for full inclusion of people with disabilities in employment, community living and all aspects of society. Vicki was born with the disease Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) and uses a wheelchair for mobility. Vicki is a member of South Dakota RehabACTion, the Sioux Empire Society for Human Resource Management, the Sioux Falls Development Foundation’s Recruitment Council, Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary and the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the USD Health Sciences Advisory Board and the State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation. Vicki is a Peer Visitor for Independent Living Choices and plays flute at church and other community events. She was Ms. Wheelchair South Dakota in 1998. Vicki also received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Employee with a Disability in 2000.
Kami has served on the board since March of 2018. She became connected with the South Dakota Parent Connection when she volunteered as a parent panelist for a SDPC education event. Kami lives in Sioux Falls and owns her business, Kamie Wittrock Photography. She is Mom to two beautiful daughters, including one who has cerebral palsy, which makes her extra passionate for the work the South Dakota Parent Connection does in our community.
*denotes parent of son or daughter with a disability