Our 10 dynamic speakers for this years Women's Conference... Living Our Legacy
Amanda Stadel serves on the Board of Directors for HEAL International and leads HEAL's sex-trafficking prevention, empowerment, and outreach education efforts. Ms. Stadel has provided cross-cultural sexual health and empowerment education since 2011 for people from every socio-economic status in the United States, and she spent half a year training to serve as a community health outreach educator and facilitator in Tanzania, East Africa, where she worked in 2013.
Ms. Stadel received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Behavior Change from Arizona State University. She is committed to learning and expanding her
work with sex-trafficked youth and to the end of
Becky currently serves on the Rapid City Library Board of Trustees, is a member of Parkview Evangelical Free Church, a graduate of Leadership Rapid City, served on the local American Advertising Federation Board and on the Susan G Koman for the Cure, SD Affiliate Board. She also recently joined the Military Affairs Committee.
She is serving as Toastmasters International Pathways (Educational) Ambassador for western SD, is a member of Skyline Toastmasters, is a member of Prairie Whisperers Toastmasters, a club she helped form in Wall, SD,
These days she is busy gearing up her campaign for Rapid City Council in Ward 1, which is the southeastern portion of the City.
Retired from a local telecommunications company after 21 years she worked in customer service, accounting, marketing and communications. She holds a Masters degree in Administration, a bachelor of science in Criminal Justice/Sociology and an associates degree in Accounting.
Just like her varied background Becky considers her circle of girlfriends as one of her best assets. An eclectic group, each girlfriend brings their strengths making Becky a better-rounded person. She is blessed to have these women in her life.
Sergeant Cathy Bock started her career in Law Enforcement after attending the University of Wyoming, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice in 1996. She worked for a year for the University of Wyoming Police Department before coming to the Rapid City Police Department in the fall of 1997.
She has had a very diverse career with the agency. She started in Patrol and in 2003, was reassigned to be a Detective with the Criminal Investigation Division. She then moved to the Unified Narcotic Enforcement Team (UNET) in 2009 where she worked on a joint RCPD/Pennington County Sheriff’s Office/SD Division of Criminal Investigations team focusing on drug investigations.
Cathy was promoted to Sergeant in 2012 and returned to Patrol where she honed her supervisory skills. She moved to the Special Operations Sergeant position in 2015 where she was in charge of Special Events, Parking Enforcement, and making sure the PD fleet was equipped with the best technology available.
In December of 2016, Cathy was reassigned to UNET in a supervisory capacity and is again working diligently to take drugs and the violent criminals associated with them off of our streets. Cathy’s husband is also in law enforcement; Mike has been a State Trooper for 19 years. They have two children who keep them very busy. Cathy has been involved in Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and is on the Board for Black Hills Figure Skating Club, and they spend lots of time at the baseball fields in the summer.
Gemma is CEO of Open Road Pictures, a small production company that has mainly served American Indian Tribes in the United States. She lived in the Black Hills of South Dakota for a half-century serving as a TV and print journalist and filmmaker. She believes the important stories are often quiet stories and many times take place where the crowds are not.
Lockhart is currently based in Colorado where she has served on Denver’s American Indian Commission and as a founding board member of the Colorado Women’s Leadership Circles of Influence working to encourage bipartisan women’s leadership across the state.
She holds a BA in English from Dartmouth College. Above all, Gemma feels “legacy” is a privilege and we must live each day to be worthy of the life our ancestors have passed on to us.
Chas is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She grew up with her sisters on a cattle ranch along the Moreau River. She attended the College of St Benedict in Minnesota. She became an organizer for the Sierra Club in Rapid City, SD on a grasslands wilderness campaign in 2002.
Since then, she has organized for national and local organizations on reproductive justice—two abortion bans in SD since 2006, for health care reform, for racial justice, for the Native Vote, and is working currently with the Rapid City Community Conversations, a Lakota led effort to improve relations with the city, and its police.
She has served on several boards, and through her organizing work—was a field producer on fantastic documentary about reproductive justice in Pine Ridge called Young Lakota. She’s been camping at the Kul Wicasa camp at Standing Rock, working with the Women’s Council to promote peace and unity. In her spare time she can always be found hiking around the Black Hills or the Badlands with her boxer puppy, Nunpa.
Catherine began her career in broadcasting in South Dakota with KBHB and KOTA and was the Media Relations Director for the Sturgis Bike Rally. Since that time, Catherine has earned a strong reputation over the years by holding numerous positions for a variety of businesses including Fortune 500 companies throughout the western United States. Catherine has been employed with respiratory centers, hospice, long-term care centers, rehabilitation centers, Alzheimer’s units, retail, casinos and tourism.
Catherine has served as President of a number of nonprofits and currently serves as Secretary on the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities; has been appointed by Governor Daugaard to the Board of Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired; serves on the State Board of Directors for South Dakota National Federation of the Blind; is an Ambassador for the Rapid City Chamber; is a board member of the Zonta Club of the Black Hills and has been chosen for the 2017 Leadership South Dakota. Catherine, who herself is visually impaired along with her daughter Mary, is an advocate for all the abilities of people with disabilities. Catherine is committed to educating and connecting resources to create a culture where everyone can reach their full potential.
Catherine is married to Clete Greseth and they have 4 grown children.
Karen Red Star
Wicahpi Luta Win emaciyapi, her name is Karen Red Star and she is a full-blood Lakota Woman, her beautiful Unci (Grandmother) Katie Pawnee Leggings delivered her when she was born at home. Karen grew up during the wagon era.
Karen graduated from Oglala Lakota College in 1989 with her Bachelor's degree. She comes from humble beginnings; she used to hitchhike to her college classes even in the winter and walk to work. As her Unci use to say to her ”you are the one to carry this legacy of helping people” and when you don't have what is asked of you, you will give them comfort. And, always remember that when you graduate from college, never forget who you are and be proud of your Lakota heritage.
Currently, Karen is employed full time as Director/Health Educator for the Oglala Sioux Tribe Health Education Program and was hired June 3, 1996.
She has been alcohol and drug free for 37 years. She is a mother to 5 children (adults now), Unci to 15 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Her Unci also said when you get your education, you will understand the dominant society's language (English) and stand up and speak for our people because we no longer fight in battles.
A quote that I live by: ”Child, even the King cannot take away your education.” I strongly believe that education can overcome anything. I chose a career in engineering because I love to solve problems and help people. This is what I want to do with my career- use the knowledge that I gain to help people. Through becoming a professor, I hope to help people overcome their obstacles and better their own futures so they can in turn, help others as well.
Nishanthi Perera, is a geological engineering student at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She is originally from Olympia, Washington and came here for the wonderful education at SD Mines. She is involved in many groups on campus including Women in Science and Engineering, Sigma Gamma Epsilon- Theta Nu Chapter (Geoscience Honor Society), Circle K International (volunteer organization), University Choir, Pep Band, and Student Ambassadors. Hoping to finish her degree at the SD Mines and then go into graduate school. After graduate school, she will work in industry for some time and then become a professor.
Jade was raised in rural Northeast Nebraska and graduated from the University of South Dakota. She worked and lived in Madison, Wisconsin before moving to Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Events taught her being one's true self allows others a space to be their authentic self. Those event took her back to her Nebraska roots where she graduated from Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska. Jade currently resides and works in Sturgis, South Dakota. Her interests include motorcycling, Cowboy Fast Draw, the arts, and living life to its fullest.
Sharon L. Scheef-Wilkinson
Sharon was born in Nebraska in 1947 and Graduated from high school in 1965. She was born into changing times and left high school in even more turbulent times. A young woman needing a destiny with no specific guides, mentors, knew there was more, had no healthy way to discover those clues.
At age 36, she began to attend college classes so certification in her field would be possible. Sharon accomplished the necessary classes, training and have been working with people since she began in 1983. Currently managing her own Life Coaching services as well as groups and individual sessions. She also does presentations in her community, offering EAP services to an incredible agency in Rapid City that is committed to wellness for staff and families. Sharon has been with this group for over 24 years.
Today her clientele primarily consists of women who are addressing self esteem, perhaps moving away from addictive behaviors, patterns of relating to self and others that are not as enhancing as they could be, seeking spiritual direction, examining choices, releasing old patterns of thinking about self, and about their worth and value as women in this world of challenges.
Sharon personally and professionally believes and sees the tremendous results that happen when we find love, support, and strength from one another to move into that life arena and stay, and continue to live well, and contribute to a world we are coming to love more each day.
Living Our Legacy
THIS community collaboration with women’s organizations and initiatives through the region. The Conference will include ceremony honoring women veterans, 9 Dynamic speakers sharing their stories of impact using the grit, guts and grace in living their legacy. Live entertainment by the renowned internationally acclaimed performer Orgena Rose, brunch, lunch, dinner and an evening supporting and championing women.
Thursday, March 2nd Appreciation Dinner -$25
5 - 6 pm Social/Entertainment
6 pm Dinner and Celebration
Community Appreciation Recipients: Karen Mortimer, Paula Long Fox, Paula Wilkinson Smith, Heather Pickering, Marnie Herrmann, Dorothy Rowdy Brewick, Cecilia Fire Thunder
Friday, March 3rd Conference -$9
8 am Registration and Breakfast
9 am – 5 pm Conference Programming
Speakers: Amanda Stadel, Jade Addison, Catherine Greseth Sharon Sheef-Wilkinson, Karen Red Star, Nishanti Perera, Cathy Bock, Gemma Lockhart, Becky Drury, Chas Jewett
5 pm – 7 pm Social with entertainment
Saturday, March 4th
Community Conversation - (Conference Ticket covers both Friday and Saturday)
8:30 am Breakfast
9 am – 2 pm Continuing Community Conversation
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Celebrate Our Legacy
2016 Women's Conference
March 4 & 5, 2016 - Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn