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Board Members

South Dakota Association of the Blind

Koni Sims

- President -

Hello, my name is Koni Sims and I reside in Sioux Falls, SD. I grew up in Groton. I was born with Aniridia, so have been legally blind since birth. As a child my parents taught me...

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Eric Rippentrop

- 2nd Vice President -

Hello to all! I live in Sioux Falls, but I am originally from Dell Rapids. Growing up in Dells I played baseball, football, and basketball in high school there. I graduated from Dell Rapids Public High School in 1998.  I then...

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Alan Vandenburg

- Treasurer - 

I am currently serving as Secretary and immediate past President of SDAB. I am a South Dakota native, born in Sioux Falls in 1955.  Since I was...

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Jackie Shepherd

- Board Member -

I was born in Portland, Oregon.  Being three months premature, I developed retinopathy.

I was primarily raised in the Portland area, though we...

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Seth Sims

- Board Member -

Seth is a native of Rapid City, South Dakota. Was born with glaucoma.  I attended and graduated from the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. After graduation Sioux Falls became...

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Virginia Miller

- Board Member -

My history begins in a small town called Revillo in South Dakota where I grew up and attended country and public school.  After graduating from Northern State University I married my husband, Terry.  We were blessed with...

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Erwin Wiest

- Director -

Born with sight in 1954 and growing up on a farm meant watching and observing plants and animals and operating and maintaining machinery. Basically, listening was...

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Lerae Oleson

- Secretary - 

I am currently serving as Secretary and immediate past President of SDAB. I am a South Dakota native, born in Sioux Falls in 1955.  Since I was...

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Doug Puetz

- Board Member -

I was born and raised in Parkston, South Dakota.  My diagnosis was glaucoma at birth, and I have been legally blind since birth. I attended public school through the fourth grade when...

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Nick Pavel

- Board Member -

I am originally from Lesterville, SD.  At birth I was diagnosed with Leber’s and have been blind my whole life.  I went to college at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, NE and obtained an associates degree in radio broadcasting.  I moved...

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Tevan Fischbach

- Board Member -

I was born in Webster, SD.  My family moved to Aberdeen when I was a young child.  I attended school in Aberdeen and graduated from Central High School.  After that, I attended Northern State College where I...

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