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Name Biography
Chess4Life

Elliott Neff is a National Master in Chess, author of A Pawn's Journey (October 2018), and Founder/CEO of Chess4Life,which exists to help kids develop life skills through the game of chess. What began for Elliott as a childhood fascination with chess has blossomed into an opportunity to positively impact hundreds of thousands of kids per week through Chess4Life programs. Elliott enjoys sharing his love of the game and especially the benefits of chess through speaking engagements, special appearances, simultaneous chess exhibitions, and blindfold chess demonstrations. His enthusiasm for making a difference in kids' lives through this fun game is contagious as he makes strategic moves toward the goal of reaching 1 MILLION kids per week learning life skills through chess. Learn more at www.chess4life.com.
Rich Brubakken I have been a life-long educator who enjoys working with adults. 40 years of my life has been spent working in education, but my love has always been in the arts. I have undergraduate work in the field of art from Augustana University and have spent the last year working in stained glass with a glass teacher, Steve Spencer. I am looking forward to passing along his gifts to the students I have the pleasure of meeting and working with.
LAP Classroom Lead Teacher
Joshua Cooper


Joshua Cooper is a local from Humboldt, SD and has recently returned after performing for the last decade! Before earning his BFA in Acting at BYU, he performed literally hundreds of times on multiple stages in dozens of roles. Most noteworthily as Wesley in a stage adaptation of The Princess Bride, Greg in Reasons to be Pretty, d'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers, and the title character in The Picture of Dorian Gray. He also toured elementary schools with a Children's Theater performing Babe. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue film acting. During his 4 years in California, Joshua landed two feature films, several guest star roles in TV shows and booked multiple commercials! As of 2021, you'll find him nurturing his roots and tending to his passion for plants and green thumb in his plant shoppe, The Deku Tree, in downtown Sioux Falls. 

Sioux Falls Curling
Travis Dahle
Devon Davoux
Beth Feltes

Beth graduated in 2005 from Gustavus Adolphus College with a BA in Music. She has been teaching piano & voice lessons for the past 8 years. Beth lives in Sioux Falls with her husband & 3 children. Playing piano & singing are two of Beth's favorite things to do, so she is excited to share that passion with students in Sioux Falls! Beth loves musical theater & most recently, she portrayed Mary in a stage performance of "Mary Poppins." Beth worked in Youth Ministry for 8 years before becoming a mom, so she is comfortable working with children & teens of all ages. Each student is unique & each student can succeed! Beth has experience teaching children as young as 4 through adults & children with special needs. Check out Beth's website! https://elizabethfeltes.weebly.com/

Missy John

Hi, my name is Missy John and I have been training dogs for years in a variety of realms. I started in K9 Search and Rescue and evolved to working with dogs with severe behavior issues. My passion turned into a mission the more involved with dogs I became. I enjoy spending my free time playing with my dogs, volunteering for spay and neuter clinics in nearby Reservations, fostering dogs, and avid podcast listener (nerd alert!). Being able to share my experience and knowledge with other dog lovers, is a true blessing for me.
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.

Aleta Lindell
Aleta (Jaspers) Lindell has a passion for helping people be their personal best. Her upbringing near Eden, SD, years as a teacher after graduating from the University of South Dakota, time as a nanny on the east coast, and study of Executive Leadership gave her experiences that lead her to the field of etiquette.

She is in her 17th year inspiring individuals in the world of leadership and social graces through Miss Jaspers' House in Sioux Falls, SD. Known for teaching fine dining classes, you will find Lindell helping youth touch up their manners, guiding high school students for formal events, and preparing adults to advance in the workplace. She is supported by grants to teach classes in area schools, offers seminars for various businesses and leadership academies, and volunteers with the elderly and Ronald McDonald House Charities. While Lindell spends much of her time being a support to others, she is never far from her own two daughters. Aleta is grateful for her husband Mark, who encourages her to be who God made her to be.
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.

Archery Outfitters
Sioux Empire Paddlers


Sioux Empire Paddlers is a local nonprofit in the Sioux Falls area. Goal are to get more people paddling our local water ways, safety, and stewardship. We have been around since 2014 and hope to see you on the river. Our instructors: Will Wheeler has been an instructor for 2 years with our group and is from Sioux Falls SD. Friederike Gedge is our newest kayak instructor this year. She is from Brandon SD and is also a Boy Scout Troop Leader. Mitchell Joldersma has been a kayak instructor for 4 years and is from Sioux Falls SD.

Rosa Yrene Parsons

Learning Adventures Preschool- Sonia Sotomayor



My name is Yrene Parsons. I am originally from Peru. I studied Economics in my country for five years at the University of San Martin de Porres, Lima- Peru. I attended Augustana University, earning a bachelor's degree in Spanish. Before teaching with the Sioux Falls School District, I taught Spanish at Sioux Falls Lutheran School for two years. I also taught Zumba for five years. In teaching preschool at Sonia Sotomayor, I am able to combine my love of movement and dance with my teaching of the children. I love to teach my students to learn using all their senses, especially using movement in music, art and science. In my spare time, I love to hike with my family, traveling, being with friends, and shopping. I have taught at Mis Amigos Preschool since January 2018. I am so blessed to be part of a wonderful Community in Sioux Falls and be a little light in the life of these precious young people.

Mary Plummer Learning Adventures Preschool - Discovery
Natalie Sorenson
It's time to run with scissors! Sioux Falls Community Ed is the best place to float your boat and fill your creative cup! There are so many ways to design. If you love color, texture, and enjoy the medium and the tools, you will likely blossom as you build your art! As a Jewelry Designer, Fashion Design graduate, Digital Artist, and the past ACE Knitting Lady, my focus may not be clear... I love to create, and I want you to love it too! JOE'S Garage is my studio where I have been creating JoeBobLeigh Jewelry since 2006, and have taught metals classes since 2012. Most of my classes involve torch work, like silver soldering, torch fired PMC (Precious Metal Clay), and enameling. During the colder months I also teach Brain to Brush beginning Painting, Circuit Sewing, and Lovikka Knitted Mittens. New this summer will be two Youth Classes: Bradlea Paper Dolls, and Kids Metals Camp. And finally, a personal interest in unconventional travel prompted me to teach an Airbnb Curiosity Class. -I just can't keep it in! I have lived in Sioux Falls since 1990 with my husband, where we raised our 3 daughters. Running with scissors is a metaphor for fearlessly creating!
Josh Sweets Josh and Maggie Sweets own, operate, feature professional photo shoots, and instruct classes West Sioux Studios. Our photography studio is a little bit different than the average studio in that it is completely open to the public by appointment! We currently have two fully stocked professional studios with lighting, props, backdrops, and seating for local hobbyists, amateurs, or professional photographers to book an hour at a time, or to join us as a member and receive open access to the space.
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!!!!
Levi Tvedt
Kathy Weinstein
William Wheeler
Cassandra Willett


Cassandra Willett is a WPA certified SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) instructor who was certified by the professional ocean athlete Gillian Gibree in San Diego through Paddle Into Fitness. While growing up in Flandreau, South Dakota she spent most of her summers swimming, playing sports, and being outdoors. She is married to Reginald Willett, who also helps her with Flow and Paddle. She enjoys spending time traveling, hanging out with family and friends, and being in the yoga studio or gym! Cassandra is enrolled for her Yoga Teacher Training of 200 hours through Yoga Alliance and plans to teach kids yoga in the future. We are blessed to be a part of such a great community. I hope to provide each of the students with knowledge of paddle boarding and water safety instruction so each of you will be comfortable getting on the paddle boards and walking on water with us.