South Dakota -(Ammoland.com)- The South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation (SDPWF) announced the election of three Sioux Falls community leaders to the foundation’s Board of Directors: Kathy Anderson, Kevin Nyberg and Jeff Stingley.
The SDPWF is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) charitable support organization for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).
“Each of these individuals brings exceptional local, state and national leadership capabilities in support of the foundation’s mission of soliciting and encouraging support to preserve and protect South Dakota's natural resources and outdoor heritage and to expand recreational and educational opportunities in our state,” said foundation president Larry Ness.
Kevin Nyberg, President of Nyberg’s Ace Hardware of Sioux Falls is a highly recognized community and South Dakota businessman, sportsman and advocate for parks and recreation and outdoor education. Kevin recently completed his second five-year term as a member of the Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Board which he served as chairman. The Sioux Falls park system with its 75 parks and multiple-use indoor and outdoor recreational facilities is regarded as one of the best in the nation.
Growing up in Sioux Falls and spending a lot of time on the Big Sioux River, Kevin acquired the Nyberg family’s “passion for the outdoors” and has been an exemplary leader in listening to community needs and providing vision to help guide the city’s park system. Kevin is a board member of the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce and is a past president of several organizations including the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Minnesota-Dakota Retail Hardware Association and the international Worldwide Distributors group of independent retailers.
A graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, Kevin is an active member of the Augustana Alumni Council, a member of Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary, and a lifetime member of Pheasants Forever and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The locally and family-owned Nyberg’s Ace Hardware stores continue to provide the legendary customer service Kevin’s father, Roy, started over 55 years ago. Community values remain a top priority for the Nyberg family as they are involved in many local and statewide charities and events.
Kathryn (Kathy) Anderson brings to the SDPWF board a family legacy of wildlife, fishing and outdoor recreational experience. Kathy recalls, “I have been hunting ducks and geese since I was 12. We were taught to respect the land and habitat so the animals will be there, be respectful of landowners and their rights, know the significance of habitat for wildlife, and to be knowledgeable about firearms and firearms safety for yourself and others.”
Volunteering to make a difference in her community, church and service organizations is a core family priority for Kathy. She has been an active leader with the PTA, Sunday school superintendent, and volunteer in the Sioux Falls school system. She served on the Augustana College Library Board, and is an active fundraiser and volunteer the past 10 years for the GFP Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls. Kathy serves as parent liaison for the Little People of America, helps at the Humane Society and formed a local chapter of PEO to raise funds for young women to continue their education. “My desire for volunteering and sharing my love of the outdoors is that it benefit as many people as possible,” Kathy said.
A graduate of the University of North Dakota with a B.S. in Nursing and a second designation from South Dakota State University as a nurse practitioner in neonatal intensive care, Kathy emphasizes, “My parents impressed upon me the importance of education, and that education does not stop when you leave the classroom.”
Jeff Stingley, a former GFP department secretary, has the unique distinction of being the founding father of the SDPWF. Jeff spearheaded efforts in 1985 to create the establishment of a not-for-profit, 501 (c) (3) charitable support organization.
Jeff has a distinguished career of senior executive leadership experience serving as director of public affairs, The Good Samaritan Society; chief executive officer, Sioux Empire American Red Cross; assistant vice president, customer satisfaction, Citibank (South Dakota) N.A.; Cabinet Secretary, Department of Commerce and Regulation 1987-1994 and Cabinet Secretary, Department of Game Fish and Parks 1984-1987. He has been an active volunteer participant and leader with many local, state, civic and charitable organizations including serving as chairman of the South Dakota Tourism Board.
A graduate of South Dakota State University, M.S., Journalism and Mass Communications, supporting field in Wildlife Management, and the University of South Dakota, B.S., Biology and Chemistry, Jeff brings an extensive history of leadership advocacy for the state’s outdoor natural resources and education including state parks, camping, hiking, wildlife, lakes, hunting, fishing and snowmobile trails.
The South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation Board of Directors
Kevin Nyberg, Kathryn Anderson and Jeff Stingley join the now 16 member statewide SDPWF board of directors including: Jeff Scherschligt, Sarah Richardson Larson (vice president) and Dennis McFarland of Sioux Falls, Larry Ness of Yankton, Tom Lillibridge (secretary-treasurer) of Burke, State Rep. Spencer Hawley of Brookings, Dick Behl of Scotland, Scott Kuck of Aberdeen, and Tom Krafka, Karen Gunderson Olson and Jack Lynass of Rapid City. GFP Department Secretary Kelly Hepler and GFP Commissioner Cathy Peterson serve as ex officio members of the Board.
For the past five years, the foundation has focused on raising private and public funds to support and build the Outdoor Campus West in Rapid City, renovating of the Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls, the renovation of bridges on the Mickelson Trail, the Mickelson Trail connector to Mt Rushmore, the new Custer State Park Visitors Center and theater, the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center and Amphitheater in Custer State Park and the Good Earth State Park at Blood Run National Historic Landmark near Sioux Falls.