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SD-ECCS Childcare Panel Speakers

Thursday, August 25, 2022
Noon-1:30 p.m. Central

Outreach Coordinator, SDSU Child and Family Resource Network

Rachel Busmann is the Outreach Coordinator for the South Dakota State University-Child and Family Resource Network and coordinates Region 4 of the South Dakota Early Childhood Enrichment System. Rachel has served…

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Terra Johnson

Manager, Sanford Children’s CHILD Services

Terra Johnson has worked in nonprofit and healthcare related fields for twenty years. She worked as a Child Life Specialist in program management for two nonprofits, where she created program…

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Head Start Director, University of South Dakota

Carmen is the Director of the Head Start Program at the University of South Dakota.  She serves on the South Dakota Head Start Association and the Association for the Education…

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President, South Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children

Janessa Bixel is currently serving as a Professional Development Specialist in Rapid City. Her experience includes an array of educational settings such as Head Start, university and military child development…

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Director of Early Learning Development, Boys & Girls Club of the Sioux Empire

Kristine Bjorum is employed with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire. She has served as Director of Early Learning Program Development for 5 years providing staff training…

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