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Board of Directors

Needle & Thread
Kendra Gottsleben standing in front a house wearing a pink, green and white strip shirt. Wearing glasses and has shoulder length hair.

Kendra Gottsleben
Founder & Executive Director
Rare by Design

Kendra is the marketing communication specialist at the Center for Disabilities at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She is an author and spokesperson on living a life with a rare disease and disability. Kendra is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit organization, Rare by Design. She is an Augustana University graduate with a double major in Sociology and Psychology. Her career blends the two worlds in which she grew up: medicine and education. Kendra’s memberships on numerous boards, advisory groups and professional societies keeps her actively engaged locally, state-wide and nationally.

She has defined her life by a positive outlook and success in overcoming obstacles. Kendra refuses to be defined by Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS)—the rare genetic condition she has had since birth. Kendra enjoys a stylish outfit and shoes to match as she strives to make a difference. One of her favorite colors is yellow which embodies her life motto: When life hands you lemons, make the BEST lemonade possible!

Alicia Boe siting on steps in a park wearing a black jacket and top with yellow flowers on a black background. Blond shoulder length hair.

Alicia Boe
Senior Marketing and
Communications Manager
Black Hills Energy

Alicia is a senior marketing and communications manager for Black Hills Energy, headquartered in Rapid City, South Dakota. A graduate of Augustana University in 2009, Alicia also spent a year abroad in Oslo, Norway, where she worked at the U.S. Embassy. She has over 10 years of experience in marketing and communications, including time spent at the YMCA of Rapid City and in the tourism industry, promoting the Black Hills and Badlands region. Alicia joined Black Hills Energy in 2018 and has since continued to manage the strategic communications needs of the company’s natural gas utility

and large-scale customer communication campaigns as well as special projects

and initiatives spanning across the company’s 1.3 million customers throughout an eight-state service territory.


Alicia lives in Rapid City with her husband

and daughter, and together they’re awaiting the arrival of another child later in 2021. They are an active outdoors family with a shared love for canoeing/kayaking, hiking and camping. In her downtime, Alicia finds

great joy in thrift shopping and hitting

up garage sales.

Colette Manning

Colette Manning
Vice President, Marketing
Sanford Health

Colette is the vice president of marketing at Sanford Health. She is a proud graduate of

the University of Nebraska where she earned her bachelor’s in marketing. She has lived in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, since 2008 when

she started at Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad/Canadian Pacific Railway where she focused on strategic service management. While there, Colette grew her skills in process improvement, data analytics and strategic problem-solving. Since joining the Sanford Health family in 2012, Colette has served in many roles and currently leads marketing insights, creative and digital strategy and marketing operations. She takes great pride

in her teams’ impact on the experience of

Sanford Health employees and patients.


Colette lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, Justin, and their three boys, ages nine,

seven and five, and their two vizslas. She enjoys a busy household full of laughter, family hiking adventures, kids' dinners, and Husker volleyball.

Molly O'Connor

Molly O'Connor
Visual Designer

Molly is a visual designer at Lemonly who lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with her husband Zach and daughter Lucy. She has a strong arts background with a passion for giving back to the community through design, mentoring young designers, and pushing the design industry to be more inclusive and accessible. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Molly is a self-proclaimed urban gardener and a sideline advocate for bugs, bats, snakes and all generally underrated creatures.

Tana Zwart

Tana Zwart
Graphic Designer
Freelance Media Manager

Tana is a self-employed Media Manager with a passion for nonprofits, the arts and the community. She is Chair of the Disability Awareness and Accessibility Review Board for the City of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, active on various committees, as well as former National Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Tana has a significant volunteer and fundraising history, both in the rare disease community and in the arts. As a woman with a disability, and as an advocate, she strives to see more authentic representation and inclusion for those with disabilities in our local community. Tana is a music lover, cat lady and self-proclaimed fashion geek.

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