Rapid City Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Announces 2014 Wind Beneath Our Wings Award Recipients

 – By Rapid City Chamber

This year’s “Wind Beneath Our Wings” Outstanding Performance honorees are Julaine Arient-Rollman of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, South Dakota Department of Social Services; Dr. Charles Hart of Regional Health; Deborah Kuehn of Black Hills Pediatrics, Early Childhood Connections and Regional Health; Lloyd Paulson, civic leader and philanthropist; The Honorable Judge Craig Pfeifle of Seventh Circuit Court, State of South Dakota; Debbie Stangle of  Project Solutions, Inc.; and Brad Winter of Black Hills Works. 

Julaine Arient-Rollman is being honored for her work in advocating for the rights of people with disabilities.  As a Certified Senior Rehabilitation Counselor, Julaine is keenly aware of the needs and struggles that individuals with disabilities face on a daily basis and works to inspire others to live independently despite their impairments.  Julaine is a member of Alpha Etta Society, has been actively involved with South Dakota Rehabilitation Association, Western Resources for Dis-ABLED Independence, the Mayor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities, the Division of Rehabilitation Services, the Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, the National Federation of the Blind, and Northern Plains Eye Foundation.

Dr. Charles Hart is being honored for his commitment to providing quality health care services throughout the Black Hills area.  For the past 31 years, Dr. Hart has been actively involved in meeting the health care needs within our community.  During his leadership with Regional Health he has worked to enhance physician partnerships, increased access to core services, and created a strong foundation for Regional Health’s future grown.  Dr. Hart is a past and present member of multiple state and local civic organizations, such as Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, Community Health Center of the Black Hills, South Dakota Medical Association, American Medical Association, American Hospital Association and the Black Hills Vision.

Deborah Kuehn is being honored for her dedication to children in our community.  Deb works as a Certified Nurse Practioner with Black Hills Pediatrics and in the Regional Health Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  She is relied upon by many youth-servicing nonprofit organizations for her insight and guidance on health related policies, procedures and practices.  As an advocate for children, she eagerly provides instruction to early childhood professionals, parents and staff.   Deb has served on the Policy Council and currently serves on the Health Advisory Boards for both Rural America Initiatives Dakota Transitional Head Start and Youth & Family Services Prenatal to Five Head Start programs.  One of her passions is helping to provide support to grieving parents that have lost a child.    

Melissa Martin-Schwarz is being honored for her inspiring work with Black Hills Works. A fearless advocate, Melissa is a role model to other Service Coordinators and a mentor to direct support professionals.  She is a strong advocate and is dedicated to providing quality services and supports to people with disabilities.  Melissa was involved in the development of the Heroes & Hardrockers group, a collaboration between South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and persons served by Black Hills Works. 

Lloyd Paulson is being honored for his compassion and genuine interest in enriching the lives of children in western South Dakota by supporting education, prevention, advocacy, and nutrition programming.  He is especially interested in increasing opportunities for children to explore and enjoy nature.  In addition to his on-going support of Youth & Family Services, Lloyd made a generous challenge gift to Black Hills Area Community Foundation that resulted in more than $1 million new gifts and ultimately benefitted many local nonprofit, human services organizations.  This generosity will have a lasting and profound impact on our community.

The Honorable Judge Craig Pfeifle is being honored for his vision, action and commitment to our community. Judge Pfeifle is uniquely aware of our community’s challenges and opportunities and through his volunteerism, board service and employment works to ensure that all children and families have the tools and resources they need to overcome obstacles and be successful.  Judge Pfeifle serves as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Seventh Circuit Court.  He has been active in numerous civic organizations including Youth & Family Services, CASA, Westhills Village Retirement Community, and Northern Plains Eye Foundation.

Debbie Stangle is being honored for her work as an advocate for senior citizens seeking health care services.  She excels in volunteer management and community outreach.  Her work with Project Solutions, Inc., along with her past experience with the YMCA and Girls Scouts of America has helped her to effectively establish relationships with children, senior citizens, low-income families, Native American communities and people of many different abilities.  She empowers these individuals to make critical decisions that impact their lives. 

Brad Winter is being honored for his work with Black Hills Works in supporting all people to achieve success.  As Director of the Black Hills Works’ Suzie Cappa Center for Art Expression and Enjoyment, Brad works to ensure that artists with disabilities learn, create, exhibit and sell their work, and participate in music, theatre, and dance.  Brad also serves on the Rapid City Cultural Affairs Committee, is a member of the Rapid City Downtown Association and has shared the vision and story of the Suzie Cappa Center with both local and national audiences. 

We welcome you to join us in honoring these amazing individuals for their compassion and dedication to helping others on Monday, June 9 at the Adoba Hotel. The event will begin with a networking luncheon at 11:30 a.m. followed by featured speaker, Sandra Diegel, John T. Vucurevich foundation at noon. The cost to attend this event is $25 per person which includes the luncheon, speaker presentation by Sandra Diegel and award presentations.  This event is open to the public.  

For more information or to make reservation, please visit the chamber website at www.rapidcitychamber.com or call the chamber at (605) 343-1744.

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