The Move To Heal South Dakota Board of Directors consists of passionate community leaders dedicated to enhancing the well-being of children to seniors through movement and mindfulness.
SYDNEY BARTUNEK BENDERFounder & Board President email@example.com
Sydney Bartunek Bender is the founder of Move To Heal South Dakota and describes this role as honoring her soul. She grew up dancing from a young age and has always felt a deep passion to give back through the healing power of movement. It is through Sydney’s own childhood traumas and experience as a primary caregiver to her father for over a decade that led her to experience the healing arts as a form of coping and building resilience. In 2019, she took this inspiration, passion, and experience to another level and founded her nonprofit organization that aims to serve South Dakota and the region with movement-based programming in healthcare and community settings with an emphasis to reach rural locations without access to movement programming.
Sydney also works full-time currently in the Sanford Health Marketing Department and is active in the LiRa Dance Theatre Company and the South Dakota yoga community. Sydney graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Media & Journalism with an emphasis in PR & Advertising and is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher. She is currently pursing her MA in Arts in Medicine from the University of Florida and her 500-hour yoga certification from Yoga Medicine.
LISA CONLINBoard Vice President
Lisa Conlin has a BA in Communications with an Emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Spanish. She danced professionally with the ND Jazz Dance Company in college and decided to pursue her love of dance and ended up teaching, choreographing, directing, and judging dance and theater professionally for over 25 years in Minneapolis, MN and now here in Sioux Falls, SD for the past five years. She is the Co-Artistic Director of LiRa Dance Theatre Company; Sioux Fall’s first professional dance company. She is also on faculty at Balleraena Dance Studio, DAPA, and FORM Fitness Boutique teaching dance, theater, and yoga to over 500 children and adults in the Sioux Falls Community and beyond. Lisa’s passion to heal children and adults started when she was taking care of her daughter with epilepsy, caring for her mother in Hospice, and visits with her Aunt Rebecca diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She also is the Vice President of Fearless Foundation. She is thrilled to serve on the board for Move To Heal South Dakota to help children and adults heal with movement.
STEVE MIXBoard Treasurer
Bio coming soon!
KRYSTA MILLER-WALLNERBoard Secretary
Krysta Miller-Wallner has had a love for dance since she was 5 years old. Krysta moved a lot as a child and the one thing that was her constant from town to town was dance. As an adult, she is still dancing in an Adult Ballet class and enjoying the connections that it brings to her life. Krysta also works on the District Behavior Team for the Sioux Falls School District. When she isn’t working she is spending her time with her family- husband Joel, and 2 year old son, Evan. Krysta looks forward to the opportunity to connect with others through movement, by working with Move to Heal South Dakota!
ELIZABETH BAUERBoard Member
Lizzy found the invite to join the board of Move to Heal as the perfect opportunity to be part of the building of an organization that brought together some of the different passions in her life: movement as medicine, children and giving from your gifts. Dance was a big part of her childhood and added much to her identity and sense of self growing up and she has been lucky enough to find time for it again for herself in recent years. With 5 kids and her practice as a pediatrician, when she put on tap shoes amidst the fog of years of taking care of everyone, feeling that joy spread from her tapping toes to her heart was a reawakening she needed. As a pediatrician she knows that whether healthy or ill, bringing movement to the body in even the smallest sense fills the mind and soul with positive endorphins that it can use to heal or bring needed peace. She also saw how important finding movement became for her mom when she developed rheumatoid arthritis but then found pottery to be the art she needed to literally keep her joints moving but also give her much joy.
TAWNYA FRISKEBoard Member
Tawnya Friske is an avid yogi with a deep passion for health and wellness in the senior population. Teaching yoga to this age group is her way of giving back to the greatest generation. When Tawnya isn’t practicing or teaching yoga, she stays busy with her children, outdoor activities, trying new recipes and traveling.