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 BENDER

Founder & Board President movetohealsd@gmail.com605-661-4645

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 CONLIN

Board 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 MIX

Board Treasurer

Bio coming soon!

KRYSTA MILLER

Board Secretary

Krysta Miller 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 two kids. Krysta looks forward to the opportunity to connect with others through movement, by working with Move to Heal South Dakota!