Peter was one of fifteen emerging leaders from South Dakota selected to participate in the first cohort of the South Dakota Change Network, a program created by the Bush Foundation. He attended the first gathering from the 21st to the 24th of October in Pierre, South Dakota.
The cohort experience will offer forward-thinking South Dakotans an opportunity to build their self-awareness, leadership abilities, and systems-change skill sets. The other fellows are:
- Jill Baker, Sioux Falls, human services with a focus on veterans;
- Stacey Berry, Madison, English professor at DSU with interests in student equality;
- Amy Hofer, Doland, finance manager interested in rural community involvement and volunteerism;
- Jared Hybertson, Centerville, economic developer focused on rural community inclusion;
- Patti Martinson, from Rapid City, focuses on social change through the arts;
- Billy Mawhiney, Sioux Falls, youth director working on nonprofit connections;
- Carla Miller, Sioux Falls, serving families and individuals with disabilities and chronic health issues;
- Alli Moran, from Eagle Butte, is interested in secondary education for tribal youth;
- Andrea Powers, from Hot Springs, is an economic developer focused on bringing young people to rural areas;
- Traci Smith, Sioux Falls, interests in changes in the judicial system as a public defender;
- Adam Strenge, Sioux Falls, SE Tech work on increasing student success in post-secondary education;
- Kelsea Kenzy Sutton, from Burke, is an attorney with interests in food security and public health;
- Viola Waln, from Parmelee, is a journalist interested in affecting people through writing;
- Ernest Weston, from Porcupine, will be assisting first-year Native American students in colleges.
Executed through a partnership of National Arts Strategies, SDSU Extension Community Vitality, and Vision Maker Media, the Change Network cohort will provide a supportive environment to assist participants in leading change in a more equitable and inclusive manner.