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Board of Directors

President: Kaye Hunt, Wentworth SD
Vice-President: Charlie Johnson, Madison SD
Secretary-Treasurer: Lawrence Novotny, Brookings SD

  • Luanne Napton, Brookings SD
  • LaVia Merrick, Rapid City SD
  • Gerald Lange, Madison SD
  • George Piper, Huron SD
  • Lois Haertel, Bruce SD
  • Jeanne Koster, Watertown SD
  • David Staub, Sisseton SD

Honorary Board Member: Robert Roby, Howard SD

SDRC President Kaye Hunt

Kaye Hunt, SDRC President

Kaye Hunt

I began my interest in the environment and protecting it with an organic garden to provide my family with pesticide free vegetables. As the kids grew older, I was able to be involved outside of the family. Shortly after the first Earth Day, I started working on getting recycling going in the city of Sioux Falls, SD.

Not long after that, I was asked to serve on the board of Catholic Rural Life, a staunch defender of the family farm. I also began my association with the South Dakota Environmental Coalition, as SDRC was called originally. I have served on this Board for many years and was President for one term. I also did some lobbying at the State Legislature with our founder, Esther Eide. I am presently serving as president of the Board.

While not as active as in the past, I continue to monitor environmental issues at the local, state and federal levels and contact officials with our concerns.

Charlie Johnson, SDRC VP

Charlie Johnson, SDRC Vice-President

Charlie Johnson

Jeanne Koster, SDRC Director-at-Large

Jeanne Koster

Jeanne Koster

Jeanne Koster has been a member of SDRC since 1977 (when it was still SDEC). A special concern of hers is energy policy. Koster retired in 2006 after 22 years of service to members of SD Peace & Justice Center, a statewide organization. Before working with SDPJC, she taught college courses in writing and literature and worked as a technical writer for an aerospace engineering firm.  She lives with husband Jim and a serious garden in Watertown.

LaVia Merrick, SDRC board member

LaVia Merrick, SDRC Director at Large

LaVia Merrick

LaVia Merrick has an MBA and is a consultant for a long-term care organization.

Luanne Napton

Luanne Napton, SDRC Director at Large

Luanne Napton

Luanne Napton has been active in environmental work for more than forty years and holds a master’s degree in environmental geography. She has been a member of the SDRC board for seventeen years, during which time she served as the SDRC lobbyist in Pierre for nine years and as SDRC president for ten years.

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