Member Information

Board Member Photo Name:  John Bastian
Position:  President
City:  Belle Fourche
Term End Date:  3/31/2022
Biography:
John W. Bastian, holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from South Dakota State University and a J.D. degree from Hamline University School of Law. He was a circuit court judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit for 20 years and retired in 2013. Prior to that service, he spent 10 years in the attorney general’s office as an appellate attorney and prosecutor. Bastian is also a veteran of the United States Air Force. He serves part-time with the South Dakota Unified Judicial System and is assigned to preside over cases in the Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Judicial Circuits. Appointed by Governor Daugaard in 2014, his second term will expire in 2022.
Political Party:Independant
Board Member Photo Name:  Brock Brown
Position:  Student Regent
City:  Lake Norden
Term End Date:  6/30/2022
Biography:
Brock Brown, Lake Norden, is enrolled in undergraduate studies in the history education program at South Dakota State University, which he plans to complete in May 2022. Brown first became involved at SDSU through residence hall government, then became president of the Residence Hall Association, and later a Students' Association senator. Appointed by Governor Noem in 2020, his term will expire in 2022. After graduation, Brown plans to become a high school teacher in South Dakota.
Political Party:Republican
Board Member Photo Name:  Jeffrey Partridge
Position:  
City:  Rapid City
Term End Date:  3/31/2027
Biography:
Jeff Partridge, Rapid City, is president of Partridge Financial Services. He served on the Rapid City Common Council from 2003-05, including a term as the council’s vice president. Partridge was on the legislature’s budget-setting Joint Appropriations Committee for six years, while serving terms in the House of Representatives from 2015-17 and in the Senate from 2017-21. He is a graduate of Augustana University. Appointed by Gov. Noem in 2021, his term will expire in 2027.

Political Party:Republican
Board Member Photo Name:  Timothy Rave
Position:  
City:  Baltic
Term End Date:  3/31/2027
Biography:
Tim Rave, Baltic, is president and CEO of the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations. He served in both chambers of the South Dakota Legislature, first in the House of Representatives from 2003-11, where he became Speaker of the House, and later in the Senate from 2011-15, where he was the majority leader. Rave attended South Dakota State University and graduated from the University of Sioux Falls. Appointed by Gov. Noem in 2021, his term will expire in 2027.
Political Party:Republican
Board Member Photo Name:  Pam Roberts
Position:  Secretary
City:  Pierre
Term End Date:  3/31/2022
Biography:
Pam Roberts holds a bachelor's degree in commercial economics from South Dakota State University. She retired in 2013 after a career in senior leadership roles, including Secretary of Labor, Commissioner of Personnel, and Chief of Operations, in the administrations of governors Janklow, Mickelson, Miller, Rounds and Daugaard. Roberts and her husband, Clay, operate their family’s ranch in Stanley and Lyman counties.
Political Party:Republican
Board Member Photo Name:  Barb Stork
Position:  
City:  Dakota Dunes
Term End Date:  3/31/2025
Biography:
Barb Stork,
Dakota Dunes - (Union County), founded and, from 1989 to 2016, served as CEO of Midwest Provisions Inc., a multi-million-dollar contract food service company serving large corporations throughout the Midwest from South Dakota to Texas. She also served as chair of the Sanford Health System Board of Trustees and is a past chairwoman of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. A native of Ute, Iowa, Stork earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. Appointed by Governor Noem in 2019, her term will expire in 2025.
Political Party:Republican
Board Member Photo Name:  Jim Thares
Position:  
City:  Aberdeen
Term End Date:  3/31/2023
Biography:
Jim Thares, Aberdeen, is the founder and CEO of Primrose Retirement Communities, an Aberdeen company founded in 1989 that currently operates 35 senior living communities in 16 states. He has also worked in hotel development and as a certified public accountant. Thares is a graduate of Moorhead State University, where he earned his degree in accounting. Appointed by Governor Daugaard in 2017, his term will expire in 2023.
Political Party:Republican
Board Member Photo Name:  Tony Venhuizen
Position:  
City:  Sioux Falls
Term End Date:  3/31/2027
Biography:
Tony Venhuizen, Sioux Falls, holds a bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University and a law degree from the University of South Dakota. He previously served as the Board of Regents’ student member in 2003-2008, appointed three times by Gov. Mike Rounds. Prior to his current employment with Standard Trust Company, Venhuizen served as chief of staff in the administrations of Gov. Kristi Noem and Gov. Dennis Daugaard. As an education policy adviser in the Governor’s Office, Venhuizen chaired the Council on Higher Education Policy Goals, Performance, and Accountability and the Open Government Task Force. He also served on the Blue Ribbon Task Force and the Dakota Corps scholarship board. Appointed by Gov. Noem in 2021, his term will expire in 2027.
Political Party:Republican
Board Member Photo Name:  Joan Wink
Position:  
City:  Howes (Meade)
Term End Date:  3/31/2023
Biography:
Joan Wink is a professor emerita of California State University, Stanislaus. Since retirement in 2007, she has been an adjunct professor at Black Hills State University, South Dakota State University, and in the Global Education Masters Program of The College of New Jersey in Mallorca, Spain. She retired from these positions completely Spring 2017. Joan began a six-year term to the South Dakota Board of Regents in April 2017. Throughout her career, she focused on languages, literacy, and learning in pluralistic contexts. Dr. Wink completed her Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Texas A&M, 1991); two masters' degrees from the University of Arizona (Spanish, 1981; Educational Foundations/Bilingual, 1985); and a Spanish and English undergraduate degree from Yankton College, SD, 1966. Joan continues sharing, writing, and speaking nationally and internationally. Joan maintains an active website (joanwink.com) and a blog, WinkWorld, (http://www.joanwink.com/wink-world/
Political Party:Democrat