Speaker Date Topic
Building a Better Community | Justice Reform Aug 10, 2020 12:00 PM
We are diving deeper this week in our conversations to build understanding and a better community. Rotarian Vaney Hariri will moderate a discussion on justice reform between Sioux Falls Police Lt. Jon Thum and newly elected Minnehaha County State's Attorney Daniel Haggar who will take office in January. In his position, Haggar is responsible for the prosecution of adult and juvenile crime, protecting children who may be living in abusive or neglectful homes and also provides legal advice and representation to the Board of Commissioners for the county and other elected and appointed department heads and staff. They will discuss Haggar's vision for his office, the local justice system from the legal and police perspective, and opportunities for improvement to serve all members of our community.
 
Downtown Sioux Falls Rotary will continue to offer online-only programming while we aren't able to meet in-person. The LIVE Facebook program will begin at noon. The direct link to the Facebook video is: https://www.facebook.com/siouxfallsdowntownrotary/live/
 
Rotary International is one of the premier service organizations in the world. The Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls is among the largest 40 clubs in the world. For more information on how to become a mentor or involve your organization in mentoring visit Sioux52.org.
 
About Daniel Haggar:

Daniel is a fourth generation South Dakotan born and raised in Sioux Falls. He attended the University of Sioux Falls then the University of South Dakota School of Law. He is married to Dr. Jennifer (Miles) Haggar, a Hartford native, and has three young children. 

Daniel has gained over a decade of legal experience centered around criminal law in Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties. He served as a Senior Deputy Public Defender in Minnehaha County, then as a Deputy State’s Attorney in Lincoln County. Daniel currently serves as an Assistant City Attorney in Sioux Falls, managing the Human Relations Division and serving as the city’s ADA Coordinator.

Dr. Jane Stavem – SFSD Superintendent Aug 17, 2020 12:00 PM
Dr. Jane Stavem, the newly appointed superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District, will be our guest this week. She will discuss the district's Covid preparations for the 2020-21 academic year and her vision for the largest school district in the state.
 
Downtown Sioux Falls Rotary will continue to offer online-only programming while we aren't able to meet in-person. The LIVE Facebook program will begin at noon. The direct link to the Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/siouxfallsdowntownrotary/
 
Rotary International is one of the premier service organizations in the world. The Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls is among the largest 40 clubs in the world. For more information on how to become a mentor or involve your organization in mentoring visit Sioux52.org.
 
Speaker Bio:

Dr. Jane Stavem is the Superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District. 

Dr. Stavem started her career in St. Paul, Minnesota where she taught K-6 music, fifth and sixth grades, gifted education, and served as a building curriculum coordinator. In 2001, she returned to Nebraska and assumed the roles of Elementary Principal and Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Columbus Public Schools, Superintendent of Blair Community Schools in Blair, Nebraska and the Associate Superintendent for Instruction for Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Prior to coming to Sioux Falls, Dr. Stavem was the Superintendent of the Lake Washington School District, which included the cities of Redmond, Kirkland, and Sammamish, Washington.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Bethel University, a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from the Bethel University, an administrative licensure degree from St. Mary’s University, and a doctorate (Ed.D.) in educational administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

During her career, she has worked with outstanding teams of educators to launch new programs such as a new Career Academy, and numerous collaborative partnerships supporting innovative teaching and learning initiatives. She was instrumental in redesigning three alternative schools to more effectively serve students in grades PreK-12 with significant behavior needs.

Dr. Stavem is a published author in the area of student mobility, and provides ongoing training for schools to develop consistent transition plans and practices. She was named as one of Lincoln’s “Inspiring Women” and is a frequent speaker and presenter at local and national conferences.