PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board has selected its officers for 2023.

Carmen Schramm* of Yankton was reelected the board president during a meeting today in Pierre. Ann Lesch* of De Smet was reelected vice president.

“The steadfast leadership and support provided by the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board is unmatched,” said James Hagen, Secretary of the Department of Tourism. “To have leaders like these who care so deeply about our state and this tourism industry is incredibly valuable. They march alongside our industry and are keenly aware of the challenges they face and the successes they celebrate.”

The Tourism Advisory Board is appointed by the Governor and includes members of the tourism industry and citizen representatives from across the state. Board members serve as liaisons and advocates for the tourism industry as well as the Department of Tourism.

Current Tourism Advisory Board members include Caleb Arceneaux*, Rapid City; Tom Biegler*, Sioux Falls; John Brockelsby*, Rapid City; Ted Hustead*, Wall; Ann Lesch, De Smet; Julie Ranum*, Watertown; Val Rausch*, Big Stone City; Carmen Schramm, Yankton; Frank Smith, Gettysburg; Ivan Sorbel, Kyle; and Kristi Wagner, Whitewood.

The South Dakota Department of Tourism is comprised of Tourism and the South Dakota Arts Council. The department is led by Secretary James D. Hagen.


Media Notes: For a high-resolution photo of the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board and elected officers, follow this link.

Photo of all board members:
L. to R.: Val Rausch, Big Stone City; Tom Biegler, Sioux Falls; Caleb Arceneaux, Rapid City; Carmen Schramm, Yankton; Ivan Sorbel, Kyle; John Brockelsby, Rapid City; Kristi Wagner, Whitewood

Not pictured: Frank Smith, Gettysburg; Ann Lesch, De Smet; Ted Husted, Wall; Julie Ranum, Watertown

Photo of officers:
L. to R.: Ann Lesch, vice president, Carmen Schramm, president;

*Arceneaux (AR’-cen-oh)
*Biegler (BEE’-glur)
*Brockelsby (BRAHK’-uhlz-bee)
*Hustead (HYOO’-sted)
*Lesch (LEH’-sh)
*Ranum (RAN’-uhm)
*Rausch (RAH’-ow-sh)
*Schramm (sh-RAM’)
*Sorbel (SOR’-bull)


Katlyn Svendsen, Global Media & Public Relations Director
South Dakota Department of Tourism
Phone: 605-773-3301
Email: [email protected]


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