SFM Welcomes New COO, Austin Keith

In September our Chief Operating Officer, Rodney Bordeaux, was elected president of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.  His departure left a big hole at St. Francis Mission.  We are happy to report that we have been able to quickly fill it with Austin Keith.

Austin is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.  His grandmother was a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and lived near White River.  Austin has two bachelor degrees—in Economics and Psychology—and a Masters in Psychology.  He has held administrative positions in the Cheyenne River Tribe, Habitat for Humanity, and the University of South Dakota.  He has also worked as a mental health specialist on three reservations—Rosebud, Pine Ridge, and Fort Berthold in North Dakota. 

Coming to St. Francis Mission, he said that he wanted to work in a faith-based environment where he would be able to have a positive impact on greater numbers of people.  

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