“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” This quote is what Sargianna lives by and she has truly come alive by living out her passions.
Sargianna is originally from New England, ND and has been the Operations Officer at Community Options, an agency that provides services for people with developmental disabilities for ten years. Sargianna is also the Communications Director at Surprise Church.
Sargianna’s true passion is helping impact underserved populations as well as non-profits in our community. Sargianna helped found The Mercy Box which collects donations each month for a different non-profit or local organization at over 30 drop off sites in the local area.
Sargianna is a conference speaker through Bismarck State College Speaker’s Bureau with her talks assisting people to find a way to live out their passions. Sargianna is on the board of the Bisman Stilettos as well as the chairperson for The Mercy Box. She also volunteers for Pink it Forward.
In November 2018, Sargianna took her passion for the Arts and underserved populations and founded her own non-profit, Arts for All. Arts for All provides free classes to kids and adults of all ability levels in the arts of dance, drama, art, music and writing targeting those who are low income, at risk or have developmental disabilities. Since the inception of Arts for All, there have been over 350 students impacted by the free art classes that have been offered by Arts for All.
In her spare time, Sargianna loves reading and spending time with her two teenagers, Jasmine and Jordan who also volunteer for Arts for All.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rhonda has over 25 years of experience in leadership and management and a long history of volunteering in the local community. She holds a bachelor’s degree in management with a minor in psychology from Minot State University.
Rhonda is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) and the North Dakota Economic Security and Prosperity Alliance (NDESPA). She has served as President of the Council of United Way Agencies (COUWA) in Bismarck. Currently, Rhonda serves as a board member for BisMan Stiletto and Family Day Riverwalk. She is also a member of the Mercy Box team.
In 2019, Rhonda was named Woman of the Year by the Bismarck-Mandan Business and Professional Women’s Club. She was recognized for her significant contributions and service in the Bismarck area.
Rhonda is an Operations Officer for Community Options. She is a nationally-certified trainer with the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) and trains staff in nonviolent crisis intervention. Rhonda, too, is a certified trainer in Risking Connection/Restorative Approach and trains this trauma-informed practice with a team of six.
Bri is a board member for Arts for All. Bri works closely with children, young adults, and adults with developmental disabilities as a program director for the Family Support program at her company. She has been with her company for 12 years, and enjoys spending time, and taking care of the individuals in her program.
Bri has worked to arrange for the individuals in her program to participate in the various Arts for All programs such as, art classes and dance classes, to ensure full inclusion to this community program.
She is a wife, and mother to a son (age 9), daughter (18 months), and stepdaughter (age 9). Bri loves spending time with her children and doing arts & crafts, going on secret learning adventures, baking, and science projects with them in her free time.
Her mission for her children is to help them experience as many adventures and activities as possible. When Bri gets some time to herself she enjoys reading, cooking, drinking coffee in peace, and spending time with her husband and the other amazing people in her life.
Deb is a CFO/Business Owner of multiple businesses in North and South Dakota. She has served on several boards, including Make A Wish North Dakota and America’s Youth Outdoors. She continues to be an active wish grantor for Make A Wish ND.
Deb graduated from Mayville State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with minors in Real Estate and Accounting. She has one daughter, Lexi.
In her free time she enjoys attending all her daughter’s activities, traveling, weekends at the lake and spending time with her fiancé’, Mike.
Melissa has been an artist all of her life, selling her first commissioned work at 12 years of age. She has won numerous awards for her realistic renderings around the state and has many works in private collections across the country. Melissa has had a number of solo shows and participates in many regional group shows throughout the year. Recently, she has become known for large-scale work done around the Bismarck-Mandan area, including her mural of Sitting Bull in Alley 5.5 being featured on the cover of Parade Magazine.
After over 10 years as a graphic artist, designer and art director, she has worked independently for nearly twenty years as a freelance artist and illustrator specializing in drawing mediums and a return to fine arts. Her work is currently featured in and on murals, books, greeting cards, rubber stamps, embroidery designs and even satellite dishes. Her most visible work is “Beauty at a Glance”, a mural that stretches a half a city block in downtown Bismarck. She is the 2016 Citation Award recipient at Bismarck Arts and Galleries and was won several Best of Show Awards with her work.
Melissa also enjoys teaching and has taught in a variety of settings to age groups ranging from kindergarten to senior citizens and has a special interest in at-risk groups. She belongs to many local arts organizations and was a founding member of Bismarck Downtown Artists Cooperative . She has served as a board member of Mandan Art Association, Dakota West Arts Council, BSC Alumni Board and was appointed to the North Dakota Council on the Arts in 2015 by Governor Jack Dalrymple.
In addition to her work as an artist, she is also an active member of the community and does volunteer work for many area organizations including Bismarck Arts and Galleries Association, Dakota West Arts Council, Special Olympics, Papa’s Pumpkin Patch and Arts For All.
Sara resides in Mandan, ND with her husband Jon, two daughters, Rosie and Ellie and their Golden Retriever, Theo. Sara was born and raised in North Dakota and graduated from NDSU with a degree in Child Development and Family Science.
Sara works full time as an Behavioral Health Administrator and is also a health and fitness coach on the side. Sara’s passion is to help others live their best possible life and make the most of each day!
Sara enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, shopping, reading, exercising and watching movies.
Tim grew up in Bismarck/Mandan and is the Lead Pastor at Surprise Church Mandan. He also serves as a chaplain for several organizations in the community.
He has a daughter that in college at University of Jamestown and he volunteers with various non-profits in varying capacities.
He believes in supporting our local community and making sure everyone has access to the same opportunities, including the arts.
Heather is a native of Mandan, ND. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Mary in Social Work. She will be pursuing her Masters in Social work the summer of 2020 from the University of North Dakota. She started her social work career in a non-profit working with foster care. Heather has worked for local state and government agencies including nursing home care, daycare, and elderly and disabled populations. She currently is a school social worker and assistant Principal at Will-Moore Elementary in Bismarck, ND.
Heather enjoys being a part of the community and giving back to others. She also is the Children’s director at Surprise Church in Mandan, ND. She loves being a part of the Arts for All board and really is thankful for the number of student’s lives that have reached through this program. She attends the monthly art event at Will-Moore Elementary and enjoys assisting with that.
In Heather’s free time, she loves to spend time doing crafts and shopping with her daughter, Emma. She also enjoys time with her rescue dog, Beans who will be going through training to become a therapy dog.