About Us

Mission:  Educating children and teens on safety and prevention of injuries.

The Safety Village of South Dakota is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to reducing accidents involving children and adults by helping them understand and identify safety issues, and to make healthy injury prevention choices. We partner with community safety organizations to coordinate comprehensive safety programs. Our goal is to be a hands-on, injury prevention facility where children and adults learn life-saving safety skills.

Vision: To be the preferred resource for making communities safe through educational programs and partnerships.

Our History

The Safety Village of South Dakota began with a discussion 1,300 miles away on the east coast. That discussion at the National Fire Academy led to a visit to the Washington County Children’s Village in Hagerstown, Maryland. The safety center designed to teach injury prevention to children was so impressive, the idea was brought back to Sioux Falls. An organizational plan for our own Safety Village caught fire with numerous community leaders. A Board of Directors was formed in 1998 to oversee the non-profit organization. Since the creation of the Safety Village of South Dakota, numerous projects and programs have come to fruition. Safety Village of South Dakota educates the public about safety and injury prevention on topics ranging from fire, home and farm safety to poison prevention, bicycle and pedestrian safety, and impaired and distracted driving.

Board of Directors

  • Marsha Kucker – Board President
    Capital Resource Consulting
    Education Specialist – Groundworks Midwest
  • Dr. Kevin Whittle – Board Secretary
    Medical Director – Avera Health Clinic
    Clinical Professor, Internal Medicine  – Sanford School of Medicine
  • Kathy Redinius – Treasurer
    Retired – First National Bank Sioux Falls
  • Michael Top
    Battalion Chief/Enforcement and Investigation – Sioux Falls Fire Rescue
  • Christine Bruxvoort
    Sioux Falls Police Department 
  • Doug Kruse
    PREMIER Bankcard
  • Steve Munk
    Retired – SD Cooperative Extension Service
  • Darren Kuyper
  • Eric Majeres
    Volunteers of America, Dakotas
  • Karen Keyser
    SD Department of Education
  • Marilyn Buskohl
    AAA South Dakota


Tonya Ahrendt – Executive Director

Safety Village of South Dakota Current 990

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