Ronda Gusinsky joined Northern Plains Eye Foundation as its Development Director on October 2009 and stepped into the role of Executive Director in August 2010. As Executive Director, she leads in the areas of donor and corporate development, marketing and public relations, and overall Foundation administration. Previous to joining Northern Plains Eye Foundation, Ronda was President of OutSource Solutions, Inc., a company she founded, that directed corporate development for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for almost a decade. She is a long-time Rapid City resident and shares her passions for motorcycle riding and travel with her husband, Robert. She and Robert enjoy family time with oldest son, Dane, his wife, Colleen and their son, Taber, and youngest son, Tanner, and his girlfriend, Jami, all of whom live in Rapid City.
Carolyn Ness, a native of Wisconsin, joined Northern Plains Eye Foundation in April 2008 as Associate Director. Carolyn oversees the financial management and administrative coordination of our office. Carolyn is a graduate of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, with a BA in Music in 1981, and then hired on as the College Housing Coordinator, arranging housing for 2000 undergrads and grads in dorms, apartments and houses. In 1993 she left the college to move to Rapid City, and was employed for 14 years at Prudential Kahler Realtors, first as bookkeeper, and then as receptionist. Outside of work, Carolyn mentors several young women and is active in her church and enjoys music and natural medicine.
Christine Riegel joined Northern Plains Eye Foundation in March 2017. Christine oversees the Children’s Vision Screening Initiative (CVSI) and provides general project and administrative coordination. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she moved to the Black Hills when she was a year old and has lived here ever since. She has had the privilege of working in the Ophthalmology field for almost 12 years at The Eye Doctors at Rapid City Medical Center, mostly part time due to her love of photography, another part-time career, as well as a hobby. Outside work she most enjoys spending time with her family and daughter, hiking, and kayaking in the hills.
Rachel Swarthout joined the staff of Northern Plains Eye Foundation in September 2016. As a part-time Administrative Assistant, Rachel tackles receptionist functions, clerical duties, and general office coordination. Rachel and her husband, Chris, a pastor at Fountain Springs Church, and their daughters moved to Rapid City in 2016. For 8 years prior, Rachel and her family lived in Williston, ND. While in Williston, Rachel worked for an attorney, oilfield business, and the church, where balancing three part-time jobs, as well as a busy schedule being a mom of four, allowed Rachel ample opportunity to hone her administrative, time management, and organizational skills. When not involved in school and church activities, Rachel and her family enjoy spending time outdoors and getting together with out-of-state relatives and friends.