Our Leadership  Team

Alec Ruml

Alec Ruml

Acting President

More about Alec

Alec is a musician who loves to spend time in the Black Hills. He enjoys spending his time volunteering and helping others in anyway that he can.

Dr. Rich Braunstein

Dr. Rich Braunstein

Board Member, Outreach Director

More about Rich

Dr. Rich Braunstein is a professor in the Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice and International Studies at the University of South Dakota (USD). Braunstein is a faculty member in the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership, a research associate for the Government Research Bureau and coordinator of the USD Nonprofit Studies Program.

In addition to his academic appointments, Dr. Braunstein serves as the Principal Investigator for the Rapid City Police Department’s Community Building and Crime Reductionprogram (CBCR) funded by the US DOJ Office of Justice Programs (2020-2024). Braunstein also serves as the Principal Investigator for the Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board’s Connecting With Our Youthprogram (CWOY) funded by the US DHHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2019-2024).

Throughout his 20 years USD, Dr. Braunstein has worked as a research partner/consultant for completed projects of the South Dakota Governor’s Office, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Wakpamni District of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and the City of Vermillion in South Dakota. Dr. Braunstein has also completed research contracts as an evaluator for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, South Dakota Department of Health, South Dakota Department of Transportation, South Dakota Department of Education, South Dakota Nonprofit Association, South Dakota Service Commission, and a wide range of nonprofit organizations providing direct services to at-risk populations. In 2021 Braunstein serves on three nonprofit boards focusing on unique dynamics of youth wellness. Dr. Braunstein’s teaching interests include race and justice in America, conflict resolution, nonprofit administration and American political development.

Lance Lehmann

Lance Lehmann

Board Member, Treasurer

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Lance Lehmann is a Rapid City native and is also an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. He has years of for-profit sector with years of experiences in the hospitality sector as well as construction management. Lance is currently a small business owner and is also the current Rapid City Common Council Vice President, having been elected to serve in 2019 at the age of 30. Lance felt there was a growing disconnect with the challenges of the community and joined journey on in late 2020 to assist in the capacity building of the organization to address some challenges in the community.

Tracy Sigdestad

Tracy Sigdestad

Founder, Lead Administrator

Learn about Tracy

As the Founder of Journey On, Tracy brings decades of experience to the program. Tracy has a robust background in working with at risk youth and women’s groups, facilitating adventure team building experiences for other businesses and organizations, and utilizing the wilderness to reconnect with one’s soul intention.

Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Outdoor Education, with an emphasis on Environmental Education and Adventure Programs and a minor in American Indian Studies. Her Master of Science is in Sustainability with an emphasis on Personal and Community Resiliency, Flourishing, and Leadership.

Tracy is a Wilderness First Responder and a Master Educator Instructor for Leave No Trace. Tracy utilizes Nature Based Practices, Applied Transpersonal Eco-Psychology, Contemplative Practices, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), and TFT (Thought Field Therapy) to foster individual growth and personal awakening.

It is observed that in any great endeavor, it is not enough for a person to depend solely on himself.

Lakota Proverb