Kathleen Bierne is a Presentation Sister in Aberdeen, South Dakota. From a rural one-room school, she went on to do graduate work in family and child development and canon law. Her ministries have been in education, service as congregational vice president, and currently on several governing boards for their Avera Health system. She also represents the congregation as a badged lobbyist at the state legislature, focusing on issues that impact the vulnerable, immigrants, refugees and education/health care.

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Learning diversity in South Dakota

Aberdeen, South Dakota, never boasted a taste for diversity of culture or color. But if the city was to grow, it was time for the town to move into the 21st century, and education in diversity would be needed to help this transition.