GOP announces women’s study group

GOP announces women's study group South Dakota Republican Party Chairman Randy Frederick has announced that he is creating a women's study group to hold public meetings, to take public testimony, study and discuss issues that impact economic, health, personal and family welfare, and the social mobility of women in South Dakota.

"The purpose of the women's study group is to formulate plausible solutions to issues which are seen as problems or potential problems for the women of South Dakota," said Frederick.

Frederick also announced that he has appointed Barb Everist and Jan Nicolay to co-chair the group.

Everist, former majority leader of the State Senate, is a native of Sioux Falls and a married mother of three. She is currently working as an attorney, serves on the Federal Home Loan Bank Board and works with several community service organizations. In 1992 Everist was elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives. In 1994, she was elected to the South Dakota Senate where she served various capacities until 2000 including the positions of majority whip, the assistant majority leader and the majority leader in senate.

After gaining a degree in psychology from the University of Santa Clara, Everist then entered Montesorri training and graduate school at the California Polytechnic State University. She holds a California Teaching Credential. After teaching, newspaper reporting and child rearing, she attended the University of South Dakota School of Law. Everist was an editor and published commentator for the South Dakota Law Review. She earned a juris doctorate degree and clerked for the Second Circuit before practice at Danforth, Meierhenry and Everist law firm.

Nicolay, the interim director of Southeast Technical Institute, has worked as an educator in the Sioux Falls School System for 37 years. She was a teacher at Edison Junior High for 15 years and Washington High School for four years. Nicolay was the principal of Washington High School for nine years, the principal of Irving Alternative School for three years, the director of at risk programs for two years, and the principal of Roosevelt High School for two years.

Nicolay also served in the South Dakota House of Representatives for 14 years, where she served on the several committees. She received a BS in secondary education from Northern State College and a MS in Administration and Teaching from SDSU. Anybody interested in serving on the Women's Study Group should contact the South Dakota Republican Office in Pierre at (605) 224-7347.

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