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Keya Foundation welcomes Wendy Fischer

The Keya Foundation welcomes Wendy Fischer as the new Assistant Director.  Ms. Fischer will be assisting the organization with office services, implementing programs and projects, data collection, grant evaluation and reporting. Wendy also has experience with website creation, e-commerce, graphic design and marketing. She will be working with Artist Organizations in the area as well as implementing ways to support local artists that work with the KEYA Foundation. Her office will be in the Missouri Breaks Industries Research (Strong Heart Study) building on Willow St.  Wendy grew up in the country east of Eagle Butte and is a graduate of Cheyenne Eagle Butte high school. She recently moved back to the area with her three children. Wendy started her position on January 7, 2019.

Director, Justine Kougl says, “We are incredibly excited to be growing the Keya Foundation with hiring Wendy.  She has a wealth of knowledge with social media, public relations and our community.  Ms. Fischer has a great mind full of ideas that we plan on using to strengthen Cheyenne River through our work with the Foundation.”  Wendy joins the Keya Foundation with over 15 years of experience in the communications field. She has an Associates of Applied Science in Graphic Design/Multimedia from Westwood College of Technology in Denver, Colorado. Other positions held have been Communication/Outreach Coordinator for CR Tribal Ventures, Managing Editor for the West River Eagle, Graphic Design Instructor for Northwest Area Schools and others such as Marketing and Advertising Director as well as a Media Coordinator. Wendy also has a micro-business that offers Graphic Design and Photography services as well as sells her handmade jewelry.

“I am really excited to get started on the projects of the organization! I admire what the KEYA Foundation stands for and I am honored to become a part of the organization. Working as a community builder and serving the communities of my home is something that I find gratitude in and is always a fulfilling experience. I think my unique combination of interests and skills will serve as strength in this organization.”

The KEYA Foundation is comprised of a group of individuals from diverse backgrounds who are committed to “building capacity within our communities” on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

If you would like more information regarding the Keya Foundation, please call 605-964-3418 or email the organization