Meet The Staff
Dr. Robert Arnio
Robert Arnio earned his doctorate from the University of Iowa in 1979. For the past 20 years, he has been in private practice in the Rapid City area.
Throughout his career Dr. Arnio has earned multiple awards for outstanding service and leadership from the South Dakota Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association, including the Karl F. Heiser Award for Advocacy in 1995. In 1997 he was awarded Outstanding Health Care Professional by the Governor's Advistory Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.
Dr. Arnio has been teaching at South Dakota State University West River Graduate Center since 1981. His research interests include childhood disorders, ADHD, and learning problems for children. In his spare time Bob enjoys motorcycles and British cars.
Gary Evjen has been a teacher, coach, and school administrator for 31 years in South Dakota. He was a high school teacher and coach for 17 years (Java, Northwestern, Sisseton, and Sturgis, SD) and a high school principal at Tri-Valley, Lennox, Sisseton, and Joe Foss School in Sioux Falls. Gary's education includes a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Northern State University and a Master's of Science in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from the University of North Dakota. Gary earned his Master's of Science degree in School Administration from South Dakota State University in 1997.
Patsy Berger comes to Learning Solutions for Schools with 30+ years of experience in education. She earned her B.S. degree from the University of North Dakota with a double major in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She taught 3rd grade in Idaho for two years before moving to Colorado where she substitute taught for one year. She then moved to South Dakota where she completed the majority of her professional career teaching 1st and 3rd grades for 29 years. During that time she completed her M.S. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Black Hills State University. She now lives in Minnesota and is enjoying working with Learning Solutions for Schools. She feels the goal of helping schools and families develop confident and successful learners is an important one. She has two adult children and 3 grandchildren.
Renee Landeen, Ed.S.
Renee Landeen, Ed.S. is a full-time school psychologist and program specialist at Learning Solutions. Renee has been involved with Learning Solutions for several years. Renee attended the University of South Dakota and majored in psychology and criminal justice. Renee earned her Education Specialist in School Psychology from USD in 2003. From 2004 to 2014 Renee was the school psychologist for Meade 46-1 School District. Renee completed her school psychology internship and then spent one year as the school psychologist at Kent Junior High in Kent, Washington. Renee is currently the treasurer for the South Dakota Association of School Psychologists, and she recently joined the SDASP Task Force on aligning the most recent intelligence test for children (WISC-V) with state special education regulations. In 2014 the high school special education teachers from Sturgis Brown High School nominated Renee for School Psychologist of the Year.
Lisa A. Richardson
Lisa is an education specialist at Learning Solutions for Schools. She received her B.S. from Black Hills State University with a major in elementary school and a minor in middle school. She then went on to earn her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, also from Black Hills State University. Her professional experiences include Reading Recovery and Title I teacher, school district math curriculum coordinator, rural school teacher for grades four through eight, math teacher for adjudicated female youth, Rural Head Start Home Visitor, and private tutor. She also served as a teacher mentor for the Dakota ASSETS mentor program in South Dakota. In addition to teaching, she is also an author of a children’s book.