who we are

Alexandra Lux | director

Lawrence County Teen CourtAlexandra “Lexi” has lived in the Black Hills for most of her life. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in political science and history from the University of South Dakota in 2011. She spent nearly ten years working in and around law enforcement as a community service officer, telecommunicator, and seven years as a police officer. During that time , Lexi assumed many roles including receiving training in domestic violence, crisis intervention, DARE, sexual assault response, and was actively involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

In May 2019, Lexi assumed the role of Director of Lawrence County Teen Court. Lexi is passionate about investing in the younger generation to create a brighter future. She is currently working to expand Teen Court to better serve area youth outside of the court room. Lexi serves as part of the Lawrence County Child Protection Team, Spearfish Community Coalition, Deadwood Optimists Club, and is a member of the Victims of Violence Intervention Program Board of Directors. In her free time, Lexi enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her husband and children

Kim Kinney

Kim has been volunteering with Lawrence County Teen Court since 2013. She obtained her J.D. Degree from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 2013. Following Law School, Kim worked as the Law Clerk for South Dakota's Fourth Judicial Circuit. She is a member of the State Bar of South Dakota and serves as the Fourth Circuit Representative on the Young Lawyers Board of Directors. She is also on the Board of Directors for Lawrence County Teen Court. Kim obtained her bachelor's degree in Spanish, Latin American Studies and International Business at the University of Arizona. Born and raised in South Dakota, she enjoys the state's beauty and recreation by spending her free time outdoors with her family, hunting and fishing, and keeping her dog active.

Erika Lahood-Burns

Lawrence County Teen CourtErika is a Black Hills native who studied in South and North Dakota, obtaining her baccalaureate degree in psychology from the University of South Dakota and master’s degree in social work from the University of North Dakota. She has practiced locally in community mental health care as a counselor, social worker and therapist, working with individuals of all ages. Erika has experience in providing psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families experiencing a variety of life stressors and mental health conditions. She specializes in therapy for mental health conditions that are often associated with chronic pain, sleep issues, weight management and other medical conditions. Erika uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Neuroplasticity Training, Trauma Therapy, Relational Therapy and Solution-Focused methods in her work. She believes in the inherent worth of each patient and is committed to helping people find their inner strength and increase their well-being.

Erika teaches the Choices class for Lawrence County Teen Court. The class’ focus is on why we make certain choices and how to be more cognitively aware in order to think critically about long-term consequences.