President

I was born in Vermillion and had the privilege of going through the Vermillion Public School System. I received my Bachelors from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management and subsequently moved to Germany. After being self-employed for many years, I started working in the banking industry where I ended up in project management.  In 2017, I moved back to Vermillion. I work in IT at the University of South Dakota as a PMO manager.

Education has always been important part of my life. I come from a long line of educators so it only seemed natural that when my children were younger, I volunteered in elementary reading and English as a second language programs. I also completed graduate work in linguistics and received a Diploma from the Open University in the UK.  I have two boys. Emile attends the Vermillion High School and Armand is at USD. I look forward to working with the rest of the Board to support our Vermillion School District.   

Vice President

I was born and raised in Elwood, Nebraska. I attended college in Lincoln, where I met my husband, Wade.  We came to Vermillion in 1995 when Wade was accepted to the Physician Assistant program at USD.  I graduated from USD with a Bachelor’s in Social Work in 1997. I graduated with a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008 and immediately started working at the Vermillion Public Library.  I have been at the library for eight years, the last seven as the Technical Services Librarian.   My husband Wade is the chair of the Physician Assistant Program at USD, and we have two kids – Ethan and Sophia.

Treasurer

I was born in Iowa Falls, Iowa. I received a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Professional Accountancy from USD. I have been the VP/CFO of the USD Foundation for 25 years, and teach occasionally at the Beacom School of Business. During my time in Vermillion I have been able to participate on the boards or committees for several organizations in the public school system as well as for the Chamber of Commerce, United Way and Trinity Lutheran Church. My husband, Tom, is a Professor and Accounting and Finance Department Chair at the Beacom School of Business. Our two children, Lindsey and Dan have blessed us by each adding a spouse to our family as well as three cats and one dog.

Secretary (Past President)

I was born in Vermillion, but grew up and graduated from high school in Northfield, Minnesota. I attended USD for 2 years, but had to complete my education at the U of Minnesota, as USD did not then have a major in anthropology. I was in trust and investment banking for 35 years, first for a large national bank and then a private bank in Minneapolis. I “retired” 10 years ago and my husband I moved to Vermillion where I took a position at the USD Foundation and am now senior director of planned giving. In addition to my service on the VPSF board I have worked with Heartland Humane Society, Dakota Hospital Foundation and the foundation for the SD Conference of the United Church of Christ. My husband is Doug and we currently have two cats Charlie and Emmy Kia.

Past President

I moved to Vermillion and joined the University of South Dakota as provost and vice president for academic affairs in July 2014 and have served on the VPSF for two years.

Degrees include a B.A. in psychology and history from Duke University, a M.S. in Psychology from the Univ. of Oklahoma and a PhD from Oklahoma State in Child and Family Studies. In 2012, I served as Interim President of Edinboro Univ. in Pennsylvania and previously was the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education for nine years. Prior to that I served as Dean of the College of Human Ecology at the Univ. of Tennessee and as department head of Family Relations and Child Development at Oklahoma State.

I helped lead early childhood education teacher education programs at the Universities of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech and Tennessee and worked closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to revise the standards for teachers in the conversion of K-6 certification to P-4 and 4-8 certification. I was also on the Department task force to develop the standards for principal and teacher evaluation and was appointed to the Governor’s Early Childhood Council in Pennsylvania. I have several publications in the area of children’s creativity including Creativity in Early Childhood Classrooms.

Jim is married to Susan Curtin and has two adult children: Mollie who lives in Charlotte and Ryan who resides in Sioux Falls.