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Mary Giffin

Executive Director

I have lived in the Vermillion School District since 2011.  The past few years I have been substitute teaching within the district at all 4 schools.  Prior to that, I was the Business Manager for Curry Seed in Elk Point.  Other positions that will help me in this new role are Grant Writer/Grant Administrator and Adjunct Professor of Accounting at WITCC and Morningside University.  I also have been a volunteer Treasurer with a variety of charitable organizations.  I have a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Morningside and an associate degree from WITCC.  I passed the South Dakota Certified Public Accountancy exam before I graduated college.

I was the first in my family to earn a bachelor’s degree.  If not for organizations like this foundation, I would not have had the educational opportunities that I did.  I am passionate about providing opportunities for ALL students.

My Husband is the Maintenance Foreman for the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System in rural Vermillion.  We have 2 children and 4 grandchildren, 2 Saint Bernards, a mini horse and a goat.