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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 sons, Armand and Emile. 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.


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.

Board Member

My name is Dan Mourlam and I’m an assistant professor in the teacher education program at the University of South Dakota where I teach educational technology and teaching methods courses to aspiring teachers. I’m originally from Iowa where I attended both Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa earning degrees in History Education, Curriculum and Instructional Technology, and Curriculum and Instruction. I am a licensed teacher in the State of Iowa and have previously worked as a teacher and technology coordinator in the Cherokee Community Schools in Cherokee, IA. I live in Vermillion with my wife Katie, and our three children who attend the Vermillion School District.

As a first generation college student and the first in my family to pursue a career in education, I have a passion for public education and ensuring that children have the opportunities necessary to reach their full potential in life. Public education is a foundation of our society and I’ve dedicated my career to advocating for our students, our teachers, and our schools. I’m excited to continue my advocacy as part of the Vermillion Public School Foundation.

Board Member

My name is Kari Oyen and I am an assistant professor and the School Psychology Program Director at the University of South Dakota.  I grew up in Chancellor, SD and am a proud graduate of Lennox High School, Augustana University, and the University of South Dakota (All in South Dakota!).  I live on a rural acreage near Vermillion with my husband, Nick, and two daughters, who both attend Vermillion School District.

My mom is a retired school teacher and was a public school teacher for 41 years.  She taught me the importance of high quality public education.  I believe that public education is a civil right for all children and we should do all that we can to ensure that our most valuable asset, our children, have access to high quality education!  I support public education and am proud of the work that is advanced through the Vermillion Public Schools Foundation!