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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 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.

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.

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 Charles (Chuck) Lubbers, and I am a professor in the Media & Journalism Department at USD. I am a first-generation college graduate in my family and have degrees from SDSU and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I grew up in Yankton and graduated from Yankton High School. My wife, Brenda Fergen, and I lived in Lincoln, NE, Kansas City, MO and Manhattan, KS before coming to Vermillion in 2005. All of our children attended and graduated from the Vermillion Public Schools.  I am very interested in working to maintain the excellence in the Vermillion Public Schools and ensuring that all the students in the system have access to the wonderful opportunities available.

Board Member

I grew up in Vermillion and graduated from Vermillion High School.  After living away for 20 years working in business and education, we returned to Vermillion.  I received my masters in Educational Technology, and worked for seven years at Vermillion High School implementing state initiative programs and teaching business and computer classes.  Currently, I am the church administrator at the United Church of Christ, Congregational.  My husband and I have four sons and 9 grandchildren, of which only a fraction live close by, so we love traveling to visit them as often as we can.  I believe the Vermillion School district is one of the best and will work to make sure it continues to be so.

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 Bachelors 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, 3 Saint Bernards, a mini horse and a goat.