Board of Directors

Kathryn Birkeland, President (University of South Dakota)
Leslie Gerrish, Vice-President (The Bean)
Curt Nelson, Secretary (Polaris)
Bergen Peterson, Treasurer (Community Volunteer)
Sara Bye Schulte (Farmers Insurance)
Trish Felecos (USD Foundation)
Kim Johnson (Vermillion Public Schools)
Maxine Johnson (Seniors)
Ionela Georgescu (SESDAC)
Sheri Ouellette (Edward Jones)
Rachel Olson (Sanford Vermillion)
Chad Passick (Midwest Alarm)
Scott Pohlson (University of South Dakota)
Lana Svien (University of South Dakota)
Darwin Van Den Oever (CorTrust Bank)



Kelsey Collier-Wise, Executive Director

Kelsey Collier-Wise has served as Executive Director of the United Way of Vermillion since 2012, and is also currently Mayor of the City of Vermillion. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the USD School of Law. In her spare time, she enjoys clogging, knitting, and community building.

Catherine Johnson, Community Impact Director

A 2003 graduate of USD, Catherine returned to Vermillion with her family in 2016. She has a passion for helping others, and previously worked as Case Manager for Pathways Shelter for the Homeless in Yankton. In her spare time Catherine enjoys photography and spending time with her family, including her new puppy, Ziggy.