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About the Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting

The Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting supports the mission of SDPB through effective advocacy and fundraising from our members, donors and corporate partners. As a general rule, the Friends of SDPB pays for the majority of the programming expenses for both SDPB TV and Radio.

Friends is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists solely to support the mission of SDPB. We are governed by a volunteer board of twenty-one citizens from across the state.

Friends Board of Directors

President, Karen Mortimer, Rapid City

VP, Katrin Profilet, Sioux Falls

Treasurer, Gene Ellenson, Huron

Secretary, Jan Johnson, Watertown

Julie Overgaard, Sioux Falls

Tashina Banks Rama, Pine Ridge

Vernon Brown, Sioux Falls

Thomas E. Graslie, Rapid City

Paula Long Fox, Rapid City

Michael Goodroad, Rapid City

Susan Halter Jones, Watertown

Tom Hurlbert, Sioux Falls

Carole Johnson, Brookings

Kay Jorgensen, Spearfish

Katrina Lehr-McKinney, Sioux Falls

Tom Manzer, Brookings

Mike Mueller, Pierre

Tamara Pier, Rapid City

Ron Roehr, Milbank

Tim Schorn, Vermillion

Please contact us at (605) 677-5861 if you wish to speak to a volunteer board member.

Friends Staff

Ryan Howlett
Chief Executive Officer
and Major Giving
(605) 367-7266
ryan.howlett at

Major Giving

Meg Hentges
Sound Vision Campaign Coordinator
(605) 367-7022
meg.hentges at

Carol Johnson
Major Giving and Donor Engagement
(605) 880-5094
carol.johnson at

Theresa Schake
Major and Planned Gifts
(605) 677-5861
theresa.schake at


Eric Erickson
VP of Corporate Partnerships
(605) 367-7273
eric.erickson at

Jennifer Adler
Director of Corporate Partnerships - Black Hills
(605) 440-1999
jennifer.adler at


Twyla Olson
Vice-President of Membership
(605) 367-7001
twyla.olson at

Wendy Bergan
On-air & New Member Fundraising Manager
(605) 367-4559
wendy.bergan at

Adam Davenport
Chief Information Officer
(605) 681-8801
adam.davenport at

Janet Gerjets
Member Services Quality Assurance
(605) 677-5861
janet.gerjets at

Nathan Hofer
Outreach & Experiences Manager
(605) 351-9778
nathan.hofer at