Meet the Committee

South Dakota Day of Giving is being driven by a team of volunteers from all across our awesome state who care deeply about the people and communities who make us unlike anyone else. We tip our cowboy hats to each of them for the time and expertise they’ve contributed to champion this state-wide effort.

South Dakota Gives is grateful to the following individuals who served as advisors as community members across South Dakota began discussions about a South Dakota Day of Giving.

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Matt Gassen
Executive Director, Feeding South Dakota

Matt returned to South Dakota to complete his career in the United States Air Force and has gone on to direct the activities of Feeding South Dakota. Feeding South Dakota partners with over 450 charitable organizations to provide over 11 million meals annually to struggling South Dakota families and provides strategic support to communities regarding food security. Their mission is to eliminate hunger in our state.


Bernie Hunhoff
Editor-at-Large, South Dakota Magazine

Bernie is a South Dakota native, writer and journalist, business owner and former member of the South Dakota Legislature. In 1985, he founded South Dakota Magazine, a bi-monthly journal that explores the history, culture and geography of our state. He has authored and co-authored several books, including Uniquely South DakotaSouth Dakota Curiosities and South Dakota's Best Stories.


Paula Jensen
Vice President of Advancement, Dakota Resources

Paula’s passion for community leadership and development is what drives her in her personal and professional life. Her responsibilities at Dakota Resources include resource development, community coaching and implementation of programs. She resides in her hometown of Langford, South Dakota (population 318+), where she and her husband have owned and operated an auto repair shop for the past 25 years.


Marie Keller
Director of Federal Contacts, BH Services (Black Hills Works)

For just over a year, Marie has been supporting the administration of federal contracts that enable the employment of hundreds of South Dakotans with physical and intellectual disabilities. For many years, Marie coordinated projects with partners across the nine South Dakota American Indian reservations to improve community services. She is from Mission and lives in Rapid City.


Angie Kuiper
Executive Director, South Dakota Association of Fundraising Professionals

Angie has been working in the nonprofit sector for nearly 20 years in a variety of marketing and communication positions. In 2015, she formed Golderod Management Solutions to better represent the growing number of nonprofits and associations under her management. She has been an independent business owner since 2008 and is an active volunteer in her church and a variety of community activities. 


Maree Larson
Community Leader

Maree is the director of the Larson Foundation located in Brookings, SD. Maree graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans with a degree in Communications. She serves on the board of the South Dakota Community Foundation and has served on the boards of the South Dakota Art Museum, Easter Seals South Dakota and Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity. She also volunteers for a number of non-profit organizations including the local schools.

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Beth Massa
Regional Director of Foundation Relations, South Dakota Community Foundation

Beth joined the South Dakota Community Foundation team in February 2015.  As the Regional Director for Foundation Relations, Beth works with donors and nonprofit partners in western South Dakota.  Based out of Rapid City, she works to bring together stakeholders in the state to build stronger and more vibrant communities.  She enjoys working with donors to make their charitable visions a reality, and loves engaging citizens to be partners in change by implementing local solutions for local issues.

Prior to working at the SD Community Foundation, Beth worked as the Resource Development Director at the United Way of the Coastal Bend in Corpus Christi, Texas. Before moving to Texas, she served as the Western Regional Director for Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota. Beth is currently on the South Dakota Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals and was recently selected to participate in Leadership South Dakota, where she will spend the next year expanding her knowledge of the state and the amazing people that make it a great place to live.


Priscilla Romkema
President, Regional Health Foundation

Priscilla grew up in Spearfish, SD, where she earned a B.S. in instrumental music from Black Hills State University; later she completed two degrees from the University of Wyoming: M.S. in business education and Ph.D. in education. Giving back—to one’s community, region, and profession—is a personal core value of hers, which has led to several key leadership positions in recent years: president of the National Business Education Association (2017-2018), Spearfish Economic Development Corporation Board (2018-present; 2003-2007); Regional Health Board (2011-2017); Zonta Club of Spearfish (2007-present); and Zonta International District 12 Governor-SD, MT, WY, CO-(2008-2010). Other past service opportunities include the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce Board, Spearfish Community Foundation Board, Matthews Opera House Board, and the Northern Hills Rotary Club.  

South Dakota Gives is grateful to the following individuals who served as advisors as community members across South Dakota began discussions about a South Dakota Day of Giving.

  • Maree Larson, Larson Family Foundation

  • Elli Harter, Bush Foundation

  • Sandy Diegel, John T. Vucurevich Foundation

  • Stephanie Judson and Beth Massa, South Dakota Community Foundation

  • Andy Patterson, Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation

  • Liz Hamburg, Black Hills Area Community Foundation

  • Jan DeBerg, Watertown Area Community Foundation