Board of Trustees

DWU Life Trustees

Dr. John “Jack” Billion
Retired
Orthopedic Surgeon and former State Legislator
Sioux Falls, SD

Dr. Paul Christen ‘47
Chairman of the Board and CEO
Christen Group, LLC.
Huron, SD

Dr. John Clarke
President
County Fair Foods Stores
Mitchell, SD

Dr. Richard Cutler
Retired
Attorney
Sioux Falls, SD

Bill Farris ‘69
Retired
CFO, Financial Services Sector
Pointe Vedra, FL

Dr. Ronald D. Gates, Sr.
Retired
Healthcare CEO, Firesteel Heath Care Center
Mitchell, SD

Dr. M. Kent Millard ‘63
President
United Theological Seminary
Zionsville, IN

Wayne Puetz
President
Puetz Corporation
Mitchell, SD

Douglas Powers ’78, Chair
Business Development Director
Innovative Systems
Mitchell, South Dakota


 

Rita Johnson ’70, Vice Chair
Technology Consultant
Retired
Webster, South Dakota


 

Betty Oldenkamp ’82, Secretary
President and CEO
Lutheran Social Services of SD
Sioux Falls, South Dakota


 

Deanell Backlund ’70
Teacher
Retired
Mitchell, South Dakota
 

 

Dr. Phillip Becker
Anesthesiologist
Mitchell Anesthesia, PC
Mitchell, South Dakota


 

Rev. Kermit Culver ’77
District Superintendent
Dakotas Annual Conference
Bismarck, North Dakota
 

 

John Grinager ’75
CEO
Approve-IT, Inc.
Bloomington, Minnesota


 

James Gritzner ’69 
Senior United States District Judge 
Southern District of Iowa 
Des Moines, Iowa

 


Dr. John Ifediora ’79
Economics faculty, American University
Director and editor-in-chief, Council on African Security and Development
Washington, D.C.


 

Jeff Jares
President and CEO
Claims Associates Inc.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota


 

Jacquelyn Johnson
CEO/Financial Advisor
Dice Financial Services Group
Mitchell, South Dakota


 

Kenneth Ketel ’62
Teacher
Retired
Rapid City, South Dakota


 

Bob Kjelden ’71
Entrepreneur
Retired
North Oaks, Minnesota


 

Cindy Krall
Speaker, Writer
Treasured Possessions, LLC
Mitchell, South Dakota


 

Beth Kroger '91
JILA Chief of Operations
University of Colorado
Boulder, Colorado


 

Dr. Linda Kropenske '72
Nursing
Retired
Sioux Falls, South Dakota


 

Ron Martin '74
Principal and Residential Mortgage Loan Originator
Avenue Mortgage, LLC
Tyler, Texas


 

Dr. Don Messer '63
Founder and Executive Director
Center for Health and Hope
Centennial, Colorado


 

Carey Miller
Attorney
Woods Fuller Shultz & Smith P.C.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota


 

Jerry Miller '63
Athletic Education
Retired
Sioux Falls, South Dakota


 

Dr. Paul Miskimins
Dentist
Dental Care Center
Mitchell, South Dakota


 

Roger Musick
CEO
Innovative Systems
Mitchell, South Dakota


 

Terry Nebelsick '78
Superintendent
Huron School District
Huron, South Dakota


 

Jeff Nelson
Realtor
605 Real Estate
Sioux Falls, South Dakota


 

Julie Nelson '80
Senior Vice President
American Bank and Trust
Sioux Falls, South Dakota


 

Bishop Bruce Ough
Bishop
Dakotas -  Minnesota Area of the UMC
Minneapolis, Minnesota


 

Brad Pratt '79
Co-founder, Financial Planner
Pratt, Kutzke & Associates, LLP
North Mankato, Minnesota


 

Rev. Bob Ruedebusch '78
Pastor
First United Methodist Church
Sioux Falls, South Dakota


 

Scott Swier
Attorney, Founder and Managing Partner
Swier Law Firm, Prof. LLC
Avon, South Dakota


 

Dr. Alison Tendler '97
Ophthalmologist
Vance Thompson Vision
Sioux Falls, South Dakota


 

Larry Thompson
CEO
Vantage Point Solutions
Mitchell, South Dakota


 

Dr. Myles Tieszen
General Surgeon, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery
Creighton University of Medicine
Omaha, Nebraska


 

Gopal Vyas
Chairman
Tessier’s, Inc.
Mitchell, South Dakota


 

Leon Washington '72
Dean of Enrollment Management
Villanova University
Villanova, Pennsylvania