Who We Are
What We Do
We help students, both past and present, succeed and thrive. When students graduate from Black Hills State, they leave with more than just a fancy seal on a framed diploma. They take away the friendships, fun times, crazy times, hard times, inspirations, opportunities and challenges they encountered throughout their university career.
The University Advancement team consists of three branches: the Alumni Association, the BHSU Foundation and the Yellow Jacket Foundation. From helping connect donors and deserving students with scholarships to coordinating alumni events at our Homecoming Swarm Days for both students and alumni to enjoy, we are here to make strong ties that will benefit you.
About the Black Hills State University Foundation
The Black Hills State University Foundation is housed in the Joy (Proctor) Krautschyn Alumni/Foundation Welcome Center on the east edge of the campus at 1351 St. Joe Street. There is ample visitor parking.
Since its founding in 1975 the purpose of the Foundation is to raise, receive, hold, administer, invest and manage funds from donors wishing to benefit Black Hills State University. The Foundation oversees the distribution to the University of these gifts and of the interest earned from the endowed funds. The Foundation has a deep commitment to ensuring that funds distributed to the University are utilized in the manner that the donors intend.
The Black Hills State University Foundation is a 501©3 charitable organization exempt from federal income tax. Contributions are deductible for federal income tax purposes in accordance with applicable law. The Foundation is a registered South Dakota non-profit corporation that is separate from the University.
The Foundation carries out its responsibilities to BHSU with oversight by the BHSU Vice President for University Advancement and advice from the President of the University on funding priorities. The Foundation Board of Directors participates in the development of policy and major-decision making at board meetings held two times a year. New members are elected by the board to serve four-year terms. Board members bring their expertise to a variety of committees.
Those serving on the Investment Committee have the responsibility for general oversight of the Foundation’s investment portfolio, which includes selection of the investment manager candidates and making recommendations to the entire Board of Directors for final action. The BHSU President, the Vice President for Finance and the Vice President for University Advancement act in an advisory capacity and are ex-officio members of the committee.
The finances of the Black Hills State University Foundation are independently audited each year. Auditors change from time to time. Currently, Casey Peterson & Associates, LTD., CPAs & Financial Advisors of Rapid City, South Dakota and Gillette, Wyoming are conducting the annual audits. Foundation staff members and board members share dedication to stewardship of gifts from donors and the auditors provide important oversight as well.
For the audits the Foundation staff is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The accounting principles include the design, implementation, and maintenance of internal control relevant to the preparation and fair presentation of financial statement that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.
The auditor’s responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on their audit. The audit is conducted in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. The auditors provide an Independent Auditor’s Report to the BHSU Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Meet Our Team
Christy will likely be the first person to welcome you when you enter the Joy Center, the home of the BHSU Foundation, the BHSU Alumni Association and the Yellow Jacket Foundation. She is the program assistant and office manager.
For general information call Christy at (605) 642-6385 or Christina.Couch@bhsu.edu
Vice President for University Advancement
Steve, a member of the Black Hills State University administration, is responsible for all aspects of university advancement. Advancement includes the Alumni Association, corporate relations and fundraising through the BHSU Foundation and the Yellow Jacket Foundation. Steve welcomes every opportunity to share the vision of Black Hills State University while working with donors, alumni and friends to achieve their goals for helping to build excellence at BHSU.
Call him at (605) 642-6228 or Steve.Meeker@bhsu.edu
Director of Development
Shauna is ready to help alumni and friends learn more about possibilities for giving to BHSU. She is knowledgeable about many ways for donors to accomplish their philanthropic goals. Shauna meets with donors one-on-one both during her travels and through meetings on campus.
Call her at (605) 642-6203 or Shauna.Junek@bhsu.edu
Director, Alumni Affairs
Tom leads the BHSU Alumni Association. He welcomes alumni back to the campus for reunions and other events. On the road he hosts alumni gatherings. He is always delighted to see alums that drop by his office to share fond memories or find out what is new at BHSU.
Call Tom at (605) 642-6446 or Tom.Wheaton@bhsu.edu
Assistant Athletic Director for External Operations
Thayer is ready to help alumni, friends and businesses learn more about possibilities for giving to the BHSU Athletic Department. He offers several ways for donors to accomplish their gift giving—both during his travels and through meetings on campus.
Call Thayer at (605) 642-6460 or Thayer.Trenhaile@bhsu.edu
Kanda oversees the scholarship award process, making sure that donor’s wishes are honored. She works closely with the Deans of the three Colleges. Also, she is the Director for Joy Center rentals.
Call Kanda at (605) 642-6335 or Kanda.Guthmiller@bhsu.edu
Leah oversees all accounting activities for the BHSU Foundation and the Yellow Jacket Foundation. Her work is a vital part of the Foundation’s stewardship of donor gifts.
Call Leah at (605) 642-6220 or Leah.M.Shockey@bhsu.edu
The BHSU Foundation Board of Directors
The BHSU Foundation, a non-profit South Dakota corporation, is governed by a Board of Directors. The by-laws state that “The Board of Directors shall have entire management and control of the business of the corporation… “ The full Board, which can have up to 25 members, meets twice a year on the BHSU campus. Various committees carry out duties throughout the year. The Directors are nominated and elected volunteers, who serve four-year terms. Board members work hand-in-hand with the BHSU President and other campus leaders to bring private support to the mission and goals of Black Hills State University. A list of current board members and their areas of expertise follows
President of the Board
Expertise: entrepreneur, politics
Vice President of the Board
Expertise: CPA partner
Secretary of the Board
Expertise: city finance officer
Expertise: financial planner
Expertise: human resource executive
Expertise: financial advisor
Expertise: bank president
Priscilla J. Dressen
Expertise: special services director
Vincent P. Gravelle
Expertise: corporate CEO
Expertise: contractor/company president
John D. Johnson
Expertise: corporate CEO
Kathryn O. Johnson
Expertise: environmental consultant,
former SD Board of Regents
Expertise: hospitality, ranching
Expertise: energy business
Expertise: insurance, financial advisor
Expertise: Entrepreneurial ventures and sales
Expertise: employee benefits
Charles V. Sederstrom, Jr.