Meet Our Team

Administrative Assistant

Christy Couch

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  

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

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

Director, Alumni Affairs 

Tom Wheaton

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

Director of Corporate Relations

Hans Nelson

Hans builds strategic relationships between BHSU and corporations that place a high value on education. He seeks to mesh the goals and interests of corporations with those of BHSU.  Hans facilitates corporate gifts and the placement of students as interns as well as connecting graduates with prospective employers. 

Phone Hans at (605)-642-6413 or

Assistant Athletic Director for External Operations

Thayer Trenhaile

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

Scholarship Coordinator

KANDA Guthmiller

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) 643-6335 or


Leah Shockey

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


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

Harvey Krautschun

President of the Board

Expertise: financial planner


Daryl Johnson

Vice President of the Board

Expertise: entrepreneur, politics


Damian Ederhoff

Secretary of the Board

Expertise: CPA partner

Sandra Addy

Expertise: fund-raising


Marla Barnard

Expertise: human resource executive


Beth Benning

Expertise: city finance officer


Tamara Burke

Expertise: financial advisor


Bruce Byrum

Expertise: bank president


Priscilla J. Dressen

Expertise: veterinarian


Judy Dryden

Expertise: special services director


Vincent P. Gravelle

Expertise: corporate CEO


Gary Johnson

Expertise: contractor/company president


John D. Johnson

Expertise: corporate CEO


Kathryn O. Johnson

Expertise: environmental consultant,

former SD Board of Regents 


Craig Katt

Expertise: media


Les Lindskov

Expertise: hospitality, ranching


Jim Moravec

Expertise: advertising


Wayne Mundt

Expertise:  energy business


Ron Meeker

Expertise: insurance, financial advisor


Julie Pechota

Expertise: Entrepreneurial ventures and sales


Roger Risty

Expertise: employee benefits


Charles V. Sederstrom, Jr.

Expertise: attorney

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