Board of Directors

Staff

Kellen Boice, Executive Director

Kellen Boice was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD.  She graduated in 2000 from Roosevelt High School where she excelled in Marketing, Photography, Theatre and Graphic Art. Following high school, she started working full-time as a studio photographer for Harold’s Photo Center and freelancing weddings and seniors portraits. From 2004 – 2007 Kellen attended the Art Institute of Phoenix,  graduating with a BA in Advertising. After graduation, she started work as a marketing representative and in-house graphic designer for a master-planned community in Peoria, AZ. In 2011 she moved back to Sioux Falls to be closer to family and in 2014 started her role as Executive Director for the Sioux Falls Design Center where she worked hosting events to support and elevate the design community. November of 2019,  she left the Design Center and started as the Executive Director for the Sioux Falls Arts Council. Kellen sits on the Visual Arts Commission for the City of Sioux Falls and board member for the Friends of McKennan Park Neighborhood Association.

 

Board of Directors

Board President, Michael Jamison was born and raised in Sioux Falls. His family includes Roxann his wife of 32 years two grown children Brent and Sara, and a grandson Henry who has redefined him as a “Grandpa.” Mike graduated from Lake Area Tech in 1980 and began his first career with The Spitznagel Partners (TSP) in 1981. While working at TSP he attended Augustana College, Sioux Falls College and South Dakota State University in preparation for passing the required testing to become a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer. Mike retired from TSP in 2018 and began his second career in January of 2019 with Puetz Corp a Design-Build, Construction Management firm with office in Mitchell, Pierre and Sioux Falls. Over the years Mike has been actively engaged with a number of community non-profit organizations including: Make-A-Wish, Junior Achievement, Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, South Dakota Achieve (LifeScape), Lutheran Social Services, Sioux Falls Arts Council, City of Sioux Falls Visual Arts Commission, Chamber of Commerce Community Appeals Committee and Dow Rummel Village.

 

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Secretary, Kira Dylla Christensen is the Learning & Development Manager at Farmers Business Network. She graduated from Augustana University with a B.A. in Mathematics and Secondary Education. During her time as a math teacher, she was the South Dakota recipient of a national teaching award and received her M.A. in Educational Technology from the University of Michigan. In college, Kira sang with the Augustana Choir and Chamber Choir for four years, and as a teacher, she advised student groups associated with the arts. Kira is an active member and past President of Sioux Falls Rotary – South, and she and her husband enjoy volunteering with the club.

 

 

Treasurer, Jeff Holcomb retired in 2016 after serving 12 years as the President/CEO of Southeast Technical Institute (STI) in Sioux Falls. During his tenure, the Southeast Tech campus grew and developed not only physically but programmatically. Upon retiring, he completed his doctorate in educational leadership finally checking it off his bucket list. Currently, Jeff operates a ranch West River in partnership with his sister. He began his career in education in 1985 with the South Dakota Department of Education and Cultural Affairs serving in various capacities until 1993. Jeff also served the state of South Dakota as the Chief Purchasing Administrator from 1993-1999. He continued service as the Purchasing Coordinator for the City of Sioux Falls from 1999-2004. In August of 2004, he accepted the position of President/CEO of STI. Jeff is a South Dakota native from Long Valley, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He received his bachelor’s degree in German and Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Finally, he holds an Ed.D. from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Jeff has a life-long love of the arts and currently perform with the South Dakota Symphony Chorus, Christmas at the Cathedral Choir, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church Senior Choir.

 

Past Board President, Alex Hagen is an attorney at Cadwell Sanford Deibert & Garry LLP. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in English Literature. While teaching high school, he obtained an M.Ed from Montana State University and then attended law school at the University of South Dakota. Alex’s interest in the arts is wide-ranging. He has edited and contributed to poetry anthologies published by Scurfpea Press and has been published in web zines such as the Awl and the Classical. He is a South Dakota native and currently lives in Sioux Falls with his family.

 

 

 

Ann Nachtigal is a #UMNProud Journalism & Mass Communication graduate of the University of Minnesota, and has spent the past three decades creating and curating content.  She currently leads a team of writers, editors, photographers and marketing specialists to build a global health care brand at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, SD. When she isn’t busy at work, Ann dabbles in amateur photography (aspires to pro status of fellow board member Wes Eisenhauer), various community theatre projects (appeared alongside fellow board member Jeff Holcomb in Harvey) and enjoys running, hiking and tennis. In addition to serving on the board of the Sioux Falls Arts Council, Ann serves as Vice-Chair of the Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation Board and is past president of the Washington High School Booster Club and past chair of the Sioux Falls Public Schools Presidents Bowl Committee.

 

 

Boyd Perkins Dr. Boyd Perkins serves as Coordinator of Fine Arts in the Sioux Falls School District in South Dakota, where he oversees all aspects of the visual art, music, theater, speech, and debate education programs. Prior to his position in the Sioux Falls School District, Perkins served as Director of Bands and chair of the Department of Music and Theater at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. In addition to his collegiate work he has served as a K-12 school music educator at the secondary and elementary levels in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa.  Perkins earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Arts degrees  from The University of Iowa as well as his Bachelor of Science in Music Education with both an instrumental and vocal emphasis from South Dakota State University. He holds his national certification in online distance education design and delivery through the Online Learning Consortium.

 

 

Chase Kramer grew up in Sioux Falls and has been actively involved in artistic endeavors since his youth, benefiting from the active arts culture already present in Sioux Falls. He attended Augustana University and studied Art and Pre-Architecture, all while being actively involved in various theatre productions and singing in the Augustana Choir (as well as being part of cover-band for a short stint). After Augustana, he went on to Iowa State University and received his Master’s of Architecture. Upon graduation, he returned to Sioux Falls and is currently a project architect at TSP, Inc. He has been involved in productions with the Sioux Empire Community Theatre, is an active musician at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, as well as a member of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Chorus. He also currently serves as the Chair of Washington Pavilion’s Visual Arts Center Advisory Board. Chase lives in Sioux Falls with his wife Rachael and his 3 children Veronica, Lucia, and Ezra.

 

 

Marcy Dimond has 21 years of progressive leadership experience in the Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation field and non profit business management. She currently serves as the CEO for Dakota Lions Sight & Health with 4 offices located throughout the Dakotas. For the past 7 years, Marcy has served on various national boards like the EBAA through committee service on the Accreditation Board, and is currently Chairing the Accreditation Modernization Taskforce. Additionally Marcy has served on the Executive Committee of the EBAA Board of Directors since 2016 to present and was actively involved in the Governance Transformation. Prior to DLSH, Marcy was the Clinical Director at Life Alaska Donor Services and a long-term consultant with Life Center Northwest. Her experience began as an eye & tissue recovery technician in 1998. During that time Marcy served the AATB in drafting policies related to DRAI, Authorization & Screening as Cross Contamination which became a part of the 14th Edition of AATB Medical Standards.

 

 

Emeritus Board Member, Molly McCarthy joined the Arts Council board in 2010, serving as Vice President. During her 2 years as President, she was privileged to serve on the Design Team for the Meldrum Park mural project and participate in the cultural planning process. She is Secretary of the LifeScape board of directors, transitioning from the Children’s Care Hospital and School board. Married to Ken Berger, she is the mother of two.

 

 

 

Emeritus Board Member, Sandra Pay has a long track record of nonprofit arts leadership. Before moving to Sioux Falls in 2000, she lived in San Diego, CA where she was President of the San Diego Opera board of directors, served on the fundraising committee to redesign the First Ladies’ exhibit at the Smithsonian, Chairman of the San Diego Arts Commission, President of the board of directors of the San Diego symphony, board member of San Diego Downtown Rotary and board member of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce. Since her move to Sioux Falls, Sandra has been a member of the South Dakota Symphony board of directors, Chairman of the Trustees of the Washington Pavilion, Chairman of the Park and Recreation Board, Treasurer of the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, and board member of Downtown Sioux Falls Rotary. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.