Board of Directors

Chad Passick, President (City of Vermillion / Police Department)
Kathryn Birkeland, Vice-President (University of South Dakota)
Maxine Johnson, Secretary (Seniors)
Emily Merrigan, Treasurer (First Bank & Trust)
Sara Bye Schulte (Farmers Insurance)
Deb Christensen (Bank of the West)
Trish Felecos (USD Foundation)
Leslie Gerrish (The Bean)
Kim Johnson (Vermillion Public Schools)
Ionela Georgescu (SESDAC)
Rachel Olson (Sanford Vermillion)
Curt Nelson (Polaris)
Bergen Peterson (Community Volunteer)
Scott Pohlson (University of South Dakota)
Lana Svien (University of South Dakota)

Kelsey Collier-Wise, Executive Director

Kelsey Collier-Wise has served as Executive Director of the United Way of Vermillion since 2012, and is also currently President of Vermillion’s City Council. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the USD School of Law. In her spare time, she enjoys clogging, knitting, and community building.

Kasey Nielson, Community Impact Director

Kasey moved to Vermillion in January of 2020 from Fort Collins, Colorado, where she previously worked with Child Protection Services as a caseworker and prior to this was a supervisor for a Rapid Re-housing program that served veterans and their families who were experiencing homelessness. Kasey is currently a graduate student with the University of Denver in the Master of Social Work program with a concentration in Mental Health and Trauma. Kasey enjoys spending time with family, working out, and attending USD football games!