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)
Heidi Moser (SESDAC)
Rachel Olson (Sanford Vermillion)
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.

Ellie Pyles, Community Impact Director

Ellie and her family moved to Vermillion in 2014 from Bloomington, Indiana, where she worked as Assistant to the Dean of the IU-Bloomington School of Law and as a Litigation Paralegal. Ellie previously served as Operations Coordinator for the Vermillion Food Pantry and is founder of The Evan Project, which provides diapers and wipes to Vermillion babies experiencing diaper need, as well as feminine and personal care items to mothers and others.