We are Friends, actually. We are all friends as well as colleagues, and we have the best job in the world! Working alongside talented SDPB staff bring quality journalism, entertainment, and education to everyone in our state. And we work with you to provide the best local programming that SDPB has to offer, all made possible with YOUR support.

Mission StatementThe Friends of SDPB support the mission of South Dakota Public Broadcasting through advocacy, leadership, and fundraising responsive to the needs of SDPB and all South Dakotans. 

Values StatementFriends of SDPB will inspire our supporters to sustain SDPB’s vitality and growth as one of country’s premier broadcast networks. 

Vision Statement: Friends of SDPB will link all South Dakotans to SDPB.

Friends of SDPB Staff

Individual Giving

Kate Drennen Ryan
Vice President of Membership
kate.ryan (at) sdpb.org

Molly Broin
Mid-Level & On-Air Fundraising Manager
molly.broin (at) sdpb.org

Val Simpson
Donor Relations Director (West)
val.simpson (at) sdpb.org

Wade Gemar
Donor Relations Director (East)
wade.gemar (at) sdpb.org

Corporate Partnerships

Eric Erickson
VP of Corporate Partnerships
eric.erickson (at) sdpb.org

Jennifer Adler
Director of Corporate Partnerships (Black Hills)
jennifer.adler (at) sdpb.org

Laura Rasmussen
Director of Corporate Partnerships (Northeast)
laura.rasmussen (at) sdpb.org

Community Impact

Nathan Hofer
Director of Community Impact
nathan.hofer (at) sdpb.org

Brittany Neiles
Community Coordinator (West)
brittany.neiles (at) sdpb.org


Ryan Howlett
CEO, Friends of SDPB
ryan.howlett (at) sdpb.org


Laura Peterson
CFO, SDPB/Friends of SDPB
laurae.peterson (at) sdpb.org


Wendy Bergan
Director of Operations
wendy.bergan (at) sdpb.org

Ellie Davenport
Data Systems Manager
ellie.davenport (at) sdpb.org

Carmen Kock
Data Specialist
carmen.kock (at) sdpb.org

Friends of SDPB Board of Directors

Friends is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists solely to support the mission of SDPB. We are governed by a volunteer board of citizens from across the state.

Vernon Brown, Sioux Falls
Bobbie Clark, Mitchell
Liam Culhane, Watertown
Gene Ellenson (President), Huron
Nick & Nicole Fischer, Aberdeen
Kara Flynn, Rapid City
Charles Hart, Rapid City

Leslie Hildyard, Rapid City
Jan Hovey-Johnson (Secretary), Watertown
Tom Hurlbert, Sioux Falls
Kay Jorgensen, Spearfish
Lindsey Meyers, Sioux Falls
Matthew Moen, Vermillion
Karen Mortimer, Rapid City

Mike Mueller (Vice President), Pierre
Julie Overgaard, Sioux Falls
Tamara Pier, Rapid City
Katrin Profilet, Sioux Falls
Matthew Rama, Pine Ridge
Tobias Uecker, Brookings
Josh VanLaecken (Treasurer), Aberdeen