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, is an inaugural member of the Dakota State University Digital Arts and Design Advisory Board for 2021-22, and board member for the Friends of McKennan Park Neighborhood Association.
Wes Eisenhauer is a photographer and musician residing in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with his wife and 2 daughters. Wes has spent the last 15 years making music and touring the country as well as embracing many other creative pursuits and side hustles. His recent obsession with photo and video work has lead him down a new creative path, inspiring him to embrace the beauty and culture in his own back yard.
Joel Rische is a partner at Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz, and Smith, LLP, where he is a civil litigation attorney. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Joel traveled South Dakota learning about its arts, culture, history, and music as a videographer, editor, and producer at South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Through the years, Joel has also participated in the local scene as a drummer (and sometimes guitar player and singer) in several bands. After a stint in Nebraska, where Joel attended the University of Nebraska College of Law, he and wife Jackelyn Severin returned to Sioux Falls in 2015. Joel and Jackie enjoy raising their rambunctious toddler, attending local shows, and strolling the downtown sculpture walk.
Deya Thorin was born on the Island of Hispaniola, in the Dominican Republic. She became a United States citizen in 1994 and loves the founding principles of this country. She and her husband Todd have been married for 35 years and have raised six children and are the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren. She has worked as a freelance Spanish Judicial Interpreter and Translator. She is an accomplished artist and professional model with a second degree black belt in Taekwondo. She can also twist a chicken’s head off and turn it into dinner. She has served as a Counselor in the Young Women and Relief Society Organizations of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints. She also served as a leader, together with her husband, in the church’s addiction recovery program. She loves to entertain, cook and watch baking shows. Reading daily has become a great habit and she loves her book club sisters. Her children and grandchildren are her joy and her husband is her hero.
James Payer II
James Payer II is the Director of Marketing and Business Development for The Empire Mall, an advocate for the advancement of the arts and a volunteer force within Sioux Falls. Uprooting from Wagner, SD, James planted in Sioux Falls, SD, attributing his time and talent to the mission development of several nonprofits including the Sioux Empire United Way, Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, Sioux Falls Arts Council, and the Washington Pavilion.
He earned his Bachelors of Business Administration Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of South Dakota, and obtained his Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Innovation from The University of Sioux Falls. James is a graduate of Leadership South Dakota, a 2022 Sutton Leader, and was awarded 4 Under 40 by the areas Young Professional Network in 2021. James achieved his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) accreditation in 2019 and continues his long-standing collegiate involvement as a 5-state Regional Officer for Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a national social Fraternity.
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.
Shane Wuebben is a Sioux Falls native, and, because of the vibrant arts community, he is proud to continue to call Sioux Falls his home. He serves as the Fine Arts Coordinator for the Sioux Falls School District, where he works with all teachers and programs for visual arts, music, theater, speech and debate, oral interp, and most recently Esports. Shane is now in his 20th year working in education, which has included teaching vocal music at both elementary and secondary levels as well as building and district-wide administration. He enjoys being able to continue making music as a member of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
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.
Erin Castle has been active in the arts industry of Sioux Falls for the past 20 years as a creator, curator and cultivator. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Augustana College in 2006 with an emphasis on painting and has worked in arts-based retail spaces ever since. Before joining the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion as the Assistant Curator, Erin served as General Manager for Rehfeld’s Art & Framing for 8 years. Her extensive experience spans custom framing, art conservation approaches, artful design and both corporate and residential art consultation. She has developed a wide network of artists and creators, cultivated through her experience representing artists in this region and beyond. Erin works every day to build a stronger and more vibrant arts community as seasoned musician, writer and singer for her Americana band, The Clover Fold, and continues to pursue her own creative practice through painting as well. When she’s not on stage, she is spending time gardening or exploring the outdoors with her husband, Jon, and two boys, Oscar and Arthur.
James Landon is a music Artist and Fashion Designer born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After serving four years honorably in the Marine Corps, James moved to LA to start his music and fashion career then returned to Sioux Falls to open a clothing and arts event space. Passionate about infiltrating the art scene into the community, James brings to the table innovative thinking, unique perspective, and a drive to diversify art accessibility.
Luke Tatge is a local playwright and theatrical director whose work includes the locally premiered original musicals Daytime: A Soap Opera Musical, Alvin Fletcher’s Surprise 34th Birthday Party, Reality Wives and Suspect. In addition, Luke serves as Executive Director for the quarterly publications Sioux Falls Stage and Sioux Falls Gallery, which highlight and showcase the work of local arts organizations and artists making an impact in the performing arts and visual arts scenes and is the Creative Director at Epicosity a full-service growth partner specializing in creative, strategy, digital and media services.
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.
Mark Millage is a proud Patriot (SF Lincoln), Jackrabbit (SDSU), husband (37 years), dad (three adult children), and grandpa (one adorable grandson). Mark discovered his passion for storytelling while in college and embarked upon a 25-year career in television news. Journalism opened many doors, offered amazing experiences, and provided leadership opportunities locally and globally. For the past decade, Mark has worked in higher education, public relations, and non-profit leadership helping to strengthen organizational outreach and impact. As Director of Community Relations for Furniture Mart USA, Mark creates partnerships and bridges connections with media while providing philanthropic support to non-profit organizations across the upper Midwest. Through the years, Mark has been privileged to serve more than 30 different local and regional agencies including Make-A-Wish, The Banquet, St. Francis House, Multi-Cultural Center, and United Way. With the Arts Council, Mark served on the steering committee for Sioux Falls Imagined and chaired its task force on Cultural Facilities and Public Art.
Sara Telahun Birhe is an Augustana University graduate, (B.A. in Government, International Affairs, and Philosophy). Sara currently works in the public sector in Sioux Falls. Her current work focuses on connecting community members and governmental systems. Sara has spent the last decade living and working in the Sioux Falls area. Community, connecting, and interpersonal conversations are at the heart of Sara’s work.
She has perversely written on the place of black individuals in philosophy to open a dialogue for marginalized groups. Most recently Telahun presented at the University of Texas, Austin’s 2021 Assemblages of Empire: an American Studies Symposium. Their writing centered around ideas of natural law, belonging, ethical responsibility, and identity within the Black community. They have joined classical and contemporary philosophy to attempt to understand modern-day blackness. Sara hopes to continue this work as her understanding of what it means to be black and belong in a space.
When not working she spends time watching movies, listening to podcasts, and exploring the outdoors. She enjoys life with her family, friends, and her step-dog Mabel.