About Friends

The Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting supports the mission of SDPB through effective advocacy and fundraising from our members, donors and corporate partners. As a general rule, the Friends of SDPB pays for the majority of the programming expenses for both SDPB TV and Radio.

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 twenty-one citizens from across the state.

Friends Board of Directors:

Daniel Leikvold, President Lead
Janelle K. Toman, Vice President Pierre
Greg Blomberg, Secretary Sioux Falls
Tom Manzer, Treasurer Brookings

Wayne Carney Ft. Pierre
Malcom (Chap) Chapman Rapid City
Scott German Peever
Thomas E. Graslie Rapid City
Marcia Hendrickson Chancellor
Rebecca Jirava Brookings
Julie M. Johnson Mina
Katrina Lehr-McKinney Sioux Falls
Liz Manning Spearfish
Waneen Polly Watertown
Tim Schorn Vermillion
John C. Sternquist Yankton
Cheryl Eagan Taylor Sioux Falls

Please contact Peggy Bush at (605) 688-4191 or Peggy.Bush@sdpb.org if you wish to speak to a volunteer board member.

Staff Contacts:

Peggy Bush
Development Associate

(605) 688-4191

Jerry Cooley
Membership Assistant
(605) 688-4191

Ned Gavlick 
Vice President of Corporate Partnerships
(605) 688-4191

Janet Gerjets
Membership Coordinator

(605) 688-4191

Gayle Grothe 
Vice President of Membership
(605) 688-4191

Ryan Howlett
Chief Executive Officer
(605) 367-7266

Terrie Koehne
Director of Corporate Development West River
(605) 394-6994

Carol Johnson
Major Giving and Donor Engagement
(605) 880-5094


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