The Advancement Team
- Annual Giving
- Planned Giving
- Twin Cities
- Event Services
- Alumni Relations
- Parent Relations
The Office of Advancement is located on the third level of the Administration Building, located at 2001 S. Summit Ave.
Pam serves as the Vice President for Advancement and previously served as Executive Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. From 2004-15, Homan served as superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District. A native of Sioux Falls, Homan graduated from Augustana in 1981 where she double-majored in elementary and special education. She holds a master’s degree in education from Augustana and a doctorate in education from the University of South Dakota.
Nate is the Assistant Vice President for Annual Giving and Alumni Relations. He works with donors to secure major gifts to the University — capital, endowed, or through estates. He earned his bachelor's degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, majoring in business administration, political science and English. Nate is a lifetime resident of Sioux Falls and has given more than 25 years of service to Augustana in the Advancement Office.
After 28 years at the helm of the Augustana athletic department, Bill Gross left his position as Director of Athletics to be a Senior Gifts Officer. He works with donors to secure major, annual and planned gifts to the University. A 1973 graduate of Augustana, Bill has spent 35 years as a member of the athletic staff and has played a role in all aspects of the department, student-athlete, coach and administrator. He earned his master's degree in physical education from the University of South Dakota.
Mike is Director of Development. He works with donors to secure major gifts and planned gifts to the University. From 2004 to 2010, he was Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools Foundation. He earned his bachelor's degree from USD, majoring in business administration.
Ali joined Augustana in 2016 after a seven-year tenure as CEO of Camp High Hopes in Sioux City, Iowa, a non-profit organization offering year-round therapeutic recreation programs and respites for youth and adults with diagnosed disabilities. In her role as CEO, she provided executive management, working with a volunteer board of directors to define the strategy and vision of the organization, and was responsible for the management of donor relationships. Prior to her time at Camp High Hopes, she managed the sales and training teams for Gateway, a former Fortune 500 company in North Sioux City, South Dakota. A Sioux Falls native, Ali earned her bachelor's degree from the University of South Dakota where she majored in psychology and communication disorders.
Brad serves as the Director of PVA (Performing and Visual Arts) Development. He leads the efforts for marketing this area (art, music, and theatre), fundraising for those departments, and coordinates the University alumni and music tour programs at home and abroad. At Augustana since 1977, he has served as the director of admission, public events, and university relations, and as adminstrator for the performing and visual arts. He also serves as the Class Agent for the Class of 1976.
Jon Eng '91
Jon is the Director of Athletic Development. He manages and secures gifts for the Augustana Athletic Club, which supports Augustana's student-athletes and athletic programs. A Sioux Falls native, Jon graduated from Augustana in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in history/secondary education.
Director of Annual Giving
Kiana Overby ’18, Director of Annual Giving, joined Augustana in October and works with donors to secure gifts to the Augustana Annual Fund. She earned a B.A. degree in sports management and minor in business administration, completing her Augustana education in 3 ½ years. Originally from California, Overby has family ties to AU and followed in her father’s and aunt’s footsteps to Augie. She worked in retail business prior to joining the Augustana Annual Giving and Alumni Relations team.
Twin Cities Area Director of Admissions and Advancement
Carrie Carroll is the Twin Cities Area Director of Admissions and Advancement. Carrie launched her career at Augsburg University and served in various capacities including as associate vice president of Admissions. She later served as dean of students, vice president of enrollment and chief diversity officer at Luther Seminary. Most recently she worked at College Possible, a non-profit focused on getting students from low-income backgrounds into and through college. Carrie has a B.A. from Hamline University and an M.A. in Leadership from Augsburg University.
Dawn is the Director of Development Operations. Dawn joined Augustana in 1994. She oversees the fundraising database and assists the fundraising team.
Jane is the Advancement Analyst and also works in the Business Office as an Internal Auditor. She performs prospect research, oversees the annual scholarship banquet and assists with the database, report writing and other development areas.
Jennifer is the Director of Event Services, joining the Office in 2011. She graduated from Briar Cliff College in 1998 and began her career at Augustana University in 1998 as the government documents assistant at the Mikkelsen Library. University events are integral to the campus community.
Carolyn is the Advancement Coordinator, joining the staff in July of 2014. She provides support for the Advancement office, with her main focus on Alumni Relations and Event Services. She came to Augustana from Citibank, S.D., N.A., where she worked in various roles for 26 years.
Our coordinator of gift processing, Vicki Weihe, joined Augustana in 2018. Vicki helps oversee all gifts and pledges to the University, manages student workers, and supports scholarship creation, prospect research and other development areas.
As the Director of Alumni Relations, Jackie Payne provides leadership to the University’s Alumni and Young Alumni (GOLD) Councils, advises Class Agents, coordinates alumni engagement events throughout the country and reunion events during Viking Days. Jackie looks for ways to build and foster strong connections between alumni, parents and friends of Augustana and works with the Annual Giving team to provide opportunities for support. She also leads our Parent Relations team. Prior to this role, Jackie served as director of development where she was responsible for raising funds for student, faculty and programming needs of AU. From 2001-10, she served as Senior Account Executive and AVP for Wells Fargo and, from 2010-12, worked as an Account Executive for Midco. After attending two years at Augustana, she earned her B.A. at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she started her career in student recruitment.