Advancement Staff

Advancement consists of the following:

The Office of Advancement is located on the third floor of the Administration Building, located at 2101 S. Summit Ave.

The campus scheduling and logistics staff office is on the main floor of the Edith Mortenson Center near the theatre and Student Services office suite.

Development, Annual Giving and Planned Giving


Bob Preloger

Bob Preloger

Vice President

Bob serves as the Vice President for Advancement and previously served as Vice President for Marketing & Communications at Augustana from 2006-2012. From 1993-2004, he served the University as Vice President for Enrollment, overseeing admission and financial aid. Between 2004-2006, he worked for The Lawlor Group, a Minneapolis-based higher education marketing firm. He earned his B.A. and M.A. at Concordia University Chicago.


Nate DallyNate Dally

Senior Director of Development

Nate is the Senior Director of Development. 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.

Bill Gross

Bill Gross '73

Senior Major Gifts Officer
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 FlynnMike Flynn

Director of Development

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.


Jackie PayneJackie Payne

Director of Development

Jackie serves as the Director of Development, working with donors to secure major gifts and planned gifts to the University. She also leads the University's Parent Relations team. Most recently, she worked at Midcontinent Communications and, from 2001-2010, served as Senior Account Executive and Assistant V.P. for Wells Fargo. After attending two years at Augustana, she earned her B.A. at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.


Ali LangsethAli Langseth

Director of Major Gifts

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.


Amy BendaAmy Benda '89

Director of Annual Giving

Amy serves in the role of Director of Annual Giving, focusing her efforts on enhancing all the annual giving initiatives for the University to generate renewable gifts on an annual basis. She joined the advancement team at Augustana University in 2015. Since graduating from Augustana in 1989, Amy has experienced a diverse career path and, most recently, served as the Executive Director of the Sioux Falls CASA Program from 2002-2015.


Brad HeegelBrad Heegel '76

Administrative Director of Performing and Visual Arts

Brad serves as the Administrative Director of the Performing and Visual Arts. He leads the efforts for marketing this area (art, music, and theatre), fundraising for those departments, and coordinates the University music tour programs. At Augustana since graduating in 1976, he has served as the director of admission, public events, and university relations.


Jon EngJon Eng '91

Director of Athletic Development

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.


Dawn KrumviedaDawn Krumvieda

Director of Development Operations

Dawn is the Director of Development Operations. Dawn joined Augustana in 1994. She oversees the fundraising database and assists the fundraising team.


Jane SchroederJane Schroeder

Advancement Analyst

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.


Kristi WordenDiedre Johnson

Coordinator of Gift Processing

Diedre is the coordinator of gift processing. She joined Augustana in 2016. Diedre helps oversee all gifts and pledges to the University, manages student workers, and supports scholarship creation, and other development areas.


Hannah MunceHannah Munce

Development Coordinator

Our Development Coordinator, Hannah Munce, started in September 2014. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in Letters, Arts and Sciences with an emphasis in Education and Psychology. Upon graduation, she served as a lead teacher in a Child and Family Services preschool comprised largely of at-risk and Spanish speaking children in the Chicago suburbs. 


Students Outside the Mikkelsen LibraryAdvancement Ambassadors
If you have questions or would like more information on the Ambassador program, please contact Jennifer Meiners in the Office of Advancement.

Advancement Ambassadors are an integral part of alumni and donor events, serving as a representative of the student body while gaining hands-on experience in the fields of event planning, fundraising and business networking. Becoming an Ambassador offers a student countless opportunities to enhance their resume and create lasting relationships benefiting them both professionally and personally.


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Alumni Relations

Adrienne McKeown '00Adrienne McKeown '00

Director of Alumni Association

Adrienne is Augustana's Director of the Alumni Association, coming to us in June 2016 after serving Citi in Sioux Falls as vice president and manager of Employee and Client Communications for the firm's Consumer Learning organization. She advises the Alumni Council, Class Agents, the Augustana Academy, and coordinates Viking Days, reunion and alumni programming. A 2000 Augustana graduate, she was a communications and journalism major with a minor in English. She was involved in the Augustana Student Association, the Mirror, the Edda, the Spirit Squad and the Viking Days Central Committee.

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Marketing and Communications


Amy SmolikAmy Smolik

Assistant Vice President for Marketing & Communications

Amy is the Assistant Vice President for Marketing & Communications, joining Augustana in September 2016 after spending 17.5 years at the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. While at the Chamber, Amy served as the Marketing & Communications manager, where she was the editor of the Chamber News magazine and used a variety of communication tools to tell stories about Chamber members and the Sioux Falls area. Before joining the Chamber, Amy was the News Editor at the Freeman Courier in Freeman, South Dakota. She holds a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University, where she majored in journalism and minored in political science.


Kelly SprecherKelly Sprecher

Senior Writer & Director of Media Relations

Kelly is the Senior Writer, Director of Media Relations and Editor of The Augustana magazine, joining the staff in 2010. She came to Augustana from Wells Fargo Regional Banking where she served as assistant vice president and communications consultant. Prior to her eight years at Wells Fargo, Kelly wrote for The Daily Republic in Mitchell, South Dakota. She earned her bachelor's degree with a major in mass communications from USD.


Peggy KapustaPeggy Kapusta

Director of Online Communications

As the Director of Online Communications, Peggy works with the campus community to gather, generate, and update website and e-communication content, while ensuring established editorial, graphic and navigation standards are followed. A South Dakota State University journalism graduate, Peggy came to Augustana in 2008 from Wells Fargo, where she was an e-business consultant.


Emily SieversEmily Sievers '04

Director of Marketing

Emily is the Director of Marketing. Working closely with the Marketing and Communications team, she strives to create market distinction and seeks out ways to illustrate the Augustana brand and student life experiences in video, print, online and via other proven media. She is responsible for stewarding the brand through trademark and licensing initiatives and overseeing efforts to create "brand experiences" through major events. A native of Albert Lea, Minnesota, Emily began her career at Augustana upon graduation and assumed her current role in 2014.


Jennifer MeinersJennifer Meiners

Director of Event Services

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.


Katie FoutzKatie Foutz '00

Assistant Director of Online Communications

Katie is the Assistant Director of Online Communications, joining the staff in 2012. Katie produces and manages content for the alumni and university websites, manages university and alumni social media, coordinates email marketing and contributes to The Augustana magazine. Before joining the world of higher education, she worked as a reporter and editor for Sun-Times Media in Chicago.


Kaia ChambersKaia Chambers

Assistant Director of Communications

Kaia is the Assistant Director of Communications, spending most of her time writing for the Augustana website and magazine publications. She joined Augustana in June 2014 after earning her bachelor's degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, with majors in communication studies and multimedia journalism. At Concordia, she worked as a student writer for their communications office. Kaia is from Decorah, Iowa.


Carolyn CordieCarolyn Cordie

Advancement Coordinator

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. 

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Conferences and Scheduling


Sandy PohlmannSandy Pohlmann

Coordinator of Conferences & Scheduling

After working most recently as Assistant to the Dean of Students, Sandy is now our Coordinator of Conferences and Scheduling. She is responsible for managing facility use across campus and for coordinating off-campus rental requests. She also coordinates conferences held on campus, including planning and overseeing of Augustana's summer conference programs. Sandy graduated from Augustana in 1990 with majors in Computer Science and MIS.


Brian RiegerBrian Rieger

Logistics Coordinator

Brian is the Logistics Coordinator, managing major event set-ups on campus and providing logistical and technology support for meetings and conferences. Brian came to Augustana in 2005 after a career with Fuji Film. He has been in his current position since 2006.


Trenton HaanTrenton Haan

Assistant Logistics Coordinator

Trenton works with Brian Rieger as Augustana's Assistant Logistics Coordinator, on set-ups and tech needs for meetings and conferences on campus. Trenton joined the staff in July of 2015, most recently lived in Orange City, Iowa, where he attended Northwestern College.


Charlie StewardCharlie Steward

Assistant Logistics Coordinator

Charlie joined the staff in July of 2015 as Augustana's Assistant Logistics Coordinator for the Humanities Center. He manages recitals, concerts and performances for the Music Department, as well as other on- and off-campus events. Charlie is a USD graduate who majored in International/Global Studies and French. Fluent in French, he travels whenever he can and was most recently a language assistant at the French Ministry of Education.

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