The Advancement Team
The Augustana Advancement team concentrates efforts in the areas of university strategy, development, annual and planned giving, alumni relations and event services. We have a dedicated staff member serving alumni and friends in the greater Twin Cities area of Minnesota.
The Office of Advancement is located on the third level of the Administration Building, located at 2001 S. Summit Ave.
The Twin Cities Office is located in Eagan at 860 Blue Gentian Road, Suite 293.
As chief strategy officer and executive vice president, Dr. Homan oversees development and execution of strategic initiatives, advancement, alumni engagement, communications and marketing, institutional research, enterprise data analytics as well as the Augustana Research Institute. Prior to her roles at Augustana University, Dr. Homan spent more than a decade as superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District, where she was responsible for more than 25,000 students. She also served on the Augustana Board of Trustees for a number of years before joining the university leadership team. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Augustana and her Ed.D. from the University of South Dakota.
Jon Mammenga serves as the Associate Vice President for Major and Planned Gifts. He leads the development team, working with donors to secure major gift support to the University. Jon previously worked with the University of South Dakota Foundation as Executive Director for Planned Giving leading efforts in that area, as well as serving as an educational resource on giving options. Jon also served as Associate Vice President for Development at the University of South Dakota Foundation where he managed the development team during their most recent comprehensive campaign. He has worked in nonprofit fundraising throughout the region with both the Boys and Girls Club and the South Dakota Nonprofit Association. Jon earned both a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Dakota.
Dr. Suzanne Smith
Dr. Smith provides data, analysis, and reporting to inform university policy and to support strategic planning and decision-making processes. With the Augustana Research Institute, she directs cross-sector measurement, analysis, and knowledge management research for communities and organizations on behalf of the university. Suzanne was previously Director of Research and Evaluation for the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues. A Sioux Falls native, she earned an A.B. from Brown University, an M.A. in sociology from the University of Chicago, an M.Ed. in teaching from the University of Sioux Falls, and a Ph.D. in sociology from South Dakota State University.
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.
Joel Gackle is the Senior Director of Alumni Engagement. Joel strategically develops and implements a comprehensive alumni engagement model while also being responsible for managing relationships with a portfolio of major gift prospects and current donors. With over 10 years of team leadership experience in higher education, Gackle most recently worked at Click Rain developing and managing new business before joining Augustana. He’s a graduate of Bethel University in St. Paul, MN with an MBA from Vanguard University (CA).
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.
Paul Rasmussen joined Augustana in October 2019 as the Director of Development for the Twin Cities and is excited to connect with alumni, parents, and friends to advance the mission of the University. With over 15 years of fundraising and nonprofit management experience, Paul has worked in development roles with Fox Advancement and Greater Twin Cities United Way in Minneapolis, Emory University in Atlanta, and Sanford Health and Lutherans Outdoors in Sioux Falls. A native South Dakotan, he holds a B.A. from Augustana University and an M.B.A.from Emory University's Goizueta School of Business.,
Robin is the Associate Athletic Director for Development/Executive Director A-Club. She is responsible for managing fundraising efforts and working with donors. Robin's most recent position was Director of Development at UC Santa Barbara. She was a standout basketball player at Clear Lake High School (Deuel) and University of Iowa and is a member of the South Dakota Basketball Hall of Fame and South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame.
Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations
Kiana Overby ’18 is Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations. She works with donors to secure gifts to the Augustana Annual Fund, 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. Kiana 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 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.
Dawn is the Director of CRM Data Systems. Dawn joined Augustana in 1994. She oversees the fundraising database and student workers. She also assists the fundraising team.
Jane is the Advancement Analyst and also works in the Business Office as an Accounting Analyst. She performs prospect research, oversees the scholarship program 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.
Nancy attended Hamlin High School in South Dakota and is a graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University, where she studied business administration and management. She joined the Augustana admission staff in 1990 and served as Vice President for Enrollment from 2006 to 2019. She looks forward to serving the University in this new role and is excited to connect with our alumni and friends.
Brad Heegel '76
Brad has recently retired as the Director of PVA (Performing and Visual Arts) Development. He led the efforts for marketing this area (art, music, and theatre), as well as the fundraising for those departments. Brad coordinated the music tour programs at home and abroad for many years. At Augustana since 1977, he has served as the director of admission, public events, and university relations, as well as the adminstrator for the PVA. He also serves as the Class Agent for the Class of 1976. Brad is with the Advancement Office now on a part-time basis and concentrates on special projects, alumni research, social media and donor relations.
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 oversees all gift processing and pledges to the University and other development areas.