Board and National Advisory Council Members

April 2013 Meeting of CWS Board and National Advisory Council

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Center. Following the guidelines established by the Center for Western Studies Constitution, the Board consists of up to 24 members appointed by the President of Augustana University. Seven members are chosen from the faculty of Augustana University and thirteen from the Sioux Falls community and surrounding area. Members serve three-year terms with a maximum of two full consecutive terms. The President of Augustana University, the Vice-President for Academic Services, the Director of Mikkelsen Library, and the Executive Director of the Center serve as ex-officio members of the Board.

The National Advisory Council exists to advise the directors of the Center and promote the Center's interests. The Council consists of up to 30 members invited to serve by the President of Augustana University upon the recommendation of the Board of Directors. Members serve five-year terms with no limits as to reappointment.

Board of Directors


  • Chair: Mr. James Volin
  • Vice Chair: Mr. Jason Harris
  • Recording Secretary: Mrs. Judith Howard
  • Vice Recording Secretary: Dr. Darcie Rives-East


  • Dr. Karla Abbott - Sioux Falls
  • Dr. Beth Boyens - Sioux Falls
  • Mr. Stan Christopherson - Sioux Falls
  • Mr. Shon Cronk - Sioux Falls
  • Dr. Jetty Duffy-Matzner - Sioux Falls
  • Dr. Gary Earl - Sioux Falls
  • Mr. Wayne Fanebust - Sioux Falls
  • Mr. Tony Haga - Edgerton, MN
  • Mr. Jason Harris - Sioux Falls
  • President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin - Sioux Falls
  • Mrs. Judith Howard - Centerville, SD
  • Ms. Carolyn Johnson - Sioux Falls
  • Mr. Jay Kahl - Sioux Falls
  • Ms. Vicky Kilian - Sioux Falls
  • Dr. Mike Mullin - Humboldt, SD
  • Mr. Martin Oyos - Sioux Falls
  • Dr. Darcie Rives-East - Sioux Falls
  • Mr. John Simko - Sioux Falls
  • Ms. Ann Smith - Sioux Falls
  • Ms. Rebecca Sunde - Minneapolis, MN
  • Dr. Harry F. Thompson - Sioux Falls
  • Mrs. Ronelle Thompson - Sioux Falls
  • Mr. Blair Tremere - Sioux Falls
  • Mr. James Volin - Sioux Falls


CWS National Advisory Council

  • Dr. Arthur Amiotte - Custer, SD
  • Mr. L.M. Baylor - Rapid City, SD
  • Dr. Richmond L. Clow - Missoula, MT
  • Ms. Christel Gollnick - Trimble, MO
  • Mr. Richard Haase - Hartford, SD
  • Mr. Jeffrey W. Hayzlett - Brandon, SD
  • Mr. Mark Hollabaugh - Grand Marais, MN
  • Mr. David J. Johnson - Colorado Springs, CO
  • Dr. Jeffrey Johnson - Providence, RI
  • Mr. L. H. "Rick" Kolkman - Omaha, NE
  • Dr. Jon Lauck - Sioux Falls
  • Mr. Donald F. Montileaux - Rapid City, SD
  • Mr. Larry Ness - Yankton, SD
  • Dr. Jerry Simmons - Sioux Falls
  • Mrs. Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve - Rapid City, SD
  • Mr. David Solberg - Billings, MT