Board Members

The Board of Directors oversees the Build Dakota Scholarship Fund’s decisions and interests. Learn a little more about the people that help Build Dakota run smoothly.

Dana Dykhouse

Dana J. Dykhouse


First PREMIER Bank

Dana has served in the roles of President and Chief Executive Officer of First PREMIER Bank since March 1995. He also currently serves on the boards of the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, Forward Sioux Falls, NorthWestern Energy Corporation, South Dakota Board of Technical Education and more. Dana has served in a variety of positions with financial institutions and state organizations throughout his career.

Terry Sabers

Terry Sabers


Muth Electric, Inc.

A lifelong resident of South Dakota and a Mitchell Technical Institute graduate, Terry has helped Muth Electric grow and thrive in his time with the company. He also serves as a member of the South Dakota Board of Education and South Dakota Board of Technical Education, actively supporting technical education, business development and workforce issues across the state.

Diana VanderWoude

Diana VanderWoude, RN, MS

Enterprise Vice President of Academic Affairs

Sanford Health

Diana was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD. She has worked in healthcare for over 30 years after earning her master’s degree in nursing from South Dakota State University. Throughout her professional career, Diana has been passionate about leading workforce development efforts and has served on several boards and advisory councils, including the Southeast Technical Institute Foundation Board, Make-a-Wish Foundation of SD, the South Dakota Board of Technical Education and more.

Scott Knuppe

Scott Knuppe


Caterpillar Black Hills Engineering Design Center

Scott was born and raised in the New Underwood, SD area. He earned his degree from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1992 and has been climbing the ranks at Caterpillar Inc. since. He now works in the high ranks of Caterpillar, serving at multiple locations both domestically and internationally. He also serves on the South Dakota Board of Technical Education.

Deb Shepard

Deb Shephard

Former President (2006 – 2014)

Lake Area Technical Institute

Before her retirement in June of 2014, Deb was employed at Lake Area Tech in various capacities since 1978. She began as an instructor and rose through multiple positions to President in 2006. She currently is a consultant and adjunct professor. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota and her Master of Education degree from South Dakota State University. She was recently appointed to the South Dakota Board of Education.

Gerg Carmin

Greg Carmon


Midwest Railcar Repair, Inc.

Greg is owner of South Dakota’s only railcar repair and leasing companies, Midwest Railcar Repair, Inc., M&C Railcar Leasing, LLC, and Carmath, Inc. He employs over 150 skilled technical laborers in the repair and modification of railroad cars. Greg has been active in business development organizations in both Brandon and Sioux Falls over the past 15 years.


Mark Leddy



Mark Leddy received his B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics at South Dakota State University in 1986. Mark also received an M.S. degree in Economics from South Dakota State University in 1987.

After completion of his studies, Mark worked for The Travelers Insurance Company in Hartford, Connecticut in their product management division. Mark joined Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Inc. in 1990. He served as Milk Procurement Manager until his promotion to CEO in August 2000. He served as CEO until July of 2016. Mark is currently the owner/manager of a family holding company, Five Star Enterprises, LLP, with investments in livestock, farm land and commercial real estate. He is also a managing partner of Coteau Partners, LLP, a hotel development company.

Mark has served or currently serves on the boards of the National Cheese Institute, International Dairy Foods Association, American Dairy Products Institute, Milbank Community Foundation, Grant County Development Corporation, South Dakota Dairy Association, South Dakota Family Business Initiative, and the Lake Area Technical Institute Foundation.

Mark and his wife Susan live near Milbank, South Dakota and have three grown children, Lauren , Andrew, and Katherine.