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Our Board Members 

Chuck Parsons
President

 

Chuck has lived in Brandon since 1989. He is recently retired from The First National Bank in Sioux Falls and currently serves as Board Member of Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, Brandon Revolving Loan Fund, Brandon Lions Club, and represents Ward 3 on Brandon City Council.

George Gulson
Vice-President


George Gulson.

Steve Kolbeck
Board Member

 

Steve Kolbeck is currently the Principal Manager of Xcel Energy, South Dakota. He previously held management positions with Alliance Communications and CenturyLink-South Dakota. Steve has served on the Brandon City Council and is a former South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Commissioner. 

 

Steve has lived in Brandon since 1997, except for the 5 and a half years he served on the PUC in Pierre. Steve and his wife Stacy have four children, Wilson, Alex, Joseph, and Mary. Steve holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Telecommunications from Mitchell Technical Institute, a Bachelor of Science from South Dakota State University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Dakota Wesleyan University.

Paul VanDeBerg
Board Member

 

Paul VanDeBerg has worked for Alliance Communications in Business Sales and Public Relations since 2007.  He and his family have lived in Brandon since 2002 and he enjoys assisting in the growth and development of the Brandon business community. 

 

Paul is involved with the Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, Brandon Optimist Club, Brandon Prayer Breakfast and Junior Achievement. 

Tim Jorgenson
Board Member

 

Tim Jorgenson is a lifelong Brandon resident.  He owns and operates SplitRock Furniture after a 15 year career at Sioux Marble, a family owned manufacturing business in Brandon. 

 

Tim served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for 12 years prior to being elected as a Ward 1 representative to the Brandon City Council.  Tim has a wife, Heidi, and 2 children, Jacob and Owen. 

Jay Buchholz
Board Member

 

Jay Buchholz is Sioux Valley Energy's Key Accounts and Community Relations Executive since October 2017. Prior to the utilities industry, Jay worked as a Sales and Marketing Executive for KELOLAND Media Group in Sioux Falls, SD. 

Jay works with many Sioux Valley Energy Cooperative communities in promoting economic development and has served on the Brandon Development Foundation since 2018.

Dennis Olson
Staff

Dennis Olson served as Brandon City Administrator from 1986 to 2010. Dennis is currently retired but now serves part-time as the Brandon Economic Development Director. During his tenure as City Administrator, Brandon, SD received the Community of the Year award in 2005 and 2009 from the Governors Office of Economic Development (GOED). Dennis also received the Excellence in Economic Development award in 2010 from GOED. 

A Brandon resident since 1986, Dennis has been married to his wife Cathy for 50 years and has two daughters and six grandchildren. 

Kevin Erickson
Board Member

 

Kevin Erickson.

Yannick Laroche
Board Member

 

Yannick Laroche is Production Manager for Marmen Energy, a wind tower manufacturer located in Brandon, SD.  He started his career for Marmen in 2006 as an Engineer, working at their facilities located in Québec, Canada. He moved in South Dakota in 2013 to start the operation of Marmen Energy's latest plant.

 

Yannick has been involve in the Brandon community since arriving in the region. He has been a board member of the Brandon Development Foundation since January 2020.

Paul Lundberg
Ex-Officio Board Member

 

Paul serves on the Brandon Development Foundation Board of Directors as a non-voting liaison with the Brandon Valley School District #49-2.  He has been the Business Manager of the District  with a $47 Million annual budget for the past 30 years.

Paul was recently elected to serve as Mayor of the City of Brandon for one term of 4 years (April, 2023).

Barb Fish
Ex-Officio Board Member

 

Barb Vavruska Fish has been a resident of Brandon for 16 years. She represents Ward 1 on the Brandon City Council and is a liaison to the Park Board. Barb previously served as President of the Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and a founding member of the Brandon Community Foundation and a former Booster Club representative. 

Barb is a Certified Financial Planner and works with her clients at Service First Federal Credit Union. She and her husband Gary have two children and one grandson. Barb currently serves as the facilitator for eleven Praying Moms for Students groups.