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Our Board of Directors

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Apolonia Davalos is an Off-Broadway actress, producer, award-winning independent filmmaker, and passionate advocate for the arts. She pursues how and why music matters to our community as producer, writer, and host of the 30-min TV program and short digital series Music Matters on South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Through her creative wellness production company, APOLCORE, her mission is to communicate Truth through beauty through film, TV, and multimedia. Under her previous theater production company APOLONIAD Productions, she is also recognized as the producer and director of the Euripides Series in Times Square (2010). In 2020, Apolonia served as a member of the mayor-appointed Sioux Falls Arts Task Force. Currently, she serves as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Sioux Falls 2035 Downtown Plan. She is a summa cum laude graduate from the University of Sioux Falls with a degree in Media Studies. Dedicated to collaboration and cultivating creative careers, Apolonia is a producer for 54 Film Fest, a national film festival competition.

Chris Lent is an attorney at Woods Fuller Schultz & Smith, P.C.  He focuses his practice on General Business and Corporate law, with an emphasis on federal and state securities law. He represents issuers in private and public offering of equity and debt securities and counsels companies on corporate governance and public reporting obligations with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He also represents broker-dealers and representatives in SEC, state and SRO registration and compliance matters.  Chris is a member of the State Bar of South Dakota and Iowa.

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Jolene Kranz is the owner of Pearl Accounting.  She is a CPA/ABV & CVA with over a decade of public accounting experience, providing tax, bookkeeping, payroll, and valuation services to her clients.  Jolene graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Masters in Professional Accountancy and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.  Her community involvement has included volunteering for the Sioux Empire United Way, the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater, the All Saints Neighborhood Association, Lutheran Social Services School Based Mentor Program, and various other projects.  Her passions include Scuba diving, spearfishing, photography, and travel.

Mark Conzemius is the President of the Catholic Foundation for Eastern South Dakota.  In addition to his many managerial responsibilities with the CFESD, Mark is also the Producer and Director of the very popular Christmas at the Cathedral concerts at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls.  Prior to his position with CFESD, Mark spent 15 years as the Vice President of the International Student Program for the Up With People organization.

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Harmony after-school music program in Sioux Falls

Dr. Scott Johnson, retired department chair of music at Augustana College is associate professor of music, music education instructor and musical theatre director. He was instrumental in building the Augustana College and Community Orchestra. He previously served as coordinator of instrumental music at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and director of orchestral studies at the University of Central Arkansas, Conway. During the summer of 1998, he directed the Lutheran Summer Music orchestra. He is recognized as a conductor, clinician and adjudicator of music festivals throughout the Midwest. He has served as either principal or section bassist with fourteen different orchestras in South Dakota, Arkansas, Illinois and Minnesota. He has also served as a member of the South Dakota Symphony Board of Directors. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis in orchestral conducting from Macalester College, he received the Master of Music in orchestral conducting from Illinois State University and the Doctor of Philosophy in music education from Northwestern University.

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