Our Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
Brad Heegel 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 and donor relations.
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.
Mitchell Olson is best know for being a contestant on the CBS reality show Survivor!, winning both an Emmy and People’s Choice Award for “Best Cast.” He was a celebrity guest on numerous TV shows including Letterman and Ellen, as well as a contestant on Wheel of Fortune, Hollywood Squares, and The Price is Right! Mitchell is an official judge for Miss America, and has judged over 20 state Miss America pageants. He was the Emcee for Miss South Dakota for 14 years.
Mitchell currently facilitates his social media following, known as The #FB5000, as well as other local organizations and small business social media accounts. He is the "Entertainment Expert" for Dakota News Now, covering concerts, theatre and any other local shows. And every Friday morning you can hear Mitchell on Hot 104.7 FM as a weekly morning show guest.