I am from South Dakota; I grew up outside of Brandon. I moved to Vermillion in July 2012 when USD started the Sustainability Program. I am now the Chair of the Department of Sustainability and Environment. My research interests include tallgrass prairies, how people value their landscapes, and sustainability education. Outside of my job, I enjoy spending time with my family.
I'm grateful to be part of Greening Vermillion and it's efforts to honor and preserve this sacred Unci Make (Grandmother Earth) who nourishes and sustains me and all of us physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally.
Board Vice Chair &
I was raised in Vermillion and attended the University of South Dakota when tuition was $99 a semester! After a 2-year stint in New York City, I landed in the Washington, DC, suburbs, finally finding my calling as an editor. After 40 years, I returned to Vermillion with all sorts of high-falutin’ ideas about green living. I joined the Sierra Club to help advocate for a trail along our magnificent National Park —the Missouri River — and that's now happening. I organized several summer film series and hikes for the public and jumped on the Earth Days bandwagon when it came through town. Supporting Greening Vermillion was the next logical step.
I grew up in a college town in western Massachusetts. My first westward move was to college in Ohio. After graduating, I stayed near Cleveland and led zero-waste efforts for an outdoor concert venue. In January 2020, I moved to Vermillion for a master’s in sustainability and a position coordinating campus recycling.
I’m a Professor in the Department of Sustainability & Environment at USD and teach a variety of environmentally-related courses. My primary research focus is on the origin, transportation, and deposition of dust in deserts. I also conduct research on the Missouri River related to sedimentation, including issues at Lewis and Clark Lake. I enjoy mentoring students and hope to help spread green ideas in the community.
I’m an Instructor of Earth Sciences at USD, where I teach introductory geology labs. Other interests include the geology and environment of the coast and nearshore, particularly where human needs and policy overlap with coastal change. Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, I inherited a deep regard for stewardship of natural places. Now settled in Vermillion, I am looking forward to living that value by helping Vermillion grow in a green way.
Jo Ann Kim
I live in Vermillion, South Dakota. I grew up on my parents' farm outside of Hubbard, Nebraska, located across the Vermillion bridge. I am currently a full-time nurse practitioner graduate student at Mount Marty University in Yankton. I look forward to returning to the workforce during the summer of 2021. My interests include gardening, helping the pollinators, and having time with my family and dog.