Our Staff

As members of the SDCF team, we are professionals who are more than just specialists in the field. We are devoted to spreading generosity throughout the state of South Dakota and ensuring that the next generation of South Dakotans will have a bright future. We are thrilled to be able to work with the donors, advisors, and nonprofits who believe in the South Dakota Community Foundation.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Staff Members

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    Stephanie Judson

    President, CFP®, CGPA

    Stephanie Judson - President, CFP®, CGPA

    Stephanie became President of the South Dakota Community Foundation in January 2013, after holding various positions with the foundation since 1997. Currently, Stephanie oversees strategic vision, donor relations and grant program development. She also uses her skills as a Certified Financial Planner® and a Certified Gift Planning Associate to guide donors and non-profits to the best planned giving option for them. Working directly with the board of directors, Stephanie executes the mission and vision of the SDCF.

    Stephanie enjoys connecting with people who want to leave this state better than they found it and who are committed to giving back to the places they’ve called home. She is thankful for the progress the foundation has made since its inception in 1987 and is committed to deepening its positive impact on South Dakota.

    After graduating from Augustana College and starting her career in the sales division of Midco Communications, Stephanie returned to her hometown of Pierre to join the SDCF team.

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    Clay Cudmore

    Chief Financial Officer, CPA, CMA

    Clay Cudmore - Chief Financial Officer, CPA, CMA

    Clay joined the South Dakota Community Foundation team in 2011. As a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant, he oversees the financial and investment activities of the foundation. He ensures the organization complies with regulations pertaining to community foundations and provides accounting services for the foundation.

    Clay enjoys using his skills to prudently invest the funds entrusted to the SDCF, so they can benefit generations of future South Dakotans.

    Before working at the foundation, Clay was employed at public accounting firms in Minnetonka, Minnesota and Pierre, South Dakota. Clay has served his alma mater as a past president of the USD Alumni Association and is currently a USD Foundation trustee.

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    Kelly Nelson

    Program Accountant

    Kelly Nelson - Program Accountant

    Kelly began working with the South Dakota Community Foundation in 2004. She processes all gifts received by the foundation and issues IRS receipts to donors in a timely and accurate manner. She also administers the SDCF’s scholarship process by ensuring that all necessary IRS requirements are met before funds are disbursed to students from the foundation’s more than 180 scholarship funds.

    Kelly enjoys helping non-profits receive funds to better serve South Dakotans. She also likes being part of connecting high school graduates with funds needed to continue their education.

    Kelly brings accounting and financial reporting experience from her previous positions at First National Bank and Fischer Rounds Insurance of Pierre.

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    Ginger Niemann

    Program Officer

    Ginger Niemann - Program Officer

    Since 1998, Ginger has been a member of the South Dakota Community Foundation team. Nearly a decade of her time at the foundation has been spent overseeing the administration of grant programs. Currently, Ginger works closely with the Grant Making Committee to make distributions from the South Dakota Fund and Community Innovation Grants program, which is a partnership with the Bush Foundation. In addition to managing the grant application process from application to selection, she also oversees the Fairy Godmother Fund, which meets urgent needs of women in the state.

    Ginger is committed to connecting non-profit organizations with the funds they need to help South Dakotans. Traveling across the state, she meets with grant applicants, conducts site visits of grant recipients and awards grant checks.

    Before working at the foundation, Ginger was previously employed by Western Surety Company in Sioux Falls and the South Dakota Department of Education.

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    Janet Ricketts

    Program Assistant

    Janet Ricketts - Program Assistant

    As a South Dakota native, Janet Ricketts and her family have been in Fort Pierre for six generations. Janet joined the staff of the SDCF in January 2017 and will assist with the large number of grants and scholarships that funnel through the home office in Pierre.

    Her past work experience includes teaching for 11 years in Colorado and Wyoming, before returning to South Dakota to work for the South Dakota Department of Education supervising large federal grant programs for 20 years.  Her previous position was with the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce serving as the Communications and Community Outreach Coordinator.

    Janet enjoys her work with the South Dakota Community Foundation because of its ongoing profound effect on communities statewide.

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    Jeff Veltkamp

    Director of Development, MBA, CFRE

    Jeff Veltkamp - Director of Development, MBA, CFRE

    Jeff joined the South Dakota Community Foundation team in 2014. As the Director of Development, Jeff helps donors make their charitable visions a reality. Jeff is based out of Sioux Falls and assists donors, financial advisors and nonprofits in understanding how the SDCF is making lives better in South Dakota, today and for future generations.

    Jeff enjoys working alongside an experienced and professional staff that is 100% dedicated to connecting donors with non-profits that are providing much needed services to his fellow South Dakotans.

    Jeff previously worked for the University of Sioux Falls as the Executive Director of the USF Foundation and played a key role in the Greatest Gift Campaign and Uncampaign. Before returning to his alma mater, Jeff spent six years as a retail manager for Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply, one of the largest volume farm retail chains in the country. 

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    Jamie Farmen

    Community Development Coordinator

    Jamie Farmen - Community Development Coordinator

    Jamie started with the South Dakota Community Foundation in January 2017. Based in Pierre, Jamie works with the 78 Community Savings Accounts across the state to assist local Advisory Boards with their fundraising and philanthropic goals. She enjoys learning about and helping communities with their challenges and successes.  In addition, she works to increase awareness for the SDCF and its CSAs through social media and public relations efforts. 

    Jamie grew up near the Badlands on her parents’ cattle and wheat ranch and received her bachelor’s degree in communications and marketing from the University of Wyoming. She's lived in Pierre since 2012 and previously worked as Government Relations Coordinator for the South Dakota Retailers Association and  Public Affairs Manager for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

    Growing up in a rural area, Jamie understands the importance of community to South Dakota’s citizens. She is happy to be a part of SDCF's mission to leave our state a better place for the next generation.

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    Beth Massa

    West River Development and Program Officer

    Beth Massa - West River Development and Program Officer

    Beth joined the South Dakota Community Foundation team in February 2015. As the West River Development and Program Officer, Beth works with donors and nonprofit partners in western South Dakota. She is based out of Rapid City and is working to bring together stakeholders in the region to build stronger and more vibrant communities. 

    Beth enjoys working with donors to make their charitable visions a reality. She loves engaging citizens to be partners in change by implementing local solutions for local issues. 

    Beth comes to the SDCF with eight years of development experience. For the past two years, she worked as the Resource Development Director at the United Way of the Coastal Bend in Corpus Christi, Texas. In a nine-county region with over one million residents, she led workplace fundraising campaigns for the United Way at companies, such as Valero Energy, ExxonMobil King Ranch Gas Plant, the City of Corpus Christi and the Port of Corpus Christi. Before moving to Texas, she was also the Western Regional Director for Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota in Rapid City.