Member Information

Board Member Photo Name:  Bruce Cull
Position:  Area 2
City:  Yankton
Term End Date:  4/18/2023
Biography:
Appointed 2019.
Bruce Cull was born in Yankton and raised in Springfield, SD. He graduated from Springfield High School and went onto the University of South Dakota at Springfield. Bruce worked in the auto industry through the mid-1980s. In 1985, he started Dakota Archery & Outdoor Sports in Yankton and was elected the Director of the South Dakota NFAA (National Field Archery Association). In 1999, he was elected NFAA President where he worked to move the NFAA Corporate headquarters to Yankton, South Dakota in 2008. Currently, he is the NFAA Foundation Chairman-President and Director of the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center. Bruce has a background in international and national events, retail, marketing and automotive technology.
Political Party:Republican
Board Member Photo Name:  Lynn Jensen
Position:  Area 1
City:  Lake Preston
Term End Date:  4/18/2025
Biography:
Lynn Jensen is from Lake Preston, SD. He attended Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown where he graduated with a degree in Agricultural Production and is currently a Private Banker with Structured Asset Finance and also continues to manage the family farm. Previous positions include President/ Co-CEO of the Nation Corn Growers Association, State Director of USDA Rural Development, President Bush’s appointee as the USDA liaison to FEMA during Hurricane Katrina recovery, and board member of several non-profit and for-profit organizations. His personal objectives are to develop and manage successful organizations that focus on bettering the opportunities and lives of people that reside in rural America. Lynn describes himself as a well-rounded individual that has a unique ability to multi-task and manage the details of business.
Political Party:Republican
Board Member Photo Name:  Jafar Karim
Position:  Area 4
City:  Rapid City
Term End Date:  4/18/2023
Biography:
Appointed 2019.
Jafar J. Karim is Director of Governmental Affairs for Black Hills Energy, a customer-focused natural gas and electric provider across eight states and headquartered in Rapid City. Jaf previously served as South Dakota’s State Director for USDA Rural Development, managed public affairs for a regional railroad headquartered in Sioux Falls, and served as Director of the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Before returning to South Dakota in 2005, he spent ten years in Washington, DC, with accolades including being a congressional advisor on a range of issues, including transportation, to then-U.S. Congressman John Thune. Jaf is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and grew up in Pierre. He and wife Jess live in Rapid City with their three girls.
Political Party:Republican
Board Member Photo Name:  Larry A. Nelson
Position:  Area 2
City:  Canton
Term End Date:  4/18/2022
Biography:
Appointed 2017.
Larry Nelson received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, with a major in Government and minors in Psychology and History, and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Dakota, School of Law, Vermillion in 1977. Larry is married to Edith Nelson and they have two grown sons who are married. Larry is currently a Partner in the law firm of Frieberg, Nelson & Ask, LLP, in Canton, South Dakota.
Political Party:Democrat
Board Member Photo Name:  Donald Roby
Position:  Area 1
City:  Watertown
Term End Date:  4/18/2025
Biography:
Appointed 2011.
Don Roby is a Watertown native and a 1980 graduate of Watertown High School. He attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and is currently a partner in R&R Investments, LLC. He and his wife, Kelly, have three children. Don is active in the community and serves on the board of various foundations and organizations.


Political Party:Republican
Board Member Photo Name:  Ronald Rosenboom
Position:  Area 4
City:  Sturgis
Term End Date:  4/18/2024
Biography:
Appointed 2014.
Ron Rosenboom and his wife, Bev, have lived in Sturgis for more than 30 years. He has his undergraduate teaching degree from Black Hills State and a Masters Degree from South Dakota State University. He is retired from his position of Executive Director of Black Hills Special Services Cooperative and now serves as the Executive Director of West River Foundation. He and Bev have two grown children. Ron is active in the Sturgis community and currently serves on the finance committee at Life Springs Wesleyan Church, the Sturgis Economic Development Corporation Board and the local transportation board.
Political Party:Republican
Board Member Photo Name:  Benjamin Stoick
Position:  Area 3
City:  Mobridge
Term End Date:  4/18/2023
Biography:
Appointed 2019.
A 1969 graduate of Mobridge High, Benj Stoick graduated from Black Hills State in 1973. Retired from the grocery business, Benj has backgrounds in aviation, construction, manufacturing, and economic development. Through the years he has served on the South Dakota State Fair Commission, the South Dakota Cement Plant Board of Directors, and the South Dakota Transportation Commission. Benj and his high school sweetheart, Sheila, have four grown children: Josh (Mobridge), Jordan (Washington, D.C.), Marisa (Rapid City), and Conner (Sioux Falls). In retirement, Benj enjoys flying, fishing, golfing, and writing children's books for his and Sheila's nine grandchildren.
Political Party:Republican
Board Member Photo Name:  Mike Vehle
Position:  Area 2
City:  Mitchell
Term End Date:  4/18/2024
Biography:
Appointed 2017.
Mike Vehle is a graduate of Chamberlain High School. After graduating from the University of South Dakota, he worked four years in Washington, DC as a Legislative Aide to then Congressman Jim Abdnor. Upon returning to South Dakota, Mike worked at Shanard Inc., a grain, feed, seed, and fertilizer company, eventually becoming President and then later became a Vice President at CorTrust Bank. In 2004, he was elected to the SD House of Representatives and in 2008 the SD Senate where he was Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee for eight years. Working on many transportation initiatives and issues, in 2015, he was the author and Prime Sponsor of Senate Bill 1, which was the most comprehensive transportation funding package enacted in decades. Mike served on several local, state, and national committees and organizations. In 2015, Mike was inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor for his Legislative work.
Political Party:Republican
Board Member Photo Name:  Kathleen Zander
Position:  Area 3
City:  Pierre
Term End Date:  4/18/2022
Biography:
Appointed 2014.
Kathy Zander serves as the Executive Director of the both the South Dakota Agri-Business Association and the South Dakota Grain & Feed Association with an office located in Pierre. She is a graduate of Pierre's T.F. Riggs High School and of South Dakota State University with a B.S. degree in Agronomy. Kathy is active in many agri-business related organizations.
Political Party:Republican