Stacey McMahan - President
Stacey is a licensed Architect and has been a Principal with Koch Hazard Architects since 1999. She has served in the local architectural and arts community for the last 20+ years and has developed a passion for sustainability and environmental justice including design awareness! In 2008, she co-founded the Plain Green Conference bringing many interesting speakers to Sioux Falls. Leadership with other startups included US Green Building Council SD, Architecture for Humanity Sioux Falls and the Sioux Falls Green Project. Stacey has served the national US Green Building Council as an item writer and participated in creation of the International Code Council’s Green Construction Code.
Stacey has served as editor of sdAIA magazine and has written or has been interviewed for articles appearing in Architecture, Architectural Record, Huffington Post, ICC’s Building Safety Journal and several Midwest publications and has presented at the national USGBC and AIA conferences.
Sara Lum - Vice President
After receiving her Master of Architecture degree from Rice University, Sara completed a fellowship at Emerging Terrain, a design research non-profit. At Emerging Terrain, she was project director and primary researcher for Shifting Thresholds, a project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Humanities Council. She returned to South Dakota to be an Instructor of Architecture at South Dakota State University, where she taught design studio, architectural representation courses and coordinated the Department’s annual lecture series. In 2015, Sara decided to complete her architectural licensure and has been working at JLG Architects ever since as a member of multiple project teams. In addition to volunteering with the Sioux Falls Design Center, she is an active member of AIA South Dakota and a member of the N-Club as a former student athlete at the University of Nebraska. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, husband and dog, building furniture with her husband, writing, reading and hosting a podcast about local female leaders.
Russ McKnight - Secretary
Russ McKnight is actively engaged in design, art and the humanities in many ways across a broad spectrum of interests. He currently works as a design and strategic planning consultant, associated with Sumption & Wyland, serving small businesses, non-profits, and other organizations in the region. As a marketing consultant, he is equally versed in both the account and creative sides of marketing, and therefore is able to advise and steer clients to right size and effectively market their services. Over the past 30 years, McKnight has worked in higher education, the high-tech industry, and healthcare as well as the advertising agency world.
Joel Rische - Treasurer
Joel Rische spends his days practicing law at the Davenport Evans law firm and his evenings searching for the best food in Sioux Falls with his wife, Jackie. A South Dakota native, Joel moved back to Sioux Falls in 2015 after attending the University of Nebraska College of Law.
Joel is a former television journalist who understands and appreciates how intelligent design can convey meaning and emotion efficiently and often more effectively than words. Working with the Sioux Falls Design Center gives Joel the opportunity to promote intelligent design and make this great place even better.
Ceca Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Sioux Falls, where she teaches drawing and painting. Her paintings have been exhibited regionally and nationally. In 2000, she was selected as one of 24 out of 600+ artists in the United States to be featured in New American Paintings: MFA Journal, which was juried by the art historian and critic, Klaus Kertess.
Mark Lukonen has been part of the Sioux Falls community since graduating from SDSU with a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. Upon arrival in Sioux Falls he began employment with Sioux Falls Construction. Mark learned about the progression of design in Sioux Falls while he learned about the 105 year history of his employer. “Some of the buildings and streets I walk by on my way to our board meetings were originally built by the founding members of our company.”
Lisa Miller is a Senior Design Architect at HDR in Omaha, Nebraska. After receiving her Master’s of Architecture degree from the University of Nebraska, she moved to Los Angeles and worked for NBBJ, collaborating and leading a variety of design projects, both domestically and internationally. In 2012, Lisa returned to the Midwest, and joined HDR. Since joining, she has helped lead and grow the corporate/commercial practice, focusing primarily on workplace and new headquarters space for a number of international companies based in Omaha. Lisa’s approach to any project is to discover fresh solutions for clients, deliver thoughtful and creative interpretations of program, and to always produce architecture that betters the environment and experience for users. In July, Lisa will join Noddle Companies, a premier developer in Omaha, as their Vice President of Architecture and Design. She will draw on her architectural experience and design leadership to help craft and oversee a design vision for their portfolio of projects.
Jim Speirs is an experienced arts administrator and a working musician. Speirs was touring and operations coordinator for the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and membership coordinator for the Washington Pavilion, as well as alumni programs coordinator for the SDSU Alumni Association. He is an active jazz musician with the JAS Quintet, the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society’s educational touring program the “Jazz Diversity Project,” the Hegg Brothers touring “Holiday Jam” and a 9-piece funk horn band based in Sioux Falls called “Main Avenue Warehouse.” His touring groups are on the South Dakota Arts Council’s touring arts roster. Jim most recently worked as an Account Executive for Fresh Produce, a boutique marketing agency in Sioux Falls. He served as president of the board for the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival and was a South Dakota Arts Council member for 7 years. He currently serves on the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society’s education committee. Speirs grew up in Rapid City, SD and graduated with a degree in music from South Dakota State University.
Donna Dunn is the Professional Academic Advisor for the SDSU School of Design. She advises the three built environment majors of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Interior Design and the visual art majors of Studio Arts and Graphic Design. Donna is newer to Sioux Falls, moving here in the fall of 2015. Previously, Donna and her husband Dennis lived in Mitchell, where they raised two children. Donna enjoys visiting her children, Samantha in Normal, IL and James in Kansas City, MO, doing home projects with her husband and quilting.
Brenna Wiertzma is an interior designer at TSP, an architecture and engineering firm in Sioux Falls, SD. In addition to interior design, she has a background in psychology and art.
Brenna is drawn to projects that offer an opportunity to create uplifting, comfortable environments. She believes design affects everyone's lives on a daily basis, and she wants her work to provide surroundings where people can thrive.
She is an active board member of the South Dakota Interior Designers, a nonprofit organization whose members advance the practice of design across the state.
Kellen Boice was born and raised in Sioux Falls. After graduating from High School she pursued a career in photography and four years later moved to Phoenix Arizona to attend the Art Institute of Phoenix. In 2007 Boice graduated with a BA in Advertising and started at Sunbelt Holdings as a Marketing Representative and Graphic Designer for one of their master planned communities Vistancia in Peoria, AZ. Boice returned to Sioux Falls and in 2014 started as the Director of the Sioux Falls Design Center. Boice has served on the board of AIGA South Dakota, the City of Sioux Falls’ Visual Arts Commission, DTSF’s Placemaking Committee and enjoys volunteering for groups like Habitat for Humanity, Girl Scouts Horizon and the National MS Society.
The Sioux Falls Design Center (SFDC) is a non-profit organization hoping to build connections among diverse people and organizations interested in design in Sioux Falls and South Dakota. The main objective of the SFDC is to build connections in the community that are focused, involved or otherwise interested in design. This includes planners, architects, interior designers, engineers, landscape architects, artists, community leaders, and the greater public.