Exec Team

Nathan Hofer

Dakotathon Advisor

Being involved with the Children’s Miracle Network has been one of the best experiences of my life.  I began my involvement as a sophomore in college and have never let a year go by without being involved in a Dance Marathon somewhere.  There is honestly nothing quite like the experience of seeing the look on the faces of the children who have been directly affected by the care that is provided through events like Dakotathon.  I cannot wait to see what this year’s Dakotathon will look like but I’m certain that with our amazing Executive Board and fantastic students here at USD that it is going to be awesome!

Scott Millar

Overall Co-Chair

When I came to USD I knew that I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. Dakotathon provided that for me. When I first heard of Dance Marathon I was a little skeptical of anything that had the word “Dance” in the title. However when I heard the first family talk, I knew that I wanted to focus my time helping Children’s Miracle Network. Now I dance because there is nothing I would rather do than help a family in need.

Kate Nuhsbaumer

Overall Co-Chair

Hey everyone! I'm one of the Co-Overall Directors for this year's Dakotathon!  I'm so excited to be part of the big changes we're making this year and I know this will be our best year yet.  I've been involved with this organization since I was a freshman and I can't believe what a positive influence it has made on my life.  Each year I love seeing the differences we make in the lives of so many awesome kids and their families! They really are some of the bravest and most inspirational people I have met in my life. Dakotathon is seriously one of the best ways you could spend 24 hours and I hope you take the chance to seriously consider joining the largest student run philanthropy in the state. I can't wait to see you there and as always FTK!!!

Marcus Mahlen

Sponsorship Co-Chair

My name is Marcus Mahlen and I am a Junior at the University of South Dakota. I'm majoring in Business Marketing with a minor in political science. Some of my interests include sports, politics, and hunting/fishing. Other organizations that I am involved with at USD include Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and Student Ambassador's.
The biggest reason that I am involved and passionate about Dakotathon is the kids and families that we effect. It is truly an amazing feeling to give them the kids faces while we give them a stress free, fun day. I couldn't imagine my college experience without being in Dakotathon and look forward to improving the event throughout the next year to be a part of the best Dakotathon in USD's history!

Christina Schroeder

Sponsorship Co-Chair

Hello! I’m a USD senior from Crofton, NE majoring in Biology and Spanish on a pre-physician’s assistant track. The quote “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” from Mahatma Gandhi sums up exactly why I am on this year’s Dakotathon Executive Team. Through this team, we fight for children who deserve life. We help give children second chances. We help them smile, laugh, and love. Children are miracles who will one day change the world themselves. So, I fight for them, and I am proud to be a part of this year’s Dakotathon Exec Team. FTK!

Ryan Nepodal

Finance Chair

I'm Ryan Nepodal the Finance Chair for this next year's Dakotathon! I am a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and USD club baseball team. I am extremely excited to be such a huge part in this next year's Dakotathon hoping to help make it a bigger event, more exciting event, and raise the most money USD's Dakotathon has ever seen! I cannot think of a better way to spend my time than helping put on an event that not only raises money for Children's Miracle Network, but putting on an event with the kids it actually involves. FTK!!!

Ashley Nelson

Events/Fundraising Co-Chair

My name is Ashley Nelson and I am the events co-chair for this year's Dakotathon. I am a senior and was on the Dakotathon exec board last year. I do Dakotathon because of how amazing it is to see how one group of people can impact lives so much. This is one event where everyone, no matter who you are, can get together for a great cause and celebrate lives. FTK!!!

Abbey Ulrich

Events/Fundraising Co-Chair

I love Dakotathon because it shows me how much strength someone can have when no one else can be strong. These kids show so much determination and courage when I can't imagine living the way they have had to. The families inspire me everyday to be strong and stand for something bigger than myself. I dedicate my time to Dakotathon because I have seen the impact it makes on families and it is so rewarding to be a part of. No one will ever know the impact of our 24 hour event until they have participated in something as great as Dakotathon. FTK!!

Steven Payne

Technology Chair

My name is Steven Payne and I am a junior Health Services Administration major from Sioux Falls, SD. I first became involved with Dakotathon (formerly Dance Marathon - or "DM") last year as a dancer. Little did I know how much of an impact this event would have on me. Not only is Dakotathon a blast to participate in, but you also come to realize just how fortunate you are. The children and families that Dakotathon supports serve as an insipration to us all. Now, one year later I am serving as the Technology Chair on the Executive Team to make Dakotathon 2014 better than it has ever been! I hope to continue working with Dakotathon and Children's Miracle Network in the future.


Kate Turner

Marketing Chair

Year: Junior
Major: Public Relations & Advertising
Minor: Fine Arts: Graphic Design

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”
- Helen Keller

I am only one person, but I am one person that can make a difference by joining forces with the wonderful people of Dakotathon! You're given the opportunity to be crazy/goofy, dance around, stay up all night, and make miracles happen. Seeing the Miracle Children light up as they enter the room and they see everyone is a sight that can't even be glorified by words. After staying awake for 24-hours you see a giant total that puts into perspective the amount of miracles you made happen. To me, it's the best all-nighter you'll EVER pull in college. #FTK

Amanda Schall

Morale Co-Chair

Ever since I was young I have had a love for kids and a passion for helping others. When I came to college and heard about Dakotathon, I knew it was exactly what I wanted to get involved with. When I first joined Dakotathon I had absolutely no idea the impact I could make on other people’s lives. After staying on my feet and dancing for 24 hours, my life was changed forever. During those 24 hours, I heard speeches by mothers who almost lost their sons or daughters, and kids half my age who had come face to face with death and survived. Whether each speaker had beaten cancer or had a child in their heart, they made me think about the value of life and how easily it can slip away. Knowing that I could make a difference in the life of someone who needs it, I signed up to be a morale captain. I loved being a morale captain and fell in love with every aspect of the event. This year I am serving as the Morale Co-Chair on the executive team and hope to make this year’s Dakotathon one to remember!  I dance for smiles, for those who can’t, and I dance to make a difference! FTK!

Mark DiMaria

Morale Co-Chair

Sean McCann

Entertainment Co-Chair

I am a senior from Newell, SD. I am the co-entertainment chair, and I am extremely excited to start planning the day of Dakotathon. I've done Dakotathon (DM) every year since I've come to USD four years ago. I am involved in other organizations on campus, but nothing is or has been as rewarding to me as Dakotathon. Fun fact about me is that my little sister (she's 7) can get me to buy her anything if she asks nice enough.

Taylor Jones

Entertainment Co-Chair

Hello! My name is Taylor Jones and this year I'm Dakotathon’s Co-Entertainment chair with the one and only Sean McCann! I cannot wait to begin to plan for mine and everyone's favorite event this year! I love Dakotathon and CMN with all my heart, and this year, I know this love is only going to grow stronger. I dance because I want to make a difference in someone’s life, regardless of who it is or how many. Dakotathon has been my passion since my freshmen year and like my love, it’s only going to stronger! I cannot wait to plan this wonderful and amazing event and change lives! FTK!

Katey Ulrich

Recruitment Co-Chair

Coming to USD, I knew Dance Marathon was an organization I would be involved with. I participated as a dancer my freshman year and instantly fell in love with what DM does. Last year I served as a fundraising co-chair and now I am serving as the recruitment co-chair and LOVING every minute! :) Serving on the executive board is nothing but a wonderful and fun experience! Nothing feels better than giving the miracle children a day of fun. Hearing the families tell their stories of how CMN has helped them and changed their lives makes all of the work worth it. I dance for the kids who can't, I dance for the smiles, and I dance for more birthdays. Happy DM & FTK!!

Sarah Hedges

Recruitment Co-Chair

My Name is Sarah Hedges and I am a Junior and a Psychology major with the Pre Med track. When I signed up for Dakotathon as a dancer last year, I never thought it would affect me the way it did or that I could impact others in a short 24 hours. Why wouldn’t I want to stay on my feet for 24 hours? I do it for those who can’t. Seeing all the miracle children's faces light up during Dakotathon make me realize how many lives we have impacted. FTK!!

Joacob Parsons

Security Chair

My name is Jacob Parsons and I am a senior pursuing a degree in Health Administration. Originally  I am from Pierre, South Dakota. I grew up with my parents and two older brothers playing sports. I still enjoy sports and doing things outdoors as well as participating in many campus events. I am a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Currently I am working on completing my honors thesis on rising blood pressures in midwestern teenagers. This year will be my fourth year of Dakotathon (formerly known as Dance Marathon). My first year I was a member of security followed by years on exec as the Hospitality chair and Co Entertainment chair. This year I am excited to be the Security chair for Dakotathon!

Ashln Peitzmeier

Family Relations Chair

Hello! My name is Ashlin Peitzmeier and I am the Family Relations Chair for Dakotathon 2014. I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and I currently attend the University of South Dakota as a Junior. I am majoring in Contemporary Media and Journalism with a minor in Communication Studies.  I love to travel, and everyone knows the way to my heart is a basket of hot wings and French fries. I am so honored to be a part of the Dakotathon Executive team and I am excited to be working so close with all of the CMN families. FTK!

Paige Moser

Alumni Chair

Hi! My name is Paige Moser and I am a senior here at the University of South Dakota. I am currently studying psychology and have a minor in interdisciplinary sciences. My dream, however, is to become a Physician Assistant. I have been involved in Dakotathon for the past four years. First starting off as a dancer, then becoming a moral captain last year, and now I serve as the Alumni Chair for the Executive Board. The reason why I do Dakotathon is all because of the family and, more importantly, the children that are affected by our donations. Seeing the kids on the day of Dakotathon, watching them have one full day of fun and no stressing, and listening to their stories and how much they love Dakotathon is such an amazing moment. It is for all of these reasons that I love Dakotathon, and I know this year will be better then ever before! FTK!!

Tarkenton Kingsbury

Hospitality Chair

Hello my name is Tarkenton Kingsbury, and I am this year’s hospitality chair for Dakotathon 2013-2014. The Dance Marathon Organization has been a huge part of my life throughout my college career. But recently it has meant even more too t me and my family. Last year during USD DM 2013 on the day of the event my sister was flown to Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. There we found out that she had Ewing’s Sarcoma, which is a rare type of bone cancer. Ever since the Children’s Miracle Network and the Sanford Castle of Care have been a big part of our lives. It feels so good to be able to give back to an organization that has done so much for our family. Dakotathon is a great event and I hope to make it even better.

I Dance for CMN! I Dance For the Kids! I Dance For my sister!

I hope to see you at Dakotathon 2014.