HEIDI GULLICKSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Stepping into her role on April 1st, 2014, Heidi Gullickson has taken Brookings Area United Way to new heights. As a Brookings native, Heidi fell in love with her community. Staying close to home for higher education, she graduated from South Dakota State University in 1995 with a Bachelor's of Science in Sociology and minors in Consumer Affairs and Economics. After her marriage to her husband, Jeff Gullickson, they moved to Indiana and lived there from 1995 to 2007, but the South Dakota plains soon called them back. Developing a deep understanding of nonprofit management through her leadership as the Executive Director at the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce & Convention Bureau, partnered with her ever-evolving knowledge of the county's needs, Heidi saw her next fit with United Way. Crediting her success to those who came before her, she is extremely grateful for the past directors and board members who worked tirelessly to build a strong foundation for the organization. Heidi has been instrumental in transforming United Way into an impactful organization that facilitates connections throughout the county to craft innovative solutions to Brooking's County's social and economic issues. Under her leadership, United Way has launched a 5-year action plan - Impact 2023: focusing on the most critical issues of our communities to fight for the health, education, and self-sufficiency of every individual.
Ready to take on any challenge and be involved in all areas of the community, Heidi is also a Brookings Chamber Ambassador, welcoming new businesses to the community; a Board of Regent of Institute of Organization Management since 2015, and a committee member for Communities of Excellence. She has graduated from top community programs such as Leadership Brookings and stays involved in multiple organizations including the Brookings County Crisis Intervention Team.
Heidi is happy to call Brookings home with her husband, Jeff, and their two children, Kayla and Carson. Following in their parents' footsteps, both Kayla and Carson are SDSU Jackrabbits. Through her deep roots in the community, Heidi's resolve to build a better tomorrow for Brookings County only strengthens each day.
BRIANNA DORAN, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
As a recent South Dakota State University graduate, Brianna comes to the workforce with a fresh perspective. With a Bachelor's of Science in Apparel Merchandising with minors in Event and Facilities Administration, Marketing, Leadership, and Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Resources, Brianna learned to pull skills and ideas from all around her to transfer to any situation. Born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota, Brianna developed a strong desire to constantly explore-- starting with the Black Hills and leading her to the nonprofit sector. Throughout her years at college, she realized how amazing a community Brookings was, and wanted to do more to ensure that future generations could experience the area just as safe and engaging as she had. Taking her strong background in event planning and marketing, Brianna jumped right into her position as Executive Assistant by compiling research from partner agencies for Brookings Area United Way to be the first South Dakota United Way to submit the first Global Resource Framework Report with United Way Worldwide. Working closely with an incredible committee and under the supervision of Heidi, Brianna headed the implementation of the first-ever Week of Impact-- kicking off the 2018-19 campaign and involving over 180 volunteers throughout 7 days to directly impact almost 2, 500 individuals in our county.
Never one to slow down (and always striving to be the Leslie Knope of everything she does), Brianna continues to be involved in anything that she can. Bringing her passion for volunteering, you can always find her helping set up for an event or cheering on local community organizations with their endeavors. Brianna is currently a Brookings Chamber Ambassador, Brookings Crime Stoppers Secretary, Brookings Youth Mentoring Program Marketing and Fundraiser committee member, Brookings DisruptHR committee member, Brookings City Committee for People who have Disabilities member, and a Brookings Council of Nonprofits member. From speaking to SDSU students and at state conferences and regional meetings, Brianna is keeping her sense of curiosity and exploration by sharing ideas with anyone she meets.
Brianna is proud to be a (now-permanent!) resident of Brookings where she cares for her special needs (and ever-clingy) cat, Mia. Promoting causes and starting conversations has enhanced Brianna's desire to work in the nonprofit sector and lend a helping hand to whomever reaches out.
2019 - 20 board of directors
PRESIDENT: anita thomas, best choice
PRESIDENT-ELECT: jameson berreth, city of volga
SECRETARY: david chalmers
TREASURER: KENDRA JENSEN, FIRST BANK & TRUST
PAST PRESIDENT: Jill thorngren, sdsu
KYLE BENDER, FALCON PLASTICS
SEAN BINKER, NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL
SPENCER DEGEN, DAKTRONICS
CHIEF DAVE ERICKSON, BROOKINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT
PATSY HENDRICKS, BROOKINGS SCHOOL SYSTEMS
KATRINA JENKINS, DISCOVERY BENEFITS
MIKE KONDRATUK, LARSON MANUFACTURING
DR ERIN KROGMAN, BROOKINGS DENTAL CLINIC
JENNIFER OLSON, METABANK
DAN SVOBODNY, 3M