Introducing our newest members Corey Davis and Kerry Lasseaux.
Corey grew up in the Salt Lake City, UT metro area, where he enjoyed all the benefits of growing up in an outdoor recreation wonderland. While pursuing a degree in Fish & Wildlife Management he met and married Elizabeth Romney(yes she is related to MIT). After college graduation from Utah State University, a home purchase, and two children, Corey had what is known as his quarter life crisis. This crisis brought his young family to South Dakota, specifically Pierre. The plan was to break into the fishery management career field. Corey was pursued by the Sioux Falls Boy Scouts of America, which operates The Boy Scouts program in the eastern 2/3rds of South Dakota. Corey took a full time job offer in Yankton to give a scouting career a try. A few years later and an additional child, he took a promotion and moved to Brandon, SD. Another internal promotion kept him there longer than planned. Corey’s job with the Scouts included managing Lewis and Clark Summer Camp and traveling South Dakota from Elk Point to Mobridge. After 13 years of service in the Sioux Council, it was time to move on, up and have a new adventure. Corey took a job offer as the COO for the Jayhawk Area Council, BSA in Topeka, Kansas in 2015. Kansas was one of those places Corey never thought he would live, nor was there any desire to do so. The move to Kansas proved to be good for the whole family. Many new friends were made, and both Corey and Liz grew in their careers. After 3 years Corey took the position of Scout Executive or CEO of the Black Hills Area Council. In 2018, with 2 kids in college, they moved to Rapid City with their youngest son Nathan. Nathan has enjoyed band at Stevens High School, Liz works for Ketel Thorstenson. Corey and his wife love theBlack Hills and just might retire here.
Kerry comes to Rushmore Rotary with 23 years of experience in development and fundraising. Her career began in 1999 as an event director for the American Heart Association. She has experience in the fundamental strategies of development, from grass roots events to high end galas, in-kind and monetary sponsorship, major gifts to planned giving, large corporate campaigns to wrap around events. As well as marketing, grant writing, advocacy and volunteer management. You name it, she does it.  She loves the non profit field because she has the necessary skill set, learned and inherited, to make this work both fun and rewarding. Her personality naturally lends itself to building authentic relationships.  She is thrilled to be part of Rushmore Rotary.
Help welcome Corey and Kerry, we are thrilled to have you!