Advancement Directory

Barb RezacBarb Rezac

vice president for advancement

Phone: 605-668-

After a long and successful career in education and fundraising at Sacred Heart School in Yankton, Barb started leading the advancement team at Mount Marty College in January 2012. She now oversees and leads all the efforts of the advancement office, which includes fundraising, alumni relations, marketing, and outreach and events. She earned a bachelor of arts in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Education from the University of South Dakota.


Shannon ViereckShannon Viereck

advancement officer & Director of annual giving

Phone: 605-668-1467

Shannon has worked in higher education for eight years, spending more than four of those at Mount Marty College. She works with donors, businesses and alumni to raise scholarship funds and help move the college forward. She has a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Augustana University.


Amy HeimesAmy Heimes

administrative assistant for advancement

Phone: 605-668-1542

Amy is the front door of the advancement office and is ready to help answer any questions you may have. Since she has worked at Mount Marty College for more than 11 years, she is well educated on all the procedures and departments at the college. Amy worked in the college's registrar office for seven years, before transitioning to the advancement office in 2012.


Wyatt YagerWyatt Yager

director of outreach & events

Phone: 605-668-

Wyatt has worked in event planning and coordinating for more than 15 years, and brought his talents to Mount Marty College in 2012. He is behind the scenes for many Mount Marty events and also is continuing to build the faith outreach events the college provides for area middle and high school students. Wyatt has a bachelor of arts degree in theatre from Augustana University.


Tracy PravecekTracy Pravecek

assistant Director of annual giving & stewardship officer

Phone: 605-668-4028

Tracy joined the Mount Marty Advancement team in July of 2015. She works to raise support for annual and endowed scholarships and also plans numerous giving events throughout the year. Tracy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Contemporary Media & Journalism from the University of South Dakota.


 Dave DickesDavid Dickes '76

Advancement Officer & Director of Alumni Relations

Phone: 605-668-4020

Dave joined the Mount Marty Advancement team in 2013. He oversees the operations of the alumni relations office and also works with donors to help move Mount Marty forward. He has over 30 years of sales and marketing experience, primarily in the pharmaceutical industry. Dave is a 1976 graduate of Mount Marty College, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration.


Ashley GulliksonAshley Gullikson

assistant Director of Alumni Relations

Phone: 605-668-4023

Ashley has worked at Mount Marty College since 2014 and started out in the admissions office. In 2015, she transitioned to her current role in the alumni office. She works with alumni to build relationships and volunteer opportunities, including committees and councils, and would love to hear your ideas. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota.


Kristen HicksKristen Hicks

director of marketing & communications

Phone: 605-668-1270

Kristen joined Mount Marty College in May 2016. Her primary responsibility is creating and executing the College's strategic marketing plans. She earned her double major at The University of Montana in Journalism and Media Arts. She provides daily oversight for the office of communications and creative direction for college-wide communications, image and identity.

Kristen moved to Yankton South Dakota from Boulder, Colorado, where she was the creative director for a national snack foods company. Prior to that, she spent 3 years working at a marketing and production agency in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where her original roots and family still reside.

Kristen believes in the importance of vibrant and progressive communities –especially those that share growth with a college or institution– and serves as Marketing Co-Chair for Onward Yankton, a local economic and entrepreneurial development group. She also provides strategic marketing to small businesses and startups.


Desi BeckmannDesiree Beckmann

graphic design specialist

Phone: 605-668-

Desi joined the marketing staff during the summer of 2016, and has been a great addition to the team. She designs the majority of marketing and fundraising materials that the college distributes. She is a recent graduate of Briar Cliff University where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in graphic design.