Executive Team

Kim Olson

Executive Director

Kim Olson has been the Executive Director of Cornerstones since 1994.  Previous to that she spent times as an Instructor and Education Coordinator of the organization.  Kim is President of the South Dakota Association for Lifelong Learning and Professional Development Chair for the national Commission on Adult Basic Education.  She is a certified teacher  and is also a Certified Manager in Program Improvement.  Kim also coordinates the professional development of adult education instructors for the state of South Dakota and most recently she has taken on the responsibility of coordinating the development and implementation of South Dakota’s distance learning program for adult basic education.


Becki Lemke

Education Coordinator

Becki Lemke has been the Education Coordinator for Cornerstones since 1999. She is a nationally certified trainer, a certified teacher, and a member of South Dakota’s professional development team. Becki serves as Past President of the South Dakota Association for Lifelong Learning and has been a member of the STAR National Project Team since 2007. She developed South Dakota’s Adult Education Instructor Development Program and is the author of numerous local, regional, and national training programs. Becki is a Certified Manager in Program Improvement, and serves as the data management specialist for Cornerstones.


Sandy Meyer

Business & Industry Coordinator

Sandy Meyer joined the Cornerstones team in 2012 as the Business & Industry Training Coordinator.  She works with Huron area businesses in customized training, administers and proctors high stakes tests and teaches computer courses.  She handles marketing materials and strategies for all locations and often takes the lead on special projects.  Sandy heads up the company’s “Bring Your A Game to Work” program, scheduling and conducting training for Cornerstones four branch locations.  She brings a long and diverse history in retail management to Cornerstones.


Huron team Members

Carla Newbauer

Employment Specialist/Job Developer


Linda Skorheim



John Taylor

Adult Education Instructor


Karen Hofer

Adult Education Instructor


Susan Coughlin-Schmidt

Adult Education Instructor


Duane Laufmann

Adult Education Instructor


Debra Lodmel

Adult Education Instructor



STaff Assistant & Adult Education Instructor


Ryan Maxted

Adult Education Instructor













Aberdeen Team Members

Nicole Bottjen

Adult Education Instructor


Monica hale

Adult Education Instructor



 Sharon Thomas

Adult Education Instructor



Kim Thorsen

STaff Assistant


Jennifer Ell

Adult Education Instructor



Adult Education Instructor


Comfort Hauck

Adult Education Instructor




Mitchell Team Members

Karen Tollefson

Adult Education Instructor



Adult Education Instructor


Vermillion Team Members

Royce Miller

Distance Education Coordinator/Adult Education Instructor


Krishna Mastel

Distance & Adult Education Instructor


Yankton Team Members

Nakita Maddox

Adult Education Instructor


Jo Syrovatka

Adult Education Instructor