Onward Yankton’s Board of Directors has appointed Tabitha Likness as president.
Likness, who is vice president of finance and administration at Mount Marty College, replaces R.J. Rieger as president. Rieger served as president of Onward Yankton from January 2016 to June 26, 2017. Rieger, who is moving to Colorado, announced his departure in early June.
“I am so excited to see where Onward Yankton goes from here,” Rieger said. “This organization has grown so much since it started as a grassroots campaign for ‘Yankton’s Next Big Idea,’ and Tabitha has been there since day one with me, which will help make a smooth transition. We’ve got a fantastic team of community advocates in place, and I know they will do well.”
“Though I’ve been a part of the organization from the very beginning, I’m looking forward to taking on more of a leadership role,” Likness said. “Onward Yankton has always been about the team effort, but as president I will be able to continue guiding our strategic planning and implementation efforts.”
The Board of Directors also voted to approve Tara (Gill) Leonard and Julie Amsberry as new members.
Leonard has long been an active advocate for the Yankton community. She currently serves as president and co-chair of Harvest Halloween and is an ambassador for the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce. Previously, she served as board president and executive director of the Lewis & Clark Theatre, as well as board member for the Yankton Homeless Shelter.
“I chose to serve on the Onward Yankton Board of Directors because I believe in building a positive future for Yankton,” Leonard said. “I want to help motivate, build morale, manage change and focus on the people involved. It’s time we stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and think of what could go right.”
Amsberry also has a long history of volunteering within the community. She has served as executive director of Yankton Area Arts, as well as spring musical director for the Yankton School District, interchange board member/office and member of Delta Kappa Gamma.
“There is great momentum and energy happening in the Meridian District, sparked by the creation of Onward Yankton,” Amsberry said. “I’m excited to make sure the arts are part of the conversation.”
For more information about Onward Yankton, visit www.onwardyankton.org.