Our Board


Dana Loseke is the chairperson of Friends of the Big Sioux River and a board member of East Dakota Water Development District. A graduate of the University of Nebraska Omaha, he is a retired general manager from Dean Foods and has lived in Sioux Falls for 26 years. 


Mary Ellen Connelly serves as secretary for Friends of the Big Sioux River. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in microbiology. Connelly is a lifelong South Dakota resident and an avid gardener. In 2001, she published a reference book titled How Our Garden Grows.


Michelle Hentschel is the treasurer for Friends of the Big Sioux River. Michelle received her undergraduate degree from USD, then went on to earn an MBA from Gonzaga University. She currently is a CPA, working as a Financial Auditor at Sanford Health Plan and riding her bicycle into downtown Sioux Falls from Brandon most days. Michelle’s love of the environment was fostered by her father, who taught her to fish and take care of the water at a very early age.


Steven Dahlmeier serves as the event coordinator for Friends of the Big Sioux River. Dahlmeier grew up on a farm in Moody County and graduated from Dakota State University. He is currently the event manager for Downtown Sioux Falls Inc.



Travis Entenman serves as the outreach director for Friends of the Big Sioux River. In addition to his work with FBSR, he works in digital marketing at KeyMedia Solutions and is pursuing his Masters of Environmental Law and Policy at Vermont Law School. Travis enjoys spending time with his fiancé and dog as they travel the country in search of the next national park.


Eric Cleveringa has served as an attorney for FBSR since 2015 and joined the board of directors in 2017. He is a Sioux Falls attorney and member of the South Dakota Air National Guard. Eric's practice focuses on water law and related property issues. He enjoys spending time with his family on South Dakota's waters and looks forward to the day he can swim with his kids in the Big Sioux River.


Peter Carrels serves at print strategist for Friends of the Big Sioux River. Since 1979 Peter Carrels has been committed to environmental activism, writing, and public education campaigns, working with and for regional and national organizations on matters related to land and river protections, ecological restoration, pollution reduction, and clean energy. In the 1980s, Carrels organized a large-scale restoration project of the James River and successfully stopped a plan to channelize the river.


Nels H. Granholm serves as outstate coordinator for Friends of the Big Sioux River. Dr. Granholm is a Professor Emeritus of Biology and Global Studies at South Dakota State University.


Dave Swift serves as member-at-large for Friends of the Big Sioux River. Swift is the grounds superintendent at the Minnehaha Country Club.


Ted Thoms serves at develop coordinator for Friends of the Big Sioux River. Thoms works for Thoms Company Real Estate in Sioux Falls.


Mike Scott serves as member-at-large for Friends of the Big Sioux River.


A special thanks to Directors Emeritus Paul Connelly and Joe Kirby and our advisors Jay Gilbertson, Dr. Craig Spencer, and John Davidson.