Foundation History

The Lake Area Technical Institute Foundation was formed in 1992 as an independent, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization created to encourage and accept private-sector gifts to the Institute.

Since that time, the Foundation has provided over $1 million in scholarship awards for students and has made substantial investments for facility and equipment enhancements at the Institute.

Today the Foundation’s focus is on ensuring Lake Area Technical Institute’s legacy of excellence continues by raising funds through an annual campaign in support of a scholarships, campus expansion and renovation project.

Mission Statement

Building a Better Lake Area Technical Institute

Vision Statement

  • Increase the understanding and appreciation for the institute.
  • Create, enhance and expand relationships to support the nation’s best Technical institute.
  • Assist the institute financially through scholarships, program enhancements and campus improvements.

To date, the Lake Area Tech Foundation has awarded over $1million in scholarship support.

Board Members

President - Jeff Peters

Missouri River Energy Services

President-Elect - Craig Horn

ANZA, Incorporated/Persona, Inc.

Jay Boomsma


Shane Conger


Ryan Dede

Embrace Family Dentistry

Mark Dunn

First Premier Bank

Brooks Jacobsen

Electronic Systems/Robotics Supervisor

Adam Koplin

Big Stone Power Plant

Mike Luken

Hoftiezer Real Estate

Paul Moore

Great Western Bank

Kris Munger

Prairie Lakes Healthcare System

Corey Mushitz

LATI Diesel/CAT ThinkBig Supervisor

Rebecca Rensvold

Butler Machinery

Jan Schull

Building Products, Inc.

Jim Seurer

Glacial Lakes Energy, LLC

Jen VanLaecken

VanLaecken Orthodontics

Ex-Officio Members

Mike Cartney

LATI President

Diane Stiles

LATI Vice President

Tracy Hlavacek

Executive Director

Morgan Johnson

Foundation Development Officer

Brittany Rost

Administrative Assistant

LuAnn Strait

LATI Director of Institutional Relations

Stuart Stein

Watertown School Board

Tony McKillip

First Bank & Trust Trust Officer

Contact Foundation


1201 Arrow Avenue
PO Box 730
Watertown, SD 57201

Call Us

Fax: 605.882.6347

Tracy Hlavacek

Executive Director
Ext. 268 or Email Tracy

Morgan Johnson

Foundation Development Officer
Ext. 308 or Email Morgan

Brittany Rost

Administrative Assistant
Ext. 292 or Email Brittany