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About Thyme


Executive Director


Sarah Gehm

Executive Director

Originally hailing from rural northwest IA, Sarah attended college in Wyoming for four years before settling in Yankton in 2014. After serving on the KYB board for two years, Sarah was delighted to to take on the role of part-time executive director in April 2019. Sarah and her perpetual playmate and project partner, Frederick, are passionate about making Yankton the best it can be for residents and visitors alike. 


Sarah is always eager to hear novel ideals about how to make Yankton even better and more beautiful than it already is! 

Board of Directors


Katelyn Schramm

Kate first learned about Keep Yankton Beautiful when she saw board members Amy and Jesse at Riverboat Days, cruising around on golf carts, collecting garbage. Kate wasted no time...[more]


Joseph Tielke
Vice President

Joseph was born and raised in Yankton and currently holds the title of Program Director at Pathways Shelter for the Homeless. Joseph’s steady belief in the KYB mission has...[more]  


Tom Nelson


Keep Yankton Beautiful has thrived for so many years with the help of our longest-standing member, Tom Nelson! Tom has been involved with KYB since 2003; he held the office of vice president...[more]


Nikki LaCroix

During her time with KYB, Nikki’s favorite part of being involved is the people she’s met and the work it’s encouraged her to do. So far, Nikki’s most memorable experience with KYB...[more]


Lisa Kortan

As the City Forester and Horticulturist, Lisa serves on the KYB board as our Parks and Recreation Department liaison, and is incredibly hard-working and highly...[more]


Al Koliner

Al is especially passionate about Keep Yankton Beautiful’s focus on litter prevention and removal. With the help of our many volunteers annually, litter has... [more]

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Amy Bailey

Amy made Yankton home after she attended Mount Marty College and saw the opportunity here for growth, both personally and professionally. She and her husband Jesse have...[more]


Jessica Anderson

Jess has wasted no time getting involved since joining our board! Her first duty with Keep Yankton Beautiful was keeping runners hydrated during the MD Art Project's inaugural Color...[more]


Cindy Filips

Cindy’s involvement with Keep Yankton Beautiful began in April of 2009 when she first donated to our organization; two years later, she joined the board. Cindy enjoys taking part in the... [more]

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