The Jorgen Yde Foundation Board of Directors works to carry out Jorgen's wishes to find cures for childhood cancers.
Board of Directors: Kent Boadwine, John Archer, Julie Yde, David Mays (Not pictured: Robert D. Behrend)

The Jorgen Yde (JY6) Foundation Board of Directors ensures that the mission of the foundation–to support pediatric cancer research and leukemia cancer research in pursuit of cures–is carried out in a fiscally responsible and impactful manner. The board members each have a person connection to Jorgen Yde and/or pediatric oncology and are dedicated to supporting the foundation through their professional expertise and personal passion.

Meet the 2016 JY6 Foundation Board

Julie Yde, Board Chair
John Archer
Kent Boadwine, CPA
Robert D. Behrend
David Mays


Julie Yde, Board Chair, Child Development Evaluator, Sioux Falls School District

Julie is Jorgen’s mother, and serves as JY6 Chairwoman of the Board of Directors. She is a lifelong teacher in Sioux Falls, teaching at South Dakota School for the Deaf and Sioux Falls Lincoln for the majority of her career. She has recently joined the Sioux Falls School District’s Early Childhood Screen and Evaluation office. Julie is a University of South Dakota graduate, holding degrees in education, speech therapy, English, Spanish, and psychology. She received her Master’s Degree in Special Education at Augustana College. Julie enjoys golfing and watching sports in her spare time.

John Archer, JD, Attorney/Partner, Hagen, Wilka, & Archer

John is currently a partner in the law firm of Hagen, Wilka & Archer, LLP, which he joined in 1983. Prior to becoming a member of the firm, John was the Commissioner of Securities for the State of South Dakota. In this particular position, he regulated the sale of securities, franchises, licensed securities agents, and securities broker dealers. Prior to serving as the South Dakota Securities Commissioner, John was a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice, Robert E. Morgan, from 1977-1978. John has served on various securities and franchise committees as both a regulator and private practitioner. John  is engaged primarily in the practice of securities, franchising, business venture formations, corporate and partnership law and start-up companies.

John is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the YMCA; is a past member of the Augustana College Board of Trustees; is past chairman of the Sioux Falls Housing & Redevelopment Commission; is past president of Augustana Alumni Council; and is a past potentate of El Riad Shrine. John received the Distinguished Public Service Award from Communication Service for the Deaf in 1995 and received the B’nai B’rith Sportsman of the Year Award in 2006. John is a 1974 Cum Laude graduate of Augustana College and participated in the American University Washington Semester Honors Program in 1974. John graduated from the University of South Dakota Law School in Vermillion, South Dakota in 1977.

Kent Boadwine, CPA

Robert D. Behrend MD, FACP, Internal Medicine Physician, University of South Dakota Clinical Faculty Member

Dr. Behrend is an Internal Medicine physician with Sanford Imagenetics in Sioux Falls, SD. Dr. Behrend has been in practice in Sioux Falls since 1992. He received his undergraduate training at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD (BS Chemistry 1985), and medical training at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in Vermillion (MD 1989). He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin in 1992. He is married to Winnie. He has one daughter and two sons.

Dr. Behrend is a Clinical Faculty member in the department of Internal Medicine at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. He is currently the Chairman of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee at Sanford Hospital, and has served as the Chair of Internal Medicine at Sanford on the Medical Executive Committee. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He and his wife, Winnie have served as Co-Presidents of the Lincoln High School Band Parents Association. They have also been members of the Lincoln High School Booster Club. Dr. Behrend enjoys sharing in his kids’ many activities, including music, dance, athletics and academics. The Behrend family also enjoy taking advantage of the many outdoor and cultural activities that Sioux Falls has to offer.

David Mays, Management Consultant

David Mays has been a family friend and was a confirmation mentor to Jorgen through Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in 2009-2010. “There were always so many things to catch up on and new things to talk about, we would open and close our meetings with a prayer, sharing both our joys and concerns, we would meet at a restaurant and get lost in conversation, talking over the month’s confirmation topic and our faith, we would always weave in his favorite passion; baseball, music, and most of the time, end with ice cream! I will always be impressed by the maturity of Jorgen’s faith, a gift I know that was nurtured by his mom and dad, Julie and J.R.” I am honored to be a part of the JY6 Foundation and to benefit others and also to hold Jorgen’s memory close to my heart.”

A business and marketing professional, David is a member of SME (Sales and Marketing Executives – Sioux Falls), Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and serves on several other boards. When he’s not focused on innovation for business; he enjoys travel, kayaking and outdoor adventures, and is married, with two daughters.