Jorgen Yde left a lasting impression on those lucky enough to have known him. To help make his dream of curing pediatric cancers a reality, the Jorgen Yde (JY6) Foundation is blessed to have a team of passionate, committed leaders. Since the foundation was established in 2011, this small dedicated team of JY6 Foundation officers has created numerous events and outreach activities to raise funds to support pediatric cancer research and raise awareness of leukemia and childhood cancers.
Meet the team behind the JY6 Foundation.
Dane Yde, Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer
Dane is Jorgen’s older brother and co-founder of the JY6 Foundation. He currently serves as Vice President of Sioux Valley Environmental, a company focused on providing water and wastewater treatment systems with effective and efficient solutions to their chemical and equipment needs. He serves as a board member for the Harrisburg Baseball Association and the South Dakota Hockey Officials Association. He is also a member of the Sioux Falls Saints Amateur Baseball team. He enjoys playing hockey and baseball in his spare time. He is a graduate of Augustana College and is currently pursuing his master’s degree at South Dakota State University.
Katrina Yde, Co-Founder/Chief Operations Officer
Katrina is Jorgen’s older sister and co-founder of the JY6 Foundation. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the University of South Dakota for Clinical Mental Health. She is a graduate of the University of Sioux Falls, where she was an active member of the Cougars Cheer Squad that helped the Cougars football team to 3 national championship games. Katrina enjoys working out, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Molly Kuehl, RN, Chief Development Officer
Molly Kuehl, RN, PCCN, is the charge nurse at Avera McKennan Hospital in the cardiopulmonary department. She serves on several committees and teams at Avera. She was brought on board as the JY6 Event Coordinator in January of 2012 to help plan the 1st Annual Nurse’s Dinner. She has now taken the role as chief development officer and oversees all event and fundraising efforts. Molly is a graduate of the Bachelor of Nursing Program at South Dakota State University, and she is currently enrolled in their Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program. She teaches clinicals for nursing students through the University of South Dakota. She plans on working in a rural clinic as a nurse practitioner when she graduates. In her free time, Molly enjoys spending time on the family farm with her horse, hunting, fishing, camping, and reading. She is married to her wonderful husband Josh and has a dog named Chevy.
Liz Blasius, Chief Administrative Officer
Liz serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for Sioux Valley Environmental and joined the JY6 Team in the summer of 2013 in the same capacity. She is a graduate of the Bachelor of Consumer Science program at South Dakota State University and a proud Jack Rabbit Alum. She enjoys spending time outdoors fishing and hunting, and she loves shopping and hanging out with family and friends. She is married to her wonderful husband, Weston, and together they have a son, Grant. They reside in Parker, and have a black lab named Jack.