Key Volunteers

LD Herrera (Executive Director & Coach)

  • Excelled as a high school student at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, NE where he was instilled with the idea of being a “Man for Others”. 

  • Became a top math student missing only one math question on the SAT and none on the ACT.

  • Completed Calculus III before his senior year in high school by attending Creighton University in the evenings and during the summer of his junior year after his other activities including Science Club, Math Club, Chess Club, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Concert Band, 4H, and Soccer while also helping to pay for tuition through work-study. 

  • Rated in the top 1% by the National Engineering Aptitude Search (NEAS).

  • Attended Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a worldwide leader in many disciplines including robotics.

  • Worked for 3 decades in the Informations Technology field for commercial, governmental, and non-profit organizations including 2 decades managing his own business.

  • Involved in STEM initiatives at national level in Washington, DC from 2006 to 2011 primarily focusing on net-neutrality and internet access for underserved children and meeting with senators, congressmen, and large corporate executives from organization including BP, Exxon, Verizon, and Comcast.

  • Served on numerous boards for youth-based organizations in various roles including president, vice president, treasurer, executive director, director, and member-at-large.

  • Nationally licensed ‘D’ soccer coach with over a decade of youth coaching experience including 2 years of direct mentorship (10 hours/week) under highly-effective level ‘A’ coach. (We all learn from others.)

  • Provided approximately 2000 hours of volunteer service annually for the last decade.

  • Founded and provided initial funding for Robotics of Vermillion as a free program to serve all school-aged children in Vermillion, SD.

  • Education: BS in Marketing, MS in Cybersecurity (actively pursuing)

Colleen Herrera (Coach)

  • Retired US Air Force specializing in communications and electronics with service at the White House and high security facilities.

  • Experienced Scout Leader - Cub Scouts, BSA (Girls Troop Leader)

  • Experienced VEX IQ Coach / VEX World Championship Trained Judge

  • Education: BS in Information Technology

Teresa Chasing-Hawk (Coach)

  • Math Instructor at the University of South Dakota (USD).

  • Education: MA in Mathematics, MA in Education

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Brandon Schapekahm (Coach)

  • Graphic User Interface Designer

  • Education: BS in Media Arts and Animation