Elk Point-Jefferson Educational Foundation

Founded 2011

The mission of the EPJ Educational Foundation is to locate funding sources and distribute funds to students graduating from EPJ who are pursuing a degree from a post-secondary institution.

In May of 2011 we gave away $5500, the following May we awarded $9300. Over the two years we have awarded $14,800 to help our graduating seniors continue their education.

Please consider donating now through PayPal or through our online Donor Perfect form (pay with credit card).  You can also review the brochure for other ways to donate.


Each year we raise money for the Community Educational Opportunity Grant (CEOG). While most of this money is distributed to the current seniors, some of it goes into the CCF Endowment. The goal is to grow the CCF Endowment so we don’t have to raise money each year. We have several events throughout the year.

  • Chili Cup

  • Tailgate Supper

  • Concessions at Middle School Games

  • Letter Campaigns

  • Dinner Theatre


Pictorial Alumni Book 1885-2019

Pictorial Alumni Books are available for sale at Lewis Drug in Elk Point. Cost for the full book is $30. The 2010-2019 edition is also available at Lewis Drug for $15. You can purchase the 1885-2019 book online with a credit card. The cost is $35 and includes the cost of the book, shipping costs and payment processing fees.

Educational Foundation Board Members

  • Cherie Noteboom

  • Traci Holmquist

  • Renae McInerney

  • Jessica Niles

  • Andrea Boyle

  • Jennifer Kneebone

  • Maggie Grassel

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Cherie Noteboom

Cherie Bakker Noteboom is a Professor of Information Systems at Dakota State University. Cherie and her family have lived in Elk Point since 1993. Her son, Matthew, is an EPJ graduate.

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Andrea Boyle

Andrea has been an Internal Auditor at the 1st Financial Bank USA in Dakota Dunes for 10 years.  She and her husband Joe have been residents of Jefferson for 13 years and have three children, Owen, Parker and Hudson.

Jennifer Kneebone

Jennifer has been a Registered Nurse for 13 years with most of her experience gained while working in the Emergency Room. She is currently working at Horizon Health Care in Elk Point. Jennifer graduated from SDSU in Brookings, SD. Bryan and Jennifer have resided outside of Jefferson, SD for 11 years with their children Bryleigh and Charlie.

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Renae (Rosenbaum) McInerney

Renae is a 1988 graduate of Elk Point High School and a 1993 graduate of South Dakota State University.  She earned her master’s degree in communication disorders from the University of South Dakota.  After graduation Renae was employed by the Southeast Area Cooperative and was assigned to the Elk Point-Jefferson school district for 13 years. She is currently employed by the South Sioux City School district as a Speech/Language Pathologist. Renae and her husband Brian are lifelong residents of Elk Point.  They have 3 children, Emma McInerney, Samantha Lahndorf (Cameron) and Luke McInerney.  

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Jessica Niles

Member At Large

Jessica has been a School Psychologist at the Northwest Area Education Agency in Sioux City for 19 years with a specialty in Autism and passion for early childhood.  She and Paul have been residents of Elk Point for 13 years and have six children, Jordan, Caleb, Chloe, Lexi, Addi and Gabby. 

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Terri Chicoine

EPJ/Board Treasurer

Terri Chicoine has been the Business Manager at the Elk Point-Jefferson School District since 1990.  Prior to working at EPJ, Terri was an Accountant at Williams & Co., in Sioux City, Iowa. Terri graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado with a degree in Accounting.  Terri and Brian have three children, all graduates of South Dakota State University.

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Christine McMeekin-Hemmingstad

Business Agent

Christine McMeekin-Hemmingstad has been a school counselor at Elk Point-Jefferson for over 15 years. Prior to EPJ School, Christine worked as an Academic Counselor at Briar Cliff University and in Training & Development at Gateway. Christine is married to John Hemmingstad and they have two children, Lucas and Thomas.