ABOUT THE LEGACY FOUNDATION
Serving medical providers and patient families in South Dakota to bridge gaps in healthcare
Here at The Legacy Foundation, we see the value in everyone. We want to be a catalyst for positive change, and since our very beginnings we’ve remained true to our founding principles: health, empowerment, and sustainability.
Dealing with the health challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take the first step forward. The Legacy Foundation emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for our actions to speak louder than words.
The Legacy Foundation is here for all. We do not withhold services from anyone based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender orientation or expression, marital status, military/veteran status, personal economic status, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.
We're often asked why our logo features a piece of crumpled pink paper. It's simple: it reminds us of the reason we're here.
Owen Turner was 12 years old when he passed away in September 2021. His favorite things in life were the color pink, Mickey Mouse, Daniel Tiger, and tearing apart any paper he could get his hands on. Owen inspired the development of The Legacy Foundation, and the memory of his feisty personality drives our work forward even when the going gets tough. We work to improve the lives of others by keeping his legacy alive.
Meet the Team
Board Member and Volunteer Coordinator
An Air Force veteran and a graduate of the University of Sioux Falls, Tyler has spent much of his military career training and building up his fellow service members - a skill that he has also incorporated into his civilian life, as he helps to build up his community. He is an employee at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and has way too many opinions about movies.
Tyler lives in Sioux Falls, SD and has been a member of the board since 2022.
Jenny lives in southeast SD and has been a member of the board since 2023.
Marissa has a special interest in the intersection between nutrition and wellbeing, and enjoys working with plants and nature.
Marissa lives in Sioux Falls, SD and has been a member of the board since 2022.
Elizabeth Hanson, PhD, CCC-SLP
Liz is an assistant professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Dakota, with a special interest in providing evaluation and treatment for persons who benefit from augmentative and alternative communication systems (AAC). She also serves on the board of SESDAC in Vermillion, SD.
Liz lives in southeast SD and has been a member of the board since 2023.