Meet the Philanthropy Services Team
“LSS reminds me that my everyday life should be focused around God’s love, kindness and making a positive impact on those around me. I feel blessed to spend every day knowing we are making a
difference in our state.”
Paige Short, Vice President of Philanthropy Services, joined LSS in November 2020. Before joining the LSS family, she spent the last ten years working in development and fundraising management for higher education institutions including her most recent role at the University of South Dakota Foundation. Paige is passionate about making South Dakota an even better place to live, work and grow. Her favorite part about her role is connecting with donors and helping them make a gift that brings them fulfillment and joy – while changing the lives of those LSS serves. Aside from work, Paige enjoys spending time with her husband and wrangling her two toddlers, being active and doing anything outdoors.
Paige.Short@LssSD.org • 605-261-3069
Director of Donor Relations
“I love the impact LSS has on the lives of others. Often, we become the supportive family a client needs. I’m so proud of the work we do.”
Jessica Lillebo has ties across the state after living in Spencer, Spearfish, Garretson, Sioux Falls, Summerset and Rapid City. However, her home and heart are in the Black Hills National Forest. Jessica first encountered LSS through their Disaster Response Services in 1996 following a devastating tornado that wiped out her parent’s home and hometown of Spencer. After working in sales and management, she joined LSS in 2014 as Director of Donor Relations in the Western Region. Jessica enjoys building relationships with donors and connecting people to the difference they want to make in the world. When not working, you will likely find her tending to the land, herding chickens, ducks or dogs, making sourdough bread, or sticking her hands in a beehive.
Jessica.Lillebo@LssSD.org • 605-939-9999
Northeastern and Southeastern Regions
Director of Donor Relations
“LSS has always been a presence as I grew up in South Dakota, so I feel blessed to have the opportunity to help ensure future generations of South Dakota families will continue to be supported when they need it.”
A lifelong South Dakotan who grew up in the Huron area, Jason Lemke joined LSS in 2023 as Director of Donor Relations for the Eastern Region. He spent his early career in higher education before taking on development and fundraising roles, most recently as the Chief Development Officer of a mid-size nonprofit in Sioux Falls. Jason loves building relationships with people and helping them create positive impacts in their community. Outside of work Jason stays busy keeping up with the activities of his two daughters, spending time with his wife, and volunteering at his church and in community groups.
Jason.Lemke@LssSD.org • 605-228-2180