DSU HERITAGE FOUNDATION TEAM
The DSU Heritage Foundation staff are dedicated professionals striving to continually improve and support Dickinson State University students and alumni.
To contact our staff, call (701) 483-2486 or scroll down for links to email.
As the Executive Director for the DSU Heritage Foundation, Ty Orton coordinates efforts to strengthen relationships and raise funds to support the University, fulfilling its commitment to provide high-quality accessible programs; promote excellence in teaching and learning; support scholarly and creative activities; while serving the region.
Orton began his fundraising career in 2002 at McCook Community College where he was the Head Men's Basketball Coach. Moving to Dickinson in 2007, he continued to invest in relationships while coaching and fundraising for Dickinson State University athletics. Prior to his appointment at the DSU Heritage Foundation, he was the major gifts officer at Sanford Health. Orton serves on the Presidents Cabinet and the President's Advisory Council. Orton earned a Bachelor of Education from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana in 1998. Ty and his wife, Michelle, have two sons: Tristan and Cooper.
KYLE SMITH '12
Development Officer - Athletics & Rodeo
Kyle Smith joins the DSU Heritage Foundation as the Development Officer for Athletics & Rodeo. A former Blue Hawk, Kyle was a member of the football team as a player and coach during his academic career. Since graduating from DSU, Kyle has volunteered and served as a member of the Blue Hawk Booster Club, helping support athletic scholarships.
Kyle serves on numerous committees in the Dickinson community including; Dickinson Youth Football and Little Buddy Foundation and a former member of the St. John Trust Fund Committee. He is married to Brittney (Morast ’11), and together they have two future Blue Hawks, daughter Brannigan and son Jett.
Amanda Bramhall is the Accounting Manager for the DSU Heritage Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked as a Mortgage Processor and a Closing Escrow Agent in the title insurance field for 10 years.
Amanda’s role within the Foundation is managing the daily accounting operations and assists with general office duties and Foundation events.
She is married to Joe and they have a daughter Megan, a recent graduate of DSU. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, camping, fishing, crafting and playing with their three dogs.
Office Service Coordinator
Pam Rudolph came to the DSU Heritage Foundation as the Office Manager by way of 30 years employment in Yellowstone National Park.
In her role, Pam manages all aspects of the Foundation’s scholarship program, general office functions, and assists with Foundation events.
She has totally embraced Dickinson State University and life as a Blue Hawk. Pam loves the outdoors – gardening, fishing and kayaking, and spending time with her son Jeremy’s family – wife Kati and grandkids - Madi and Knox at their Montana cabin.
KIERRA SCHNEIDER '22
Alumni Relations & Events Coordinator
A Dickinson, North Dakota native, Kierra Schneider was born and raised in the Blue Hawk Community. Sticking to her Dickinson roots, Kierra enrolled at Dickinson State University in the Fall of 2018. She came to the DSU Heritage Foundation as a student worker in Spring 2018.
Kierra found a home at Dickinson State, becoming instantly involved in Cheer. She attends all athletics and is by far the loudest cheerer in school history and her pep brings every event alive. She was named Captain of her Competitive Cheer Team from 2019-2022, and was a key component in their 4th Place finish at Nationals in 2022.
Kierra graduated in Spring 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Currently, she is pursuing her Masters in Business Entrepreneurship while stepping into her role as Alumni Relations and Events Coordinator.
MYREN MOORE '14
Give Day Coordinator
A native of Bakersfield, Myren Moore graduated from DSU in 2014, majoring in Communications. After attending Bakersfield Junior College, he earned a track scholarship and transferred to Dickinson State University, where he achieved an All-American Track and Field award in Men's 4 by 1. After "walking on" to the DSU Football Team, he was awarded additional scholarships during the three years he played for the Blue Hawks. Myren has impressed his dedication to DSU by joining the DSU Blue Hawk Football coaching staff after he graduated, and continuing to provide project support to various fundraising projects at the DSU Heritage Foundation. His dedication to the communities he has lived in includes hosting Turkey Drives in Bakersfield, California and establishing the Dakota Brotherhood Scholarship Fund with his former DSU teammates and college roommates: Jesse Carney, Quincy Mason, and Alex Hutizel; with the goal of supporting other junior college transfer student-athletes that find their way to DSU.