Mount Marty Presents Alumni Awards at 2017 MMC/All Schools Reunion Weekend

July 11, 2017

Mount Marty College (MMC) recently presented its 2017 Alumni Awards during its MMC/All Schools Alumni Reunion, held on the college’s Yankton campus. This year, the MMC Alumni Association presented five Alumni Awards at the Honored Classes Luncheon on Saturday, June 24. 

Recognizing a recent graduate from the past five years for demonstrating loyalty to MMC, involvement in church and civic activities and the expression of the MMC mission in his or her life, the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, was presented to Daniel Filsinger, Class of 2013. Currently serving as customer development manager at Kolberg-Pioneer in Yankton, Filsinger’s experience with Kolberg-Pioneer began as an intern while a student at Mount Marty. His role with the company has included work on the company web site, generating market share reports, lead development and redesigning all literature and company print ads which helped Kolberg-Pioneer win the “Core Value Award” in Q1 of 2016. In addition to his professional role at Kolberg-Pioneer, Filsinger volunteers with Onward Yankton and at Mount Marty.

Bob Kappel, MMC Class of 1979, received the Service to Church and Community Award, which recognizes an individual who has exhibited notable leadership abilities in service to his or her church and community at the local, state, regional or national level. With his wife Romaine, Kappel has more than 30 years of service as a Sponsor Couple Coordinator — assisting engaged couples preparing for Holy Matrimony — at his home parish of St. Michael’s Church in Sioux Falls and at St. Michael’s sister parish, St. Katherine Drexel. He is a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of St. Michael’s Parish Council, a “Y-Disciple Leader” for high school men, a Boy Scout leader, and a participant in the Christian-based Man to Man (M2) program, where he has offered friendship to penitentiary prisoners for more than a decade. A member of the MMC Choral Union, he donates time and money to the organization each year. Kappel is the Environmental Manager for the City of Sioux Falls.

 For her distinguished loyalty to MMC’s mission and for reflecting the college with her Christian lifestyle, Sr. Madonna Schmitt, MMHS Class of 1945 and MMC Class of 1959, received the 2017 Service to Mount Marty College Award. For several decades, Sr. Madonna has given her life in service to Mount Marty College through her participation on the Board of Trustees, work in campus ministry, membership in the Gregorian Club Advisory Board, volunteering for annual phone-a-thons, and more. Beyond Mount Marty, Sr. Madonna serves others through music ministry, hospital chaplaincy, pastoral care work, work with domestic violence situations, and hospitality as a receptionist attending to dialysis patients.

 The fourth and final recognition, the Professional Achievement Award, was presented to two MMC alumni — Amy (Brady) Lein and Dan Wagner — for consistently demonstrating leadership, competence, dedication, integrity and commitment to continued education in his chosen profession.

Amy (Brady) Lein, MMC Class of 1991, has served at-risk and struggling South Dakota youth for more than 25 years. Through her work as a Juvenile Corrections agent and manager, she lives the mission of the Catholic Church and the Humanities Division of Mount Marty College by believing in the best of all people. Her compassion, devotion, and care for youth, plus her leadership and knowledge of psychology and sociology, have helped her reach many who may have been lost and guide them to become contributing members of society.

 Dan Wagner, MMC Class of 1977, has dedicated his professional life to respiratory care patients. Today, Wagner serves as manager of Respiratory Care at the Veteran’s Hospital in Sioux Falls. He has been active in the South Dakota Society for Respiratory Care (SDSRC), including serving as president and as a national delegate to represent South Dakota respiratory therapists. Since 2002, he has served on the SDSRC Legislative Committee which monitors any legislative action involving respiratory therapists. Wagner helped acquire licensure for Respiratory Therapists in South Dakota in 1993, and he testified in legislative hearings to stress the importance of licensure for respiratory therapists. Making a difference for veteran patients and their families, he is the board chairman for the Greg Wagner Memorial Event, an event his family founded 11 years ago to raise funds for veteran-centered charities, including Disabled American Veteran’s Van Transportation, Warriors Never Give Up, a Veteran Faith, and several others.

 Over the years, more than 120 MMC alumni have been honored for their career accomplishments and services to the college. To learn more about the Alumni Awards, including current and past recipients, please visit

Mount Marty College 2017 Alumni Awards 

Above, from left to right, Bob Kappel ’79, recipient of the Service to Church and Community Award; Daniel Filsinger ’13, recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award; S. Madonna Schmitt, ’59 and MMHS Class of 1945, recipient of the Service to Mount Marty College Award; and Dan Wagner ’77, one of two recipients of the Professional Achievement Award. Not pictured, Amy (Brady) Lein, ’91, recipient of Mount Marty’s Professional Achievement Award.