The senior leadership team of Crazy Horse Memorial® is called the Executive Management Team, which is comprised of two Chief Executive Officers, daughters of Korczak and Ruth Ziolkowski and a non-family President and Chief Operating Officer.
Ms. Jadwiga Ziolkowski
CEO and Director of Public Affairs
Jadwiga currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Crazy Horse Memorial® providing guidance to the overall leadership and management of ©Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation and specific oversight of Marketing and Media. Jadwiga is the fourth child of Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and his wife Ruth. She possesses a business degree from the University of Wyoming and she has held just about every position at Crazy Horse Memorial®, including accounting executive, visitor services manager, and personnel director. She has a wealth of experience in administration, business, tourism, and hospitality.
Viga has previously served on the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and she is currently among the Board of Directors of First Interstate Bank Systems and the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Monique Ziolkowski
CEO and Director of Mountain Carving, Construction and Maintenance, and Museum Liaison
Monique is the ninth child of Korczak and Ruth Ziolkowski. She worked closely with both of her parents throughout her years at Crazy Horse, learning about what they envisioned for the future of the Memorial and the progressing Mountain Carving. Monique is continually gaining knowledge and enjoys art in many forms. She has studied art in Boston, Italy, and New York and she has created many works of her own. Her willingness to learn and her deep appreciation for art, combined with her father’s teachings, contribute daily to overseeing the carving of the Mountain and ensuring that the shapes sculpted by Korczak are accurately represented. An important part of her role, as her father predicted, is staying educated on the geology of the rock and studying the working models, making revisions dictated by the Mountain, where absolutely needed. Along with the responsibility of overall leadership and management of ©Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, artistic updates on the working models, directing the Mountain Crew, and carving the Mountain, Monique serves as the CEO, provides direct oversight of the Construction and Maintenance Crews, Security, and she serves as the Liaison for management of THE INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA®.
Dr. Laurie Becvar
President and Chief Operating Officer
Laurie serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer for Crazy Horse Memorial® directly overseeing the areas of finance, central office operations, legal affairs, human resources, risk management, information technology, THE INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®, THE INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA®, visitor services, and development. She possesses doctorate and master’s degrees in higher education administration from the University of South Dakota and a bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University. Prior to her leadership role at the Memorial, Laurie was a teacher, a director of a business and industry institute at a community college, an academic dean and chief academic officer for two non-profit, private colleges, and the dean of the graduate school and continuing and distance education and senior associate provost at the University of South Dakota. Laurie has nearly thirty years of administration experience in the education and nonprofit worlds and she has owned and operated small businesses.
Her contributions to her profession and community include service on numerous boards and committees.