Quentin Riggins, President
Term Expires 04/2018
Quentin joined Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP in August 2007 and became partner with the firm in 2013. Quentin graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota in 2006. While attending law school, Quentin was a member of the Client Counseling and Negotiations Board. He served as treasurer for one year. His undergraduate studies were completed at Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota in 2002.
Quentin grew up in Philip, South Dakota where he was active in the Boy Scouts of America and FFA. Quentin comes from a ranch family and enjoys helping farm/ranch clients with legal issues ranging from estate planning to the purchase of Ag property. Currently, Quentin is a member of the American Bar Association and the South Dakota Bar Association. In his spare time, Quentin enjoys hunting, fishing and watching sports, especially baseball and football.
Ruth Brennan, Vice-President
Term Expires 04/2018
Ruth Brennan was Rapid City Arts Council Executive Director for 24 years, administering the Dahl Arts Center and presenting performing arts, including annual Bluegrass and Jazz/Blues Festivals. She chairs the Rapid City Airport's art committee and served on the Main Street Square artist selection committee. She served a second round of terms on the Black Hills Playhouse (2007-14), continuing her BHP interest by serving on the BHP Alumni Association board, co-chaired the Black Hills Symphony League 2008-20012, and is a mayor-appointed Journey Museum board member (2007-present). Currently she is advising on the Rapid City Cultural Plan development and was recently elected to the Black Hills Symphony Board.
She has worked on a statewide basis by coordinating South Dakota's Dance-on-Tour, annually contracting nationally-recognized dance companies for statewide performance and outreach residencies, 1999-2014. From 1999-2001 she facilitated community planning for various South Dakota arts councils. In 2002 she coordinated the 2002 National Symphony Orchestra SD residency.
As a volunteer, she is a SD Art Museum advisory board member (2000-present), chaired the SD Art Council for five years and served as a governor-appointed member for 23 years, served four terms on the National Music Museum board and was instrumental in establishing the Community Arts Network for the state. She is a past Arts Midwest board member where she served on various discipline panels.
She was the Rapid City Journal arts staff writer, 1968-1983, and currently writes a monthly column on the arts for the Journal. She is a recipient of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Rushmore Honors Award, 1995, South Dakota Governors Award in the Arts, 2010, Rapid City Chamber of Commerce "George" Award, 2013, South Dakota Hall of Fame inductee, 2013.
Term Expires 07/2018
Marty Garwood is a life-long resident of the Black Hills. She grew up in both Lead and Rapid City. After graduating from Steven's High School, she attended South Dakota State University and earned a BA in Child Development Welfare.
Marty was ordained as a deacon in the Episcopal Church in 1992. Since then she has served the congregation at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Rapid City. Areas of ministry have included pastoral visits, youth ministry, preaching and hospitality. Marty also serves as the mentor for the local Education for Ministry class which is an extension course offered through the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.
Marty is employed by the Rapid Valley Sanitary District - Water Service. She has been with them since 1981 as Office Operations. Her responsibilities include payroll, accounts payable, day to day scheduling of work orders, and customer service. Marty considers herself fortunate to have been able to travel extensively. She has visited 41 of the 59 states as well as traveling in Canada, Europe, and Australia. The call of the horizon is always beckoning to her. Currently Marty is a member of The Women of the Moose, The Order of the Daughters of the King, and PEO International.
Term Expires 04/2019
Sharon grew up in Watertown, South Dakota. She graduated from South Dakota State University in 1978 with a B.S. degree in Microbiology. She moved to Rapid City with her husband Mark in 1984, and spent most of her career as a Virologist for USD School of Medicine.
Sharon serves as a volunteer for CASA, RCRH, and Chapel in the Hills. She serves on the Board of Church Response and is active at Calvary Lutheran Church. Sharon has two children and two grandchildren. Her hobbies include biking, hiking, 4-wheeling, reading, and spending time with family.
Nancy Gowen, Honorary Board Member
Term Expires 04/2016
Nancy has served on several regional, state and local boards: Midwestern Association for the Education of Young Children, South Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children, Black Hills Association for the Education of Young Children, CASA, South Dakota Voices for Children, Catholic Social Services, Black Hills Community Theatre, AAUW, Delta Kappa Gamma, Mount Rushmore Society, Mount Rushmore History Association, and Allied Arts Fund. She is married to Dr. Richard Gowen and has five children, eleven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Gardening, reading with her book club "Classy-Gals," various board activities, and four Rapid City grandchildren keep Nancy busy.
Paulette Schenck, RCPL Board Liaison
Term Expires: 03/2020
Paulette “Punkin” Schenck was appointed as the Pennington County Commission Liaison to the Rapid City Public Library Board of Trustees in February 2017. She has a Doctorate in Education and Human Resource Studies and brings twenty years of experience as a professional educator and school counselor to her position.
Paulette has been active in her community in many ways over the course of her career, serving in various capacities for local, state, and national organizations. As an avid reader, she has always valued libraries, but also believes that libraries serve a much broader function to the local community. They provide a place for organizations to meet, as well as educational programming to serve the entire community and foster life-long learning. Paulette believes the library is the real heart of any community.
Term Expires 07/2020
John joined Black Hills Corporation in December 2016 as Vice-President of Gas Engineering. Originally from Kentucky, John graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and later received an MBA from the University of Kentucky. He has been active in the various communities where he and his family have lived, including non-profit Boards supporting children and literacy. John and his family love books and are big supporters of the public library system.
Term Expires 07/2020
Karabeth Borresen is an experienced illustrator and designer with several years of experience in the marketing and advertising industry. Karabeth moved back home to the Black Hills of South Dakota after living in Colorado for 11 years where she studied at Metropolitan State College of Denver receiving a BA in Business and Marketing and started her career. As a strategic marketing and business development consultant, she brings years of experience to companies looking to increase their market visibility and profitability. Karabeth strives to make good working relationships to understand the specific needs and determine the best suited media mix for getting the message out. In her spare time she enjoys family time and getting creative!
Laura Hovey Newbert, MS, Development Director
Laura joined the Rapid City Library Foundation as Development Director in January 2015.
The Rapid City Public Libraries echo the drumbeat of our community. That said… let me explain this truism for what it really reflects: our people and their abiding commitment to supporting resource.
Significant moments in my career:
- primary organizer of the Black Hills Heritage Festival (in its 90's heyday)
- developing award-winning programming for 5,000 girls at Girl Scouts of the Black Hills
- gathering diapers for under-privileged families thru Volunteers of America-Dakotas
- consulting with enterprising business owners while with the Rapid City Journal or KOTA-TV
- providing people with disabilities assistance with finding employment
- organizing a South Dakota Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame guitarist husband
- owning two small businesses while raising three children and getting a Masters from SDSU as I penned poetry and plays
- volunteering with organizations like Zonta Club of the Black Hills, empowering women worldwide; the Black Hills Advertising Federation, promoting professional excellence; the Chamber of Commerce Cultural Affairs Committee, enriching the arts; and more.
I have been privy to a unique perspective of Rapid Citians bettering their community…maybe not always in big ways, some very big ways, but always consistently with care and a sense of consequence.
The Rapid City Public Libraries reflect this perspicacious beat of our citizenry: a civilization is only as great as its people’s library.