Ruth Brennan, 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.
Sharon Hasvold, Vice-President
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.
John Hill, Treasurer
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 07/2018
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.
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.
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!
Term Expires 04/2021
Library Board Liaison
Dr. Judy Sneller was appointed to the Library Board of Trustees in February 2019. She earned a B.A. in Humanities, with a minor in English, from the University of Central Florida in 1985, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Emory University in 1992. Dr. Sneller joined the faculty of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in 1992, where she taught a variety of English and Humanities class until she retired as Professor Emerita in May 2017. During her 26 years as a college professor, Dr. Sneller published over a dozen peer-reviewed articles on topics such as gender in the classroom, using technology in the classroom, teaching technical communication, and the role of humor in American culture.
Dr. Sneller has served on a number of state and local organizations, including as President and Board Member of the Rapid City Arts Council; as Board Member of Leadership Rapid City, the Allied Arts Council, and South Dakota Humanities Council; and as a member of the 1996 Library Citizen Advisory & Planning Board. Serving on the Library Board of Trustees is important to Dr. Sneller’s ongoing commitment to education and learning as a means to creating and nurturing the most productive, effective, and knowledgeable citizens possible. The Rapid City Library is, and must be, at the core of this enterprise by offering information in a variety of traditional and contemporary forms, as well as serving as a hub of educational enterprises and activities.
Term Expires 04/2022
Autumn Gregory is the Executive Director of Early Childhood Connections. Autumn has a Bachelor Degree of Science in Business Administration. Prior to joining ECC in 2000 Autumn had over 17 years of management experience in the Health Care Industry. She was also a licensed long term care administrator. She is a current member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the North American Reggio Emilia Association and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Autumn has served on many community boards including TREC (Technology for Rural Enhancement of Communities), South Dakota Non Profit Association and on a parent advisory board for Youth and Family Services. She is also involved in the Rapid City Prosperity Initiative, the Rapid City Campaign for Grade Level Reading and the Uplifting Parents Program (UP).
Term Expires 04/2022
Terry was raised in Massachusetts, graduated from Bennington College (Vermont) and studied for a year in Denmark. She has worked at the Institute of International Education in New York, the Denmark America Foundation in Copenhagen and the Malaysian American Educational Commission in Kuala Lumpur. SInce moving to Rapid City, Terry has been active in the community with YFS, CASA and Rushmore Rotary. Hobbies include music and dogs. She has one son and two grandchildren.