Liz was born and raised in Western South Dakota. After graduating from Wall High School, Liz attended the University of South Dakota and graduated as one of four University Scholars with degrees in English and Mass Communications and a minor in Business Administration. She spent the first 10 years of her working career in the San Francisco Bay Area, employed by Security Pacific Bank, now Bank of America. By 1989, Liz was the Vice President and Northern California District Manager for the bank’s merchant credit card business, managing staff and operations from Fresno to the Oregon border representing $1.2 billion in bank card assets. In 1990, Liz and her husband Randy returned to South Dakota to start their family.After their two sons, Joe and Jack started school, Liz re-entered the workforce, this time in education. She was employed as the Black Hill District Manager for Junior Achievement and then joined the Rapid City Area School district to develop resources and community focused programs for the Rapid City Area Schools. Liz became the Executive Director of the Black Hills Area Community Foundation in July 2015. She is committed to taking care of our Black Hills Region- our people and our place. Bringing her varied life and work experiences to the table with the Black Hills Area Community Foundation, she applies her skills in communications, managing and developing resources, program and talent development, and grant writing. With years in volunteer leadership with the United States Tennis Association, she is the current President of the Northern Section Board of Directors representing North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and part of Wisconsin at the National level of the governing body. Liz serves on the Board of the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce, the Rapid City Collective Impact Guiding Council and the Rapid City Public School Foundation Board and grants review committee.
Barb is a vital part of the BHACF team! She brings over 17 years experience in administration and accounting.
Barb moved to the beautiful Black Hills from Murdo, SD several years ago. She and her family love living here and being able to explore the outdoors!
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/Marketing and started her career. As a strategic marketing and business development consultant, she brings over 15 years of experience to companies looking to increase their market visibility and profitability. Karabeth strives to develope good working relationships to understand the specific needs and determine the best suited media mix for getting the message out.
Her primary focus is the daily oversight of the website, social media, and deliverable of both BHACF and Rapid City Collective Impact. She also keep abreast of industry trends and challenges and provides business intelligence to the organization.
Her career includes more than a decade of corporate communications, marketing and public relations experience in both for profit, nonproft and consulting services.
Jamie recently relocated back to the Black Hills area from Washington, D.C. Prior to the move, Jamie worked for the Bureau for Conflict Stabilization Operations at the United States Department of State. She also managed country portfolios for Somalia and Yemen representing the US Ambassadors to those countries in Washington D.C. Prior to her time at the State Department, Jamie served 8 years with the U.S. Army and completed 2 tours in Iraq. Jamie has also worked with numerous non-profits organizations both domestically and abroad. She worked as a volunteer HIV/AIDS educator for the Red Cross, resettled refugees with Lutheran Social Services and served as an AmeriCorps member with the St. Cloud Children’s Home in St. Cloud, MN. In Rapid City, Jamie recently worked for Mercy Housing as a Resident Services Coordinator where she gained experience working in the affordable housing sector. Jamie is a Presidential Management Fellow and was recognized by the President of the United States for her service and volunteerism. Jamie received her bachelor’s degree at St. Cloud State University in criminal justice and political science and her Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution at the University of Massachusetts—Boston.