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.
Becky and her family recently relocated to the Black Hills from Minneapolis, MN. Prior to the move, Becky worked since 2007 at The McKnight Foundation, a private family foundation based in Minneapolis, as a program administrator and then program officer with McKnight’s international programs. Becky is fluent in Spanish and graduated from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, with a master’s degree in organizational leadership. Previously in her career, she worked at several nonprofits that provide aid to low-income populations in South America, including spending three years as development and volunteer director at a small college in rural Bolivia. She is also a former employee of Mano a Mano International Partners the Carmen Pampa Fund both in St. Paul. Becky was born and raised on a cattle ranch near Isabel, South Dakota and received her bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University.
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 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.