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Board of Directors

Tammy Silvernagel, 1994, Chair, BHSU Associate Degree, SD Dept of Labor/ Regulation

    Tammy’s 38 year career with the State of South Dakota includes assisting individuals to find success in their life goals. She is a member of a Northern Hills Relay For Life team, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Education Committee and a volunteer with the Good Shepherd Clinic. From her years of working with individuals from different walks of life she feels strongly of the need to educate the community of domestic violence and sexual assault issues and to insure there are services available for victims.


Sharon Culbertson, 1992, Vice Chair, Past President, BS History/ Psychology, BHSC (BHSU)

    Sharon is a Social Worker with Spearfish Regional Home Health, Hospice and Palliative Care Programs. Her professional career provided a variety of positions at DSS. Board involvement with Big Brother/Big Sisters, Rapid City area Senior Companion, Ponderosa Apt Large Board, Spearfish Cooperative Preschool, and is a volunteer/sub with the Good Shepherd Clinic and also is a Board Member for the Health Ministry Team for the United Methodist Church in Spearfish.


Karen Griffith, 2002-9, 2010 to present, BA Psychology, Northeastern University, Boston MA/MS Ed., Agency Counseling, U of Neb-Kearney

    Founding Manager Black Hills Counseling Services, a multi service agency providing counseling services, supervised visitations, parent education, family/divorce mediation, crisis intervention services. She is a mental health responder for the Spearfish Ambulance Service. Child protective services worker/supervisor, Nebraska Lutheran Family Services administrator, a staff therapist with Lutheran Social Services.

Verla Little, July 2015, Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Geology/Geography from BHSU

    Verla began her law enforcement career in 1998 with the Spearfish Police Department where she currently holds the rank of Corporal. She has a strong sense of community and helping community members feel safe. She has been a member of the Lawrence County Child Protection Team and the Spearfish Community Coalition.  She is a certified DARE Instructor and teaches in the Spearfish school district. She also serves as the Vice President of the SD DARE Officers Association. Verla’s training and years of experience help her promote that education and support are key components victims of violence and assaults need.


Amy Lee, Nov 2015, Bachelor of Science in Education, BHSU, State of SD, Dept of Social Services

    Amy’s experience includes 15 years of Human Resources Management and more recently, experience as an Economic Assistance Benefits Specialist. In her work with social services, she sees the daily struggles of women in the community. Amy is a former President of the United Way of the Black Hills, and has volunteered with Special Olympics, Zonta, March of Dimes and Relay for Life.  Amy’s experience provides insight to the economic barriers domestic violence survivors encounter, and her focus is to develop community relationships that will enhance fund development for the Artemis House.

Renee Bisgaard, Mar 2016, Master’s in Education/School Counselor and Bachelors in Elementary/Secondary Physical Education 

   Renee Bisgaard is the broker/owner of Black Hills Team, a real estate business serving the Northern Black Hills. Renee’ has been in the top 10% in sales for the Northern Black Hills M.L.S. for the past 35 yrs. Renee has taught school in years past but for the past 35 years she has been an active Realtor. Renee is very community minded.  She is serving as member of the ConBa business Association, Chamber, St. Paul’s Catholic Church Stewardship committee, ABC Action for Betterment of Our Community, Realtor for Kids and Mount Rushmore MLS.


Caryn Eisenbraun, August 2016, BS Business Administration with specializations in Marketing and Tourism & Hospitality Management, Manager - City Brew Coffee

   Caryn graduated in 2014 from BHSU and has enjoyed being involved in the Spearfish community through various organizations and activities including contributing to multiple marketing plans, Clayton's Crew fundraising for Give Kids The World Village, and serving as a United Way Board Member, to name a few.  She looks forward to helping promote Artemis House through new marketing materials and serving alongside a very knowledgeable and experienced board to better help the community."

Jim Haeder, January 2017, retired, 25 years in healthcare, with 20 of those as administrator of nursing homes and small rural hospitals, in SD and Wyoming, 7+ years as director of Health Education Development Systems, providing continuing education opportunities for healthcare professionals in hospitals, nursing homes, in five states, coordinating with a VA Foundation to assist with VA continuing education/training, and providing EMS and CHR training opportunities for Indian Health Services nationwide. Some sales experience, as well as owning his own real estate appraisal company, and working in the gaming industry in Deadwood for a short time. Since 2010, to wind down his various careers, he was employed in sales at Knecht Home Center in Spearfish. Married, 3 children, 2 grandchildren. Have a varied background and experience with plumbing, electrical and carpentry. Enjoying his retirement and thinks he will enjoy the opportunity to give back a bit more to the community.

Anthony Galbraith, July 2017, Bachelors degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management with minors in Economics and Business Management for South Dakota State University

   Anthony has worked for Regency Hotel Management for 18 years in 5 states and 8 different locals. He has worked in many different areas of Hospitality management and is presently the Hotel General Manager of the Lodge At Deadwood. He serves on many local and statewide boards including SD Hotel and Lodging Association. He is a current resident of the Spearfish community where he resides with his wife and soon to be 4 children. He enjoys working with people and families to better the community and environment they live in.