Board of Directors


Board of Directors

Tammy Silvernagel, Chair of the Board of Directors and board member since 1994

Retired from South Dakota Department of Labor/Regulation. Earned Associate Degree at Black Hills State University (BHSU)

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, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Past President and board member since 1992

Social Worker with Spearfish Regional Home Health, Hospice and Palliative Care. Earned Bachelor of Science degrees in History and Psychology from Black Hills State College (now BHSU)

Sharon's professional career provided a variety of positions at South Dakota Department of Social Services and she also served the Board of Directors with Big Brother/Big Sisters, Rapid City Area Senior Companion, Ponderosa Apt Large Board, Spearfish Cooperative Preschool, is a volunteer/sub with the Good Shepherd Clinic a Board Member for the Health Ministry Team for the United Methodist Church in Spearfish.

Jim Haeder, Secretary on Board of Directors and serving since January 2017

Retired, healthcare administrator

Jim retired after 25 years in the healthcare industry and served as the administrator of nursing homes and small rural hospitals in South Dakota and Wyoming for 20 years. He was the Director of Health Education Development Systems for more than seven years and provided continuing education for healthcare professionals in hospitals and nursing homes in a five-state region. Jim coordinated with a Veteran's Administration (VA) Foundation to provide emergency medical services and CPR training for Indian Health Services nationwide. In addition, he owned a real estate appraisal company, has experience in sales and the gaming industry, as well as in carpentry, plumbing and electrical service.  Jim is married and has three children and two grandchildren. Jim enjoys his retirement and giving back to the community. In addition to serving on this Board of Directors, he is also a board member of the Spearfish Senior Center.

Karen Griffith served on the Board of Directors from 2002-2009 and from 2010 to present

Manager of Black Hills Counseling. Earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northeastern University, Boston and her MA/MS Ed. in Agency Counseling from the University of Nebraska-Kearney

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

Verla Little, Serving on the Board of Directors since July 2015

Corporal with Spearfish Police Department.  Earned her 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 and has a strong sense of community and helping residents feel safe. Verla has served as a member of the Lawrence County Child Protection Team and the Spearfish Community Coalition. She is a certified DARE Instructor and is the Vice President of the South Dakota DARE Officers Association. Her training and expertise enable her to recognize that education and support are key components necessary for victims of violence to recovery from trauma and heal.

Renee Bisgaard, Serving on the Board of Directors since March 2016

Owner/Broker of Black Hills Team. Earned her master’s degree in Education/School Counselor and bachelor’s degree in Elementary/Secondary Physical Education

Renee is the owner/broker of Black Hills Team, a real estate business serving the Northern Black Hills. She has been recognized as member of the top 10% of real estate sales for the Northern Black Hills M.L.S. for the past 35 yrs. Prior to her real estate career, Renee taught school and remains very community minded. She is a member of the ConBa business association, Belle Fouche Chamber of Commerce, St. Paul’s Catholic Church Stewardship committee, ABC- Action for Betterment of Our Community, Realtor for Kids and Mount Rushmore M.L.S.

Anthony Galbraith, serving on Board of Directors since July 2017

General Manager at The Lodge at Deadwood. Earned his bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management with minors in Economics and Business Management from South Dakota State University

Anthony has worked for Regency Hotel Management for 18 years in five states and eight different properties. He has worked in many different areas of hospitality management and serves on numerous local and statewide boards including the South Dakota Hotel and Lodging Association. He lives Spearfish with his wife and four children. He enjoys working with individuals and families on community and environmental improvement projects.

Michael Isaacson, serving on the Board of Directors since March 2018

Title IX Coordinator, Black Hills State University

Mike is responsible for campus sexual assault prevention and response at BHSU and believes that engagement between BHSU and the surrounding area is a key factor in a successful and efficient Title IX program. Mike feels this partnership will cultivate mutual benefits for students and the communities. He has devoted his entire adult life--and is fundamentally committed--to helping others maximize their potential to be successful. He believes in service leadership and finds this is a good fit.

Kristy Schumacher, serving on the Board of Directors since March 2018,

Emergency Room Nurse and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Spearfish Regional Hospital

As an emergency room nurse, Kristy recognized the effects of domestic violence and chose to certify as a SANE. She works closely with the Artemis House advocates when a sexual assault requests their assistance and values the service and support they provide. Kristy brings a strong sense of empathy and compassion to the board of directors as well as to her patients. She believes that the emergency room is where she got the true sense of what she could do to make even the smallest improvements in peoples lives. The feeling was amazing and at the same time she began to see how prevalent domestic violence is which gave her an even greater desire to help others. This is why she became a SANE Nurse, which she finds extremely eye opening, to see not just the victims but the amount of good people out there.