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BOARD MEMBERS
Chair - Faye Bice
FBFaye was appointed to the Board in January 2017 and began serving as vice-chair in February 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from SDSM&T in Computer Science, and over the course of her career has held various positions in information management, data security and analytics.

Faye has a particular interest in library events for all ages to help keep pace with developments in technology.

Faye has also served on the SDSM&T Alumni Association Board.
Vice-Chair - Emily Tupa
ETEmily (Tobin) Tupa was appointed to the Board in December 2020. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

Her parents, Mark and Paulette instilled an early love of reading and writing. The family lived in Rapid City before moving to North Dakota in the early 1990’s. Emily has happy memories of time spent at the library reading books under a large, red toadstool in the children’s section.

Emily and her husband Tyler moved back to the Black Hills in 2012. She spent several years working in event planning and hospitality before transitioning to a career in real estate, specializing in residential home sales with RE/MAX Advantage.

Since moving to South Dakota, her family has expanded and now includes 2 daughters: Julia and Madeline. While the large, red toadstool is gone, the kid’s section at the library leaves NOTHING to be desired. Her girls especially love visiting the birds.

Emily is honored to serve on the Board because she knows first-hand the special memories created here and the valuable resource a public library provides a community.
Board Member - Mary Garrigan
MGMary Garrigan was appointed to the Board in August 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from South Dakota State University.

As a former local newspaper reporter for many years, Mary helped library staff inform the public of library events. She also worked closely with library staff as the first director of Volunteer Rapid City. Mary is currently employed by Catholic Social Services and the Diocese of Rapid City as a grant writer.

Mary believes in the power of public libraries to encourage and develop the love of reading in others.
Board Member - James Emmert
JEJim and his family moved to Rapid City in 2019 after spending four years in Belgium where he worked at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO. Prior to that he spent twenty-seven years in the United States Navy, transitioning from active duty in 2015.

Jim has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, a master’s degree in Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, and was a Federal Executive Fellow at the RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California.

He and Michelle have two sons, John and Christopher, as well as Floyd and Archie - two Labrador Retrievers. They are thrilled to call Rapid City home and are convinced daily by the residents and citizens of western South Dakota they made the right decision in choosing “Rapid” to settle after so many years traveling from assignment to assignment.
Board Member - Vacant

City Council Liaison- Darla Drew
DDDarla Drew is a lifelong resident of Rapid City graduating from Stevens High School. As a young entrepreneur, Darla started Black Hills Talent and Bookings in 1979, booking bands and arranging entertainment for conventions, schools, fairs, lounges, fundraisers, street dances and weddings. She ran Black Hills Talent and Booking for 25 years.

Throughout Darla's career, she has worked for Black Hills Corporation and Rural Head Start programs in South Dakota. She spearheaded the Allied Arts Fund drive and was hired as the Development Director for the Rapid City Arts Council at the Dahl, rising to Assistant Director.

Dedicated to give back to her community, Darla organized the annual Readiatrics book drive to collect new and used books for area children who are facing challenges in home, family, or health. To date, Readiactrics has collected over 100,000 books for those children.

Darla was presented with the Athena Award in 2001 and also the Rushmore Honors award in 2005. Darla is a wife of 35 years and part of a local band known as DD and the Fayrohs, who were inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

Darla's commitment to her community is evident. She was elected to represent Ward 5 on the Rapid City Common Council in 2014 and states, "I will continue to keep our City on the positive path through downtown development, support of the arts, and continued infrastructure improvements".
County Commission Liaison - Travis Lasseter
TLTravis and his family moved to the Rapid City area in 2008 while he served in the United States Air Force. After retiring in 2015 with 21 years of service he decided to continue working in the community. First serving on the Pennington County Planning and Zoning commission, and now as a Pennington County Commissioner.

Travis is currently working on a Master's Degree in Emergency Management, and has a Bachelors Degree in Occupational Health, Nursing studies and four Associate Degrees.

Travis and his family started their small farm/ranch outside New Underwood in 2010. He and his wife have four children: Joseph, Isaiah, Naomi, and Sarah.