Prairie Hills Transit

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About PHT - Governing Board of Directors

Our Governing Board of Directors is made up of representatives from various businesses, customer base and communities served by Prairie Hills Transit. Board members meet once a month.


Julie Hill, President has been an H & R Block franchise owner in Hot Springs and Custer and a tax professional for 35 years. She has served on the board of Hot Springs Transit for 15 years and was on the board of Southern Hills Transit prior to joining Prairie Hills Transit. “With such a large segment of older citizens in our community as well as veterans, low income and special needs individuals, I believe that the services we provide are essential.”


John Lee, Vice-President is the Chief Executive Officer of Butte Electric Cooperative, a utility company that serves members in Butte, Lawrence, and Mede Counties. John was born and raised in Spearfish, South Dakota. A graduate of Black Hills State University, he is married to Amy and they have a daughter Naomi. "The main reason I enjoy being on the board is knowing we are improving the quality of life of those we serve."


Michele Goodwin, Secretary started with Department of Labor in October of 1984. She has held various positions in the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation in Spearfish, South Dakota. She has work experience as a Job Service Rep, Local Veterans Rep, Assistant Manager and Employment Specialist with the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). She was appointed and served on the Governor's Task Force on Welfare Reform that helped determined state policy for The Welfare Reform Act in South Dakota. In all the positions she has worked with the disadvantaged and disabled helping these individuals become self-sufficient. She is aware of the barriers that individuals face that lack transportation to get to and from work, to their health care providers and child care providers.


Dana Boke, Treasurer is the Mayor of Spearfish.


John Johnson was raised in Harding County on a cow/calf ranch. A graduate of South Dakota State University, he is married to Marilyn, a registered nurse, and they have one daughter, Sammi, an occupational therapist. John has spent 39 years in banking, 33 of which he served in Sturgis, SD. “My main interest is to make sure that there is a public transportation system that serves the needs of the elderly, disabled, and those without personal transportation.”


Joe Hauge is the Executive Director of Black Hills Special Services. He has degrees from South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota. Joe has lived in Rapid City for the past 25 years. His wife Shirley is a speech/language pathologist. They have two children, Michael and Kennedy. Joe has volunteered as the treasurer of his church for the past six years. As a new PHT board member, Dr. Hauge states; “Transportation is vital for living a full life that includes work and recreation.”


Richard A. Pluimer was born and raised in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. After attending college in Oregon, Dick returned to the Black Hills, graduating from Black Hills State University. Dick went on to Law School and graduated from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska in 1979. Dick served as member of the Butte County Board of County Commissioners before relocating his practice to Spearfish with Tom Brady in 2001. Dick has also served on non-profit organization Boards of Directors including Spearfish Canyon Owners Association, and regularly advises non-profit Boards as part of his practice. Dick and his wife Gloria have a blended family of four boys. Gloria is Director of Educational Programs for Black Hills Special Services Cooperative. Their family is far reaching with sons residing in Seattle, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Spearfish.


Joy McCracken is the founding director and the chief administrative officer of Neighborhood Housing Services. She is responsible for the supervision, administration, and management of the staff and overall programming and funding of the corporation. Eight years of real estate lending experience with Norwest Bank and certification by Neighborhood Reinvestment as a qualified counselor provides the knowledge to effectively perform these duties. And as for her involvement with the PHT board, Joy says, “As a housing provider for low to moderate income families I am interested in becoming involved to learn of the services provided to our target market.”


Judy Farris is the Belle Fourche representative on the Prairie Transit Board. Before moving to Belle Fourche, Judy spent 30 years as a Professor of Consumer Science at South Dakota State University. She’s a graduate of Gregory High School, and holds degrees from South Dakota State College, California State University Northridge, and the University of South Dakota. Her retirement occupations include time with the Historic Preservation Office for the City of Deadwood, as well as volunteering in Belle Fourche at the Tri-State Museum, Black Hills Parrot Welfare and Education, Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce, and Election Board for Belle Fourche Ward 4.


Rich Mulholland is the Executive Director of the Northern Hills Training Center. 

Jerry Apa, Mayor of City of Lead

Nina Nielsen, Retired Administrative - US Forest Service


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