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.”
Dana Boke, Secretary 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.
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.
Rowena Richardson serves as the representative to the Custer community. Rowena received her BA in Education from San Diego State College, her MA in Education from Humboldt State University and is certified in Special Education. Rowena has also been the owner/manager of a restaurant, a caregiver for the elderly and a billing clerk/typist. She served as a hostess/cashier at Crazy Horse and was a Group Facilitator. Rowena is the Mother of 2, Grandmother of 5 and has both a cat and a dog.
Kim Wince, represents the very rural communities of Newell, Nisland and Vale. Kim is native to the Newell area and graduated from Newell High School and the National College of Business. She has been employed by Butte Electric Cooperative for 28 years. Kim is also a board member of the Newell Public Library, Rushmore Electric FCU and is currently the church treasurer. Kim’s husband Scott is employed by the Newell School District and they have two adult daughters. She enjoys reading and golfing in her free time.
Patricia (Patty) Martinson, represents the City of Edgemont. She was raised in the Edgemont community. Upon graduation from Edgemont High School, she attended National School of Business in Rapid City. She married and raised her family on a cow/calf operation in Fall River County. She worked for Nelson’s Oil and Gas for 16 years where she became the co-manager of the local Convenience Store. She is currently retired. She serves on the Diaconate committee at the United Church, and is the past president of the Edgemont Senior Citizen Center. She enjoys quilting and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events.
Charlotte Kvale, represents the City of Lemmon. She believes in the importance of public transportation in our communities, having served on Lemmon’s Arrow Transit Board for 10 years. She has been active in the Lemmon community, serving as chair of the Supervisory Board of Dakota Plains Federal Credit Union, treasurer of the Calvary Christian Preschool, member of the Five Counties Nursing Home Endowment Committee, and Treasurer of the Lemmon Thrift Shop, along with many other boards, committees, and leadership positions. She was Calvary Lutheran Church’s secretary for 30 years and presently serves as a lay pastor at Richland Lutheran Church and Bucyrus Lutheran Church. She is also secretary/treasurer of TK Diesel Inc and audits tax returns for a local attorney. She is married to Tim Kvale; they have three sons and seven grandchildren. Charlotte strongly believes in the importance of working together for the betterment of our friends and neighbors.