Board of Directors

Hannah Bohlinger

Hannah Bohlinger (she/her) is passionate about the outdoors and sustainability, and eagerly supports making the outdoors more accessible to all communities. She worked on the Bike Spearfish! initiative as an intern at Black Hills State University and now works for SRAM doing digital marketing. For the past five years she, her husband, and their two children have called Spearfish home. They enjoy exploring the beautiful Black Hills with skis, bikes, and hiking boots.

Janet Briggs

Janet Briggs (she/her) is a retired educator who spent over 40 years teaching at Black Hills State University and the Spearfish School District. She also spent three years in Sierra Leone as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She holds several advanced degrees including a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota. Janet is from South Dakota and enjoys biking, hiking, painting and crocheting.

Emily Brown

Emily Brown (she/her) comes from a long line of bike nuts. As a serial entrepreneur, it was inevitable that she would combine her passion for writing, marketing, designing, communicating, and biking into something she could call "a job." In 2015, Emily and her husband started DirtBags BikeGear that does just that. The love of the company doesn’t necessarily lie in the selling of gear, but in the opportunity to use the platform for bike advocacy. With over 13 years of experience with not only branding, marketing, and building businesses, but also a decade of teaching yoga and training instructors, she appreciates soul searching, deep questioning, and learning to embrace the complexities of the human spirit. Emily is outside as often as possible, preferably on a bike with her husband, two children, and two dogs.

Elizabeth Freer

Elizabeth Freer (she/her) is a creative management consultant (dialogue, LLC) with over 20 years’ experience providing strategic leadership to facilitate complex processes and projects to completion. She holds a B.A. from The College of Wooster and a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Case Western Reserve University. Since moving to Spearfish in 2016, she has managed projects with a variety of organizations including South Dakota Area Health Education Center, South Dakota Science and Technology Authority, San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, The Matthews Opera House, and KQED. She enjoys knitting, hiking, and building connections in our community.

Gina Gibson

Gina Gibson (she/her), MFA is Professor of Digital Media at Black Hills State University in Spearfish where she teaches Graphic Design and Art. An internationally exhibiting artist and lecturer, her work has been seen at the Cynthia Broan Gallery in New York City, the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan and The Siena Art Institute in Siena, Italy. She received her BA in studio art at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and her MFA in studio art from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Rachel Lovelace-Portal

Rachel Lovelace-Portal (she/her) is curator of collections for Deadwood History, Inc. where she manages the organization’s artifact collections. Before that, she was a curator of the Community and Domestic Life Collection at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. She holds a B.A. in English and History from Southern Adventist University and a M.A. in Public History from Appalachian State University. She enjoys embroidery, knitting and crocheting, trail running, hiking, and reading.

Ayesha Meer

Ayesha Meer (she/her) joins Spearfish and makeSPACE from Johannesburg, South Africa. She brings insights on education, gender justice and community organizing. She serves as the Executive Director of Artemis House in Spearfish. Previously she taught Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She loves knitting and baking bread and hopes to share these joys with others. She holds an MPA in Public & Non-profit Management from New York University, which she completed on a Fulbright scholarship.

Petrika Peters

Petrika Peters (she/her) is a Spearfish native with a background in wilderness therapy, community organizing, environmental justice, and non-profit development. Petrika holds a B.A. from The Evergreen State College and an M.A in environmental policy from Northern Arizona University. Petrika is an avid social justice advocate and outdoor enthusiast committed to ensuring our community is welcoming and empowering to those on the margins.

Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith (he/him) is excited about bicycles in the community. He was a co-founder of the Spearfish Bike Co-op and is currently a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor and a member of Bike Spearfish. He likes working towards improving bicycle infrastructure, strengthening the local food economy, and applying regionally appropriate responses to climate change.

Cary Thrall

Cary (she/her) is passionate about connection, yoga, art and education. She is a professional educator with experience teaching elementary children and k-12 art in South Dakota, Washington, and New Mexico. She combines creativity and purpose to design learning experiences for clients and students of all ages. She teaches many yoga styles and offers special art+yoga sessions for adults that combine creative processes, asana, meditation and pranayama to release patterns and make lasting changes. Cary is a visual artist who prefers working with mixed media and recycled materials. Her greatest satisfaction is doing large scale projects and installations. One of her main projects, Linking Fences, connects hands and hearts. By co-facilitating Creative Community Collaborations, Cary and her team have installed nearly a dozen public artworks on fences throughout the Black Hills and Central South Dakota.


Morgan Carnes

Program & Outreach Director

Morgan (they/she) is the Program and Outreach Director for makeSPACE. They have an MS in sustainability and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the University of South Dakota. They have worked and served on the board of many South Dakota nonprofits and have a passion for achieving environmental protection and equity in our state. Their hobbies include playing banjo with the band Humbletown, hiking, reading, writing, and spending time with their family.

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Address :

PO Box 641, Spearfish, SD 57783