Elizabeth Freer 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 Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Case Western Reserve University. After moving to Spearfish in 2016, she managed ArtCentral at The Matthews Opera House. She enjoys knitting, hiking, and building connections in our community.
Gina Gibson, MFA is Associate 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.
Olivia Hansen was raised in Sioux Falls, SD and has lived in Spearfish for over 3 years. She is a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor and likes working with non-cyclists to encourage cycling as a mode of transportation. Olivia has a business as an independent painting contractor. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga and co-leading the Spearfish Sacred Sister Circle, a group aimed a unifying women through connection to something greater. She is a mother of two and loves working with children.
Ayesha Meer joins Spearfish and makeSPACE from Johannesburg, South Africa. She brings insights on education, gender justice and community organizing. Most recently 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 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.
Ava Sauter is a local business owner who has called the Black Hills home for most of her life. Dabling in this and that, Ava has experience in arts advocacy, program development, hydroponic growing, and non-profit strategic planning. She loves Spearfish and the people that make it so much more than just a beautiful place to live. Ava believes in the power of community to foster social and economic change and supports sustainable practices in her small business and personal life. She also has a degree in Psychology which comes in handy from time to time.
Jeremy Smith 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.