Elevate Rapid City announces the inaugural class of Elevate Leadership Institute

August 19, 2021

Posted In: Press Releases

Elevate Rapid City knows that in order to elevate the region for all, an investment must be made in growing and developing leaders. That is why they have created the Elevate Leadership Institute (ELI).

Set to begin September 9, this nine-month program provides participants with the background, unique experiences, and insights necessary to assume leadership positions in the community. By the end of the program an ELI graduate will advance their natural desire to serve, engage, lead, and inspire others to join them to achieve even greater success. Together, the class will discover the vision and continue to develop partnerships with a purpose to elevate the region for all.  

“To be a leader in today’s challenging, multi-cultural, and fast-paced environment takes courage, communication, and sometimes a little bit of grit. This year’s class looks to have a lot of all three,” says Tom Johnson, President & CEO of Elevate Rapid City. “We are confident that once they have graduated from ELI, the community can expect great things. We know they will be ready to elevate the region for years to come.”

Elevate Leadership Institute Class of 2022

  • Stephanie Anderson, Security First Bank
  • Tommy Barbour, Northwest Pipe Fittings
  • Laura Bellisle, Black Hills Basecamp
  • Carrie Bond, Rapid City Public Library*
  • Rebecca Bradley, Monument Health
  • Jordan Burbach, Architecture Incorporated
  • Justin DiBona, Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP
  • Tim Doyle, Rapid City Police Department
  • Austin Eichacker, Ketel Thorstenson, LLP
  • Ben Ganje, City of Rapid City
  • Holli Hennies, Pennington County
  • Mark Jobman, Jobman STUDIO
  • Adam Kaemingk, United States Senator Mike Rounds’ Office
  • Kalie Kjerstad, Rancher - Self-employed
  • Jacob Losett, Scull Construction Service
  • Brian Maruska, SoDak Marketing
  • Katie Murray, United States Representative Dusty Johnson’s Office
  • Jeremy Muth, Select Construction Inc.
  • Luke Neely, Lloyd Companies
  • Eric Nelson, Black Hills Energy
  • Devin Pfaff, Casey Peterson, LTD
  • Ryan Phillips, Rapid City Police Department
  • Daniel Sandvig, Rapid City Fire Department
  • Jennifer Schmaltz, Monument Health

*Carrie Bond with the Rapid City Public Library is also the recipient of the Linda Rabe Women in Leadership Scholarship. Rabe spent more than thirty years with the Chamber, was the first female to serve as its chief executive, and broke barriers for other women in leadership throughout her career. Bond was selected for this full-ride scholarship to ELI for her passion, integrity and commitment to the mission: Elevating the Rapid City region for all.