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BOARD MEMBERS
Board Chair - Faye Bice
FBFaye was appointed to the Library Board of Trustees in January 2017 and began serving as vice-chair for the board in February 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from SDSM&T in Computer Science, and over the course of her career has held various positions in information management, data security and analytics.

Faye has a particular interest in library programming for patrons of all ages to help keep pace with developments in technology.

Faye has also served on the SDSM&T Alumni Association Board.
Vice-Chair - Emily Tupa
ETEmily (Tobin) Tupa was appointed to the Library Board in December 2020. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

Her parents, Mark and Paulette instilled an early love of reading and writing. The family lived in Rapid City before moving to North Dakota in the early 1990’s. Emily has happy memories of time spent at the RC Public library reading books under a large, red toadstool in the children’s section.

As an adult, Emily and her husband Tyler moved back to the Black Hills in 2012. She spent several years working in event planning and hospitality before transitioning to a career in Real Estate. She specializes in residential home sales as a Realtor with RE/MAX Advantage.

Since moving to South Dakota, her family has expanded and now includes 2 daughters: Julia and Madeline. While the large, red toadstool is gone, the kid’s section at RCPL leaves NOTHING to be desired. Her girls especially love visiting the birds.

Emily is honored to serve with the library board because she knows firsthand the special memories created here and the valuable resource a public library provides a community.
City Council Liaison- Darla Drew
DDDarla Drew bio here
Board Member - James Emmert
JEJim and his family moved to Rapid City in 2019 after spending four years in Belgium where he worked at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO. Prior to that he spent twenty-seven years in the United States Navy, transitioning from active duty in 2015.

Jim has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, a master’s degree in Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, and was a Federal Executive Fellow at the RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California.

He and Michelle have two sons, John and Christopher, as well as Floyd and Archie - two Labrador Retrievers. They are thrilled to call Rapid City home and are convinced daily by the residents and citizens of western South Dakota they made the right decision in choosing “Rapid” to settle after so many years traveling from assignment to assignment.
Board Member - Mary Garrigan
MGMary Garrigan was appointed to the Library Board in August 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from South Dakota State University.

As a former local newspaper reporter for many years, Mary helped library staff inform the public of library events. She also worked closely with library staff as the first director of Volunteer Rapid City, a volunteer program for the City of Rapid City. Mary is currently employed by Catholic Social Services and the Diocese of Rapid City as a grant writer.

Mary believes in the power of public libraries to encourage and develop the love of reading in others.
Board Member - Travis Lasseter
TLTravis and his family moved to the Rapid City area in 2008 while he served in the United States Air Force. After retiring in 2015 with 21 years of service he decided to continue working in the community. First serving on the Pennington County Planning and Zoning commission, and now as a Pennington County Commissioner.

Travis is currently working on a master's degree in Emergency Management, but has a bachelors degree in Occupational Health, Nursing studies and four associate degrees.

Travis and his family started their small farm/ranch outside New Underwood in 2010. He and his wife have four children: Joseph, Isaiah, Naomi, and Sarah.