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Meet the Delegates

Her Vote. Her Voice. is a project of the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation. Together with the Governor's office, they appointed 16 women to serve as Delegates for the 2020 campaign raising awareness for the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote and are working to raise $1 million to support women's history projects for the South Dakota State Historical Society for future generations.

* denotes Delegate Chairs      ^ denotes Committee Chair

Pat Miller *

Former First Lady of SD and SD Historical Society Foundation Board Member
Leadership and volunteer positions include Community Food Bank of South Dakota
Pierre, SD

Pat Miller Patricia (Pat) Miller takes an active interest in her family, community and state. Her passion to serve involved 20 years of public service with the Departments of Education, Labor and Social Services and the Office of the Secretary of State. In the private sector she had the great opportunity to work 10 years with Easter Seals South Dakota, including 7 years as CEO. In 2008, she was chosen as the President of the South Dakota Heritage Fund, the non-profit partner to the South Dakota Historical Society. Patricia served as South Dakota's First Lady for her husband, Governor Walter D. Miller from 1993-1995.

Leadership and volunteer opportunities include: Founding Member of the Trail of Governors Board of Directors, Africa Uplifted Board of Directors, SD State Historical Foundation Board of Directors, Deputy Secretary of State, Community Food Bank of South Dakota, Children's Care Hospital and School, Delegate to the White House Conference on Aging, Habitat for Humanity, Northern Great Plains Rural Development Commission, SD Tourism Board of Directors, SD Women's Lifestyle Conference, South Dakota Institute of Geriatrics-USD School of Medicine and Health Services. Past president of Cenkota and the SD Federation of Republican Women, former President of the Fort Pierre Development Corporation and life long member of the Lutheran Church.

Tracy Saathoff * ^

VP of Insights & Strategy at Lawrence & Schiller
Sioux Falls, SD

Tracy Sathoff As VP of Insights, Strategy & Media, Tracy spearheads coaching and innovation at Lawrence & Schiller and leads the Consumer Insights and Media teams at the agency. She serves on the organization's Executive Team - and has pioneered agency initiatives on the use of media data, optimization processes, and business analytics. She's a frequent presenter at industry conferences sharing her research including the South Dakota Conference on Economic Development, TTRA CenStates and more. She's a graduate of Leadership South Dakota and serves on the Board of Directors for CenStates Travel & Tourism Research Association.

Kristina Schaefer

General Counsel & Chief Risk Officer at First Bank & Trust
Sioux Falls, SD

Kristina Schaefer Kristina Schaefer currently serves as General Counsel & Chief Risk Officer at First Bank & Trust. Schaefer is a member of the South Dakota Bankers Association Board of Directors, serving as its Vice-Chair and on the Women and Banking and Emerging Leaders planning committees. She is also a member of the American Bankers Association, where she serves as a member of the ABA Regional Bank General Counsels Group, the ABA Emerging Leaders Council, the ABA Compliance Committee, and the ABA Cyber and Information Security Working Group. Schaefer is also a member of the South Dakota Bar Association, serving on the In House Counsel Committee.

Mary Jean Jensen

Retired President of the Lemmon Chamber of Commerce. Retired community volunteer
Lemmon, SD

Mary jean Jensen Mary Jean was President of the Lemmon Chamber of Commerce, Lemmon Area Foundation, Twentieth Century Women's Club, Chapter AH, PEO and was organist at Calvary Lutheran Church. She and her husband, Eldon, owned and operated the Evanson-Jensen Funeral Homes in the western Dakotas and were also owners of Farmers State Bank in Faith, SD for many years. She was a member and officer of the South Dakota Federation of Republican Women for over 50 years. She served as South Dakota's Committeewoman on the Republican National Committee for 16 years. She and her husband enjoy visiting their four children and ten Grandchildren located in many states and spend the winter months in Venice, Florida.

Dr. José Marie Griffiths

President of Dakota State University
Madison, SD

Dr. Jose Marie Griffiths Dr. José-Marie Griffiths is President of Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota. President Griffiths has spent her career in research, teaching, public service, corporate leadership, economic development, and higher education administration. She has served in presidential appointments to the National Science Board, the U.S. President's Information Technology Advisory Committee, and the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. She was appointed a member of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, part of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for 2019 and is chairman of the Workforce Subcommittee for the commission. She has led projects for over 28 U.S. federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Department of Energy, and various intelligence and military agencies, over 20 major corporations such as AT&T Bell Laboratories and IBM, in over 35 countries, and worked with seven major international organizations, including NATO and the United Nations.

Susan Irons

Veterans Service Officer
Canton, SD

Susan Irons Susan Irons is the Veterans Service Officer for Lincoln and Union Counties and was recently appointed by Governor Noem to the Board of Military Affairs. Susan graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned as a communications officer in the Army. A Desert Storm veteran, Susan has earned the Bronze Star Medal and Senior Parachutist Badge. Susan is passionate about serving her community in numerous capacities and has instilled that passion in her children, including three who have also chosen to serve their country in the United States Army.

Susan Gates

Former Director of Dacotah Prairie Museum. Retired community volunteer
Aberdeen, SD

Susan Gates Sue Gates has worked in the history field for over 30 years, most recently as the Director of the Dacotah Prairie Museum in Aberdeen, South Dakota. During her career, she championed local history through numerous research and writing projects, historic preservation efforts, and the development and presentation of workshops and seminars for museum professionals. She shared her expertise on city, state and national boards and committees in the development of industry standards of disaster planning, ethics and professionalism in the public history field and served the Institute of Museum and Library Services for many years as a member of its grant review cohort.

Katherine (Kitty) Kinsman

President of The K Group
Rapid City, SD

Katherine (Kitty) Kinsman Katherine (Kitty) Kinsman is President of The K Group and works as a public policy consultant for non-profit organizations and businesses. Kinsman formerly served as Secretary of Health for two Governors. Kinsman has been instrumental in building alliances for major policy initiatives such as: requiring smokefree workplaces and public places; shifting funding emphasis in long term care to less institutional settings; increasing funding for public health and social service programs and creating South Dakota's 3-day Memorial Day weekend. A 1989 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow, Kinsman has served in leadership roles for several state and local organizations.

Elsie Meeks

Independent Director of Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
Pine Ridge Reservation, SD

Elsie Meeks Elsie M Meeks serves as the Chairperson of the Native American Agricultural Fund and as an Independent Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. She also currently serves on the board of Lakota Funds. She served as state director of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in South Dakota from 2009 through 2015. Prior to joining USDA, Ms. Meeks was the president and CEO of First Nations Oweesta Corporation. She was active in the development and management of Lakota Funds, a small business and Microenterprise development financial institution on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Elsie and her husband Jim live on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota where they have ranched for the nearly forty years. They are enrolled members of the Oglala Lakota Tribe.

Honorable Karen Schreier

Federal District Court Judge
Sioux Falls, SD

Honorable Karen Schreier Karen Schreier has served as a federal district court judge in the District of South Dakota since she was appointed by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate in 1999. Before becoming a judge, Schreier was appointed as the United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota. She was the first and only female in South Dakota to have been appointed and confirmed as a federal district court judge and U.S. Attorney. She has served on multiple community boards, including the South Dakota Children's Home Society, Rapid City YMCA, the Sioux Falls Center for Active Generations, Rapid City Teen Court program and the Ronald McDonald House.

Ann McKay Thompson

Retired community volunteer
Rapid City, SD

Ann McKay Thompson Ann McKay Thompson is a nationally recognized innovative leader having founded the South Dakota Discovery Center, Capital University Center, (the concept for adult learning) and the Oscher Life Long Learning Institute in South Dakota. She was one of the first women to serve in the Cabinet of a SD Governor, first in education then Department of Labor. The National Press Women chose her as their National Woman of Achievement the same year her coauthored book on women became a national award winner. Other recognitions include being named One of ten Outstanding Young Women of America, a Presidential appointment to the Kennedy Center in Washington, and her induction into the South Dakota Hall of Fame. As President of the SD Commission on the Status of Women, she coordinated the successful passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Katie Hunhoff ^

Publisher of SD Magazine
Yankton, SD

Katie Hunhoff Katie Hunhoff is the editor and publisher of South Dakota Magazine in Yankton. Katie has written about and photographed South Dakota for almost 20 years. She also serves on the Arts South Dakota and SD Humanities Council Board of Directors. Katie lives in historic downtown Yankton with her 12-year-old son, Steven.

Julie Bartling

Gregory County Auditor
Burke, SD

Julie Bartling Julie Bartling is a life-long resident of South Dakota, growing up and continuing to live in the Burke, South Dakota area. Julie has had the honor of serving the residents of Gregory County as their county Auditor from 1983 to 2001, and once again serves in that position beginning in 2019. From 2001 through 2018, Julie served in the South Dakota State Legislature as a Representative and Senator, honored with leadership positions throughout the majority of her terms. Julie and her husband, Bart, farm and ranch in the Burke and Gregory areas, and are proud of their four children, eight grandchildren and their entire families.

Kay Jorgensen

Chair of the Mt. Rushmore Society
Spearfish, SD

Kay Jorgensen Kay S Jorgensen is a South Dakotan for a lifetime. From the early 1970s on Kay has believed in public service. Currently Kay is the chair of Mt Rushmore Society, and is on the boards for Crazy Horse Memorial, SURF Foundation and CAC for Sanford Lab and SD Educational Telecommunications Board. Elected to SD Legislature in 1978 she served 12 years78-84 and again from 1992-98. Jorgensen has had the opportunity to work with and serve on many local, state and regional boards with much emphasis on educational needs. Kay also worked 20 years on the Board of Directors for Black Hills Corporation and on the parent board of Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa and SD and the SD board. Kay lives in Spearfish, SD.

Peggy Gibson

Retired community volunteer
Huron, SD

Peggy Gibson Peggy Anne Gibson is a retired community volunteer who was born and raised in Huron, South Dakota. She graduated from Huron High School, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Northern Montana College and taught as an adjunct professor at Huron University. Peggy currently serves on the Heartland United Way board of directors, the Dakotaland Museums board of directors, P.E.O. Chapter CH, and is chairwoman for the Beadle County Democratic Party. Formerly she served eight years as a South Dakota State Representative from District 22 in the South Dakota State Legislature and on numerous other boards and organizations in her community.

Rep. Tamara St. John

Tribal Archivist with Sisseston Wahepton Sioux Tribe
Sisseton, SD

Rep. Tamara St. John Tamara St. John is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe of the Lake Traverse Reservation of South Dakota. She is the Tribal Archivist and works with the Tribal Historic Preservation Office on Cultural Preservation issues. Tamara is a Native American genealogist has done extensive research in the history of the Dakota/Lakota/Nakota or Oceti Sakowin. She has worked with the Minnesota Historical Society and along with other Dakota Tribes collaborated on the Commemorating Controversy: The Dakota–U.S. War of 1862 exhibition. Tamara is a current board member of the South Dakota Humanities Council and in 2018, Tamara was elected to the South Dakota State Legislature serving District 1 in the House of Representatives.