Elizabeth Freer

Director, SD CEO West

Elizabeth Freer's professional journey is marked by dedication to community development. As the owner of dialogue LLC, Elizabeth consulted and managed major projects throughout the Black Hills, including planning for the world-class STEM institute in Lead, SD for the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority. Her commitment to creating opportunities and providing resources to the community has already earned her a strong reputation throughout the Black Hills region. 

SD CEO West Team


Bailey Sadowsky

Program Coordinator

Bailey focuses on sharing the mission of SD CEO West through clear communications, graphic design, and content. In a world full of noise, her goal is to break through the fluff by curating meaningful connections with women in business. She builds valuable relationships, effective content, and thoughtful programming curated to help SD women succeed in their careers. 

Bailey spends her time being inspired by the landscape and the people of the Black Hills. Find her creating, reading a good book, enjoying time outside, or at a local coffee shop.  

Ashley Wingert

Program Assistant

Ashley focuses on uplifting her team and the growing community established by SD CEO West by providing key support at events and conferences. Her aim is to make sure that everyone has the resources and information they need to stay on track to meet their career goals, whether it is through ongoing training and counseling, or maintaining a budget.


In her free time, Ashley likes to roam around and explore the outdoors, curl up with a book, or lose herself in embroidery.

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SD CEO West Advisory Board Members

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Sandy Burns


Project Solutions | Rapid City

Advisory Board Chair


Claudine Bates

NERC Compliance Program Mangager

Black Hills Energy | Rapid City


Molly Brown

Partner, GenPro Energy Development

GenPro Energy Solutions | Piedmont


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Nina Braun CPA, CFP


Ketel Thorstenson, LLP | Rapid City



Carrie Gerlach

Owner & CEO

Black Hills Adventure Tours | Rapid City


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Michelle Loobey-Gertsch

Director of Advancement

Black Hills Works Foundation | Rapid City


Kristie Martin

Market President

Dacotah Bank | Aberdeen



Kae McNeil


US Bank Wealth Management



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Laura Prosser

Professor, School of Business

Ex-Offico at Black Hills State University


Shauna Junek

Shauna Junek

Director of Development and Planned Giving

Ex-Offico for BHSU Alumni & Advancement




Connect With Us

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Evening and weekend hours are available by appointment.

Phone: (605)642-6948

Black Hills State University
1200 University St. Unit 9511
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799-9511
Office Location: Woodburn 216


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