Board of Directors

Upcoming Board Election

Our slate of nominees is finalized! Votes will be accepted from April 21 – May 20. We also have a booth set up at the Co-op for in-person voting.

Read more about each candidate and their viewpoints here.

Meet the Nominees

Laurie Hawes
I moved to the Black Hills area from the east coast in 2020. I own my own meeting planning company. With all my travels, Rapid City is where my husband and I decided we wanted to put down roots. I have worked with cooperatives, primarily electric and telephone, since 2004 . The cooperative model of business is exciting to me; those who use the commodity govern and control it. With that goal in mind, the business is truly accountable to its members. For over 20 years, Breadroot has done a great job in establishing themselves in the community and helping the less fortunate. With so many people moving into the Rapid City area, my goal is to promote the co-op to people that may not really understand why a co-op is such a good business practice. I would also like to bring together the co-ops in the Rapid City area so they can promote one another. Together we are stronger.

Dowell Caselli-Smith
After serving three terms as President, a term as Vice President and two terms as Board Treasurer, I now hope to work with the President, Finance Committee and the General Manager to continue refining our monthly and quarterly reports to the full board and member/owners. It is exciting to be a part of a vibrant board and thriving organization with a great future ahead. I hope my experiences heading up a small business loan fund, operating a few small business ventures, and teaching about co-ops in my sociology courses will be of value to Breadroot. We are fortunate to have become affiliated with the National Cooperative Grocers Association and CDS Consulting Services. They have helped us a lot and have the resources and courses to move us forward in sustainable and meaningful ways. We as board members can and are experiencing growth along with our management, employees and our store. Thank you for entrusting me with this responsibility for your investment in a growing cooperative!

Skylar McKeith
Skylar McKeith is a lawyer and legal commentator from London, England. Specializing in corporate and family immigration, Skylar is regularly featured on television, in print and on radio, including American in Britain magazine, OK! Magazine, the Expatriate’s Guide to the UK, Legal Cheek, Talk Radio, GB News and ITV. Skylar is also a volunteer lawyer for Project Ukraine, providing legal advice to Ukrainian citizens and others fleeing Ukraine.

Skylar previously worked for a congressman at the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC. She was also a speaker at the San Antonio Bar Association International Law Section Webinar and a panelist at City University Family & Career Planning Event.

Skylar is a trustee for the World Youth Organization, a charity which advances education to prepare young people for life by ensuring they get the support, guidance and opportunities they need to succeed.

Curt Voight
Jan and I have lived in South Dakota our entire lives. I have a ranch/farm background and currently serve as manager of the Voight Scatterwood Reserve that is part of my Grandfather’s Homestead. My professional career has been in the State of South Dakota as a public school teacher, coach, principal, superintendent, University Adjunct and Assistant Professor at SDSU. I have board experience at the local, state, national, and international level. I provided leadership training in consensus building and strategic initiative design at the non-profit and for-profit world. I worked with the Gates Foundation to define and assess effective leadership in the design of a Leadership Assessment Center. For the past 20 years our family has been involved with the Breadroot COOP. I would continue to be engaged in the growth of Breadroot in service to the community.

Twyla Stanifer
As a wellness coach I believe in being a part of my community and supporting organizations like Breadroot that offer a much needed resource. I refer my clients to good quality food as their first line of defense for good health and believe in the mission of this organization. I am an ideas person and strategic thinker. I look forward to offering my experience, insights, and energy towards moving the mission forward.

Jamin Hübner
Hey everyone! My name is Jamin Hübner and I currently serve as a professor of economics for the University of the People, a Research Fellow for LCC International University, and an Airbnb host for tourists in the Black Hills. I previously served as a Director of Institutional Effectiveness in higher education and an economics instructor at Western Dakota Tech. I grew up on a farm in Southeastern South Dakota and moved to Rapid City in 2010 to fall further in love with my partner Jessica, who is a licensed therapist in town. Both of us enjoy hiking, reading, coffee and tea, and playing with our two rescue dogs Shosta and Zoay. We also have a passion for ethical living, community flourishing, and social justice by direct democracy, inclusion, cooperation, and decentralized power. I look forward to working on your team to build further momentum at Breadroot!

Breadroot Board of Directors

Kim Tilsen-Brave Heart (Vice President)
Dowell Caselli-Smith (Treasurer)
Tiffany Knight
Jedediah Beadle
Paul Cohen
Anu Shende