Introducing, our

Board of Directors

 

We look forward to meeting you in person.

Until then, here is a little bit about those behind BHBFH.

Dustin Calhoun, began his career in Law Enforcement in 2005 with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office. After serving 5 years as a Patrol Deputy, Dustin left Law Enforcement to continue his education. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Criminal Justice, Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. After a brief period working for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, he and his family returned to South Dakota where he now works as a Court Services Officer (Probation Officer) in Pennington County South Dakota, for the 7th Judicial Circuit of South Dakota.

In 2011, Dustin’s best friend was killed in the line of duty, prompting he and Jason to do more for their community. Since that time, Dustin has dedicated his time to serving his community in an effort to make it a safer place for both officers and community members. He supports officers and their families, making it his priority, to make officers jobs safer through his commitment to Black Hills Badges for Hope and its mission.

 

Dustin, is married and has two daughters. He enjoys ice fishing, hunting and hiking in the Black Hills of South Dakota in his free time

Dustin Calhoun

PRESIDENT

Jason LaHaie, began his law enforcement career in 2005. He has worked in Patrol, Canine, Investigations, and is a member of the Special Response Entry Team. He has trained others in Constitutional Law, Firearms, and Canine demonstrations. He became a member of the Rapid City Police Department's Peer Support Team in 2016, after going through several traumatic Department events.  In 2011, his best friend and coworker was killed in the line of duty. Since that tragic event, Jason has devoted many years of support to other officers, surviving family members, and the community to help them heal and to give back to others who have supported the department.

 

Jason, is married and has two daughters. He enjoys hunting, and riding his Harley Davidison in the Black Hills in his free time.

Jason LaHaie

VICE PRESIDENT

I am a lifelong resident of Rapid City and have no intention of ever changing that. I love our community and am passionate about investing in our future and actively participating in positive, forward progress. I was honored when Dustin asked me to join this Board supporting those that protect the community I am proud to call my home. I also believe that part of the forward vision of Rapid City must include supporting and encouraging our young people, especially those that may not have the resources they need to reach their true potential. It is humbling to know the impact this group will be able to make for so many lives.

 

I met my wife in 1st grade, we married in 2015, and family is my greatest priority. I have been a Senior Loan Originator for Premier Home Mortgage for over 11 years and I sincerely enjoy helping people purchase homes. I have been serving as Vice President for the Med5 Federal Credit Union Board of Directors for many years. I have served on the Board of the Black Hills Home Builders Association since 2009 and was President of the organization in 2017. I also had the fantastic opportunity to complete the Leadership Rapid City program in 2010. I take great pride in all of these achievements and am honored to be very involved in the community that I am passionate about.

Tyler Tribby

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER

I am a lifelong resident of Rapid City and have no intention of ever changing that. I love our community and am passionate about investing in our future and actively participating in positive, forward progress. I was honored when Dustin asked me to join this Board supporting those that protect the community I am proud to call my home. I also believe that part of the forward vision of Rapid City must include supporting and encouraging our young people, especially those that may not have the resources they need to reach their true potential. It is humbling to know the impact this group will be able to make in so many lives.

 

For me personally, as I mentioned I am born and raised in Rapid City. I met my wife in 1st grade, we married in 2015, and family is my greatest priority. I have been a Senior Loan Originator for Premier Home Mortgage for over 11 years and I sincerely enjoy helping people purchase homes. I have been serving as Vice President for the Med5 Federal Credit Union Board of Directors for many years. I have served on the Board of the Black Hills Home Builders Association since 2009 and was President of the organization in 2017. I also had the fantastic opportunity to complete the Leadership Rapid City program in 2010. I take great pride in all of these involvements and am honored to be very involved in the community that I am passionate about.

Tyler Tribby

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER

Jen Keller-Bradford, is a local property manager and college student who is currently studying Human Services and holds an Associate of Science in Nursing from USD. Originally from Lead, SD Jen has lived in Rapid City for the past 21 years. Jen loves being part of Black Hills Badges for Hope because it allows her to connect with the community and inspire the youth to pursue health alternatives and activities. Jen enjoys spending her time reading, spending time in the outdoors and volunteering around the community. Jen is married with three children and 1 furry child.

Jen Keller-Bradford

TREASURER

Candace Archer was born and raised in Rapid City. A Graduate of Rapid City Central High School, and Black Hills State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services emphasis on probation and law enforcement. Candace worked for the South Dakota Department of Social Services, Child Protection Division for almost 10 years. Although she has stepped away from social services and works for MG OIL Company as a dispatcher. She still has a heart for the children of this community, she truly loves children and the idea of giving back to them and her community.

Candace has been married for 15 years and has two beautiful sons who are her pride and joy! Candace comes from a long background of law enforcement and military in her family. She became a board member of Black Hills Badges of Hope with the idea and hopes of making a difference by motivating the community to inspire our children to do better and greater things for Rapid City, especially for themselves! No dream, goal or inspiration is too great for anyone!

Candace Archer

SECRETARY 

Judge Heidi Linngren was born in Watertown, South Dakota and Graduated from High School in Watertown. She later attended and graduated from Northern State University with Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Bachelor of Arts in English. She further attended and graduated from University of South Dakota School of Law  2000 obtaining her law degree.

 

Judge Linngren has had the honor of  being the law clerk for the Honorable Charles B. Kornmann, United States District Judge for the Central District South Dakota, serving as Deputy Public Defender for Pennington County Public Defender’s Office from 2001—2003. She entered Private Practice with Tim Rensch and practiced law from 2003-2005. She then joined the Attorney General’s office and was an Assistant Attorney General serving under both Attorneys General, Larry Long and Marty Jackley serging in this role from 2005-2011. In November 2011 Judge Linngren was appointed Magistrate Judge for the Seventh Circuit by the South Dakota Supreme Court and remined in the role until January 2015, she presided over misdemeanor cases in the counties of Pennington, Fall River, Ogalala Lakota and Custer.

 

Judge Linngren was elected as Circuit Court Judge for the Seventh Judicial Circuit in November 2014 and was sworn in on January 9, 2015, she currently serves in that capacity for the counties of Pennington, Fall River, Shannon and Custer. She had the pleasure of starting the Pennington County DUI Court, which serves an alternative solution to prison for alcohol offenders, and continues to preside over that court starting in October 2013 to present.

 

Judge Linngren currently serves on a variety of Committees for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to include the Pro Se Committee and the Grids and Sanctions Committee, she also served on the Board of Directors for C.O.R.E. (An Alcohol based impact program for freshman high school students) and remains active in Freshman Impact as the Judge in the courtroom scene. She has served on the Rapid City Public School Foundation Board, the South Dakota Leadership Board for the American Cancer Society, and the Board of Directors for the Front Porch Coalition for 7 years. Black Hills Badges of Hope is happy to have Judge Linngren’s leadership and expertise on its executive board.

 

Judge Linngren is currently an Adjunct professor for University of South Dakota, Black Hills State University and Western Dakota Technical Institute.

 

She is married to Lance Fuegen, they live in Rapid City with 2 children Madi, 21 and Steele, 19

Honorable Heidi Linngren

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER

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