Rapid City Chamber of Commerce




ATHENA award recipients are individuals who:

  • Demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession.
  • Provide valuable service by contributing their personal time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
  • Actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential.

If you know someone who fits this criteria, nominate them for the 2019 ATHENA Award. Nominations close November 12. Nomination Form

Sincere Appreciation to Project Solutions, Inc. and the Rapid City Area Chamber Ambassador Committee for sponsoring the ATHENA Award

Past ATHENA Award Recipients

2018 Karen Pearson
2017 Cheryl Chapman
2016 Denise Webster
2015 Sandra Schwan
2014 Vesta Wells Johnson
2013 Renee Parker
2012 Sheryl Kirkeby
2010 (Katherine) Kitty Kinsman
2009 Judge Janine Kern
2008 Dr. Karen Whitehead
2007 Lia Green
2006 Darla Crown
2005 Judy Duhamel
2004 Linda Marchand
2003 Kathy Paulsen
2002 Dr. Suzan Nolan
2001 Darla Drew Lerdal
2000 Patti Herlihy
1999 Senator Arlene Ham
1998 Sandra Diegel
1997 Lt. Governor Carole Hillard
1996 Lois Davis
1995 Julie Gregg
1994 Dr. Phyllis Dixon
1993 Mary Loucks
1992 Mildred Roberts

Ambassadors Committee

Committee Chair:
 Lorie Malone

Staff Liaison: Brandis Knudsen

Meeting Times: We conduct our meetings over lunch on the last Wednesday of the month (excluding December), 12:00 p.m., locations vary.


To promote the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce and to maintain its membership strength.
Program Of Work

If interested in learning more about the Ambassador Committee or to become a committee member, feel free to contact Brandis Knudsen at 718-8474 or click on the following link.
Ambassador Committee Member Welcome

Committee Members

     Ambassador Committee Member Contact Information     

Jarrett Apa
Jennifer Baloun
Ron Balster
Ken Batka
Kenneth Beer
Josh Biberdorf
Jen Keller-Bradford
Ken Brown
Toby Brusseau
Scott Carlson
Cathy Chmielewski
Craig Crews
Steve Dahme
Kevin Dietz
Luke Dye
Ann Eads
Lydia Franz
Kayce Gerlach
Jackie Hansen
Mickey Higgins
Mike Hildebrandt
Randy Horsley
Don Johnson
Vesta Wells Johnson
Marie Keller


Sheri Kelly
Jamie Koehler
Andrew Koupal
Dennis Krull
Jessica Lillebo
Lori Mack
Beth Massa
Bob McIntosh
Monty McNabb
Lorie Melone
Brian Munsell
Debbie Pack
Lori Paulsen-Sauser
Arianna Pena
Terri Phelps
Steve Rollinger
Kayla Schad
Lisa Sissenstein
Diane Speck
Wendy Swartz
Donald Ulmann
Lorie Vega
Seth Vinson
Tara Wilcox
Jason Wittenberg


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Chamber Events

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Community Events

June 6

2020 Rapid City Polar Plunge

When:  9:00am / Black Hills Harley-Davidson

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June 20

Wild Deadwood Reads Book Fair

When:  10:00am / Deadwood Mountain Grand, Deadwood, SD

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June 26

Living Proof Live

When:  5:30pm / Civic Center

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