Four Members Added to SDHC Board of Directors

Kristi Tornquist speaks to a crowd as part of her duties as chief librarian at Hilton M. Briggs Library at South Dakota State University in Brookings. Tornquist is one of four new members to recently join the South Dakota Humanities Council Board of Directors

New Members Hail from Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Vermillion

The South Dakota Humanities Council board of directors has added four new members to its ranks.

Cathy Clark, Darlene Farabee, Karen Hall and Kristi Tornquist are the newest members of the board, which sets policy and provides programming guidance for the statewide humanities organization.

Clark is a retired banking executive from Sioux Falls. Farabee is a professor and chair of the University of South Dakota English Department. Hall is an environmental engineer and author from Rapid City, and Tornquist is a professor and chief librarian at Hilton M. Briggs Library at South Dakota State University.

Cathy Clark (Retired banker, Sioux Falls)

Clark, a 37-year veteran of the banking industry, recently retired from Wells Fargo Bank, where she was regional vice president of commercial banking for South Dakota, North Dakota and northwest Iowa.

Her career in Sioux Falls started at First Bank, which became U.S. Bank. Clark was then recruited to Norwest bank, which became Wells Fargo. During her career at Wells Fargo, she served as manager of private and business banking, bank president and finally as regional vice president of commercial banking, where she worked with companies with annual revenue between $20 million and $1 billion.

During her career in Sioux Falls, she served on numerous boards, chairing the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and Sioux Falls Development Foundation and co-chairing The Forward Sioux Falls campaign. Clark was the third woman to chair the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and the second to chair the Sioux Falls Development Foundation.

She continues to serve on the boards of Avera Health System, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the South Dakota State Chamber. Cathy and her husband, Steve, have three grown children. She enjoys traveling, hiking, reading and exploring the next chapter in life.

Cathy Clark is on the South Dakota Humanities Council Board of Directors

Darlene Farabee (Associate professor and chair of the Department of English at USD, Vermillion)

Dr. Darlene Farabee is an associate professor and chair of the Department of English at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. She has a B.A. in English from Temple University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Delaware.

Her research centers on British literature of the 16th and 17th centuries. Farabee is the author of Shakespeare's "Staged Spaces and Playgoers' Perceptions" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and co-editor of and contributor to "Early Modern Drama in Performance" (U of Delaware P, 2015).

She has also published essays and articles on a range of topics including Macbeth, Milton's Paradise Lost, and Christopher Marlowe's Edward II. She was the project director for the Folger Shakespeare Library/ NEH exhibition of Shakespeare's First Folio at the National Music Museum at USD in 2016, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. The culminating event of the programming around the exhibition was the Shakespeare in South Dakota Symposium. Farabee's current book project explores the metaphors and representations of travel and navigation in the drama of Shakespeare's period.

Darlene Farabee is on the South Dakota Humanities Council Board of Directors

Karen Hall (Author, environmental engineer, Rapid City)

Hall's name is familiar to those who attend the South Dakota Humanities Council's signature event, the annual South Dakota Festival of Books, which unites local, regional and national authors with readers. She has been featured as a presenter at the event several times.

Hall, an environmental engineer and writer, earned a B.A. in English Literature at the University of Minnesota and went back to school at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology years later for degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering, graduating with high honors in both.

She spent many years working in Minnesota's oil industry as an environmental engineer, eventually leaving to start her own environmental consulting business—and to devote time to writing. She has published two environmental thrillers, "Unreasonable Risk" and "Through Dark Spaces." Hall is currently finishing a novel about infertility and working on her third thriller, this one dealing with issues of fracking and human trafficking in the Bakken oilfields of North Dakota.

Hall has also served on the Pennington County Planning Commission where she worked on issues of water protection, and she is currently the president of the Black Hills Writers Group, the oldest continuously operating writing organization in the state. She and her husband Jeff Nelsen live outside Rapid City.

Karen Hall is a member of the South Dakota Humanities Council Board of Directors.

Kristi Tornquist (Chief university librarian and professor at SDSU, Brookings)

Kristi Tornquist, originally of St. Cloud, Minn, moved to Brookings in 2011 after being named the new chief university librarian at South Dakota State University's Hilton M. Briggs Library.

Tornquist, who is also a professor at SDSU, directs the work of staff and faculty members and oversees the extensive resources of Briggs Library. She previously served as dean of St. Cloud State University Learning Resources and Technology Services, providing leadership for campus academic computing, library and media services.

She has also served as director of library and information services at Southern Arkansas University and held appointments at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, University of Wisconsin-Superior, University of Wisconsin-Stout and the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Tornquist received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota in higher education administration; her master's in library science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and a bachelor's degree with majors in mathematics and English from the University of Minnesota-Morris.

Kristi Tornquist is a member of the South Dakota Humanities Council Board of Directors.

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