BHCFE Welcomes in the New Year: New Website

Greetings and Happy New Year,

Black Hills Center for Equality (BHCFE) is proud to announce that our newly re-designed website has officially launched. We were ready for a fresh look in the New Year. We hope you enjoy the clean and streamlined look. We have a dedicated volunteer, Mark Coyle, who serves as our webmaster and technology consultant. Mark spent hours mocking up the new design for review and spent the New Year’s holiday weekend taking the new website live. We extend many thanks to Mark Coyle for his hard work on the website launch and for all of the technology advice and technology support he provides to our organization.

We welcome any comments or feedback on the fresh new look of our website. You can reach out to us at with any comments.

As we look to 2017 and the year ahead with a renewed purpose of our mission, vision, and values we hope that this is a good year for our organization and LGBT community of Western South Dakota that we support through events, support groups, and initiatives. We appreciate our community and its allies. Black Hills Center for Equality (BHCFE), Inc would like to thank you for the continued opportunity to serve you our community. We are here to serve you and your needs. You can reach out to us anytime to let us know how we are doing and/or to offer up ideas on how we can best serve our community. You can reach us via email at or through our 24/7 crisis and information hotline 605-348-3244.

We hope that year brings you the confidence and courage to live as your most authentic self and to be brave in the face of any challenges or obstacles that may come this year. You are not alone. No matter what challenges lie ahead for our community, we are here for you. On behalf of the Black Hills Center for Equality (BHCFE), Inc board of directors I wish you and yours a joyful, bright, healthy, prosperous, and happy new year.

Warm Regards,

Sarah R. Keppen
Board President, Black Hills Center for Equality (BHCFE), Inc.



Sarah Keppen moved from Sioux Falls to West River South Dakota in April 2015 for a position at Regional Health. She works full-time as an Application System Analyst in the IT - Software Services department supporting clinical software applications. Sarah joined the Black Hills Center for Equality (BHCFE), Inc board of directors in October 2015. She spent her first year on the board as the Board Secretary. Sarah is currently the board Vice President She is a fierce advocate for LGBT equality. When she is not supporting the LGBT community, fighting for equality, or serving her customer's technology needs, Sarah enjoys traveling, the outdoors, hiking, camping, kayaking, music concerts, foreign foods, and spending time with family and friends. Sarah is grateful for the continued opportunity to serve the LGBT community of Western SD. You can reach her at

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