ECSA Board Members
Sherry Bea Smith, President
Sherry Bea has skied at Eagle Cliff since its inception and has long filled the role as US Forest Service liaison for Eagle Cliff Ski Association. A native of Lead, SD, she is retired from a career as registered nurse and hospital administrator in Rapid City and Deadwood and continues to contribute her leadership skills serving on various non-profit boards. Her pie-baking, chef, and hostessing talents are unparalleled, bringing great joy to her husband, Dennis, her 2 adult children, 2 delightful granddaughters, and all those who attend ECSA events.
Michael Goodroad, Vice President
South Dakota native and one-time NYC cabbie, Michael Goodroad has skied, biked, and hiked at Eagle Cliff almost since the beginning of time. He brings diverse skills as a radio advertising manager and jazz show host, world traveler, non-profit board member, and student of world cultures and religions to his position as Vice President of the ECSA board. He feels profoundly fortunate to count Eagle Cliff’s founding trail blazer, Dick Fort, as a friend and life mentor.
Mary Kay Buum, Secretary
Mary Kay’s passion for cross country skiing started in 1991 and has taken her on skiing adventures in several western states. Eagle Cliff Trails is still her go-to place. Recently retired from a 46-year nursing career, you’ll find her out on the trails four days a week in winter and enjoying hiking, biking, swimming, or gardening as seasons change. “We have such a beautiful place here in the Black Hills. The blue skies and wonderful solitude are awesome!” Mary Kay finds pleasure in working with her fellow board members as they collaborate with the Forest Service and the greater community to carry out the mission of the Eagle Cliff Ski Association and the vision set forth by Eagle Cliff Area founder Dick Fort.
Mary Garrigan, Treasurer
Mary has lived in Rapid City for 35 years and spent more than 25 of them cross-country skiing at Eagle Cliff trails. She retired in 2021 from a job as a grant writer, after many years working as a reporter and columnist for the Rapid City Journal. Mary and her husband, Kevin Woster, share six children and a lot of grandchildren. When the snow isn’t falling, they enjoy hiking, flyfishing and gardening. She’s thrilled to be part of the ECSA board and the good work it does in the Black Hills.
Paul Bosworth, Board Member
Paul thanks his parents for instilling in him a love for nature and all things outdoors. A Rapid City native and South Dakota School of Mines graduate, his background in civil engineering and 35-year career with the Forest Service has allowed him to work outdoors on trails and trail bridges. Nothing makes him happier than seeing people enjoy the outdoors using facilities which he designed. Paul and his wife, Cyndee, live in Spearfish and enjoy cross country skiing in the winter and hiking and biking in the summer.
Elizabeth Ledbetter, Board Member
Elizabeth comes to the board with a background in instructional design and organizational management. She has been cross-country skiing on the Eagle Cliff Trails since 1989 and recommends Dead Ox Trail for its quality to never disappoint and always delight. When Elizabeth is not cross-country skiing, you will find her adventuring on her mountain bike with her husband George, enjoying their three grown children, practicing yoga, and appreciating good food and conversation with friends.
Norm Winkleman, Board Member
Norm has been a resident of the Black Hills since 1968. An active outdoor enthusiast, he recently started cross-country skiing at Eagle Cliff Trails. Discovering and exploring the miles of backcountry trails of the Eagle Cliff network sparked a passion for the area and a desire to help with trail upkeep and to serve as an ECSA board member. Norm is dedicated to ensuring the preservation and continued improvements to the area so that ultimately all users have a great experience on the trails.