Name: Kristin Gabriel
Hometown: Pierre, SD
Local SDRW Club: Cen-Kota
Where were you born? Spirit Lake, Iowa
Occupation: Sales/Marketing Channel Manager for Bank West South Dakota
Tell us about your family: My husband Tate and I have been married for 3 and a half years. He serves as the School Business Manager for the Pierre Indian Learning Center. We had Gavin, our first child, in November 2019. He is the light of our lives and we love watching him grow and learn.
Tell us why you belong to SDFRW and feel free to share any special activities and/or committees you have been involved with: I belong to SDFRW because Republican women carry the water for our party. This group is so dedicated to the future of the GOP and I'm humbled to be a part of that movement. My involvement with SDFRW includes previously serving as Public Relations Committee chair. I currently serve as a member of the Public Relations committee.
Hobbies and other volunteer organizations: Member of City of Pierre Board of Adjustment and the South Dakota Board of Nursing. Treasurer for Cen-Kota Republican Women. Hobbies include boating, fishing and acting/directing live theatre at Pierre Players Community Theatre.
List a few fun or interesting things about yourself: I am a Boston Red Sox fan and I have a 13-year-old cat named Liam that is a Nebelung breed. I'm a graduate of the University of South Dakota where I was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. I studied abroad in the Netherlands and I love to travel. Countries I've visited include: Indonesia, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Czech Republic, England, Scotland, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Ireland and Belgium. Next on my bucket list: Greece!
Who is your favorite Republican and why? President Ronald Reagan because of his belief in small government.
Favorite quote or Bible verse: "Leaders don't get tired" - Gov. Kristi Noem - I was a camp counselor at Teenage Republican camp in 2014 when (then) Congresswoman Noem came and spoke to the campers. She reflected on the 2011 flood and the dedication it took from leaders across the state to get through that crisis. Whenever I'm about to give up on something my husband says this quote to encourage me to dig deep..