Sentinel Federal Credit Union of Rapid City, South Dakota has appointed attorney Sara Frankenstein to its board of directors for a three-year term.
Sentinel Federal Credit Union has been guarding and protecting the financial well-being of its members since 1955. Originally named Ellsworth Air Force Base Federal Credit Union, it served the U.S. Air Force military personnel assigned or attached to Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, and select employee groups. In the mid-1980s, it opened its community charter to non-military members. In 1994, it changed its name to Sentinel Federal Credit Union and expanded the communities it serves to nine South Dakota counties.
On August 1, 2015, Rapid City Telco Federal Credit Union merged with Sentinel Federal Credit Union. By combining forces, their members benefitted from the greater financial strength this partnership achieved. Sentinel Federal Credit Union grew to $107 million in assets with over 11,000 members with seven convenient locations.
Sara is the city attorney for three towns and represents a number of charitable organizations, individuals, and businesses in the Black Hills area and beyond. She is the Vice Chair of the South Dakota State Advisory Committee that reports to the U.S. Committee on Civil Rights. Sara has successfully argued before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals en banc (all eleven judges), successfully briefed a case to the United States Supreme Court, and won the smoking ban election law trial which was the lead South Dakota news story for 2009. Sara has been selected as a Super Lawyer for the last three years in the areas of Legislative & Governmental Affairs. Sara is the Executive Director of the Miss Rapid City Scholarship Program, serves on a number of other boards, and enjoys singing, emceeing, speaking, and other involvement in her church and community. She and her husband Lew have three children.