David Sigloh, president
David Sigloh lives on a farm southwest of Kenmare. He and his wife, Penny, are retired farmers and retail business owners in Kenmare.
David is the board president of Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative. He serves on the board of the Kenmare Veterans Club and is a volunteer EMT with the Kenmare Ambulance Service.
He and Penny have three grown children and three grandchildren.
Paula Anderson, vice president
Paula Anderson has served on the board of directors for Consolidated Telecom of Dickinson since 2009.
Paula enjoys rural southwestern North Dakota, where her community involvement includes serving as a member of the Mott Visionary Committee and serving on the board of directors for the Hettinger County Historical Society and Maine Township. She is actively involved in Mott Evangelical Community Church.
Paula farms with her husband, Larry, and one of their sons on the family farm south of Regent. Larry and Paula have four children and two grandchildren, all residing in the Mott/Regent area.
Paula chooses to participate in rural development activities, because she feels it is important to maintain quality of life in rural America.
Deon Vilhauer, secretary
Deon Vilhauer is a director on Capital Electric Cooperative’s board, where he has served for the past 11 years. For the past four years, he has also served on the NDAREC board. In February 2021, he began serving on the RDFC board.
Deon is a 13-year employee of the North Dakota Department of Transportation, where he is the chief pilot of the aviation division.
One of Deon’s greatest goals is to allow those who live in rural areas or small towns to not be forgotten. He feels that it will serve everyone’s best interests to keep rural areas vital and relevant. He is thrilled to serve on the RE&T Development Committee for NDAREC, which allows him to see, firsthand, the amazing work cooperatives do in rural areas.
Deon and his wife, who is an elementary school teacher, live northeast of Bismarck with their two teenage daughters.
Cheryl Osowski Cheryl Osowski grew up on a farm outside of Edgeley, ND, where her family’s farm was served by James River Electric Cooperative. After a few years spent attending college and working in Jamestown, Grand Forks and Grafton, she married Robert Osowski, a farmer and businessman from rural Grafton. They still reside on the farm northeast of Voss, ND, where Robert continues to operate REO Truck Repair and Salvage LLC. Cheryl currently serves as a board member for Nodak Electric Cooperative in Grand Forks and has finished the Credentialed Cooperative Director program. She also serves in a part-time capacity as a Special Projects Coordinator at the Red River Regional Council (RRRC) in Grafton, an economic and community development organization which serves the counties of Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina and Walsh. In this role, she facilitated the 2014 strategic planning process for all four counties. She currently provides communication and grant management support. As part of her role at the RRRC, she performed the RDFC’s survey of rural grocers in Nelson County.
Michelle Berry is the member services and rates manager at Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative, where she has worked since 1990. In this position, she works with economic development. Michelle currently serves on the Edgeley City Council, the Edgeley Library Board, the Edgeley Jobs Development Authority and the Energy Share Board in Jamestown.
Michelle has extensive experience working with the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Program. Through her work at Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative, she has applied for and received approval for 12 Rural Economic Development Loan projects, totaling more than $5.8 million. She has also received approval on seven grant applications totaling over $1.47 million that remain with the cooperative in a revolving loan fund.
Michelle resides in Edgeley, North Dakota, and has two grown children and one grandchild.
Allan Engh has been a director on SRT’s board since 1998 and is currently serving as president. He is a member of the SRT Economic Development, Annual Meeting and Board Retreat committees.
For 16 years, he also served as the mayor for the city of Sherwood. Allan was a member of the Souris Basin Planning Council for 22 years, and during parts of that tenure, served on the executive board.
For six years, Allan served as a rural representative on the MAGIC Fund Committee, which exists to create jobs, expand the local tax base and improve the entrepreneurial climate in the region.
Allan resides in Sherwood with his wife.
Jennifer Wade serves on the Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative board of directors, a role she’s held since 2019. She earned a bachelor’s degree with majors in business management and marketing. She also earned her real-estate license, which gives her the opportunity to work with other developers.
Jennifer also owned a smalltown business, which gave her a real perspective and appreciation for the risk and commitment it takes to be successful in rural areas. Rural North Dakota and development are important to Jennifer. She thinks RDFC and the Foundation are wonderful programs with resources and tools to help her neighbors succeed.
Jennifer lives with her husband and four boys on the farm she grew up on south of Grenora, North Dakota.
Andy Weiss is the controller for Cass County Electric Cooperative in Fargo. He oversees all the accounting and payroll that is done at the cooperative. He has been with Cass County Electric Cooperative for six years. Before that, he was an external auditor for a public accounting firm. As an external auditor, he primarily audited electric cooperatives and not-for-profit entities.
Andy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of North Dakota in 2009. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Andy is originally from Bismarck and now lives in Fargo with his wife and son. He has been a resident of North Dakota all his life and is very appreciative of what this great state has given to him and his family.