2016 Board Members
RMAA Executive Director: Janet Black
Janet is the Administrator of the Rural Municipality of Hillsdale No. 440. Janet was born and raised in the Neilburg area, she attended Red Deer College receiving a Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism. The next two years were spent at Lakeland College in Lloydminster in the Business Administration – Accounting Major. In June 1997, Dale Bryden, Administrator of the Rural Municipality of Hillsdale No. 440 and Village of Neilburg, literally pulled Janet off the street and asked if she would like to work as his assistant. From June 1997 to December 2001, Janet worked as the Assistant Administrator and received her Rural ‘C’ Certificate and Urban “Standard” in 1998. In January 2002, Janet became the Administrator of the Rural Municipality of Hillsdale No. 440 and Village of Neilburg when Dale Bryden retired. Janet received her ‘A’ certificate in 2006 and has continued to work for both municipalities. On July 1, 2016, Janet became the Executive Director of the Rural Municipal Administrators’ Association.
Janet has been involved in the Suffern Lake Regional Park – Suffern Section and Suffern Lake Regional Park – Manitou Section, Neilburg Figure Skating Club as Treasurer and Competition Chairperson, Manitou Lake Centennial Committee, and continues to be involved in the Northwest Municipalities Association and WIM’s Gym.
Janet is married to Brent Black and they have two girls, Taryn and Jorin. Taryn is currently enrolled in Lakeland College – Street Rod Technology and Jorin is in Grade 11 at Neilburg Composite School. Janet enjoys camping, golfing, curling and scrapbooking.
RMAA President: Wendy Gowda
Wendy is the Administrator for the Rural Municipality of LeRoy No. 339 in LeRoy, Saskatchewan.
Wendy’s Administrative career began in the Town of Kelvington in 1991, when she began training and taking classes towards a “C” Certificate in Municipal Administrator Certification. She accepted a Rural Municipal Administrator Position for the RM of Big River No. 555 in 1995, obtained an “A” Certificate and moved to the RM of Buckland No. 491 in 1998 until 2012 when she was drawn back to her roots and to Rural Saskatchewan, to the Rural Municipality of LeRoy No. 339, to assist the RM Administrative Team with the growth, development and opportunities being spurred by regional potash development.
Wendy spends her personal time between her homes at Bell’s Beach on Christopher Lake and LeRoy, enjoying the outdoors, spending time with family and friends and travelling.
Wendy was elected President of the RMAA Board in 2015, following one year as Vice-President and eight years as Director for Division 5.
RMAA Past President: Tim Leurer
Tim is the Administrator for the R.M. of Kelvington No. 366. He was born and educated in Odessa, Saskatchewan. After attending business college in Regina in 1972-73 he worked a number of years in accounting for the provincial government. His first exposure to municipal work began in 1977 with the Municipal Services Branch of the Department of Northern Saskatchewan in La Ronge. In 1979, Tim began the Junior LGA course and became Administrator for the Town of Big River. During that tenure he received his Urban C and Rural C Certificates. In 1981, Tim became Administrator for the R.M. of Kelvington No. 366 and obtained his Rural A Certificate in 1983.
Tim was elected to the RMAA Board of Directors in 2003 as Division 4 Director, in 2007 as Vice-President and in 2011 as President, during which period he sat as Director Ex-Officio on the SARM Board of Directors.
Tim and his wife Liz have three children and one grandchild. He enjoys activities in the great outdoors as well as sports and playing music.
RMAA Vice President: Darren Elder
Darren Elder is the CAO of the Rural Municipality of Wilton. Darren has worked in local government for 24 plus years. He started as administrator for the RM of Loon Lake and during that period became Mayor of the Village of Loon Lake. After 13 years at Loon Lake he accepted the position of city treasurer for the City of Lloydminster. Darren's wife Leita and his daughters Kirstyn and Kienna supported the decision and moved to Lloydminster.
After spending sometime at the city, rural government sought his talents once again. Darren accepted the position as administrator for the RM of Eldon which he found very fulfilling.
After a couple of years Darren was presented with the chance to be the CAO for the RM of Wilton. He accepted the position and has been leading impressive growth and diversification of this Municipality since 2005 and looks forward to many more.
RMAA Director Division 1: Sheila Keisig
Sheila grew up on a mixed farm south of Kisbey, Saskatchewan. She attended Lampman School from K-12 in Lampman, Saskatchewan.
Sheila started her training at the R.M. of Tullymet No. 216, with the office located between Ituna and Balcarres, in 2005. After receiving her Rural Class “C” Certificate, Sheila was hired as the Administrator of the R.M. of Tullymet No. 216 in November 2006 upon the retirement of the previous administrator. In May 2010, Sheila received her Rural Class “A” Certificate.
Sheila and her husband Travis farm south of Ituna with their 2 girls – Shannara and Sharlize. Sheila is kept busy with farming and the girls many activities. As well, Sheila sits on the Ituna Regional Park Authority, helps with Ituna Silver Spurs Lighthorse 4H Club, Secretary of Wyber Hall, and Ituna Minor Sports. In her spare time, Sheila enjoys yardwork, vacationing in the winter, and camping in the summer.
Sheila was elected to the Board of Directors for the RMAA in May 2013.Email: email@example.com
RMAA Director Division 2: Guy Legrandeur
Guy Lagrandeur is the Administrator for the R.M. of Redburn No. 130 and the C.A.O. for the Town of Rouleau.
Born in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario and raised in Aylmer, Ontario Guy moved to Saskatchewan in 2001.
He received his LGA Certificate in June of 2004. In 2007 Guy trained at the R.M. of Excelsior No. 166. Before completing his training Guy accepted the position of Administrator in the RM of Redburn and the Town of Rouleau in November of 2007. He received his Rural C Certificate in January of 2008 and his Urban C Certificate in January of 2012.
Guy and his wife Sue live in Caronport, Sk. with their son Wayde. Guy loves to golf, read and travel.
RMAA Director Division 3: Linda Boser
Linda Boser is the Administrator of the R. M. of Swift Current No. 137.
Born in Lacombe, Alberta and raised on a mixed farm southwest of Unity, Saskatchewan in the R.M. of Grass Lake No. 381.
Linda began her administrative career as Assistant Administrator for the R.M. of Clinworth No. 230 in 1997. She received her Rural Class “C” Certificate in 2000 and was hired as Administrator for the R.M. of Clinworth No. 230 in March, 2001. In May, 2004, Linda received her Rural Class “A” Certificate and in 2006 received a Standard Urban Certificate. Linda served as Treasurer for the Great Sand Hills Planning Commission from 2001 until 2009.
In 2009, Linda and her husband moved to Swift Current where Linda worked for a short time as Assistant Administrator for the R.M. of Swift Current No. 137. In February, 2010, Linda was hired as Administrator for the R.M. of Webb No. 138 and the Village of Webb. In June, 2011, Linda returned to the R.M. of Swift Current No. 137 in the role of Administrator.
Linda and her husband Pat reside in Swift Current and have three sons, Steven, Ryan and Travis. They have four grandchildren whom they love to visit and spoil.
In her spare time, Linda enjoys camping, golfing, travelling and spending time with her grandchildren.
Linda was elected to the Board of Directors in May, 2016
RMAA Director Division 4: Fern Lucas
Fern Lucas is the Administrator of the R.M. of Tisdale No. 427.
Fern and her husband Dwayne recently purchased an acreage just north of Tisdale, Sk. They have two daughters Kari and Whitney.
Born and raised in the Tisdale area, Fern has worked in local government for 35 plus years. She started training in the R.M. of Barrier Valley No. 397 in 1977. She participated in an “On the Job Training Program” and received her C certification in 1979. She then became Administrator for the R.M. of Barrier Valley and continued in that capacity until 2010 when she accepted the position as administrator for the R.M. of Tisdale. She obtained her A certification in 1984 and her Superior A in 2011.
Fern enjoys camping, spending time outdoors, gardening and spending time with family and friends. She looks forward to the new challenge of being a director on the R.M.A.A. board.
RMAA Director Division 5: Gary Dziadyk
I am the administrator for the Rural Municipality of Aberdeen No. 373. Born in the City of Saskatoon and raised on a mixed family farm in the farming Community of St. Denis, located in the R.M. of Grant No. 372. I attended elementary school in Saskatoon and St. Denis. I attended and graduated from the Aberdeen Composite School.
I started working in the construction field and enrolled in the sheet metal apprenticeship program where, upon competion of the apprenticeship program, receive my Journeymen Certificate. I gained a wealth of experiecne working in commercial, industrial and residential areas. After spending numerous years working in the construction field, I decided my body needed a change so in 1995 I began my training in Local Government Administration.
In 1997 I received my Rural C and Urban C Certificates and started my new career at the R.M. of Rosemount No. 378. In 1999 I received my Rural A Certificate, and accepted a position at the R.M. of Perdue No. 346. After one year I was hired by the R.M. of Grant No. 372. In 2004, I was hired by the R.M. of Aberdeen No. 373 and have spend the past 10 years working for this progressive municipality.
I am married to Jan and we have two sons, Cole and Devin. We enjoy sitting around a camp fire, golfing and watching football.
RMAA Director Division 6: Jade Johnson
Jade Johnson is the Administrator for the R.M. of Paynton No. 470. Born in North Battleford, SK. And raised just north of the city on a farm between Prince, SK and Meota, SK.
Jade graduated from North Battleford Comprehensive High School in 2007 and started her career in Municipal governance in 2012. She received her Rural Class “C” Certificate in January 2013, and her Rural Class “A” certificate in May 2015.
Jade is active in her community, and is currently a Board Member for the Meota & District Lakeside Golf Course. She enjoys spending her summers on the golf course, and on the lake. She loves to be outdoors in all of the seasons.
Jade was elected to the RMAA Board in May 2015 and looks forward to contributing to this great association.
RMAA Director Exofficio: Ray Orb, SARM President
Ray Orb is currently the Reeve of the RM of Cupar No. 218. Ray and his wife, Val, operate a mixed farm in the Cupar area and have raised three children, Chelsey, Jocekly and Jerod.
Ray represents SARM on the following committees: Audit Committee, Board of Examiners, Canada Grains Council, East Central Transportation Planning Committee (alternate), Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Gas Tax Partnership Program, Municipal Employees Pension Plan, Municipal Forum, Municipal Sector Strategic Plan, New Gas Tax Program, Potash Tax Sharing Admin Board, Resource & Economic Development Committee, SARM Ag Committee, Staff Relations Committee, Task Force on Policing and the Administration of Justice, TransCanada Trail Advisory Committee and the Western Canada Municipal Organization (WCMO)