2020 Board Members

RMAA Executive Director:  Rose Zimmer

Rose is the Administrator of the Rural Municipality of Wolseley No. 155 in Wolseley, Saskatchewan.

Rose holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Regina.  Her Administrative carreer began in 2002 as the Assistant Administrator training for the position of Administrator which she began in 2003.  In 2005 she received her Rural Class "A" and in 2011 she received her Rural Class Superior "A".

Rose and her husband Barry have a blended family of four grown children and five grandchildren.  In her spare time she enjoys camping, fishing, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.  Rose is an active member of the Wolseley Curling Club and the Wolseley & District Lions Club!

 

Email: rmaa@sasktel.net

 

                                   
                                     

RMAA President:  Guy Lagrandeur

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 R.M. 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 with their son Wayde. Guy loves to golf, read and travel.

 

Email: presrmaa@sasktel.net

                                    

RMAA Past President:  Wendy Gowda

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 R.M. of Big River No. 555 in 1995, obtained an "A" Certificate and moved to the R.M. of Buckland No. 491 in 1998 until 2012 when she was drawn back to her roots and to Rural Saskatchewan, to the R.M. of LeRoy No. 339 until her retirement December 1, 2020.

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 served as President of the RMAA Board from 2015-2020, following one year as Vice-President and eight years as Director for Division 5.  Wendy continues to be involved with Rural Municipal Government through mentoring and as the Designated Advisor for the newly formed RMAA TSS Program.

Email: pastpresrmaa@sasktel.net

 

RMAA Vice President:  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.  They have two grown daughters, Shannara and Sharlize.  Between work and the RMAA Board, Sheila keeps busy with farming and family,  In her spare time, Sheila enjoys yard work, vacationing in the winter, and camping in the summer.

Sheila was elected Vice President of the RMAA board in 2020 and served as the Division 1 Director since 2013.

 

Email: vicepresrmaa@sasktel.net

 

RMAA Director Division 1:  Cheryl Barrett 

Cheryl is the Chief Administrative Officer of the R.M. of Martin No. 122.

She has over 20 years of administrative experience - 6 years as the Chief Administrative Officer of the R.M. of Martin as well as 14 years as the Accountant/Controller/Human Resource Manager of the Langbank Co-Operative Association Ltd.  Cheryl received her Rural Class "A" Certificate in May 2017 and her Urban Standard Certificate in December 2017.  As well she serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Southeast Municipal Healthcare Corporation which is a group of 16 municipalities who own the local doctor's clinic in Moosomin.

She has been married to her husband David for 29 years and they own a cow-calf operation and are actively farming.  Cheryl and David have 3 grown daughters - 27 year old twins Kaelyn (Dean) and Jennifer (Dustin) and 24 year old Ashley.  As well, they have 1 granddaughter and 2 grandsons.  In her spare time Cheryl enjoys spending time with her family (especially grandchildren), friends, tinkering in the yard and just relaxing on the deck!

 

Email: div1rmaa@sasktel.net

 

RMAA Director Division 2:  Mike Wirges

Mike Wirges is currently the Administrator for the R.M. of Moose Jaw No. 161.

Mike grew up on the family farm in the R.M. of Rogers No. 133, northeast of Coderre. Taking a slightly alternate route toward his current role in Municipal Government, Mike’s ambition followed the corporate world for over 21 years. Specifically, careers with Sony of Canada Ltd. (13 years); Chapters Inc. (2 years); and most recently Rogers Communications Inc. (6.5 years).

In early 2009 he began his LGA courses at the University of Regina and was provided the opportunity to learn the ropes from dedicated Administration at the R.M. of Moose Jaw, No. 161. This experience was essential to prepare him for his first Administrator’s role at R.M. No. 61 Antler (Redvers, SK). In the fall of 2009, Mike moved his family from Regina to the community of Redvers, where he worked until the fall of 2013. He earned his Class "C" Certificate in 2010 and in 2013, earned his Rural Class "A" Certificate. In the fall of 2013, Mike moved his family back to Regina after accepting the Administrator’s position with the R.M. of Moose Jaw No. 161.

Mike and his wife Nancy reside in Regina and are proud parents to 6 children. He enjoys fishing, camping, biking and golf.

Email: div2rmaa@sasktel.net

 

RMAA Director Division 3:  Raylene Packet

Raylene is the administrator for the R.M. of Webb No. 138 and for the Village of Webb. 

She began her administrative career in 2009 and has been employed at the Webb municipalities since 2011.  In November 2013, Raylene received her Rural Class "A" Certificate and her Urban Standard Certificate.  She also serves as the CGTW Rec Board secretary, the Canadian Mental Health Association Swift Current Branch secretary/treasurer and on the Community Futures Southwest Board of Directors.  In her spare time, Raylene enjoys being in the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

Raylene was elected to the RMAA Board of Directors in May, 2020.


Email: div3rmaa@sasktel.net

 

RMAA Director Division 4:  Barry Hvidston

Barry Hvidston is the Administrator of the R.M. of Keys No. 303 in Canora, Saskatchewan.

Growing up in a family of Administrators, Barry did not have many options except to enter into the profession.  After spending 2004 training in the R.M.of Tisdale , he was hired by the R.M. of Cote No. 271 in Kamsack 2005, obtaining his "A" Certificate in 2008.  In 2010, he moved to the joint office of the R.M. of Great Bend No. 405 and the Village of Borden.  In 2014, he moved to Canora to become the Administrator of the R.M. of Keys.

Outside work, Barry spends time with his wife Shanna and his two daughters Emilie (2007) and Sophia (2011).

 

Email: div4rmaa@sasktel.net


RMAA Director Division 5:  R. Doran Scott

After short careers as a chef and a hair stylist, Doran began his LGA courses in the summer of 2001 while training at the R.M. of Blucher No. 343. Doran received his Rural Class "C" Certificate in 2002 while serving as the Acting Administrator of the R.M. of South Qu’Appelle No. 157 and has learned from every moment in his career since.

Doran could not be where he is if not for the support of his wife and three daughters. Throughout the course of his fifteen-year career, they have made it possible for Doran to serve as the administrator for the Rural Municipality of South Qu’Appelle No. 157, the Rural Municipality of Edenwold No. 158, and moved with him to the Rural Municipality of Blucher No. 343 in 2008.

Doran now holds a Rural Class "A" Certificate as well as an Urban Standard Certificate. Doran is looking forward to serving the RMAA with integrity and to continue to grow both personally and professionally.

 

Email:  div5rmaa@sasktel.net

 

RMAA Director Division 6:  Michelle Buechler

Michelle Buechler is the Administrator for the R.M. of Paynton No. 470 located in Paynton, Saskatchewan.

Michelle began her municipal career as an office clerk for the Town of Kerrobert for 3 years.  After staying home to raise her children she re-entered the municipal field and worked casual as the office assistant for the Village of Dodsland and the R.M. of Winslow No. 319 in Dodsland, Sask.

She took the LGA course and received her Rural Class "C" Certificate in 2004.  After exploring other career options Michelle re-entered the municipal field in 2005 as the Assistant Administrator for the R.M. of Marriott No. 317 and the R.M. of Pleasant Valley No. 288 in Rosetown, Sask.  In 2007 she became the Administrator for these two municipalities and held that position till July, 2015.  She obtained her Rural Class "A" Certificate in 2009.

After moving to Sherwood Park, Alberta in July 2015, she took a position with Enbridge Pipelines in the Property Tax department as a Tax Analyst on March 1, 2016 and held that position until December 31, 2016 when she decided to return to rural Saskatchewan.  She accepted the position as Administrator for the R.M. of Paynton No. 470 on January 1, 2017. She was elected to the RMAA Board in May, 2017.

She has two grown sons Jesse and Cody who reside in Dodsland, Sask.                        

Email: div6rmaa@sasktel.net

 

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, Jocelyn and Jerod.

Ray grew up in the Wheatwyn District of Markinch, SK  and completed his education at Robert Southey School.  Elected as agricultural councilor for the RM of Cupar No. 218, he was elected as municipal councilor in 1985, and then as Reeve in 1995.

He served for several years as both a Director and President of the Regina District Association of Rural Municipalities, an association which has a membership of over 50 rural municipalities.

In 2004, Ray was elected as SARM Director of Division 2 and was elected Vice-President of SARM at the 2010 Annual Convention.

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)

Email: sarmpresrmaa@sasktel.net