Board of Directors
Blaine Bruner, Chairman
First elected: 2001
Blaine and his wife, Kim, farm and ranch near Drake where they raise Angus cattle. They have three sons and a daughter.
Karen Hennessy, vice chair
First elected: 2010
Karen lives in Des Lacs with her husband Jay and their children: Shelby, 14, Tucker, 12, Fletcher, 8, Aspen, 7, Eli, 5 and Sutton, 2. Jay operates Hennessy Builders and the family raises Simmental and Commercial cattle.
Maxine Rognlien, assistant secretary/treasurer
First elected: 2011
Maxine (Grieve) Rognlien grew up on a farm near Buffalo, North Dakota. She attended North Dakota State University and graduated with a major in Home Economics Education in 1979 and began her 32-year teaching career in Towner. She retired from teaching in May 2011. She has served as Superintendent of Schools for McHenry County since 1989. Maxine also previously served on Verendrye Electric's Member Advisory Committee. She and her husband, John, live near Towner where they raise cattle. They have four grown children and two grandchildren.
First elected: 2003
Ken has served on the VEC board since 2003. He and his wife, Julie, farm south of Harvey. They have four children. Ken is active in the community and has served on the school board, Farmers Union Oil Co-op board, and as the Western Township Assessor. He has also served on Verendrye's Operation Round Up board and Member Advisory Committee.
First elected: 2008
Bob was elected to the VEC board in 2008. He and his wife Lisa live east of Minot and have three children and two grandchildren. Bob is the Training Director for the Dakotas JATC (Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee) and has worked as a journeyman electrician and apprenticeship instructor.
First elected: 2012
A fifth generation Ward County farmer, John Warner and his wife Janice live south of Makoti. He is a graduate of both Minot State University and North Dakota State University.
Warner was first elected to the North Dakota Legislature in 1996 and has served in the Senate since 2004. In addition to several local boards and committees, he serves on the board of the Minot Symphony Orchestra and the steering committee of Rural Leadership North Dakota.
First elected: 2012
Shawn Kaylor was raised on a farm 6 miles north of Velva and he currently lives on a farm near there. He is a fourth generation farmer who graduated from Velva High School and attended Minot State University and North Daktoa State College of Science, Wahpeton, where he studied farm management.
Shawn is a volunteer firefighter with the Velva Fire Department. He is a past member of the McHenry County Ag Improvement Association and is a member of the Oak Valley Lutheran Church, Velva.
First Elected: 2013
Bruce is a third generation Ward County farmer. He and his wife Pam live south of Glenburn.
Anderson has extensive experience with agricultural and cooperative organizations. He served 16 years as one of North Dakota's three members on the national board for Cenex Harvest States (CHS), the nation's largest cooperative. He has served on the North Dakota Coordinating Council for Cooperatives and on the advisory board for the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives at NDSU and on the Board of Enerbase cooperative. He was a member and vice chairman of the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission for 16 years. He also is past secretary of the board for the North Dakota Farmers Union and the Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Company. In addition, Anderson served two two-year terms in the North Dakota House of Representatives.
Howard "Bucky" Anderson
First Elected: 2014
Howard “Bucky” Anderson was born and raised in North Dakota. He graduated from Bishop Ryan High School in Minot. He then graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in biology and minor in chemistry. He then went back to school and obtained a master’s degree from the University of North Dakota in education leadership.
Bucky was an educator for 39 years, the last 24 years at Minot High School’s Central Campus. He also coached wrestling for many years, starting the wrestling program at Des-Lacs Burlington High School.
He has farmed and ranched in Ward and Burke counties since 1980. He has also served on the Des-Lacs Burlington School Board and currently on the Ward County Weed Board.
Bucky and Linda have 3 adult children : Stacie (Wes) Beck, Ellie (Mark) Nickel and Clay (Erin) Anderson along with 6 grandchildren.