Your Board of Directors
David Lindblom was elected to represent Pennington, Meade and Lawrence Counties in 2010. He and his wife, Starla, ranch near Hermosa. He is active in the Hermosa Volunteer Fire Department where he is currently the assistant chief and is in his thirteenth year as a director for the Hermosa Rural Fire Protection District. He is a past director for the Central States Fair and for the Custer County Fair.
Alan Bishop was elected in 2011 to represent Custer and Oglala Lakota Counties and is currently the vice president. Bishop grew up in eastern Custer County and graduated from Rapid City Central High School and Lake Area Vocational/Technical School in Watertown, earning an Associate’s Degree in Agriculture Production. In 1995, he became the operator/manager of the Bishop family 3 Up 3 Down Ranch located near Hermosa. He is active in the Hermosa UCC Church and the Masonic Lodge. He is a lifetime member of the Custer County Fair Association and a past 4-H member and leader. Bishop and his wife, Kerry, have four children. Alan is currently the board's president.
Gary Kluthe was appointed to the board in 1994.Kluthe is a life-long resident of the Rapid City area. He was a real estate agent for many years and he and his wife, Donna, also owned and operated French Cleaners and Shirt Laundry in Rapid City. He is a volunteer with the Whispering Pines Rural Fire Protection District and has served as a director of the Independent Insurance Agents of South Dakota, the Rapid City Insurance Association, Rapid City Rotary Club, Central States Fair and First American Systems. The Kluthes have two children. Gary is currently the board's secretary.
Jim Preston was appointed in 2008 to fill the vacancy on the board and is currently the treasurer. Preston served for 30 years in the U.S. Army and the South Dakota Army National Guard, including as commander of the 196th Regiment at Ft. Meade. During his years with the National Guard, Preston worked as the business manager for Custer State Park and later for the Custer School District. He was the human resources director for the City of Rapid City from 2000 to 2007 and was the city's finance director until retiring in 2012. Preston is involved with numerous committees and boards in Rapid City, including, chairman of the Capital Improvement Program committee, the Journey Museum, Community Development Block Grant committee and the Tax Increment Financing Committee. He also is a member of the American Legion, Cosmopolitan Club, Toastmasters and raises buffalo and cattle with his brothers and sister. He received his bachelor degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion. He also has master degrees in business administration and in public administration. Preston and his wife, Dee, live near Hermosa.
Al Perry was elected as board member for Pennington, Meade and Lawrence Counties in 2006. He is a retired communications worker, having worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone and U.S. West for 32 years. He served as manager of the Philip office and foreman in the Rapid City area before transferring to Omaha and Denver, working in various staff positions. Perry is currently an outside plant consultant for Golden West Telephone Company. He has obtained his certified cooperative director certificate and board leadership certificate through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He has two adult children and one grandson. Perry served on the board of the Rimrock Community Hall and is president of the Rimrock Heights Housing Association. He is a member of the Battle Ridge Masonic Lodge in Hermosa.
Don Andersen was elected to the board in May of 2018 and serves as assistant secretary. He represents Fall River County. Andersen grew up near Burdock, S.D. and graduated from Edgemont High School. He served in the U.S. Navy for seven years. After his service to his country he returned to the Edgemont area and worked odd jobs until working for Golden West Telecommunications as an installer/repairman in the Edgemont area, a job that he retired from after 28 years. Andersen has always been involved in his community, including serving on the Edgemont School Board, Edgemont Volunteer Fire Department, Edgemont Water Board, the West River Foundation, Argentine Township Supervisor, Black Hills Electric Cooperative nominating committee, serving as the current commander of American Legion Post 172, a life-member of the VFW and active in his church. He and his wife, Lynda, own and operate his family's ranch near Burdock.
Dennis Quivey was elected to the board in May of 2014 and is currently the board's vice-president. He has a bachelor of science degree in agriculture economics from North Dakota State University. He worked as the assistant county supervisor for the Farmers Home Administration before becoming a loan officer at the Bank of North Dakota in Bismarck, N.D. He later became vice president of Dakota Community Bank in Mandan. In 2008, he moved to Oelrichs to take over the family ranch. Quivey is currently vice president of Fall River Water Users District board, treasurer of the Oelrichs Rodeo Association, a member of the Oelrichs school board and a member of the Oelrichs fire department. He is a past member of the Mandan, N.D. Kiwanis Club and the Bismarck Elks Club.