BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Al Kemmere was elected the Director for District 2 - Central at the Fall 2010 Convention. Al was elected to his third term as a councillor for Mountain View County in October 2010. He was first elected councillor and reeve of Mountain View County in 2004. In his six years on council, Al has been involved in numerous committees, such as: chair of the Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP), a founding member of the Municipal Area Partnership, chair of the Mountain View Waste Commission, Vice Chair of the AAMDC Mayors'/Reeves' committee, and member of the AAMDC Standing Issues Committee on Social Issues. He has always tried to take a leadership approach when it comes to municipal partnerships and collaborations. Al has been involved in many locla and provincial organizations. Al and his wife, Kathy, have raised three children on their farm north of Olds. Their farm consists of a dairy operation, mixed farming and custom farming.
Tom was elected as Director of District 4 at the AAMDC Fall 2008 Centennial Convention. Hewas first elected onto the MD of Greenview council in 2001. He became a member of the DeBolt Fire & Rescue in 1993 and has held the position of Chief for the past 13 years. He has been a registered EMR since 2001 and a director of the Grande Prairie Rural Crime Watch since 1993. Tom has lived in the DeBolt area since 1976. His former occupations include surveyor, owner/operator of a trucking company, owner/operator of a service station and restaurant, general manager for the local agricultural society (golf course, curling rink & community hall), and is currently a heavy equipment operator. Tom and his wife Alisa live in the hamlet of DeBolt. They have two grown children.
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Soren Odegard was elected to the RMA Board of Directors in 2010 representing District 5 (Edmonton East). He was first elected in the 2007 municipal elections as councillor for the County of Two Hills. Soren presently sits as the chairman of the Agriculture Service Board, Chairman of the Alberta HUB a REDA, located in the northeast section of Alberta, representing 34 municipalities. Soren attended NAIT technical college, where he received a diploma in telecommunications. He assumed control of a small mobile catering business, subsequently building it into one of the top-five grossing businesses in the Edmonton area. In 1997 Soren moved to the Two Hills area, where he started farming commercial beef cattle and mixed grains until 2007. Soren is extensively involved in the community through local organizations such as the Willingdon Agriculture Society, the Hairy Hill Elks 304, and the Willingdon and District Recreational Center. Soren was born in the Town of Cold Lake and raised in the City of Edmonton. He has two daughters.
Gerald Rhodes joined RMA as Executive Director on May 1, 2003, following a lengthy career in municipal management at the Town of Devon, Town of Blackfalds, I.D. 15 (now Woodlands County), I.D. 17 East (now M.D. of Lesser Slave River) and I.D. 8 (now the M.D. of Bighorn). Gerald is a Certified Local Government Manager, completing the Local Government Certificate and Senior Executive Fellows programs, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary with a major in Economics and completed his MBA in 2009. Gerald is responsible for providing strategic advice to RMA's elected Board of Directors, ensuring that their direction is carried out through RMA's administration, and providing leadership to RMA staff. The diversity of rural municipal issues and the challenge of learning from and speaking with municipal councillors and administrators on a daily basis has been one of the many reasons why Gerald has truly enjoyed his role with the RMA. Gerald and his wife, Nadia, reside in Devon with their five children.