Welcome, Rich Berg
Rich is a native of Bismarck, ND, where he graduated from Bismarck High School and attended Bismarck State College. He moved to Minot in 1979 to attend Minot State University and earned a degree in Criminal Justice. While in college, Rich began his career at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch (DBGR), which spanned a total of 34 years. Rich worked in many capacities from 1979 to 2005 while at the Ranch, including being a live-in house parent, supervisor and trainer for staff, equine therapy program manager, and other duties to provide programming to the youth served there. In 2005, Rich returned to Minot State University, both as a student at Minot State University to pursue an additional degree relating to business, and as a full-time employee for The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities.
In 2008, Rich returned to the Ranch as a development officer for the DBGR Foundation to raise financial support for youth-centered programs. In this role, he worked as a Senior Development Officer and Grant Writer. He also worked as a Planned Gift Officer in order to provide support and assistance in developing estate gifts to help provide for the future of programming. Rich’s most recent position at DBGR added the role of Major Gifts Officer, working to secure major gifts for the support of programming on the Ranch’s three state-wide campuses.
Rich has been married to his wife, Karen, for 31 years. Karen is a social worker/therapist employed at Ward County Social Services. They have one son, Tyler, who is employed as a Global Microbiologist Manager for Hills Company (Science Diet Pet Food) for their Europe and Asian division. Tyler, his wife, Salina, and their daughter, Maleah, currently live in Switzerland. Rich is an avid outdoor person with love for biking, camping, fishing and hunting and is a proud grandpa!
From living in the Minot area, Rich has come to know the people as being creative, nurturing, helpful and concerned about their community. When asked about his future with SVUW he responded, “As I begin this first year, I am excited to learn about Souris Valley United Way and the partnerships that bring a positive impact on our community.”
His initial goal as Executive Director is to connect with the partners and supporters. Rich is excited to meet the community members, “My door is always open to anyone who would love to visit. Please feel free to contact me over the upcoming months. Together, we can continue to make an impact in making our community a great place to live, work and raise a family. “