MINOT, ND –Souris Valley United Way (SVUW) Board of Directors is pleased to announce its selection and appointment of Richard Berg as the new Executive Director of SVUW. Perry Olson, Souris Valley United Way Board President stated: “We are excited to have Rich representing Souris Valley United Way. We feel he will be an outstanding asset to our organization and help to further the work the organization does in the Minot area. I commend our ED search committee chair Monica Peterson and those who joined her in helping land such a talented leader.”
A Bismarck native, Berg graduated from Bismarck High School and attended Bismarck State College before moving to Minot in 1979. He earned his Criminal Justice degree from Minot State University and has been employed by the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch (DGBR) for 34 years. Berg began his new role as Executive Director on June 1, 2017. “I’m very excited to start this next chapter of my life, and to be joining the SVUW. I look forward to many good years, and helping lead the organization to benefit those in our area who aren’t as fortunate as others.”, said Berg.
With Berg’s tenure beginning, the SVUW also announces the retirement of current Executive Director, Patricia Smith. Patricia has been with the SVUW for nine years in her current role and will be leaving at the end of July. During that time, she oversaw record fundraising campaigns and worked closely with more than two dozen local agencies. Said Smith, “It has been a privilege serving as the Executive Director of the SVUW. I was able to see first-hand the importance of non-profits in our community. I salute those behind our partner agencies for all they accomplish. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed playing a role in what they do so well.”
During her time, Smith oversaw the birth of two programs that have enjoyed much success in the community. The Dolly Parton Imaginary Library (DPIL), and the Backpack Buddies program. DPIL provides a free book to children signed up in the program each month, while Backpack Buddies supplies many children from low-income families with food on Fridays to help supplement weekend meals during the school year.
“We salute and thank Pat for her years of service. The community is better off today thanks to her efforts, and we wish her nothing but the best moving forward.”, said Olson.
Souris Valley United Way has been a part of the Minot community since 1930. It has grown from supporting 5 agencies to now having partnerships with 25 programs.