Meet of 2022 Board of Director Nominees
Meet our Board of Director Nominees, below.
Mark Watne was elected president of North Dakota Farmers Union in November 2013. In his capacity, he serves as president of Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Company and Farmers Union Service Association, all headquartered in Jamestown.
Mark has a long history of Farmers Union involvement, first as a youth and young producer farming at Velva. In 1990, he was elected to the NDFU State Board of Directors. He served for six years and was also treasurer. In 1996, he began a 15-year-career in Jamestown at the Farmers Union headquarters as a development specialist, agricultural strategist and staff executive director. He has led the development of the organization's farmer-owned restaurants and other innovative ideas.
As president, he serves on the board of directors for the National Farmers Union, and Farmers Union Enterprises. In 2018, he was appointed to USDA's Grain Inspection Advisory Committee for the Federal Grain Inspection Service.
Mark has been a board chairman for the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives, located at North Dakota State University, and is currently a board member for First Community Credit Union, Jamestown.
He continues to farm and resides in Jamestown with his wife, Michelle. They have three grown children and a granddaughter.
Douglas Kalianoff is a graduate of Steele-Dawson Public School and attended both Dakota Business College and Bismarck State College. Kalianoff worked as a farmer and rancher for more than 48 years, and owned his own business of selling and leasing farm equipment for more than 25 years. Kalianoff served as a Board Member of BEK Communications Inc, a high-speed internet, telephone an television provider, for 18 years, three of which he was Board President. During his time with BEK, they more than doubled their customer count. He feels his past experience as a board member, gives him beneficial experience to FCCU as a Board Member. Kalianoff has volunteered and served on numerous other boards including the Kidder County ASCS County Committee for six years; the Golden Manor Nursing Home Board of Directors for eight years, two of which he was Board President; the Steele Dawson School Board for 10 years, with three years as President; the Kidder County Farm Bureau Board for nine years and two years as President; the Steele Jaycees for six years, two years as President; the Trinity Lutheran Church Council for 10 years, with four years as President; the Broadband Association of North Dakota (BAND) for six years on the state board and has been a member of the Steele Economic Development Association. Kalianoff currently resides in Fargo, ND and has been a member of First Community Credit Union for five years.
When asked why he would like to serve on the First Community Credit Union Board of Directors, Kalianoff said, “I am very impressed with the phenomenal growth of FCCU. Even with that rapid growth, customer service at FCCU has been outstanding.” He continues, “In 2020 I visisted nearly every branch in ND and MN, where staff members were pleasant and inviting. I have enjoyed all my prior board experiences and I would like to be part of a progressive institution, like FCCU.”
Owen Olson of Jamestown, ND has been a farmer in the Jamestown community since 1983.
A graduate of Jamestown High School, alongside his farming business, Olson also operated an Aerial Spraying business from 1992-2006, as well.
Olson has served on the FCCU Board of Directors for the past 18 years, having served the last seven years as Chairman of the Board.
Olson is also an active member of the Deer Lake Township Board and the Stutsman County Farmers Union Board.
When asked why he would like to serve on the First Community Credit Union Board, Olson said, “I've appreciated the opportunity to serve our members in the past. I would like to continue to serve on the board and hopefully have a part in contributing to our Credit Unions success.”