Key positions filled at First Western

Ron Rauschenberger of Bismarck has joined the board of directors of First Western Bank & Trust. He and his wife, Laurie, previously owned Kenmare Clothing.

Raus-chenberger served as chief of staff for former governors John Hoeven and Jack Dalrymple and most recently was special advisor to Gov. Doug Burgum.

He has retired from public service and started a consulting business.

Rauschenberger has been active as a director on the ND Development Fund, Souris Basin Revolving Loan Fund, Minot MAGIC Fund representing rural communities, ND Retailers Association and the Greater North Dakota Association.

Dawn Ystaas has accepted the position of chief financial officer at First Western Bank & Trust. Ystaas graduated from the University of North Dakota with a major in accounting, and then worked as a bank examiner for six years.

She was a supervising examiner and monitored banks for safety and soundness. Ystaas worked for a financial institution before coming to First Western Bank & Trust for nearly 10 years as the chief risk officer.

She has participated in Junior Achievement and Women United Little Black Dress Campaign.

Ystaas joined the bank in December 2016 as vice president of project management.