Meet Our Mortgage Team

meet our mortgage team

Experience makes a tremendous difference when you're financing a home. Our mortgage team relies upon years of knowledge when helping you find the right loan to meet your needs.

Every borrower is different and we offer a variety of mortgage products. We make the process of securing a loan simple and straightforward, by offering you the latest in financial tools that enable you to make sound financial choices. Our mortgage originators are available to answer questions you might have from beginning to end. Thatís the BankWest difference Ö locally owned and locally managed to save you time, money and worries.



Rapid City

Manufactured Housing


Russanne Ellerton
AVP, Mortgage Originator

NMLS #648745

Meet Russanne...

Russanne has more than 25 years of professional banking experience and takes incredible pride in helping clients achieve their housing dreams. She is a Mitchell native and joined BankWest in the fall of 2012. Russanne is active in many community activities including the Mitchell Kiwanis Club, Dakotafest, Womenís Brunch and the South Dakota Home Builders Association. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and camping with her husband Glen and spending quality time with her children and grandchildren.

Tami Sonne
AVP, Mortgage Originator

NMLS #400925

Meet Tami...

Tami joined BankWest in 2013 and specializes in home mortgages. Tami has been involved with mortgage lending since 1982. She is a member of the Mitchell Board of Realtors and the Mitchell Kiwanis Club. When she is not working, she and her husband Brian can be found attending their sonsí sporting activities or spending time with family and friends.


Dona Mae Johnson
AVP, Mortgage Originator

NMLS #747396

Meet Dona Mae...

Dona Mae joined BankWest in May of 1994 as a personal banker and began writing real estate loans in 1996. She is a Stanley County native and attended Northern State University in Aberdeen and Capital University Center in Pierre. Dona Mae is active in Oahe Habitat for Humanity, where she serves on the selection committee, the Oahe Home Builders Association, Central Board of Realtors, Capitol City Toastmasters, Lutheran Memorial Church and Jefferson School PTA. She and her husband Jeff have two sons and enjoy outdoor activities including camping, boating, snowmobiling and snow skiing.

Cindy R. Fredrich
AVP, Mortgage Originator

NMLS #648733

Meet Cindy...

Cindy is a veteran mortgage lender with more than 20 years of professional experience. She is a longtime Pierre resident and joined BankWest in May of 2014. A graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, she began her mortgage lending career in 1991. She is an active member of the Pierre-Fort Pierre Lions Club, Oahe Home Builders, Central Board of Realtors and Faith Lutheran Church. She and her husband, Jay, have three daughters and enjoy spending time together outdoors.

Rapid City

Darla Jones
AVP, Mortgage Originator

NMLS #747401

Meet Darla...

Darla has been a mortgage originator in Rapid City for the past 20 years. She specializes in Conventional, FHA, VA, Rural Development, Construction Loans and In House Porto-Folio financing. Darla was born and raised in South Dakota and loves the Rapid City area. She is honored to have helped many families secure suitable housing and cherishes the long-lasting banking relationships she has made. Darla is active in the Black Hills Board of Realtors, the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce and the Black Hills Home Builders. During her spare time, she and her husband Steve enjoy, traveling, site seeing in the beautiful Black Hills, reading, entertaining friends and spending time with their two daughters and their families.

Janene Trammell-Polk
Mortgage Originator

NMLS #747398

Meet Janene...

Janene has more than 20 years of lending experience and joined the BankWest team in 2011. She is a Sioux Falls native and graduated from Killian Community College with a degree in accounting and computer programming. Janene has lived in Rapid City since 1989 and is active in the Black Hills Board of Realtors, the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, Zonta, Habitat for Humanity and the American Heart Association. During her spare time, she and Larry enjoy dancing, motorcycling, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Manufactured Housing

Denise Foster
Manufactured Housing Mortgage Originator

NMLS #747399

Meet Denise...

Denise joined BankWest in January of 2003 and specializes in manufactured home lending. With more than 12 years of lending experience, she is able to assist her clients with all facets of manufactured home loans which do not include land. The most common scenario is when a manufactured home is located within a park. Denise is active in the S.D. Manufactured Housing Association where she serves as a board member, the Central Board of Realtors and the Capital Area Soccer Association.


Scott Kohlenberg
Manufactured Housing Underwriting and Collections Manager

NMLS #747392

Meet Scott...

Scott started his banking career in 2001 and joined the BankWest Manufactured Housing team in 2004. He is a Mitchell native and graduated from Black Hills State University with majors in business administration and travel industry management. In his spare time, Scott enjoys hunting, camping, golfing and spending time with his family and friends.


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