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Board of Directors

Board of director district territory map

Region 1

District 1: Jason Smith, Diagonal

District 2: Marilyn Werner, Shannon City

District 3: Dale Walkup, Mount Ayr

District 4: Richard (Dick) Ballantyne, Lamoni


At-Large Region 1

Ken Peppmeier, Shannon City


Region 2

District 5: Deena Moore, Corning

District 6: Kay Fast, Villisca

District 7: Dana Morgan, Corning

District 8:Dennis Meier, Villisca


At-Large Region 2

Mark Herzberg, Villisca


Board of Director Biographies


Jason Smith : District 1 : Diagonal
Jason lives one and a half mile south of Diagonal, works for Southern Iowa Rural Water Associates and farms as well. Jason is on the Farm Bureau Board, Ringgold County FSA Board, Eagle Lake Board and is also a member of the Diagonal Lions Club. In his spare time Jason enjoys spending time with family and friends. His hobbies include hunting and fishing. top


Marilyn Werner : District 2 : Shannon City 
Marilyn and her husband Steve live on a farm north of Tingley where they engage in livestock and grain farming. They have two daughters, one son and six grandchildren. Marilyn has a master's degree from Iowa State University and is retired from 23 years of employment at Southwestern Community College as Assessment Coordinator. She is active in the Tingley United Methodist Church and currently serves as trustee. She is a past president and past secretary of the Iowa ACT Council as well as past president of the Iowa Community College Student Service Association. Marilyn is an active volunteer in her community and has held various offices in Chapter P.E.O. Special interests include gardening, reading and photography. She has served on the REC Board of Directors since 1993, and is a credentialed director having completed the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's Director Program. Directors who hold this distinction are required to attend classes and demonstrate understanding of competencies contained in five core electric utility courses. top


Dale Walkup : District 3 : Redding
Dale and his wife, Sharon, live on a farm east of Redding. Their family includes daughters Amy and Ann, and son James. Dale and Sharon have five grandchildren. The Walkups have a corn/bean row crop farming operation and a cow/calf herd. Dale is currently a Ringgold County Conservation Board member, Clinton Township Trustee, Treasurer of Redding Frontier Days, and a member of Redding United Methodist Church. He has served on the REC Board of Directors since 1980. He is also Southwest Iowa REC's representative on the Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) board, our power supplier. top


Richard "Dick" Ballantyne: District 4 : Lamoni
Dick and his wife Bonnie live on a farm near Lamoni. They have three children and three grandsons. Dick has cattle, corn, soybeans and hay on his farm, but was raised on a dairy farm. He is a graduate of Iowa State University in Farm Operations.  He has served on the Decatur County Farm Bureau board, the Lamoni Community School board and the Bloomington Congregation Community of Christ. In his spare time, he enjoys attending the Iowa State Fair, reading and deer hunting.  Dick has served three terms on the Southwest Iowa REC Board of Directors. top


Ken Peppmeier : At-Large Region 1 : Shannon City
Ken and wife Lori live near Shannon City. Their family includes daughter Brooke (Patrick), daughter Ayla, and son Zack. They have three grandchildren. Ken has a farming operation and is also a rural mail carrier.  He belongs to the Arispe Methodist Church, where he has served as a trustee, as well as serving on the Afton Volunteer Fire Board, Grant Township Trustee, and Union County Fair Swine Committee. top


Deena Moore : District 5 : Corning
Deena and her husband Corey live on a farm near Corning, Iowa. They have 3 daughters Mikayla, Kennedy and Joslynn. Deena has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Iowa and is currently employed as the legal assistant for Engel and Maharry, PLC in Corning. She is also an active member of the Corning United Methodist Church and the Icarian Players. She has been active with various committees within the church. She has also been a volunteer soccer, basketball and softball coach for the Corning Youth Club for many years.  Her special interests currently are attending her children’s extra-curricular activities, camping, and horseback riding. top


District 6 : Kay Fast : Villisca
Kay was born and raised on a family farm, southeast of Villisca, where she continues to live.  She has always enjoyed the serenity of country life, and the beauty of nature.  Kay was married to the late Richard Fast for 39 years, who served on the REC board for over 10 years.  She has two children Dustin (Kristin), and Trisha (Kyle), and seven grandchildren, who also live in the Villisca area.  Kay completed 34 years in vocal music education, serving districts in Red Oak, Villisca, and most recently Glenwood High School.  She was named to the Who's Who among American Teachers in the fall of 2004, and was honored with the Navy Music Award of Excellence in 2010.  In 2012 she received the prestigious Charles Lakin Teacher Award of Excellence, and in 2013 she was presented with the Outstanding Music Director Award from the Heritage Festival in New Orleans.  Kay retired from education in 2015, but continues to work as a certified Iowa adjudicator for vocal music competitions.  She is a life-long member of the Villisca United Methodist Church, where she has served as pianist for the past 30 years.


Dana Morgan : District 7 : Corning
Dana and wife Dena live near Corning. They have one daughter, Addison. Dana is the Vice President of Sales at New Balance Commodities in Nodaway. He is also the owner of Morgan Land & Cattle Company and is the Vice President of the Adams County Cattlemen. He has served as Secretary on the Iowa County Ducks Unlimited Chapter and has been involved in the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program and with the Agriculture Future of America (AFA). top


Dennis Meier : District 8 : Villisca
Dennis and his wife Lynn have two sons: Daniel and David. They have a farming operation and raise corn/beans/hay and cattle. The Meiers are members of the Bethesda Lutheran Church. top


Mark Herzberg: At-Large Region 2: Villisca
Mark and his wife Dawnette have four children: Chelsea, Jackie, Emily, Olivia and three grandchildren.  They have a farming operation near Villisca. Mark is also an Asgrow-Dekalb and Wyffels seed dealer. He is active in the Mt. Calvary Church, FFA Alumni and is a past UFMC Associate Board member.  Being on the Southwest Iowa REC Board of Directors has been a learning experience for Mark.  He enjoys working with the rest of the board members, staff and management to guide the Cooperative. top


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