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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:  Terry Barnes, Mount Ayr


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: Fred Hossle, Red Oak


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

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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 seven 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. Marilyn is an active volunteer in her community and has held various offices in P.E.O. Her special interests include gardening, reading and photography. She has served on 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

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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

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Terry Barnes: District 4 : Mount Ayr
Terry and his wife Peggy reside in southwest Ringgold county. They have two son's, Travis (wife Tessa) and Shannon (wife Tracy) along with 4 granddaughters and one grandson. When they are not tending to their livestock, they are keeping up with their grandchildren's activities. Terry is a member of Topaz Lodge #438 of Kellerton, Iowa. top

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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

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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 enjoys serving on the REC Board and learning about the cooperative style. She has become a credentialed director by completing the National Rural Electic Cooperative Association's Director program by studying the 5 core electric utility courses. She is also an active member of the Corning United Methodist Church and the Icarian Players at the Corning Opera House, and served on the board 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

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District 6 : Kay Fast : Villisca
Kay was born and raised on a family farm, southeast of Villisca, where she continues to live. She has two children, Dustin and Trisha (Kyle) and seven grandchildren. Kay received a master's degree in music education from NWMSU in Maryville, MO. She completed 34 years in music education, serving districts in Red Oak, Villisca and Glenwood. Kay has received numerous honors, including being named the Who's Who among American teachers, the Navy Music Award of Excellence, and the prestigious Charles Lakin Teacher Award of Excellence. Under Kay's direction, the Glenwood Jazz Choir won 3A state championship, and she was chosen to conduct the Opus Honor Choir at ISU in Ames. Kay also received the Outstanding Music Director Award at the Heritage Festivals in New Orleans. Kay is a published song writer, and the author of the book "Learning to Live Again"

Kay retired from education in 2015, but continues to work as a certified Iowa adjudicator for vocal music competitions. She is a lifelong member of the Villisca United Methodist church, where she has served as pianist for the past 35 years. Kay has also been a member of the Clarinda Health Foundation Board of Directors. Her hobbies include spending time with family, walking, shopping and reading. top

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Dana Morgan : District 7 : Corning
Dana and wife Dena live near Corning. They have 3 children, Addison, Jack and Harper. Dana works at New Balance Commodities in Nodaway. He is also the owner of Morgan Land & Cattle Company and is the past President of the Adams County Cattlemen. Dana has served on the REC Board since 2014. He enojys working with the board, management & members to guide the co-op. top

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Fred Hossle: District 8 : Red Oak
Fred and his wife Teresa, have 3 married daughters along with 4 grandkids, that all live very close to them. They farm southeast of Red Oak and have been farming for approximately 45 years, Teresa works at Houghton State Bank, main branch in the loan department and has been for the past 16 years. Their farming operation consists of corn, beans, hay and a cow/calf operation. Fred is on the Montgomery County Fair Board and is a Montgomery County Soil Commissioner on the NRCS Board. Fred and Teresa enjoy kayaking and spending time with their family.  top

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Mark Herzberg: At-Large Region 2: Villisca
Mark and his wife Dawnette have four children: Chelsea, Jackie, Emily, Olivia and four 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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