The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is a 15-director, 6-ex-officio/associate assembly of diverse talent from across the Fairfield business community which convenes monthly to address Chamber policy considerations, community issues of concern or importance and institute directives and recommendations for the leadership of the Chamber. The position of Director on the Chamber Board represents an opportunity to exercise influence over the direction of the Chamber and leadership of the Fairfield community at large.
The Board is charged with maintaining the Chamber’s course and mission through the improvement of the business climate for Chamber members through the stimulation of economic growth, enhancement of political awareness, promotion of civic development and improvement of quality of life in the Fairfield area.
Shawn Lisk, President, MidWestOne Bank , 641.472.2424
Shawn Lisk is the 2nd Vice President, Retail Market Manager of MidWestOne Bank.
Lisk graduated from Fairfield High School and graduated from Northeast Missouri State University n/k/a Truman State University in Kirksville, MO with a B.S in Business Administration emphasis in Finance. He worked at Hy-Vee while in high school and worked a couple summers at Agri-Industrial Plastics Company. He began his banking career in 1991 at Iowa State Bank & Trust Company in Fairfield. In 1998 he made the move to Central Valley Bank n/k/a MidWestOne Bank as Vice President and eventually moved to the new drive-up facility as Vice President/Branch Manager in 2001. Most recently he has accepted the position of 2nd Vice President/Retail Market Manager and oversees all retail employees at both Fairfield locations.
Lisk is married to wife Summer. They have three children, 6 year-old Autumn, and 3 year-old twins Ashlyn and Austin.
In his free time, Lisk enjoys softball, hunting, and spending time with his family. He was inducted into the Iowa Softball Hall of Fame last year and his team won the 2007 NSA Super World Championship National Tournament bringing him a ring. He has also been involved with many different clubs and organizations through the years. He has been on the Chamber of Commerce Blast Off committee for 17 years.
“It will be interesting to be a part of the Fairfield Chamber Board with so much going on in Fairfield right now,” said Shawn Lisk. “It will be exciting as we look to the future and work hard to help Fairfield grow. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”
Terry Baker SendOutCards, 641.919.5778
Terry Baker has been a local entrepreneur since 1985, operating several small retail & service enterprises. Her chamber interests include networking and supporting the needs and interests of small business, especially women-owned businesses.
In Terry’s spare time, she enjoys ballroom and swing dancing and plays pack leader to three delightful pooches.
Sue Gail, Fairfield Nutrition, 641.469.5770
Sue Gail grew up in Chicago, but had been visiting Fairfield for many years before she moved to Fairfield in 1993.
Sue has had a long career with Herbalife International, which has taken her to Washington, DC, and to Europe for 2 ½ years of her 30 year career. Sue and her partner, Art Atkinson, are the founders of Fairfield Nutrition on the square.
One of her favorite activities is creating the Oktoberfest every year. She is also a member of the Fairfield Rotary Club.
In her free time, Sue loves to travel, dance, garden and participate in the many Fairfield events. Sue says, “I am honored to be a part of the Chamber Board, to help our town continue to be one of the great places in Iowa.”
Michael Halley, President-Elect, Danaher Oil, 641.233.0445
Michael Halley has lived in Fairfield since 1993 when he came to attend MUM. He co-founded Natural Selections in 1995, expanding the store space twice and creating an international online presence in the following twelve years. In 2007 Michael was elected president of the Fairfield Convention and Visitor's Bureau and began working at Danaher Oil Company. Since then he's served with Live on the Square, Fairfield Volunteer Center, Jefferson County Wellness Action Coalition, Go-Green Commission, Fairfield Cultural Alliance, and is the 4th Ward representative on the Fairfield City Council.
In his free time he enjoys playing team sports such as basketball and floor hockey, competing in local triathlons, hosting a weekly radio show on KRUU FM, and spending quality time with his children Lily and Skylar.
Josie Hannes, Josie Hannes Design / Flair Vintage Decor, 641.472.3948
Josie Hannes, a Fairfield native, graduated from Fairfield High School, served in the National Guard, then later attended Indian Hills College.
Josie worked at Chappell Studio as a graphic designer and a photographer for over 12 years. In 2005, she opened her own graphic design studio. Since then, the business has evolved into a large photography and design studio, Josie Hannes Design. Recently, a vintage boutique, “Flair”, which sells vintage furniture, home décor and gifts, has been added to her studio. The shop is located inside the large front area of the studio building, located just off the Fairfield Square. She and her husband also own three rental properties.
Josie is married to Lyle, who works at Dexter Apache Holdings Inc. and is a captain on Fairfield’s fire department. They have four children: Eric - 22, Dani - 19, Jace - 7, Teague - 4.
She is a member of Professional Photographers of Iowa, a member of P.E.O., serves on the board of the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday Committee. Josie and her family attend Faith Christian Outreach Church in Fairfield.
Seth Miller, Vice President, Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., 641.472.5100
Seth Miller, First Vice President, Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. and Co-Owner/Manager of Cedar Valley Winery 641-472-5100
Seth Miller was born and raised in Batavia, Iowa and graduated Fairfield High School in 1997. He obtained a B.S. with honors from Iowa State University’s College of Business in 2001 graduating with majors in Finance and Management. Seth later obtained his J.D from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2004.
From 2004 – 2008 Seth practiced law at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP in Kansas City as a toxic tort litigator in the firm’s environmental law group. Seth moved back to Fairfield in 2008 as Cambridge Investment Research, Inc.’s in-house counsel and currently serves as First Vice President, Risk Management and General Counsel.
Seth helped establish Cedar Valley Winery in 2002 on the family farm located near Batavia, IA. Seth currently serves as part owner and full-time winemaker.
Lori Vaughan, TD&T Financial Group, P.C., 641.472.6171
Lori Vaughan, a graduate of Fairfield High School and AIB College of Business in Des Moines, IA, where she received an Associate of Business degree, is currently working toward her bachelor’s degree from AIB.
Lori has worked in various positions and lived in various locations due to her husband’s job. She began working at TD&T Financial Group, P.C. in 2002 following five years of operating her own accounting firm. Lori is the Senior Staff Accountant at TD&T Financial Group, Inc.
Lori has been married to husband Scott for 18 years. They have 3 children: Kiersten 17, Morgan, 14 and Spencer 3.
In her free time, Lori enjoys attending high school sporting events, volunteering for the Trojan Booster Club, reading and spending time with family.
“I enjoy being involved in community activities and serve as the Treasurer for the Fairfield Area Softball Association and The African Violet Foundation. I am also an active member of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Holiday Committee and First Baptist Church where I spend a lot of time volunteering with various youth events.”
Laura Atwood, Fairfield Community School District, 641.472-5019
Laura is a Fairfield High School graduate. She is currently the principal at the Fairfield Middle School in Fairfield, Iowa. She attended Central College where she played softball and earned a BA in Social Sciences, with a Spanish minor. Laura holds a MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Iowa. Prior to her current position, she taught Social Sciences at the Fairfield High School and Social Studies at Hanes Magnet School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Laura has been actively involved in coaching softball and volleyball. She is married to Spenser Atwood and has a son named Easton.
Dawn Bechtel, Golf Links to the Past, 641.469.6652
Dawn Bechtel, a Fairfield native, recently moved back to Fairfield with her husband and two teenage sons. An Associates of Arts graduate from Indian Hills Community College, Dawn has worked for local companies, The Beckley Group, Hawthorne Communications, & Megacards, as well as been Assistant to the Principal at Seton Catholic School, Shift Manager at the Beach and an In-home support worker for Children & Families of Iowa in Ottumwa. Dawn has worked for Steve Juskewycz from 1991 to 1996 and from 1997 to Present and is currently Vice President of Operations at Golf Links to the Past, Inc. and Project/Accounting Manager for The FairField Group, Inc. Dawn is also a Sales Consultant for SIMPLYSAID DESIGN, LLC.
Dawn is a member of The Walton Club, a team Captain for the local Cancer Exterminator’s Jefferson County Relay for life Team, and a member of the Fairfield Pool/Gym Fundraising team. Dawn founded and maintains the Fairfield Freecycle/Buycycle Group and Page on Facebook encouraging recycling, reducing and reusing within our community. She has both the environment and the community at the center of her focus and serves as a coordinator for several individuals, organizations and events including Pizza Hut’s largest tip night ever [over $2300], two Shop for a Cure, a Pitch for a Cure, two Silent Auctions in memory of Sandy Worley, the 2012 & 2013 Jefferson County Relay For Life calendar, as well as the homecoming parade, welcoming home our Inspirational Archer, Matt Stutzman, after winning the Silver medal at the Paralympics in London. This event was organized in less than 22 hours.
Dawn is married to Todd Bechtel, who works as a Restoration Specialist at Vintage Power Wagons. They are former Foster parents, who have four children, Tara, 28, a Staff Sgt in the U.S. Army’s Joint Special Operation Command, Austin, 26, a construction worker, James 13 and Hunter 12, both students at Fairfield Middle School.
In her free time, Dawn enjoys knitting, scrapbooking and quilting, but most of all spending time with her family, camping, biking, walking, and playing cards or other unique family games, like Dizios and Qwirkle, which they’ve found at Finnywicks. Dawn says her favorite time of the year is the Power Wagon Rally, the first full week of June each year, when almost 100 power wagons and their owners, who are like family roll into Fairfield and spend almost a week here in Fairfield.
“I consider it an honor to be a member of the Fairfield Chamber Board and am looking forward to being part of an impressive group of people who work hard towards the enhancement of all of Fairfield’s businesses, as well as improvements to our community.”
Aaron Kness, Iowa State Bank & Trust Company of Fairfield, Iowa, 641.469-5285 x247
Aaron Kness is President and CEO of Iowa State Bank & Trust Company in Fairfield, IA. He has been in banking for over seventeen years, and is a graduate of both the University of Iowa’s College of Business and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Aaron previously served on the board of directors for the Washington (Iowa) Chamber of Commerce as well as the Fairfield Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
Aaron grew up in rural northeast Iowa and has worked in a variety of communities including Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Chicago. He and his wife, Terri, have lived in Fairfield since 2007 and have two children, Rowan (4) and Ryder (1). When he’s not working Aaron enjoys spending time with his family, running, fishing and following Major League Baseball.
“A strong Chamber of Commerce benefits everyone that lives and works in our community. I am proud to serve on such an impactful board, and look forward to contributing.”
John Oleson, TrafFix Devices, Inc., 641.472.5096
John has been the General Manager of TrafFix Devices in Fairfield since 2009. Prior to coming to Fairfield he spent 22 years in the US Air Force stationed around the world and has over 20 years of experience in the plastics industry at various locations in the US. John and his wife, Robin, have been married 45 years and have two children; a daughter, Randi, a school principal in Des Moines, and a son, Matt, a school teacher in Newton. They also have seven wonderful grandchildren.
John earned a bachelor of sciences degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and a master of arts in Management and Human Resource Development from Webster University. He is a registered professional engineer and past president of the Grinnell, IA Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and past president of the Poweshiek County Extension Council Board.
Ken Ross, Global ID Group, Inc., 641.472.9979 ext. 103
Since 2006, Ken Ross has served as the CEO of Global ID Group, Inc., a leader in the testing and certification of agricultural products for the presence of genetically modified organisms with offices in Fairfield, Brazil, Japan, Germany and the UK. From 2000 to 2005, Ken was the President of Fourth Street Partners, LLC, a consumer products development firm and from 1990 to 2000, Ken served as CEO of PackageNet, Inc., a nationwide network of consumer service centers. Prior to PackageNet, Ken was the Founder and President of Atrium Information Group, an enterprise software tools company. In the years before moving to Fairfield in 1983, Ken served as the Director of Information Systems at Celebrity, Inc., a consumer goods manufacturer and in various IT positions at Irving Trust Company and Salomon Brothers. Ken has also served on the Board of a number of firms in Fairfield including MasterHouse Products, 3mix, Vaytek, Fairfield Software, Technical Advances, Full Partner and Keyboard Advancements.
Ken received his B.A. from the U. of Wisconsin-Madison and his M.B.A from New York University in Finance and Information Technology. Ken was a founding member of the Fairfield Entrepreneur’s Association in 1989 and still serves on the Board of the FEA. Ken is also currently serving as the President of the Green Business Council of Fairfield and Jefferson County and he is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Graduate Business Department at Maharishi University of Management.
Ken has been residing in Fairfield since 1983 with his wife, Sheila, and his two daughters, Taylor and Julia, both graduates of MSAE. Ken enjoys golf, softball, basketball, and tennis, going to Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball games, music (you may occasionally see him playing the drums at the Sondheim), computers, reading, and cruising the square on 1st Friday Art Walks.
Darien Sloat, Temp Associates , 641.472.2025
Darien Sloat is currently the Fairfield Branch Manager at Temp Associates, a family owned business based in Muscatine, Iowa in 1986. The business now includes offices in Mount Pleasant, Burlington, Grinnell, Marshalltown, and since March of 2007, Fairfield. Holding a B.G.S. from the University of Iowa, Darien has held previous positions as a Director of Human Resources, Administrator of two care facilities, social worker and counselor.
Darien moved to Fairfield from Washington, Iowa in 2003 with his wife Roberta and their three kids, Madeline, Max, and Claudia. Roberta has a degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa and is the Supervisor of the Parents as Teachers Program in Washington, Iowa where she has worked for 11 years. Madeline will finish her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant in spring 2012 and hopes to stay in the area. Max a senior, and Claudia a sophomore at Fairfield High School, are involved in vocal and instrumental music groups, large-group speech team, theater, and soccer.
The whole family has been involved in all aspects of the Fairfield Area Community Theater (F.A.C.T.) since moving to town. Darien enjoys set-building for shows with FACT, the High School, the Middle School, as well as the High School Large Group Speech Team.
Darien is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Fairfield Area Soccer Association and has coached soccer in Fairfield and Washington for many years. Any remaining free time is spent with friends, using the trail system in Fairfield, golfing, fishing, walking the dog and playing cards.
Ronda Whitney, Whitney Monument Works, 641.472.4104
Ronda Whitney is co-owner of Whitney Monument Works, a fifth generation family business. She is also a registered yoga teacher, currently teaching at Open Space Studio. She has been a Chamber Ambassador for the past two years.
She graduated from Fairfield High School and attended Indian Hill Community College.
Ronda has four sons, Joshua, Dustin, Jordan and Nathan and enjoys supporting them in their many activities. She has been past president of Washington Elementary Parent Teacher group and continues to volunteer at the school when she can. She has also served on various committees for the school district.
In her free time she enjoys her yoga practice, walking, bicycling, traveling and reading.
Ed Malloy, City of Fairfield , Mayor
Ed Malloy was elected Mayor in 2001 and is in his thirds term. He served on the Fairfield City Council form 1992–2000. Mayor Malloy is also President of Danaher Oil Company — a fuel brokerage operation that began in Fairfield 1983. Mr. Malloy was one of the founding-members of the Fairfield Entrepreneurs Association in 1989. He serves on the board of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Iowans for a Better Future and the Iowa State University Extension Citizen Advisory Council.
“The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce has long been a vital part of our community leadership and represents the best of our diverse economy. The Chamber Board of Directors is best exemplified by its vision and caring attitude for our community welfare. It is my honor to serve as one of the “Associates” members of the board.”
Scott Herriott, Maharishi University of Management
Scott Herriott is co-director of the Department of Business Administration at Maharishi University of Management. He received his B.A. degree in mathematics from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. in management science and engineering at Stanford University. He taught as a business professor at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Iowa for six years before joining MUM in 1990.
He teaches economics, finance, operations management, strategic management, and sustainable business. He is the author of a 700-page textbook College Algebra Through Functions and Models published in 2005 by Cengage. He is currently working on two more textbooks, Fundamentals of Financial Analysis for undergraduate business students and Sustainable Technology: An Engineering-Economic Perspective.
Scott is married to Vicki Alexander Herriott, with whom he co-directs the Business Department at MUM. Vicki is an attorney teaching business law, mediation and human resource management and serves Fairfield as a board member for the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center.
Scott enjoys his tennis with the Monday-night men’s doubles group, hikes and skis on vacations, and would restore old wood-and-canvas canoes if he had more time.
Rustin Lippincott, Fairfield Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau
Rustin Lippincott is the Executive Director of the Fairfield Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center. Lippincott has been with the Bureau since February 2007 and with the Convention Center since February 2009. He is responsible for tourism and community development efforts in the Fairfield area and overseas the operations of the Convention Center located in downtown Fairfield.
Lippincott serves on the Eastern Iowa Tourism Association Board of Directors, Iowa Destination Marketing Alliance Board of Directors, Tri State Development Tourism Task Force, Fairfield Iowa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and in advisory positions with several organizations. Lippincott is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and is a native of Fort Madison, Iowa. Lippincott along with his wife, Lindsay and two children, Jada and Alex live in Fairfield.
Lee Dimmitt, Jefferson County Supervisor
Lee Dimmitt is a member of the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors and is also a 30 year employee of Walker’s Office Supplies in Fairfield. Lee was born in Ottumwa Iowa with family roots in the area dating back to 1846. Although Lee was raised in Southern California, he returned to his place of birth in 1971 and moved to Fairfield 40 years ago. Lee has been an active participant in Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball coaching and Base umpiring for almost 20 years. Lee’s free time activities include camping and watching his sons who play and coach for Fairfield Community High School.
Tracy Vance, Fairfield Economic Development Association
Tracy is presently the Executive Director of the Fairfield Economic Development Association.
Tracy came to Fairfield in May of 2011 as the Executive Director of the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Fairfield Economic Development Association. After an organizational restructuring in May of 2012, Tracy’s sole responsibility is as Executive Director of the Fairfield Economic Development Association. Previous to joining the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Tracy served as the Executive Director of the Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce in Fort Madison, Iowa, owned his own small business and served ten years on the Lee County Board of Supervisors.
Tracy received his A.A. degree from Southeastern Community College, West Burlington, Iowa and his B.A. degree from Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois. Tracy has been married to his wife, Janet, for twenty three years and they have one son.
Cory Larsen, Fairfield Manufacturers Association
Cory is the 2013 President of the Fairfield Manufacturer’s Association.