Meet the Chamber Board of Directors
The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is a 15-director, 6-exofficio 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.
Sue Gail, Chamber President
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.”
Darien Sloat, Chamber President-Elect
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, Clinton, 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 since 2000. Madeline is a music teacher in the Fairfield School district, Max is a senior at the University of Iowa studying English education and teaching, and Claudia is a sophomore at Grandview University in Des Moines, studying nursing.
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 and the MSAE 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.
Aaron Kness, Chamber Treasurer
Iowa State Bank & Trust Company of Fairfield Iowa
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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 and Ryder. 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.”
Linn Cornick, Chamber Vice-President
Linn is a native of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and is a fourth generation Southeast Iowa farmer. Linn graduated from Missouri Military Academy as Battalion Commander and Legion of Honor recipient in 1969. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and an M.B.A.
Linn has been a business owner of multiple businesses, executive Vice-President of International Data, Inc. and is currently President and C.O.O. of Bovard Studio, Inc in Fairfield, Iowa.
Since returning to the Southeast Iowa area in 2010 after spending sixteen years in international business, Linn has been involved in Rotary International through the Rotary Club of Fairfield, serving as President 2014-2015, he is active in his church, The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints (LDS/Mormon) and has volunteered for many church and community service projects in both Henry, Jefferson & Van Buren counties. Linn is the proud father of seven children and eleven grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, helping others, cooking, golfing, water/snow skiing, building computers, camping, fishing, hunting, mountain climbing and reading about U.S./world history to name just a few.
“It has been a wonderful journey through life and a great honor and privilege to be of assistance to my fellowman kind, I am grateful to so many for the opportunity to serve, especially through Fairfield’s Chamber of Commerce.”
Joneane Parker, Chamber Vice-President
Jefferson County Health Center
Joneane grew up in Libertyville. She graduated from Fairfield High School and then Truman State. She is currently V.P., Clinical Services at Jefferson County Health Center. Over her Nursing career she has practiced in a wide variety of Nursing areas with special emphasis on advanced cardiac and critical care, for many years teaching these with the University of Iowa Team. Professionally, she has been very active both locally and on the State level including the Iowa Hospital Association and the Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders. In 2003, she was named the “Outstanding Nurse Leader” for Iowa and in 2007 one of Iowa’s “100 Great Nurses”.
She and husband Gene, Business Development Officer at 1st National Bank, farm SW of Libertyville. They have three grown children and seven delightful grandchildren. Volunteerism and giving back to this community are near and dear to both Joneane and Gene who have each been named “Outstanding Citizen of the Year.”
“Recognizing the importance of our strong Chamber in this community, I am really looking forward to serving on the Chamber Board, learning more about it and contributing to this vital organization.” In her spare time, she enjoys being on the water, anything outdoors, travel, reading and spoiling her grandchildren.
Stephen Pedrick, Chamber Vice-President
Stephen is a native of Douds, Iowa and represents the fifth generation Pedrick to be a member of the business community in Southeast Iowa. Pedrick graduated from Van Buren High School in 2005 and went on to attend Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant. He graduated from Iowa State University in 2010 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.
Pedrick is a Professional Engineer at French-Reneker-Associates, Inc., (FRA). Since starting with FRA, Pedrick has been involved with all phases of a project starting with initial planning and progressing to final design through construction phase services. Pedrick has worked on many types of general civil engineering projects ranging from railroads to wastewater treatment plants to recreational trails.
Since returning to the area in 2010, Pedrick has been involved in the community as Chairman of the Jefferson County Trails Council and as a member of the Fairfield RAGBRAI 2013 Housing and Camping Committees. Pedrick is a member of First United Methodist Church, Fairfield and Celestial Masonic Lodge in Douds. In his free time, Pedrick enjoys running, biking, disc-golfing, kayaking, backpacking, and reading, among other activities.
Board of Directors
Dorian Atwood is the owner of Adela’s, a gift and home décor shop across from the Fairfield Public Library. Previous to this she operated Atwood’s Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm with her family. She continues to farm with her son, Jeremy, and his family in the Packwood area.
Volunteering has been a large part of her life. She served on the Jefferson County Health Center Board of Trustees for many years as well as the Greater Jefferson County Foundation’s Board of Directors. She was a founding member of Mother’s Day Out Preschool and continues to serve in the Fairfield Lion’s Club as their KidSight coordinator.
Dorian and her late husband, Norman, have one son, Jeremy who is married to Angie. Jeremy and Angie have Dorian’s two grandchildren, Brock and Kyler. She feels blessed to have them living in Jefferson County.
“Fairfield is a unique and lively place to live. I am pleased to be a part of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and look forward to working with other members of our community.”
Sears Hometown Store
Gavin Hammes was born and raised in Fairfield, Iowa. He graduated from Fairfield High School and went to Kirkwood Community College where he graduated in Retail Marketing and Marketing Management.
Gavin has been around agricultural equipment and has worked for the local John Deere dealer for over 15 years – as a Tech, Service Manager, Parts and in Sales.
In 2011, Gavin started a new career and opened Sears Hometown Store in Fairfield. Gavin and his wife Amanda who is employed at Cambridge Investments Research, Inc., have one daughter Avrie.
When he is not working, Gavin loves to spend time with his family and friends. He, also, enjoys working with his hands, snowmobiling, boating and motorcycles.
Cambridge Investment Research
Ryan Reineke is the chief operating officer for Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. He also serves as the company’s senior vice president of technology and is a member of the independent broker-dealer’s executive council. Ryan joined Cambridge in August of 2000, and is the company’s chief technology architect, leading efforts to provide innovative, customizable tools designed to help independent brokers and registered investment advisors across the country service their clients. In 2014, he was appointed as its chief operating officer, leading internal teams in securities trading, brokerage operations and technology, among others. Ryan is also the founder and principal of Simple Solutions, a local consulting firm which assists small business owners with technology solutions and guidance.
Prior to joining Cambridge, Ryan worked as a middle school teacher in Miami before joining a software training company in Atlanta and, later, a technology start-up based in Boulder, Colorado.
Ryan received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, in Gainesville, Florida, and holds FINRA Series 7 and 24 securities licenses.
Originally from Homestead, Florida, Ryan has called Fairfield home since 2000. In 2014, he married Keosauqua-native Amanda Carr Reineke, who is an assistant vice president of accounting and continuous improvement for Cambridge.
In his leisure time, Ryan can be found riding his motorcycle, playing guitar or taking part in shooting sports.
Foss, Kuiken and Cochran, P.C.
Vanessa grew up in a Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. After attending law school in Michigan, she moved to Iowa. Vanessa recently moved to Fairfield after joining the law firm of Foss, Kuiken & Cochran, P.C. Vanessa’s practice areas include: Real Estate Transactions, Business Entities, Business Transactions, Estate Planning, Probate, Taxation and Family Law.
In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys spending time with her husband, Scott, and her dog, Otis, as well as reading, and watching sporting events.
Aron was born in Canada, but moved to Fairfield in 1984 where he grew up. Aron has a MBA from the University of Management in Fairfield. During his career, Aron has worked all over the world in various fields ranging from Finance, Management Consulting, Computer Engineering, and Business Development. Aron is currently working as Vice President of Business Development at LISCO in Fairfield.
Aron is married to Melody Yang, a PhD graduate from Maharishi University of Management. In his free time, Aron enjoys spending time with his wife Melody, playing tennis, and going to boom fitness.
Jefferson County Board of Supervisor
Lee was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, and spent time in California before moving to Fairfield in 1971. He worked for Walker’s Office Supplies in Fairfield for over 33 years until the store closed in 2015.
Lee is serving his second term as a County Supervisor and serves on many board and committees. He is Chairman of 10-15 Transit and E911 and Vice-Chair of Emergency Management, South Iowa Response Group (Hazmat), Rural Utility Service Systems, and Area 15 Regional Planning Commission. Lee serves on several other boards and commissions including the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Fairfield Economic Development Association.
Prior to serving as County Supervisor, Lee served as Chair for Jefferson County Public Health where he received the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. He also served on the Fairfield Babe Ruth Board.
Lee and his wife, Thelma, have been married for 30 years and have 5 children and 6 grandchildren.
Maharishi University of Management
Scott Herriott is the provost at Maharishi University of Management and dean of its College of Business Administration. 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 recently published two books, Feasibility Analysis for Sustainable Technology: An Engineering-Economic Perspective (2015) and Metrics for Sustainable Business: Measures and Standards for the Assessment of Organizations (2016).
Scott is married to Vicki Alexander Herriott, who is the chair of the Management Department in the College of Business 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.
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.
Mayor of Fairfield
Ed Malloy was elected Mayor in 2001 and is in his seventh 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, the Board of Institute for Decision Making at the University of Northern Iowa and the Board of Trustees of Maharishi University of Management.
“The Fairfield Area 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 Ex-Officio members of the board.”
Fairfield Manufacturers Association
Ward is a 1991 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Engineering (B.S.E.), and a 1992 graduate of Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering (M.S.M.E.). He received his doctorate from the Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering in 1996. Ward joined Agri-Industrial Plastics in Fairfield, Iowa in 2002 after working at Rolls-Royce Corporation in Indianapolis, and is currently the Director of Engineering for the company.
He presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Blow Molding Division, and is a member of the University of Iowa’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Industrial Advisory Board. He is also the current President of the Fairfield Manufacturer’s Association, and is a former President of both the Fairfield Rotary Club and the Fairfield Golf and Country Club. Ward resides in Fairfield with his wife, Beth, and three children, Lauren, Garrett, and Grant.