Board of Directors
As a not-for-profit electric cooperative, Corn Belt Energy is guided by 13 directors who are themselves residential members of the co-op and elected to serve three-year terms. Each director represents a specific District within Corn Belt's service territory.
To ensure proportional representation based on area and population, the directors are appropriated as follows:
District 1: Five directors representing Champaign, Ford and McLean counties
District 2: One director representing Logan and Tazewell counties
District 3: One director representing Livingston and Woodford counties
District 4: One director representing De Witt County
District 5: One director representing Macon and Piatt counties
District 6: One director representing the townships of Copley, Knox, Lynn, Persifer, Sparta, Truro, Victoria and Walnut Grove in Knox County and the townships of Andover, Cambridge, Clover, Galva, Munson and Weller in Henry County
District 7: One director representing the townships of Alba, Annawan, Burns, Cornwall, Kewanee, Wethersfield and Yorktown in Henry County; the townships of Elmira, Goshen, and Osceola in Stark County; and the townships of Arispie, Bureau, Concord, Fairfleld, Greenville, Gold, Indian Town, Macon, Manlius, Milo, Mineral, Neponset, Walnut, Wheatland and Wyanet in Bureau County
District 8: One director representing the townships of Berlin, Clarion, Dover, Hall, Leepertown, Princeton, Selby and Westerfield in Bureau County; the townships of Hennepin, Granville and Magnolia in Putnam County; the township of Roberts in Marshall County; and the townships of Deer Park, Dimmick, Mendota, Peru, Troy Grove, Utica and Waltham in LaSalle County
District 9: One director representing the townships of Adams, Dayton, Earl, Fall River, Farm Ridge, Freedom, Grand Rapids, Ophir, Meriden, Miller, Mission, Northville, Ottawa, Rutland, Serena, South Ottawa, and Wallace in LaSalle County; and the township of Big Grove in Kendall County
Please refer to our bylaws for additional information on director qualifications and eligibility.
Meet Your Directors
James E. Adams - District 1
James Adams and his wife Laura reside in Bloomington, where they raise their three children. After high school James enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving five years before moving to Illinois to pursue his educational goals. He worked his way through college and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Springfield in 1997. He currently manages a financial planning and services practice as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. James wants to serve on the Corn Belt board to help give back to the community in hopes of making a difference, and to learn more about the energy industry.
Robert Angus - District 9
Robert and his wife Betty Jane, parents of two sons and grandparents to four boys, reside in Ottawa. Rob operates a 250-acre grain farm south of Ottawa and delivers ag chemicals for a local wholesale chemical company. The Angus family has lived on cooperative lines for over 40 years. Rob was first elected to the Illinois Valley Electric Cooperative (IVEC) board in 1993 and serves on Corn Belt's Finance Committee. Rob also serves on the Executive Board of the Wabash Valley Power Association (WVPA) and serves on the Risk Oversight committee. Rob is a Credentialed Cooperative Director and received the Board Leadership Certificate in 2008. Rob looks forward to continuing to serve Corn Belt members by maintaining reasonable rates and high quality service.
Gary Archey - District 4
Gary and his wife Sandra reside in Clinton, parents of two grown children and grandparents of three. Gary was employed for 31 years by Clinton CUSD 15, serving his last 23 years as superintendent then retiring in 1999. Since then, he worked four years as a part-time educational consultant for DeWitt, Livingston and McLean Regional Office of Education. He is currently a part-time educational consultant for the Consulting and Resource Group of Monticello. Gary has served on numerous community boards during his 40+ years in Clinton. He has taken several NRECA training courses and completed his Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) Certificate. He hopes the knowledge and insights gained during his first three terms will enable him to be an effective director where he can contribute to the cooperative’s future growth and stability.
Dennis Fredrickson - District 6
Dennis and his wife Linda live in Victoria and they have two grown children and one granddaughter. He graduated from Carl Sandburg College and attended Western Illinois University. He farms 800 acres and is a seed dealer for Asgrow and DeKalb. Dennis and Linda are members of the First Presbyterian Church in Galesburg. Dennis is a member of Illinois Corn Growers, Illinois Soybean Association, and Knox County Farm Bureau and serves as a director on the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) in Springfield. He originally served on the Illinois Valley Electric Cooperative (IVEC) board from 1995 until the merger in 1999 before beginning his service on the Corn Belt Board in 1999.
Albert Hagenbuch - District 8
Residents of Utica, Albert and his wife Eileen have three grown children. A Technical Ag graduate of Wisconsin State University, Albert began farming in 1971 and now farms 1,300 acres of corn and soybeans in partnership with his son and his brother. He is a member of the Waltham Presbyterian Church, LaSalle County Farm Bureau, and the Illinois Soybean Association. He served on the Illinois Valley Electric Cooperative (IVEC) board from 1979 to 1985, serving as president from 1982 to 1985. He served again on the IVEC board from 1995 until the merger in 1999, and on the Corn Belt Energy board from 1999 to present.
Laverne Malone - District 5
Laverne resides in Maroa and has one daughter and two grandchildren. Laverne graduated from ISU with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in biology and agriculture, with advanced study in agronomy and biological science. Laverne is the retired Executive Vice President and CFO of ASI Risk Management and Agriserve Crop Insurance, which he co-founded in 1982. He taught school for 8 years and farmed for 24. Laverne has also worked as a crop-adjustor, school board member, and has served on the Maroa-Forsyth Community Bank Board for 33 years. He has been a member of Corn Belt Energy for over 30 years and has served on the board since 1998. Describing his board experience as challenging and interesting, Laverne feels the importance of representing the area for the cooperative.
Charles Meisenheimer - District 7
Parents of three and grandparents of four, Charles and his wife Shirley live in Walnut. He retired from farming at the end of the 2008 harvest and has since served on the boards of directors of two schools. Charles is an active member of the Bureau Township Community Church and the Bureau County Farm Bureau. He was elected to the Illinois Valley Electric Cooperative board in 1996, serving as vice president at the time of the merger with Corn Belt. He is the chairman of the Clear Talk board and presently serves as vice chairman of the Corn Belt Energy board. Charles has earned his Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate and his Board Leadership Certificate. When asked why he serves, Charles replies, “I realize the importance of electricity in our lives and the sacrifice of many who went before me making it possible to have the quality of life electricity provides. I want to do my part to ensure the continuation of quality service and dependable energy at the most reasonable rates possible.”
Rae F. Payne - District 1
Rae and his wife Jean reside in Bloomington. Employed by Illinois Farm Bureau as senior director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Rae graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in finance and business administration. He has served on the Corn Belt Board of Directors since 1986 and has been chairman of the board since 1988. He has completed the Certificate for Credentialed Cooperative Director Program as well as additional courses administered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Rae has also served on the board of directors of 1st Farm Credit Services and on several other business and statewide government boards and commissions.
Janice Reimer - District 1
Jan resides in rural Carlock and has been a Corn Belt co-op member 1960. She and her now-deceased husband were farmers for 48½ years and she continues to manage her farm of corn and soybeans with her son-in-law farming the land. Jan has four grown daughters and four delightful grandchildren. She is a retired administrative assistant, having worked at Chiddix Junior High for 19 years. Jan is very active at Carlock Mennonite Church and serves as recording secretary for the McLean County Sheriff’s Merit Commission. She is assistant secretary/treasurer on the Corn Belt board and serves on the Finance Committee. Jan has completed her Board Leadership Certificate and her Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate. Jan’s goal is to continue to represent and serve co-op members with reasonable rates and reliable service as well as returning capital credits in a timely fashion.
Stephen Schertz - District 3
Steve, and his wife Diane live north of El Paso, where they've been members of Corn Belt Energy for almost 40 years. Steve has served as a Director since 1983 and has served on the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives board and is a Credentialed Cooperative Director. A University of Illinois graduate in engineering, Steve farms with his son. Steve has served on the El Paso school board, the Pioneer Farm Business Farm Management board, and is a member of the El Paso Kiwanis. Steve and Diane are active members of Eastview Christian Church. Steve will work to keep the cooperative strong, with dependable service and reasonable rates during this time of increasing energy costs.
Jerry Starkey - District 1
Jerry and his wife Becky live in in Le Roy, the parents of two and grandparents to six. Jerry served 24 years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a Lt. Colonel. Jerry received his Bachelor of Science in agriculture from the University of Illinois, a Masters in business administration from the University of North Dakota, and a Masters of Science in safety from Central Missouri University. He is a member and former president of the McLean County Elected Officials, and currently serves as the Empire Township Clerk. He completed the Certificate for Credentialed Cooperative Director Program and the Director’s Board Leadership Certificate Program in 2006. Jerry has served on the Corn Belt Board and the Finance Committee since 2004.
Ralph Steiger - District 2
Ralph is an Accredited Director, having been a co-op member for 55 years. The proud parents of two and grandparents of three, Ralph and his wife Evelyn are living in the house where he was born near Delavan. He is a retired corn and soybean farmer after 45 years and continues to help his son farm. A Corn Belt member since 1957, Ralph has served on the Board of Directors since 1986 and currently serves on the Finance committee and the Member/Employee Relations committee as well as serving on the Clear Talk board. In addition, he has served as a Trustee on Boynton Township Board and as Trustee of his church, Boynton Mennonite Church of Hopedale. Ralph's goals are to keep electricity costs reasonable while giving co-op members the best possible service.
Bob Whitwood, Jr. - District 1
Bob and his wife Lois live in rural Hudson where they've been Corn Belt members for over 50 years. They have two grown children and five grandchildren. Bob is retired from Whitwood Construction Inc. but has been instrumental in the development of Prairieview Subdivision in Hudson. At present, Bob is a board member of the Hudson Township serving as a trustee. He is a charter member of McLean County Pheasants Forever and served as president for two years. Bob is completing his third full term on the Corn Belt Board where he is serving on the committee for Membership and Employee Relations. He has completed his Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate and his Board Leadership Certificate. Bob will continue to further his education and contribute to the goals of the cooperative of maintaining low cost service, growth, leadership and integrity.