Corridor Welcomes New Board Members for 2024

5 Dec 2023

Board of Directors, News, News Release, Press Release

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation (Corridor) will welcome two new board members for 2024: Drew Hage, Loan Portfolio Manager at Northwest Bank; and Brenda Tiefenthaler, CEO at Spencer Hospital.

Hage & Tiefenthaler were voted by membership to three-year terms on the board starting January 1, 2024. The new members will add their leadership experience and guidance to the Board of Directors as the Corridor continues to help the region’s businesses thrive and to ensure its residents enjoy an active and rewarding quality of life in the Iowa Lakes Corridor region.

“Both Brenda and Drew are exciting additions to the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation Board of Directors,” said Corridor President & CEO Curt Strouth. “Brenda’s role at the hospital and Drew’s experience in economic development will make them both strong leaders and partners at the board level.”

Voted by members to return for three-year terms were Jed Skogerboe, Manager of Business and Community Development at Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative; and Walter DeBock, Plant Manager at Tyson Foods – Turkey. Skogerboe will be serving as the 2024 Vice Chair on the Corridor’s Executive Committee.

Other returning board members include: Board Chair Brad Beck, Beck Engineering; Nate Wittmaack, RANCO Fertiservice serving as Past Chair; Ebony Rahe, Williams & Company serving as Treasurer; Matt Beaver, KILR Radio; Tim Fairchild, Dickinson County Board of Supervisors; Keith Deitering, Bank Midwest; Mike Koenecke, Cotton Grave Farm Management & Realty; Dr. Brian Lenzmeier, Buena Vista University; Michelle Nicoson, moveero, Inc.; John Pluth, Emmet County Board of Supervisors; Mike Porsch, Mayor of Storm Lake; and Donavon Wunschel, City of Spencer Councilman.

Doug Benjamin and Scott Berglund will end their terms on December 31, 2023. Berglund served on the board for two years, and Benjamin for six years.

The Corridor Board of Directors consists of four Corridor member representatives from each of the four counties in the region, Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson, and Emmet. Board members serve three-year terms and are eligible for up to two consecutive terms.



The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is the regional economic development agency for Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties. The Iowa Lakes Corridor’s mission is to foster, encourage, promote, aid or otherwise assist in the economic development growth and development of the four-county region.