Charese E. Yanney, Chair
Charese, a Republican, is a partner in Guarantee Roofing, Siding and Insulation Company of Sioux City (1976-present). The company provides a full range of products and services, and holds the prestigious GAF certification as "Master Elite Contractor".
She attended Morningside College in Sioux City, and obtained her bachelor of science in education degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebr., with a major in English/speech and drama, and minor in physical education.
Charese is a former junior high and high school teacher at the Sioux City Community Schools (1973-76), and O'Neill Public Schools in O'Neill, Nebr. (1972-1973). In addition to teaching core curriculum classes, Charese coached drama, was an assistant coach for junior high girls track, and organized pep club and cheerleading activities.
Charese is currently a member of the Vision Iowa board of directors. She is a current member of St. Luke's Regional Medical Center's board of directors of Sioux City. Charese is past president of the Sioux City Symphony's board of directors and past chairman of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce (2004-2005). Charese was past chair of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry and is currently chair of their foundation board.
In 2010, Charese was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame. The Iowa Commission on the Status of Women established the honor in 1975 to provide visible examples for future female leaders.
Previously, Charese served in several governor-appointed positions, including the Privacy Task Force (2001-2002); Vertical Infrastructure Committee (2000-2004); Governor's Committee on Community Colleges, a five-year plan for community colleges (2000-2001); Governor's Committee on Reformed Spending (1991-1992); the Iowa Economic Development Board (1992-1998); and Iowa Beer & Liquor Control Department Board, including board chairperson (1982-1985).
Charese was also formerly active in a number of civic and community organizations, including the University of Briar Cliff; United Way; Iowa Jobs for America's Graduate; Council on Human Investment; Girls Inc. of Sioux City; Looking for Secondary Education, a committee for the local school board; Sioux City Chamber of Commerce; and Junior Achievement.