Iowa Transportation Commission

COMMISSION BIOGRAPHIES



John Putney, chair

John Putney
John Putney, chair
1365 170th St.
Gladbrook, IA 50635
515-240-8866
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Term: May 1, 2014, to April 30, 2018

Putney, a Republican, was the executive director of the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation from its inception in 1993 until his retirement in 2014. In this role, he spearheaded the efforts to renovate and preserve the historic Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Putney is a native of Gladbrook, attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Iowa State University. He graduated from the Iowa Military Academy and served as an officer in the Iowa National Guard. Putney operated a grain and livestock operation in Tama County for 23 years. From 1989 until 1993, he served as a special assistant to Senator Charles Grassley. During his tenure with Grassley, Putney planned statewide activities to foster economic growth and coordinated numerous federal conferences.

Putney was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2002 and served two terms representing the counties of Tama, Benton, Grundy, and parts of Iowa County before retiring. He served as vice chairman, co-chairman, ranking member of the Senate Transportation Committee, and ranking member of the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals Appropriations Subcommittee. He also was an assistant leader for five years and served as his party’s Whip.

In addition to his fundraising role, Putney has been an avid participant in the Iowa State Fair for many years — as an exhibitor, president of the Sale of Champions, and beef superintendent.

Putney has been active in numerous civic and agricultural organizations. He and his wife of 47 years, Emily, reside on their farm near Gladbrook and raise registered Angus cattle. They have three children, Leah, of Marion; Carolyn, of Ankeny; and Mark, of Elgin. They also have eight grandchildren.

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Kathy Fehrman, vice chair

Kathy Fehrman
Kathy Fehrman
3419 St Johns Rd
Des Moines, IA 50312
308-530-5331
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Term: May 1, 2016, to April 30, 2020

Fehrman, a Democrat, is currently the managing partner of Fehrman Investments, L.L.C. Before moving to Iowa in 2008, she worked in the field of accounting in Columbus, North Platte, and Omaha, Neb.

She was born in Omaha and graduated from Northwest High School in 1979. In 1984, Fehrman earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Fehrman serves as vice-chair of Salisbury House and Gardens Foundation, president of the Greenwood Historic Neighborhood Association, and as a board member of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.

She and her husband, Bill, have been married since 1981 and have two sons, Ben Fehrman of Leipzig, Germany, and Scott Fehrman of Des Moines.

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Daniel Huber

Daniel Huber
Daniel Huber, chair
4709 Spring St.
Davenport, IA 52807
563-370-1232
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Term: May 1, 2014, to April 30, 2018

Huber, a Republican, is co-owner and president of Frontier Hospitality Group of Davenport, Iowa. FHG owns and operates the Best Western Plus SteepleGate Inn in Davenport, which includes Prairie Grille and 1 Hundred West Bar; the Best Western Plus Dubuque Hotel and Conference Center, and Champps Americana Restaurant & Bar in Dubuque; and the Holiday Inn Express in Moline, Ill., located at the Quad Cities International Airport. FHG employs more than 250 people in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. The company was founded in Clinton, Iowa, by the Baker family who built their first hotel on the Lincoln Highway in 1950.

Huber was born and raised in Dubuque. He is a graduate of Wahlert Catholic High School and the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations.

Huber was very active in community and economic development, including transportation issues throughout his 15 years as a chamber of commerce executive in various Iowa communities. He is the former president and CEO of DavenportOne – the Davenport combined chamber of commerce, economic development, and downtown redevelopment group (1999-2007). Huber also served as president and CEO of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce in Clinton (1995-1999), and director of government affairs with the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce (1992-1995). He was a founding member of the Iowa Chamber Alliance and served as the organization’s first chairman. He was a member of the Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives and American Chamber of Commerce Executives and served on both organizations’ board of directors. Huber is currently a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and previously served on the Iowa Chapters’ board of directors.

Huber lives in Davenport with his wife, Sue, an elementary school teacher, and his three daughters, Adelyn, an incoming freshman at the University of Wisconsin; Allyson, presently a sophomore at Assumption High School; and Celia, a fifth grader at St. Paul the Apostle School.

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Nancy Maher

Nancy Maher
Nancy Maher
17 Applewood Drive
Shenandoah, IA 51601
712-215-2884
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Term: May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2021

Nancy, a Democrat, worked at Iowa Western Community College in the Economic Development Department before owning and operator three retail businesses in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Nancy is a lifelong resident of Southwest Iowa. She graduated from Shenandoah Community High School. Nancy earned BS degrees in Personnel Management & Psychology and an MBA from Northwest Missouri State University.

She served on the Southwest Iowa Girl Scouts of America Board. Nancy is a member of the Shenandoah Chamber and Industry Association and the Shenandoah beautification committee. Nancy is actively involved in economic development In Shenandoah.

Nancy lives in Shenandoah, Iowa with her significant other, Gregg Connell. Gregg is Executive Vice President of Shenandoah Economic Development Board and served on the first Vision Iowa Board as Chairman of the CAT program. They have two sons, Todd Maher and wife Lori of Colorado Springs, CO and Nick Maher and wife Amy of Lincoln, Nebraska and four grandchildren.

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Tom Rielly

Tom Rielly
Tom Rielly
304 North 8th Street
Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577
Office: 641-673-0359
Cell: 641-660-0336
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Term: May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2021

Rielly, a Democrat, owns Rielly Insurance & Financial Services in Oskaloosa, and has been active in insurance and financial services since 1989.

Tom is a lifelong resident of Oskaloosa and Mahaska County. He graduated from Oskaloosa Senior High School in 1985 and from Loras College in 1989 with a BA in Finance.

Tom is currently active in several civic organizations including: Knights of Columbus, BPOE Oskaloosa Elks Lodge #340, Sons of the American Legion, and the Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group. He is also a former Junior Achievement instructor, Jaycees president, Rotary member and YMCA board member.

Tom served as the mayor of Oskaloosa for four terms, from 1997-2004 and was elected to the Iowa State Senate in 2004, where he served as a State Senator for two terms from 2005-2012. While in the Senate, he was Chairman of the Transportation Committee from 2007-2012. He also held the Vice Chair position on the Commerce and Agriculture committees as well as serving on the Economic Growth, and Local Government committees.

He is a Graduate of the Iowa Association of Business & Industry’s Leadership Iowa Program, Class 1999-2000; a Graduate of the Emerging Political Leaders Program, at the Darden School of Business; Univ. of Virginia Class of 2005; and a two-time Association of General Contractors Legislator of the Year.

Tom met his wife Mary at Loras College, in Dubuque and they married in 1990. In 1993 they moved back to Oskaloosa and raised their two daughters Katie and Shawn, who now live and work in Des Moines, and enjoy life with their two Boston Terriers, Bean & Lucy.

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David Rose

David Rose
David A. Rose
4426 Bellevue Road
Clinton, IA 52732
563-212-3283
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Term: May 1, 2015, to April 30, 2019


Rose, a Republican, was a teacher before owning and operating a retail business and manufacturing business in Clinton. He now operates a real estate business and trucking company.

Rose grew up on a farm in Clinton County. He is a graduate of Northeast High School in Goose Lake and the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor of science in education degree.

He has been involved in local governmental affairs in Clinton throughout his life, serving on several boards, including the Clinton Community School Board, Clinton Regional Development Corporation, Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Iowa/Illinois Highway Partnership. He has been very involved in promoting economic development and transportation projects in the Clinton area, making trips to Des Moines and Washington, D.C.

Rose is married to Suzanne, a retired teacher. They are the parents of three children, Kara of Long Grove, Kirsten of Cedar Rapids and Lance of Eagle, Colo. They also have five grandchildren.

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Charese Yanney

Charese Yanney
Charese E. Yanney
3435 Pawnee Place
Sioux City, IA 51104
712-277-3129
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Term: May 1, 2016, to April 30, 2020

Yanney, 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.

Yanney 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, Yanney coached drama, was an assistant coach for junior high girls track, and organized pep club and cheerleading activities.

Yanney 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. Yanney is past president of the Sioux City Symphony's board of directors and past chairman of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce (2004-2005). Yanney was past chair of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry and is currently chair of their foundation board.

In 2010, Yanney 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, Yanney 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).

Yanney 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.

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