Board of Directors
Larry served as President and Chairman of Decorah Bank & Trust Company for 30 years. He has been the owner and joint developer of a 900 KW wind turbine project and two solar projects totaling 1.1 MW and lives on a sustainable rotationally-grazed grass farm that uses wind, solar and geothermal energy. Larry has served on several community service boards and works to develop additional community-based clean energy and energy efficiency and local foods projects. He currently serves on boards of Seed Savers Exchange, Winneshiek Energy District, Oneota Film Festival and Decorah Power.
Kyra Bellrichard, a resident of Decorah, is Program Manager Lead for the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions team. She joined the Winneshiek Energy District (WED) board in March of 2015. However, Kyra’s relationship with WED began four years earlier when she started her career at NICC coordinating energy efficiency and renewable energy training programs with the Department of Labor ‘Green’ Grant, as well as the State of Iowa Energy Sector Partnership Grant. Both grants supported WED efforts with equipment and training, and trained many other area professionals. Kyra also manages Career Pathway Certificate programs and Trades & Industry Continuing Education classes at NICC. Outside of the college you will often find Kyra throwing pottery in her home studio or helping others experience the art of clay as a volunteer Studio Assistant at The Clay Studio.
Jim Martin-Schramm has been a member of the religion faculty at Luther College since 1993. He is the author or co-editor of several publications including Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril (Wipf & Stock, 2016), Earth Ethics: A Case Method Approach (Orbis Books, 2015), and Climate Justice: Ethics, Energy, and Climate Policy (Fortress Press, 2010). Jim served on the inaugural board of the Iowa Wind Energy Association and recently completed serving a term as chair of the board of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light. Jim directs energy and climate programming for Luther’s Center for Sustainable Communities and serves on the board of Luther College Wind Energy Project, LLC.
Dave Carlson is president of Randd Properties and serves on the Winneshiek County Medical Center Foundation and Winneshiek Energy District boards in addition to the Luther College Regent Emeriti. Past distinctions and activities have included being a chairman for the National Asphalt Paving Association, past president of the Iowa Concrete Paving Association, past president of the Asphalt paving association of Iowa, board of directors for Associated General Contractors of Iowa, founding director of the Decorah Area Foundation, president for Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity, and past president for Oneota Golf and Country Club. Dave is a graduate of Luther College (1963) and now resides in Decorah with his wife Brenda.
Barbara has been a WED board member since 2013. She has been a licensed Iowa real estate broker since 1993, sits on Decorah's Planning/Zoning Committee, is former President of the NE IA Association of Realtors, a member of The Center on Sustainable Building - 'Caring about our environment involves more than power production and energy efficiency, it's a lifestyle'. Barbara is passionate about healthy homes....from the materials and practices used in building a home to the indoor air quality of existing homes. We must educate future generations about clean simple living....("and, I'm still learning" she says).
Barbara and husband Tom (Tom Massman Const), live on 20 acres enjoying their garden, free range chickens, a cow or two, quarter horses and rescue dog Barry. 'We are thrilled to expose our grand daughters to a lifestyle, that many children never experience.
Wendy was a member of the Luther College Biology department for 42 years. Since her retirement in 2013, she has enjoyed more involvement with community organizations. Wendy is currently the chair fo the Winneshiek County Zoning Commission, enjoys helping folks complete their income tax returns as a Tax Aide for RSVP, volunteers weekly at the Oneota Food Co-op and is actively involved with Oneota Weavers Guild. As a member of the county's zoning commission, she was fortunate to be able to contribute to the Winneshiek County Comprehensive Smart PLan and to the current Winneshiek County Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations.
Andy hails from Decorah, and is happy to be back "home" with his family. He is a class of 87 DHS grad, and his college and graduate work focused on ecology and natural resources management. The past couple decades he has worked in sustainable agriculture and natural resources management, first in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, then with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and most recently upon returning to the family farm near Decorah. His current passions of the Energy District and land-care farming are kept in perspective, and motivated by, his wife and three amazing daughters.
Kristin grew up in Appleton, WI and is happy to call the Driftless region home. She obtained a Bachelor of arts and cultivated a passion for sustainability at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Kristin came to the Energy District as a Green Iowa AmeriCorps member in 2015 and has since worked with the organization as an event planner, supervisor for the Green Iowa AmeriCorps team, and communications specialist. Kristin lives in the vibrant Decorah community where she can be found singing, cooking, and hiking.
Farm Energy Planner
Joel graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology with a degree in Architecture and has spent the past six years working in energy efficiency and renewable energy. He has worked with over 200 Decorah area homeowners make decisions about their energy use and given energy assessments to hundreds of businesses across the state. Agricultural energy efficiency is Joel's new challenge and he looks forward to helping area farmers manage and reduce their energy costs.
Green Iowa AmeriCorps 2016-2017
Hannah is the Outreach Coordinator for this year's Green Iowa Americorps team. She is from Northfield, Minnesota and graduated in May from Luther College where she studied Biology and Environmental Studies. She is excited to be spending another year in Decorah where she enjoys running the trails and fly fishing in the trout streams and is most looking forward to getting to know the community better and learning more about energy and sustainability.
Ashley Lookenhouse hails from Russell, PA and graduated from Gettysburg College in the class of 2017 with a degree in Political Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. During High School, Ashley spent time raising assistance dogs and volunteering with her local Girl Scout troop. While at Gettysburg, Ashley spent two summers interning with the National Park Service, first at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and then at Maggie Walker National Historic site in Richmond, Virginia, which grew into her love for National Parks. Ashley also worked on residence life staff throughout her years at Gettysburg. This year, Ashley is the Education Coordinator for Decorah's Green Iowa AmeriCorps team.
Emily Osborne is the current Audit Coordinator for the Green Iowa AmeriCorps’ site in Decorah, IA. This year she graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences and an Environmental Studies minor. Her love for traveling and sustainability gave her the courage to venture outside of her small hometown of Gibsonville, North Carolina and fueled her move to the Midwest!
Green Iowa AmeriCorps Logistics Coordinator
Drew Peeler is the Marketing Coordinator for the Green Iowa AmeriCorps team 2017-2018. He graduated from Wartburg College in 2016 with a degree in Environmental studies and is looking forward to working with Green Iowa and the Winneshiek Energy District and learning new techniques on how to be more energy efficient and sustainable. Drew is excited about living in Decorah to explore all that this area has to offer for outdoor activities and community engagement.