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Progress Industries, P.I. Foundation announces board officers, trustees

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:36 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:37 p.m. CDT

Progress Industries and the P.I. Foundation recently announced board officers and trustees for 2013-2014.

“We are very fortunate to have an exceptional group of leaders serving on the Progress Industries and P.I. Foundation Boards,” said Dan Skokan, president and CEO for Progress Industries and the P.I. Foundation. “This group plays a central role in guiding our future, furthering our mission, developing policies and providing careful oversight of our finances. We have a culture of high ethical standards and transparency, which is imperative in today’s nonprofit environment.”  

Progress Industries board officers are as follows: chair Tod Hockenson, vice president of distribution for Hy-Vee Inc. in Chariton; vice chair Andrew J. Flynn, president and CEO of Flynn Wright Advertising in Des Moines; treasurer Rob M. Kahn, vice president of commercial lending for First Newton National Bank in Newton; secretary GeorgAnne Talsma, office manager for I-80 Farms in Colfax; and Dan Skokan serving as president, CEO and assistant secretary.

Progress Industries trustees: Ron Dlouhy, corporate controller for Engineering Plastic Components in Grinnell; Nancy LeBlanc, retired financial advisor for Edward Jones Investments in Newton; Jim L. Long, president and CEO of Cline Tool in Newton; Jim A. Merulla, store director of Marshalltown Hy-Vee Drugstore; Noreen F. Otto, director of state government relations for the Hy-Vee Corporation in West Des Moines; Loretta J. Sieman, owner of LJS Consulting in Clive.

P.I. Foundation board officers: chair Geri A. Doyle, broker with Doyle and Devoe Iowa Realty; vice chair Lee R. Zmolek, retired director of plant engineering, Maytag Corporation; treasurer, Ron M. Nagel, president and CEO of Community State Bank in Ankeny; secretary John D. McNeer, retired senior vice president of Newton Manufacturing; with Dan Skokan serving as president, CEO and assistant secretary.

P.I. Foundation trustees: Andrew J. Flynn, president and CEO of Flynn Wright Advertising in Des Moines; Gary A. Goodhall, vice president of Business Development for Hy-Vee Inc. in West Des Moines; Corine A. Hadley, community leader and volunteer in central Iowa; Tod B. Hockenson, vice president of distribution for Hy-Vee Inc. in Chariton; Rob M. Kahn, vice president of commercial lending for First Newton National Bank in Newton; GeorgAnne Talsma, office manager for I-80 Farms in Colfax; Philip T. Van Ekeren, retired executive from EMC Insurance Companies in Des Moines; Chris P. Vernon, president of the Vernon Company in Newton; Myrna Ver Ploeg, president of Maytag Dairy Farms in Newton; Dean M. Ward, retired corporate director for the Maytag Corporation.

Progress Industries, established in 1979, is an independent nonprofit organization that provides residential, vocational and day habilitation programs for central Iowans with physical and intellectual disabilities. The primary purpose of the P.I. Foundation is to provide support to Progress Industries. Progress Industries’ administrative offices are located at 1017 E. Seventh St. N. in Newton, Iowa and 5518 NW 88th St. in Johnston. Visit www.progressindustries.org for more information.

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