Commission Biographies

Barry A. Cleaveland Daniel Huber
Daniel Huber, chair
4709 Spring St.
Davenport, IA 52807
Cell: 563-370-1232
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.

Don C. Wiley, Vice Chair
John Putney
John Putney, vice chair
1365 170th St.
Gladbrook, IA 50635
Cell: 515-240-8866
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.

Leonard Boswell
Leonard Boswell
Leonard Boswell
28308 177th Ave.
Davis City, IA 50065
Cell: 515-710-3501
Term: Jan. 29, 2014, to April 30, 2017

Boswell, a Democrat, is a former United States congressman. He was born in Harrison County, Mo., and graduated from Lamoni High School in 1952. In 1969, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Graceland College in Lamoni.

Boswell served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1976. He was first drafted in the Army in 1956 as a private. He later graduated from Artillery Officer Candidate School, eventually rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. During his military career he earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Bronze Stars, the Soldier's Medal, and various other awards and decorations. He served two one-year tours of duty as an assault helicopter pilot in Vietnam. He also served two NATO tours of duty in Europe, first for four years in Germany, and later three years in Portugal. Additionally, he taught at the Army Command and General Staff College.

Boswell operates a farm in Davis City that has been in the family for several generations. He served on the board of directors of the local farmer’s cooperative from 1979-1993, serving as president for 13 years. He became a member of the Iowa Senate in 1984, serving until 1996. He was president of the Iowa Senate from 1992-1996. In 1997, he was elected to the 150th Congress, serving Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. He continued to serve in that capacity for seven succeeding congresses.

Boswell and his wife, Dody, have been married since 1956 and have three children and four grandchildren.

Amy Reasner
Kathy Fehrman
Kathy Fehrman
3419 St Johns Rd
Des Moines, Iowa 50312
Cell: 308-530-5331
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.


Loree R. Miles
Loree R. Miles

Loree R. Miles
19548 T Ave.
Dallas Center, Iowa 50063
Cell: 515-490-7145
Term: Term: May 1, 2013, to April 30, 2017

Miles, a democrat, is chief executive officer of Miles Development LLC, a hotel development and management company, and a franchisee of three Value Place hotels, two located in central Iowa and one in Loveland, Colo.

She is a graduate of Hoover High School in Des Moines and attended the University of Northern Iowa.

Miles was the national marketing director of RSM McGladrey Inc., one of the nation's top business, accounting and tax consulting firms. She was also vice president of marketing for Hawkeye Bank and Trust.

She currently serves as vice chair of Anawim Housing of Des Moines; board member of Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa; and chair of Value Place Strategic Partners Alliance.

Loree Miles lives in West Des Moines with her husband David, managing director of The Miles Group LLC and president of the Iowa Board of Regents. They have two adult sons: Erik Raker, Des Moines; and Michael Raker, Falls Church, Va.; and two granddaughters.

Wayne Sawtelle
David Rose
David A. Rose
4426 Bellevue Road
Clinton, Iowa 52732
Office: 563-212-3283
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.


Charese Yanney
Charese Yanney
Charese E. Yanney
3435 Pawnee Place
Sioux City, Iowa 51104
Home: 712-277-3129
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.