Commission Biographies

Charese Yanney
Charese Yanney
Charese E. Yanney, chair
3435 Pawnee Place
Sioux City, Iowa 51104
Home: 712-277-3129
Term: May 1, 2012, to April 30, 2016

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.

Wayne Sawtelle
David Rose
David A. Rose, vice chair
4426 Bellevue Road
Clinton, Iowa 52732
Office: 563-212-3283
Fax: 563-242-5069
Term: May 1, 2011, to April 30, 2015

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.


Loree R. Miles
Loree R. Miles

Loree R. Miles
19548 T Ave.
Dallas Center, Iowa 50063
Cell: 515-490-7145
Fax: 815-331-1216
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.

Barry A. Cleaveland Barry A. Cleaveland
Barry A. Cleaveland
1435 McPherson Ave.
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503
Office: 402-964-5432
Home: 712-323-7480
Term: May 1, 2010, to April 30, 2014

Cleaveland, a Republican, with his brother manages the family’s farm located near Council Bluffs. He is also the director of research and development for SilverStone Group, an independent consulting, actuarial and insurance brokerage firm in Omaha, Neb., with offices in Council Bluffs and Des Moines, Iowa, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Lincoln, Neb.

He was born in Council Bluffs and is a graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School. He also majored in physics at The University of Iowa.

Cleaveland currently serves on the Boys & Girls Club of Council Bluffs' board of trustees and Council Bluffs Community Education Foundation's board of directors, and as a member of the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce.

Cleaveland previously served as assistant director of underwriting and product development for American Agrisurance Inc. of Council Bluffs; divisional vice president and field operations director of the Crop Insurance Division of Great American Insurance Group of Overland Park, Kan.; staff director of operations for USDA's Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) in Kansas City, Mo.; and district director for the FCIC's office located in Canadaigua, N.Y.

Cleaveland is a past member of the Council Bluffs Planning Commission, Governor's Education Roundtable, Southwestern Iowa and Eastern Nebraska Goodwill's board of trustees, Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa's (HAWK-I) board of directors, Iowa West Foundation Education Committee, Iowa West Foundation Economic Development Committee, American Association of Agricultural Insurers, and American Association of Crop Insurers.

He is also an alumni of Leadership Council Bluffs, a development program designed to identify leaders and emerging leaders in the area; and served as an industry representative at the Eastern/Midwest Climate Change Workshop and on the USDA Cooperative Extension, peer review panel for risk management education grants.

 He and his family reside in Council Bluffs.


Amy Reasner
Amy L. Reasner
Amy L. Reasner
526 Second Ave. SE
P.O. Box 2457
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406-2457
Office: 319-365-9101
Fax: 319-365-9512
Term: May 1, 2012, to April 30, 2016

Reasner, a Democrat, is an attorney and shareholder with Lynch Dallas PC of Cedar Rapids where she practices in the areas of employment and civil rights law, ERISA litigation, business and commercial litigation, insurance defense, OSHA compliance and enforcement, trade secret and non-competition, and family law.

Reasner has a bachelor of arts degree in broadcast communications from the University of Iowa, and a Juris Doctor, degree with distinction, from the University of Iowa’s College of Law. She was the recipient of the Iowa Bar Association’s Graduating Senior Award (2001).

She is currently or formerly active in the following community organizations: Planned Parenthood of East Central Iowa board of directors (chair - 2007-2008); Linn County Trails Association board of directors (president - 2009-2011; vice president - 2007-2009); Junior League of Cedar Rapids board of directors; member of the Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids; and League of Women Voters. Reasner participated in the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce Leadership for Five Seasons program in 2005-2006, and was recognized in “40 under 40 Community Leaders” published by the Corridor Business Journal (2007).

Reasner was born in Phoenix, Ariz., and is a former broadcast journalist for KCRG in Cedar Rapids. Reasner is married to Wilford H. Stone, also an attorney at Lynch Dallas PC.

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.


Don C. Wiley, Vice Chair
Don C. Wiley
Don Wiley
1605 E. Monroe St.
Mount Pleasant, Iowa 52641
Office: 319-385-3415
Fax: 319-385-3821
Term: May 1, 2010, to April 30, 2014

Wiley, a Republican, is the owner and president of Jean C. Wiley & Sons, Inc. of Mount Pleasant, general contractors; president of Iris City Development Corporation; president of BSW, LLC, construction managers; vice president of Taft Wiley, Inc., plumbing and heating; vice president of Wiley Nesbitt, Inc., interior decorators and design; and a partner in various real estate and development corporations.

Born in Los Angeles, Calif., Wiley has spent most of his life living in southeastern Iowa. He is a “Distinguished Alumnus” of Iowa Wesleyan College and a graduate of the U.S. Army Artillery Officer Candidate School. He is a decorated officer for his service in Vietnam from 1971-1972.

Wiley is currently on the board of directors of Two Rivers Bank & Trust in Mount Pleasant; a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Pleasant; member and past treasurer of the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce; member of Business Recruitment of Henry County Economic Development; past president of the Mount Pleasant Evening Rotary Club; past master of the Mount Pleasant Masonic Lodge #8; and member of the Iowa Wesleyan College Board of Trustees. In 2004, Wiley was named “Citizen of the Year” for Mount Pleasant.

Don is married to Kathy Wiley, a retired speech language pathologist for Area Education Association 16. They have three adult children, daughter Gina and son Ted of Mount Pleasant, and daughter Anne of Colorado Springs, Colo., and four grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.