Natalie Bolin – Chair
Natalie Bolin is the Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer for South Ottumwa Savings Bank. She obtained an undergraduate degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Natalie began her career as a certified public accounting and transitioned into banking shortly after returning to southeast Iowa in 2006. She was a graduate of the initial class of the Ottumwa Leadership Academy in June of 2013 and remains active with the organization as an Advisory Board member and Alumni Association. Additionally, Natalie is currently serving as a board member for Ottumwa Library Foundation and Junior Achievement, and is a co-chair for the Bright Ideas Community Enrichment Fund. Her and her husband, William, have two children.
Himar Hernandez – Vice-Chair
Originally from Spain, Himar came to Ottumwa as an exchange student at the age of 15. He has an AA from Indian Hills Community College, a B.A. in Public Administration and Political Science from Buena Vista University and a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership from William Penn University. Himar is the Assistant Director for Community and Economic Development at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and previously served as the Director of the New Iowan Center in Southeast Iowa. He received the Passport to Prosperity Award in 2013. He currently serves on the AEA Board representing the Ottumwa School District. Himar and his wife Amy have two daughters Belén and Noelia.
John Van Utrecht – Treasurer
John Van Utrecht is the Controller of the North American General Ledger team at John Deere. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with an Accounting degree, and has worked for Deere for over 20 years in various roles and locations in the Finance and Accounting area. John is involved in many areas in the Ottumwa community, including the Ottumwa Leadership Academy, where he was both a graduate and later served as Dean. John is also active at The Bridge Church as a growth group leader, financial coach and elder. John lives in Ottumwa with his wife Teresa and daughters Elizabeth and Caroline.
Sandra Hendred is the co-owner and manager of Polar Xpress frozen desserts shop. “We opened the business as a way to contribute to the effort to revitalize the downtown business district.” Sandra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from William Penn University. She teaches elementary school English learners in the Ottumwa Community School District and is passionate about issues related to children’s education, health and safety. She volunteers at Hickory Grove Community church. Sandra and her husband Jeff have two grown children.
Pam retired from South Ottumwa Savings Bank as SR VP, Director of Marketing. She actively supports her community by staying involved with many boards and committees with an emphasis on the arts and community events. She is a member of the airport commission, Hy-Noon Kiwanis and is honored to be on the Legacy Foundation Board which is having a huge impact on our community. Her most recent passion is participating on the Placemaking committee which is in the process of renovating and repurposing the downtown theaters. Pam and her husband, Bill Allen, have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.
Mayor Tom Lazio – Ex-Officio
Tom Lazio has spent his entire professional life working with children and families. He retired as the Director of a family service agency and remains very active in the community. Tom possesses extensive grant knowledge, having worked on a number of state and federal grants. He also brings forth a wealth of non-profit board experience and has served as both past President of the Ottumwa Regional Health Center Board and past President and member of the Ottumwa School Board, where he served for 13 years. In December of 2013, Tom was elected as Mayor of Ottumwa. Other organizations of which Tom has been a part include the Coalition of Families and Children Services in Iowa and the Domestic Violence Board, among many others. Tom is a graduate of the University of Iowa. He and his wife Peg have 4 grown children.
Brian McWilliams is the President of McCune and Reed Insurance. Brian graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s in Business, Management and Marketing. He is very active in the community and currently serves as a member of the Greater Ottumwa Partners in Progress Board of Directors and Ottumwa Rotary. Brian and his wife Brandie have two daughters.
Phil Noel is the Chief Executive Officer for Ottumwa Regional Health Center. He is married to Connie Noel and has two children, Philip and Megan, and three grandchildren. Phil joined Ottumwa Regional Health Center in August of 2013. Phil is a graduate of The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina and served two and a half years in the United States Army. He received additional schooling in Hospital Administration through the Duke Endowment and Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has served in various healthcare leadership roles during his career, mostly in the Acute Care Environment. Prior to coming to Ottumwa, he served as the Chief Operating Officer for eleven years in the Baptist Health System located in San Antonio, Texas. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Ottumwa Rotary Club and Greater Ottumwa Partners in Progress (GOPIP).
Taren Ferguson is the Center Director at the Ottumwa Job Corps Center where she has worked since 2011. She truly enjoys being a part of a program that is invested in setting students up for success and positively changing lives. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Business Management from Central College and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from SNHU. She was a graduate of the 2016 class of the Ottumwa Leadership Academy and remains active with the organization as an Advisory Board member. She currently serves on the board of the South Central Iowa Local Workforce Development Board and the C3 Stakeholder Council. Taren and her husband Matt have four daughters and reside in Ottumwa.
Dr. Jill Budde
Dr. Jessica McCullen
Dr. Jessica McCullen is an optometrist at Ottumwa Eye Care and has been practicing in Ottumwa since 2012. Jessica graduated from Cornell College with bachelors degrees in biology and psychology. She then earned her Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry. Jessica is on the Board of Directors for the Ottumwa Rotary Club and has been involved with the Legacy Foundation through the Bright Ideas Community Enrichment Fund. Jessica and her husband Nick have two sons, Fenton and Warner.
Wes Krenz is a Regional Manager at Community 1st Credit Union. He has worked in the financial industry for the last twelve years. Throughout this time his responsibilities have ranged from collections and mortgage, to consumer and retail operations. He has an Associate of Arts degree from Indian Hills Community College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Finance and Banking from Buena Vista University. He is currently working on his MBA from the University of Iowa. Wes is a graduate of the 2015 Ottumwa Leadership Academy class, and serves on the OLA Advisory board. He stays active in many community civic committees and boards, and is currently the President of the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. Wes currently resides in Ottumwa with his wife Sarah, son Ledger, and two rescued dogs Buddy and Sir Archibald.