Board Members

Kenny Abrams – President

Ken Abrams is a life long resident of Worth county and is also a founding member of WCDA. He is one of the county supervisors of Worth County who initially believed in the idea of the casino. Ken is also a member of the Lions club, is a retired Naval Reservist, former member of the Heartland Power Board, and enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

Shanan Redinger – Vice President

Shanan Redinger resides in Hanlontown, along with her husband Aaron and their 2 children. She is a homemaker and Avon representative. Other organizations that Shanan volunteers for include the Kinney Memorial Library, where she serves as secretary and at the MacNider Art Museum.

Shanan is an avid marathon runner, as she currently has completed 43 marathons/ultras in 4 years in 41 different states. She also enjoys gardening, birding, hiking/walking, traveling and watching her children’s activities.

Amy Wilhelm – Secretary

Amy Wilhelm lives on an acreage south of Joice, where she and her husband Tom have lived for the past 16 years. The have 3 children.

Amy is a Learner Assistant at the Lake Mills Community School. Her other organizations that she has served on are the Empowerment Board as a parent representative, and is a past President of the Hanson Family Life Center board. Currently she is on the board at Bethany Lutheran church in Joice. Amy also volunteers her time to other parents with children with disabilities especially autism.

Barry Anonson – Treasurer

Barry Anonson resides in the city of Joice. He and his wife Terry have 4 children and several grandchildren. Barry is a Product Designer at Winnebago Industries Inc.

He currently serves on the Joice City Council and Bethany Lutheran Church Council.

Roger Gentz

Roger is a life long resident of Worth County. After 36 years of employment with Worth County, he has been retired for 14 years. Roger is a Charter Board Member of the WCDA. Roger and his wife reside in Northwood.

Harlan Helgeson

Harlan Helgeson and his wife Barb live in the rural Northwood Kensett area. They have 3 grown children along with 5 grandchildren with another due in March.

Harlan is employed at D & L Equipment in Kensett. He graduated from Northwood-Kensett High School and North Iowa Area Community College with a degree in Applied Science.

Harlan currently serves on the Worth County Soil and Water Conservation District as Commissioner, the Worth County Fair Board, the North & South Shellrock Cemetery Board, and is a Brookfield Trustee.

Michelle Hill

Michelle Hill resides on a farm near the city of Manly. She and her husband Andy have two children. Michelle is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who works for Area Education Agency 267. Michelle is a lifelong resident of Worth County growing up on a farm near Grafton.

In addition to serving on the WCDA board, she is the vice president of Entre Nous circle and the Education Committee Chairperson at Bethel United Methodist church and a board member of the North Iowa Figure Skating Club. Michelle enjoys fishing, reading, and spending time with family in her free time.

Violet Walk

Who says “you can’t go home again”? After many years in various places, mainly Minneapolis and Duluth, the Walk family returned in 1984 to the Worth County family farm. Thomas and Violet had two sons, Michael and Scott, who live and work nearby. While finishing a degree in Accounting at the University of Wisconsin (Superior campus), she was employed by a CPA firm in Duluth. After moving back to Iowa, her 20 year career in banking started in Grafton.
Now retired, Violet enjoys reading (mysteries and historical fiction), quilting, flower gardening, traveling and family history. For a number of years she has been researching Civil War veterans having lived in Worth County either before or after that conflict. One of Violet’s lifelong dreams was to visit the land of her ancestors. Thanks to a distant cousin in North Dakota, this was accomplished in 2000 and 2005 when they traveled to Norway.
In recent years Violet joined the congregation of St. John’s Lutheran Church where she has been a member of the Pastoral Call Committee, the 2014 Pictorial Directory Committee and, currently, the Endowment Committee. Beginning shortly, Violet will be representing Grafton and Union Township on the Worth County Beautification Board……looking forward to this new experience.

Becky Martinson

Becky Martinson lives in Joice, along with her husband Dan. She has 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren, Becky is retired from Farm Service Agency in Albert Lea.

Becky is the past treasurer of Bethany Lutheran Church in Joice, where she served on church council and is currently on Parish Council for the 5 churches of One in Christ Lutheran Parish. She is also active on the Lake Mills Historical Society and Lake Mills Area Garden Club. Becky spends her spare time working on her gardens at home, the city park, and at the 1901 Victorian House in Lake Mills.

Sara Innes

Sara Lou Innes was born in Worth County. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis with a degree in home economics. Sara is retired from Whirlpool Corp and now resides in Fertile, Iowa. Sara is a member of the WCBC board and is a member of the Fertile Garden Club and the Manly Bethel Methodist Church. She serves on the committee to upkeep the Log House in Hanlontown, Iowa which her family donated to that town.