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Board of Directors

Board members are members of the Pella Cooperative Electric and are elected by the members of the cooperative. The service territory of Pella Cooperative Electric is divided into four districts for the purpose of electing directors.  The four districts will be known as: District 1 – Northwest Sector, District 2 – Northeast Sector, District 3 – Southwest Sector and District 4 – Southeast Sector.  One director is elected from each district to serve a three-year term on the board.  A director elected to represent one of the four number districts will be a resident of the district he or she is elected to represent. In addition to the four districts, three (3) “at-large” directors who are residents of the cooperative’s service area will be elected, regardless of where he or she resides within the cooperative service area. Follow the page links below to learn more about serving your cooperative as a director on the board. 

Director Qualifications
Nominating Committee & Qualified Candidates
Director Responsibilty
Monthly Board Meeting

Click here to see a map of the Cooperative's service territory to identify the district of a particular director.

District Directors

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Norman Van Zante
District 1 Director
Vice President of Pella Cooperative Electric

Norman and his wife Mary have been PCEA members since 1964. Norman is a grain and livestock farmer northwest of Pella. He currently serves as vice president of the Cooperative and is a member of the executive committee. Norman feels the utility industry is constantly adapting to changes in technology, renewable energy, regulations and members expectations. He believes cooperatives remain an enviable business model. The training and experience he has gained as a director will be helpful in addressing future challenges and needs of our member-consumers.

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Darrell Boot
District 2 Director
Asst. Secretary/Treasurer

Darrell has been a PCEA member since 1983.  Darrell and his wife Bonnie have 3 children, daughter Jenna, sons Jay and Justin and three grandchildren.  Darrell enjoys traveling, hunting, restoring old tractors and trucks and spending time with family.  Darrell has enjoyed serving in the capacity as a director and will continue to do his best to learn more about the energy industry so that he can work along with the other directors to make wise decisions for the Cooperative and membership.

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Steve Inskeep
District 3 Director

Steve and his wife Kim have been PCEA members since 2013.  Steve retired after 35 years as General Manager of Knoxville Water Works.  Other activities and committees he has served on have been President of the Knoxville Board of Education, Chairman of Iowa Section of the American Water Works Association, Secretary of the Knoxville Reserve Police Department and a member of the Knoxville Industrial Development Commission.  Steve feels his previous experience as a utility manager brings a useful and unique perspective to the Board, as someone who has dealt with issues of a somewhat similar nature from an operations standpoint.  He has also served on the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives Heath Care Board.  Steve's main goal while serving on the Board is always being able to continue to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy to member-owners, in terms of cost and benefits.

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Duane Ver Ploeg
District 4 Director
President of Pella Cooperative Electric
PCEA's representative to the CIPCO Board of Directors

Duane and his wife Kathy have been PCEA members since 1973.  Duane has been a grain and livestock farmer since 1973 at the family farm 4 miles south of Pella.  In addition to serving on the PCEA Board, he has served on the Marion County Board of Adjustments and as Marion County Fair Swine Superintendent. Duane enjoys having the opportunity to be involved in any organization and considers it an honor to be elected to serve the membership of our Cooperative.

At-Large Directors

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Bryce Arkema
At-Large Director
Secretary of Pella Cooperative Electric

Bryce and his wife Donna have been PCEA members since 1981 and live NE of Pella where Bryce farms.  Bryce presently serves as Secretary on the PCEA Board, the Key Cooperative Board as a director, and on the Hawkeye Pension Board for Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives.  Bryce believes in the cooperative system of members owning the business. By serving as a voice on the Board of Directors, it allows him part responsibility in hiring of the CEO and setting the policies of the Cooperative. As a board, concern for the safety of our employees is a top priority.  As a director, he wants to help offer dependable and affordable energy for our member-owners. He believes it is important to continue meeting the needs of our consumers in this ever-changing industry of generating electricity.

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Bob Van Soelen
At-Large Director
Treasurer of Pella Cooperative Electric

Bob and his wife Marilyn have been PCEA members since 2004.  Bob is a retired Ag business owner.  Bob has served as a golf club director and on school boards.  He has enjoyed his time as a director working with the CEO and employees of PCEA.  He feels it has been challenging and rewarding.  Many things have been accomplished during his time on the board; the completion of a several million-dollar FEMA project, the AMI meter system, office renovations and the Zon Veld Solar Field to mention a few.  As a Director, Bob will continue to use the training and education that the cooperative has provided and do his best to continue to make decisions based on fairness, honesty and integrity for our member-owned cooperative.

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Carroll Hoksbergen
At-Large Director

Carroll and his wife Kathy have been PCEA consumers since 1954.  Carroll has farmed his whole life and retired in 2014 after 20 years working at 3M in Knoxville.  In addition to serving on the PCEA Board of Directors, he has served on the Marion County Farm Bureau Board, and as a volunteer at the Hospice Comfort House in Pella.  Carroll is fascinated with the whole cooperative way of doing business and how it has served farmers and families for over 80 years.  The business model that we embrace is made effective by member ownership, with the unified commitment to provide safe, affordable and reliable power to our members' homes and businesses.  Going forward, Carroll plans to stay educated in sources of power, nationwide and locally.  He would like to be instrumental in securing its safe and reliable delivery and maintenance, while keeping it affordable for members of Pella Cooperative Electric.


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