Janet Fife-LaFrenz moved to Keokuk in 1966 from a farming community in Western Iowa. She is now retired from the teaching profession after 39 years in the classroom. Throughout her career, she instilled in her students the importance of learning to prepare them for future employment. Additionally, she valued respect, responsibility, and rigor as assets needed to be a contributing member to the community.
Janet earned her AA degree from Southwest Community College (Creston, IA), her BA in Education from Western Illinois University (Macomb, IL), her MA in Education from Truman State University (Kirksville, MO), and her MA in School Administration from Viterbo University ( LaCrosse,WI ). Janet has and continues to do volunteer work and be involved in numerous community activities. She has been a trustee for Southeastern Community College (SCC) since 1992 and is a founding member of the Regional Workforce Board for Southeast Iowa. She has served on the Keokuk City Council for 16 years and for 4 years as a Lee County Supervisor.
Janet, a single parent, raised her daughter Menda, who lives in Washington, D.C. Janet has two grandchildren and has been married to Charlie for 18 years.
Kevin J. Kuckelman currently owns and operates three business enterprises in addition to managing a busy real estate law practice in Southeast Iowa. With offices in Keokuk, Iowa, Kuckelman owns Keokuk Abstract & Tile Company, the Historic Hotel of Iowa, and a small tax credit consulting business. Kuckelman serves as the President of the Keokuk Economic Development Commission, and currently serves as a board member and consultant to Keokuk Downtown Properties, LLC which is currently renovating a historically significant structure in downtown Keokuk, Iowa. Kuckelman has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Benedictine College and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Drake University Law School. Kuckelman has been married for 27 years and has three children. An active member of the community and an ardent advocate for economic development, Mr. Kuckelman has worked as a banker, community leader, and attorney in Keokuk since 1988.
Mike Holtkamp is a grain and hog farmer and resides in the West Point area with his wife Diane. Together, they have five children.
Holtkamp has lived in Lee County his entire life. Graduating from Marquette High School, Holtkamp went on to attend Southeastern Iowa Community College achieving a degree in Ag Production. Holtkamp is a member of the Lee county Farm Bureau and previously served as president for the organization. He has also served on the Lee County Economic Development Group board and is currently the president of the St. Mary's Catholic Church parish council. Holtkamp is a strong supporter of southeast Iowa as a great place to live and raise a family. It is this passion for the area that drives him to pursue economic opportunities for Lee County with an emphasis is the agricultural industry.
George Morgan is a retired Police Chief, from the City of Keokuk. He served a four-year term on the Lee County Board of Supervisors. For a number of years, he worked with the Lee Co. Economic Development Group and served on the Port Authority Board in Lee County. Morgan received his education locally, attending Southeastern Community College and then Western Illinois. He is a graduate of the FBI Academy and served two years as president of the Iowa FBI National Academy Associates. Morgan has also been an active local volunteer for a number of organizations, and has served 18 years on County Veterans Affairs Commission. Morgan is a retired Iowa National Guardsman with active duty during the First Gulf War. Morgan is very dedicated to the people of Lee County and to seeking out opportunities to help improve the area.
Larry Kruse is a former Lee County Supervisor and candidate for Iowa State Senate from Donellson, Iowa. Born and raised in Lee County, Kruse graduated from the University of Iowa in 1969 with a degree in chemical engineering. After working for almost 30 years in the petrochemical industry, both in the United States and internationally, Kruse retired in 2002 and returned home to Lee County. Since then, he’s been working tirelessly to create jobs and prosperity in Southeast Iowa. He served two terms as Lee County Supervisor, where he worked to bring in the Siemens Wind Power manufacturing plant to Lee County and also worked to expand the Lee County jail. Larry and his wife Jean have three children and seven grandchildren.