IRFA Staff and Board Members

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent the state’s biodiesel and ethanol producers. The trade group fosters the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through legislative and regulatory efforts, education and promotion, and infrastructure development.

Board of Directors



Tom Brooks, Western Dubuque Biodiesel, LLC

Vice President

Eamonn Byrne, Plymouth Energy, LLC


Rick Schwarck, Absolute Energy, LLC


Steve Bleyl, Green Plains, Inc.

Past President

Brian Cahill, Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy


Craig Willis, Archer Daniels Midland

Derek Winkel, Renewable Energy Group

Bill Howell, POET Biorefining Coon Rapids

Board Members

Pat Edmonds, Big River Resources
Brad Davis, Corn, LP
Jerry Calease, Golden Grain Energy
Mathew Driscoll, Homeland Energy Solutions
Eric Hakmiller, Lincolnway Energy
Daryl Haack, Little Sioux Corn Processors
James Broghammer, Pine Lake Corn Processors
Al Giese, Quad County Corn Processors
Bob Van Gelder, Siouxland Energy Cooperative
Denny Mauser, Western Iowa Energy

IRFA Staff

Monte Shaw, Executive Director,
Lucy Norton, Managing Director,
Grant Menke, Policy Director,
Cassidy Riley, Communications Director,