IRFA Staff and Board of Directors

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry. 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


Brad Wilson, Western Iowa Energy

Vice President

Chris Boshart, Corn, LP


Nick Bowdish, Elite Octane


Telly Papasimakis, Homeland Energy Solutions

Past President 

Al Giese, Quad County Corn Processors

At-Large Executive Committee Members 

Paul Nees, Chevron Renewable Energy Group

Rick Schwarck, Absolute Energy

Board Members

Chris Riley, ADM

David Zimmerman, Big River Resources

Paul Nees, Chevron Renewable Energy Group

Chris Boshart, Corn, LP

Kent Hartwig, Gevo, Inc.

Jerry Calease, Golden Grain Energy

Eamonn Byrne, Lakeview Plymouth Energy, LLC

Bill Couser, Lincolnway Energy

Daryl Haack, Little Sioux Corn Processors 

James Broghammer, Pine Lake Corn Processors

Bob Van Gelder, Siouxland Energy Cooperative

Sarah Hoodjer, Verbio North America

Tom Brooks, Western Dubuque Biodiesel, LLC


IRFA Staff


Monte Shaw
Executive Director,




Lisa Coffelt
Marketing Director,





Nathan Hohnstein
Policy Director,





Emma Koehler
Communications Manager,