Josh Newhouse, Chair
Josh Newhouse moved to Storm Lake in 1996 and is a graduate of Buena Vista University. Newhouse joined Thrivent Financial as a Financial Associate in 2005. Josh and his wife, Laura, have one daughter who was born in 2012 and sons born in 2014 and 2016. He has served on several Boards and been involved in many activities in the community. Josh states, "A strong medical center is necessary for a growing community. I am pleased to play a role in the continuing success of Buena Vista Regional Medical Center."
Duane Queen, Vice-Chair
I am a retired Presbyterian pastor having served the Lakeside Presbyterian Church for 29 years from 1979-2008. My wife, Donna, and I have 3 children and four grandchildren. I have been active in many ecumenical events in the Storm Lake community and have served on many boards, such as Gingerbread House, Faith, Hope and Charity, Ecumenical Institute, Hy-Noon Kiwanis Club, and on the Board of Trustees for Buena Vista University. In my free time I raise Quarter horses, love fishing, biking, woodworking and reading.
"I chose to serve on the BVRMC Foundation because we are fortunate to have Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in our community. The quality health care in our community that is provided by BVRMC improves our quality of life. By serving on the BVRMC Foundation board I am able to help provide continued improvement for the health care in our community."
Jan Worthan, Secretary-Treasurer
I grew up on a farm near Newell and now live with my husband, Gary, north of Storm Lake. Together we farm and have a small trucking company. We have three sons and 3 grandchildren. I have been an American Family insurance agent since 1991.We both believe strongly in community involvement and have served or volunteered on many committees and boards over the years. Gary is currently a State Representative in the State Legislature. Besides the Foundation Board, I serve on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Tourism Committee, Watanye, and Hy-Noon Kiwanis.
I am President of Anemometry Specialists, an Alta based business that does wind resource assessment across the US. I am originally from the area, growing up on a farm near Galva and have resided in Alta since 1999. My husband, Rob, and I have three children. We enjoy spending time with our family camping, traveling and geocaching. I believe it is important to find ways to give back to our communities and BVRMC is a great organization to be involved with. I currently serve as Trustee at BVRMC and excited to serve on the Foundation Board again.
Chad is a Trust Officer with Citizens First National Bank in Storm Lake and is a graduate of Buena Vista University. He and his wife Amy made Storm Lake their home in 2005 and have twin daughters, Addison and Evelyn. Chad is active in the community as a member and director of Hy-Noon Kiwanis, St. Mary’s Foundation, Buena Vista University Alumni Board, and Storm Lake Community Chest. During his free time he enjoys time with family, boating, and golfing. Chad stated that BVRMC is a vital part of where we work, play, and live. It is important to maintain and enhance the convenience of high quality local health care.
Married to wife Shirley. Between us we have seven children, twenty grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. Born in Canada, grew up in Minnesota. Moved to Storm Lake in 1964 with Federated Insurance and retired from them in 1992 and joined the Stille, Pierce and Pertzborn insurance agency. "I enjoy traveling, yard work, old cars, playing cards, community activites, our church and good friends. I'm active in the hospital because it is essential to our community and we all want good local health care."
"I have lived in Newell all my life and am the second oldest of six siblings. My wife Lauri and I have two grown children, Mandy and Justin. We are also blessed with four grandchildren.
I retired January 2018 after working as a sales consultant for 29 years in the auto industry.
In April of 2014 I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. My family doctor recommended I have surgery at BVRMC. I trusted Dr. Barber with my life and went with his recommendation and am very glad I did. After going through my surgeries and chemo and radiation treatments, I would have not wanted to be anywhere else. Dr. Jason Dierking and the medical team at BVRMC are the most professional and compassionate people you would want to help take care of you.
Suzette has lived in the area for over 28 years, farming south of Alta with her husband Mike. She is currently the Vice President for Finance and Administration at Buena Vista University and has been at Buena Vista for 25 years. Suzette says, "I am excited to serve as Vice-Chair on the Foundation Board as it is part of ensuring the continuing growth of Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. Having a facility like this is vital to our communities and I feel it is important to do my part in helping support our local facility."
Emily and her husband, Steven, moved back to Albert City in 2014, where Steven grew up. She and her husband have three children, Emmett, Eliana, and Nolan. Emily and Steven own a trucking company called Sievers Trucking, Inc., where Emily is in charge of all finances. Besides playing with her children and hanging out at the lake, Emily is involved in card making and other home crafts, the Albert City MOPS group, and St. Mary's church in Storm Lake. Emily graduated with a marketing and management degree from Northwest Missouri State University. She has previously organized fundraisers for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and worked as customer relations manager at a financial planning company. Emily says, "I am extremely honored to be a part of the Foundation and look forward to helping BVRMC continue to keep our family and friends well cared for with financial decisions to host the latest technology in medical care."
I am a licensed funeral director with Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. I was raised on a farm near Webb, IA and have resided in Storm Lake since 1999. My wife, Erin, and I have four children. I am a member of the Hy-Noon Kiwanis and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. In my free time I enjoy playing golf and spending time with my family.