Board of Managers


Chairman Randy Schutte

Randy Schutte co-owns and operates Schutte Farms and Schutte Partnership with his brother Brad, son Stewart, and nephew Joe. He is a 1974 graduate of Robinson High School, 1976 graduate of Lincoln Trail College and received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Eastern Illinois University in 1978. Randy served as Director of a local bank in Robinson and has served as a member of other local boards. He and his wife Bobbi have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. Randy began his service as a Director of the Lincolnland Agri-Energy Co-Op Board and LLC Board in 2008. He served as Chairman of the LLC Board from 2012 to 2017. On January 21, 2021, Randy was re-elected to the Co-op Board.   


Secretary-Treasurer Gayle Kite

Gayle Kite farms in southern Crawford County. She has one married son, Brian, his wife Jina, and two granddaughters. One granddaughter is attending Robinson High School and one is attending University of Southern Indiana. Gayle graduated from Robinson High School and Eastern Illinois University. She is a founding member of the Agriculture Development Association, Lincolnland Agri-Energy Co-operative, and Lincolnland Agri-Energy, LLC. She served as Treasurer of the Co-op and Chairman of the LLC from 2002-2012. After being off the board for 4 years, she returned to be a director of the Co-op and LLC in 2016.  


Board Manager Steve Core

Steve Core has over 50 years of agricultural business management experience. He was born October 2, 1949, and is currently 70 years of age. In 1970, he received his Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Agricultural Business from Eastern Iowa Community College. From 1970 to 1994, he worked in and managed various elevators and co-ops. Between 1994 and 2002, he served as General Manager of Corn Plus, a Winnebago, Minnesota ethanol producer. In January 2002, he worked in sales and marketing for Fagen, Inc., of Granite Falls, Minnesota, on new ethanol plant construction and expansions until October of 2013. He then started Core Consulting, LLC. He currently serves as a director on three ethanol plant boards. He serves on two of those boards on behalf of Ron Fagen.  


Board Manager Bob Crocker 

Bob Crocker graduated from Marshall High School in 1965. He is married, has one adult child and two wonderful granddaughters. After duty in the U. S. Navy, Bob served 40 years in the petrochemical industry, operations department oil refining, oil-fired boilers and TNT manufacturing.   


Board Manager Gerald Forsythe


Board Manager Dan Fuller

Dan began his first term July 2022.


Board Manager Matt Meeker 

Matt Meeker is a 1995 graduate of Southern Illinois University with B.S. in Business and Administration. He is married with two children. Matt is the General Manager for Superior Fuels, Inc. in Newton, Illinois and Managing Partner of Meeker Limited Partnership, owner of 2,500 acres of farm ground and other agricultural interests in South Central Illinois.


Board Manager Darrell Meese

Darrell began his second term July 2020.


Board Manager Sherman Newlin

Sherman began his first term July 2022.


Board Manager Louis Ochs

Since 1962, Louis Ochs has been involved in vehicle sales and service in Newton, Illinois. He actively promoted the benefits of flex-fuel vehicles and the use of E-85 to his customers. Louis sold the business and retired in June 2019. His family, including seven brothers, son, and son-in-law, are supporters of the Lincolnland facility. Widowed in 2014, Louis has three children and nine grandchildren. On January 21, 2021, Louis was re-elected to the Co-op Board.    


Board Manager Steve Pifer