Board of Managers


Chairman Jeff Rich

Jeff Rich is a lifelong farmer and Crawford County resident. He is a partner/co-owner of Halter-Rich Farms and enjoys farming with his wife, Linda, and his two sons, Travis and Garrett. Jeff Served on the University of Illinois Extension Ag Council and on the Effingham Equity Advisory Board. He was elected to the Agriculture Development Association Board in 2006 and served as the Chairman from 2007 through 2012.


Vice-Chairman Rhonda Musgrave

Rhonda Musgrave is a graduate of Oblong High School and Eastern Illinois University, with a B.S. in Business Education. After teaching for six years and a management position in Oklahoma, Rhonda returned to the family farm north of Oblong in 1989. She has been the owner/operator of Atremi Farm Ltd. since 1996 and is a partner with her sister in J.T. Musgrave Legacy Farm, LLC. Rhonda has been a member of the ADA since its inception, having served as Treasurer from 2004 to 2011. She is also a Director and Secretary of Wabash Valley Service Company and a Director and Treasurer of Renewable Energy Ventures, LLC.


Secretary-Treasurer Darrell Meese

Darrell Meese began his first term June 2017.


Board Manager Steve Core

Steve Core has over 45 years of agricultural business management experience. He was born October 2, 1949, and is currently 68 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 five ethanol plant boards. He serves on four of those boards on behalf of Ron Fagen. 


Board Manager Sue Cornwell

Sue Cornwell began her second term June 2017.


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 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 Scool 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 Lincolnlnad 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 Larry Lagowski

Indeck appointed Lawrence Lagowski as its representative on the Board of Managers. Lawrence is the President and a Director of Indeck Energy Services, Inc., a leading independent power producer.


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 Randy Schutte


Board Manager Louis Ochs

Since 1962, Louis Ochs has been involved in vehicle sales at the Chevrolet Buick store in Newton and in 1983, he acquired the dealership. His seven brothers, son, and son-in-law are all investors in Lincolnland. Widowed in 2014, Louis has three children and nine grandchildren.