Planning Committee

The Schmidt Family Reunion Committee is the official guiding body for the planning of the 2016 Schmidt family reunion. The Board of the Directors of the committee include:

Josiah Schmidt, President

Josiah is a professional genealogist and non-profit fundraiser residing in Emmetsburg, Iowa. He grew up in Mallard, Iowa, and is a graduate of West Bend-Mallard High School in West Bend, Iowa and Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He founded the committee in late 2014, and serves as its first president.

Valerie Newhouse, Treasurer

Valerie is the president of Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg, Iowa. Having grown up in West Bend, Iowa, Valerie now resides in Emmetsburg with her husband of over thirty years, Glen. They have three grown children.

Karen Anderson, Assistant Treasurer

Karen works as the Lead Supervisor at the Wild Rose Casino & Resorts in Emmetsburg, Iowa. She resides in Graettinger, Iowa with her husband of over forty years, Wayne. They have two grown children.

Becky Dykhuis, Secretary

Becky is a native of West Bend, Iowa, and a former resident of Algona, Iowa. She was an office assistant and wine shop manager for many years and now works as a driver for a retirement community. Becky lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with her husband of over forty years, Bob. They have two grown children.

Denise Lindemann, Assistant Secretary

Denise grew up in Humboldt, Iowa. She now lives in Oelwein, Iowa, where on top of being a Board Certified Lutheran Chaplain at Mercy Hospital Oelwein and Covenant Medical Center Waterloo, she is also an avid historical researcher and an active historical re-enactment performer.

Rod Schmidt

Rod graduated from high school in West Bend and has lived in Colorado for the past 38 years. He currently serves in a business development and sales role with a small baby food manufacturer in central Illinois that supports Lifesong for Orphans. He and his wife of 30 years, Cindy, have 3 grown children.

Deb Schulz

Deb grew up in rural West Bend, Iowa and graduated from Algona High School. She went to Iowa Central Community College and received her Registered Nurse degree. Deb currently works at Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona, and lives in rural West Bend with her husband of 39 years, Don. They have 2 grown sons.