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Meet the Board Members

Josh Wykert, Board President

Josh grew up in Muscatine, IA and graduated from Muscatine High School in 2002.  After graduation, he attended Graceland University graduating in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in both accounting and business administration, while playing on the football team.  It was at Graceland University that he met his wonderful and beautiful future wife, Erin. After graduating in May of 2006, Josh moved to Fort Madison beginning his career at Cryotech Deicing Technology as a General Ledger Accountant.  From there, his career at Cryotech has grown and morphed in to his current role as Finance Manager, overseeing the Finance, Distribution, Accounting, and Purchasing functions of Cryotech.

In his free time, Josh enjoys spending time with his wife, Erin, and two children, Colton and Lucene.  He also helps coach the high school football team, serving as an assistant coach specializing in the offensive line.  Given additional free time, he also make his own brats, sausage, and other delicious stuffed meat specialties.  

Josh was appointed to the school board for a two-month period from January to March of 2019, then fully elected to the board November of 2019.  He is passionate about ensuring every child in the district is able to obtain the absolute best education possible. 

Term ends: 11/2027

Mio Santiago, Vice President

Having grown up in Fort Madison, Mio graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a major in History. After realizing that he was not going to open a history store any time soon, he decided to attend law school at California Western Law School in San Diego. During his time in San Diego, he was an intern for the law firm of Dawson & Ozanne, specializing in the area of civil litigation. He also worked as a law clerk with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In 2005, he moved back to Southeast Iowa to practice law. He is currently an attorney with the Kozlowski Law Group, LLC.

Mio has been honored to be a part of a lot of professional organizations. He is a former member of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Board of Governors as the representative for Judicial District 8B. He was appointed by the president of the ISBA to sit on the Rural Practice Committee, a committee established to focus on the challenges of practicing in a rural community. He has served on ISBA’s Ad Hoc Committee for Fair and Impartial Courts. Also, he was asked by Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins to sit on a committee charged with revamping the State’s ethical rules relating to Lawyer Advertising. He formerly served on the Iowa Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission and is currently on the Magistrate Nominating Committee for the 8th Judicial District.

He is a Past President of the Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Holy Trinity Catholic School’s God’s Portion Day Committee. Currently, he sits on the Board of Directors for the Southeast Soccer Academy (SESA), the Fort Madison Area Arts Association, and the Elliott Test Kitchen.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing music (guitar), spending time with his family, and coaching youth soccer.

Term ends: 11/2025

Keith Hehr

Keith, a native of Oelwein, Iowa, graduated from Oelwein High School in 2000 before pursuing his education at Hawkeye Community College, where he earned a degree in Collision Repair and Refinishing. Transitioning from his early career in collision repair, Keith entered the Management program at Fareway Meat and Grocery. In June 2005, he married his wife Tanya, and together they embarked on a journey across Iowa and Illinois due to Keith's professional pursuits, finally settling in Fort Madison in autumn 2019 with anticipation of establishing roots in the community. The couple, proud parents of two daughters, Mackenzie and Lillian, have also welcomed two exchange students, Tom from Poland and Mario from Spain, into their home.

During his leisure time, Keith indulges in watching sports, particularly the Hawkeyes, Dallas Cowboys, and the Cardinals. Family outings to car shows are a common summer activity, complemented by Keith's passion for grilling and smoking meats.

Elected in the fall of 2023, Keith is energized by the progress witnessed within the Fort Madison student body and district. Motivated to contribute to the ongoing advancement and ensure every student receives a quality education, he remains committed to the vision of the District. 

Go Bloodhounds!

Term ends: 11/2027

Amy Thacher

Term ends: 11/2027

Paul Wilkerson

Paul is a 1967 graduate of Fort Madison High School and a 1972 graduate of Iowa Wesleyan College. He is married to Rev. Bonnie Wilkerson, and they have one son, Paul, and two grandchildren---Chad and Paul.

Paul retired after spending 40 years in education as a teacher, coach, counselor, and administrator. He has served on several public and private boards and committees, including the Holy Trinity Catholic Schools Board of Education---the Parks, Recreation and Docks Board--- the Fort Madison Marina Committee, and the Heartland Packaging Corporation Board of Directors. He is also the current coach of the Girls' golf team.

Term ends: 11/2025

Kelly Nelton

Term ends: 11/2027

Brad Menke

Term ends: 11/2025