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CHAPTER 37 OFFICERS

Paula Priest  / President

Paula has more than 14 years of experience as a real estate professional where she has applied her knowledge to various projects in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas and New Mexico.  Along with Paula’s outreach and public relation experience, her management skills and strong decision-making resulted in measureable success towards land acquisition and stakeholder outreach on the projects she was affiliated with. She holds real estate licenses in Missouri, Illinois and is a MO-IDOT approved negotiator. She’s currently serving as a Land Manager for Pattern Development; an independent renewable power company specializing in developing wind, solar and new technologies projects.

Paula is married and has 2 children.  In her free time, she loves to cook and entertain; most of her friends and family consider her the resident party planner. She is an advocate for foster children and volunteers for the Foster and Adoptive Coalition of St. Louis.

Jody Harness / Vice President

Chris Scharth / 1st Vice President

Hello!  I have been a member of IRWA Chapter 37 since 2013.  I have had the pleasure of meeting many great people along the way and experiencing the continuous growth of our Chapter.  I currently work for Volkert serving as GIS Manager out of our Collinsville, IL and St. Louis, MO offices.  I have been with Volkert since January 2008 working mostly with our Engineering and ROW/Real Estate departments.  My role consists of managing our day-to-day activities, ensuring a quality product is delivered and deadlines are met.  Although our GIS team specializes in a wide array of projects, the majority of our projects consist of ROW/Real Estate for utilities.  We provide Web Based GIS, Mobile GIS and Asset Management support for all of these projects. 

In my free time, I enjoy almost anything outdoors, sporting events, attending my kid’s events and spending time with family.  I look forward to being a part of the continued growth of our Chapter!    

Teresa McClure / International Director

Hi! I am Teresa Donze McClure. I am super-excited to hold the position of President Elect for Chapter 37. Although I am sad to leave the role of co-membership chair that I have held for the past six years with Wendy, I can’t wait to assist Alex in moving the chapter into the “next chapter”. I have been with Volkert, Inc. (Volkert) for over ten years currently holding the position of project manager as well as the lead of the St. Louis Office. I have been instrumental in the management of Volkert Staff and contract personnel, R/W acquisition, damages, acquisitions and valuation assistance on private, government & subconsulting projects, siting projects, planning budgeting and project managing R/W projects. I have also had the pleasure of being instrumental in the marketing, proposal writing and contract negotiations for Volkert in the past ten years. I look forward to this year, and I can’t wait to see the awesome things Chapter 37 achieves in the next few years!

Roxanne Young / Secretary

Roxanne Young is a Real Estate Representative with Ameren Missouri.  Her experience includes easement acquisition for electrical distribution projects, easement research, and property management.

Matt Hoven / Treasurer

bio coming soon

Sandra Rupert / Chair, Education

bio coming soon

Mark Jordan / Chair, Professional Development

Employed at Ameren for 31 years, currently Ameren Real Estate Manager, IRWA Member for 23 years, SR/WA for 16 years, R/W-NAC for 14 years, past IRWA Chapter 37 President and Professional of the Year, currently IRWA Chapter 37 PDC.

Wendy Cromer / Chair, Membership

Wendy R. Cromer is the Vice President of Compliance, Sales and Marketing for Security Title Insurance Agency, LLC.  and also serves as the Compliance Officer for five additional companies in the metropolitan area.  Wendy is a native of St. Louis and graduated summa cum laude from Lindenwood University.  Her career in the title insurance industry began in 1983.  Wendy has been recognized by the Missouri Land Title Association, the St. Louis Mortgage Bankers Association and the St. Louis Association of Realtors for her outstanding achievements.  She has served two terms as President for the Missouri Land Title Association and is a current member of the International Right of Way Association, the Mortgage Bankers Association and the Risk Management Association. 

Nikkiy Bestgen / Young Professionals Chairperson

Hello! I am Nikkiy Bestgen. I am a member of Chapter 37, St. Louis MO. I am one of your Region 3 YP Representatives to the IRWA Young Professionals Group. I am a Real Estate Specialist for CLS. I handle financial and scheduling assignments for Right-of-Way Projects in our Central Region. One of the things I enjoy most about being a YP Member is the ability to try new things in an established organization. I love that we are allowed to take risks and make changes. We are encouraged to shake things up! So if you are a mover, shaker or explorer, come check us out and see how you can get involved!

Lou Ann Dollar / Nominations & Elections Chairperson

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Chapter 37 Members at International Level

Brett Farner, SR/WA / International level

Brett graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2008 with his BSBA degree emphasizing in finance, banking and real estate.  He is actively pursuing his MBA at Webster University and holds the SR/WA designation through the International Right of Way Association (IRWA.)  Brett is currently a Real Estate Supervisor for Ameren Services Company, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation, providing administrative support to its operating companies, subsidiaries and affiliates.  In his career with Ameren, Brett has worked in several different areas of the utility right-of-way industry including: Energy delivery, property management for the Osage Hydroelectric Energy Center, transmission maintenance and green field projects for Ameren Transmission Company. 
Brett is the 2012 IRWA Young Professional of the Year, past President and International Director of IRWA Chapter 37 and the immediate past INEC Region 3 Representative.   He has been actively involved in the Young Professionals Group as an original member on the Young Professionals Task Force formed in 2013.  Brett was also a founding member of the Region 3 Young Professionals Committee and recently served as the 2015-2016 Committee Chair. 

Nikkiy Bestgen / International level

Hello! I am Nikkiy Bestgen. I am a member of Chapter 37, St. Louis MO. I am one of your Region 3 YP Representatives to the IRWA Young Professionals Group. I am a Real Estate Specialist for CLS.  I handle financial and scheduling assignments for Right-of-Way Projects in our Central Region. One of the things I enjoy most about being a YP Member is the ability to try new things in an established organization. I love that we are allowed to take risks and make changes. We are encouraged to shake things up! So if you are a mover, shaker or explorer, come check us out and see how you can get involved!

Past Presidents

1961       Fred F. Switzer, Jr.

1962       George L. Horton

1963       Victor S. Hallauer

1964      Gerald L. Tonies

1965      S. Paul Crawford

1966       Robert G. Kortum

1967       Gus W. Bradshaw

1968       Walter N. Coffman

1969       Tom Robinson

1970       John A. Doerr

1971       Jack Mace

1972       Joseph J. Feco, SR/WA

1973       Eugene Palmer, SR/WA

1974      Robert Baumgartner

1975       John Baker

1976       John I. Wilson

1977       Richard Tegethoff, SR/WA

1978       Robert Reiner

1987       Richard Schreiber

1994       David Moore

1996       Daryl Knobbe

 

1998       Jill Knobbe

1999       Pearl Tibba

2000       Gloria Nickerson

2001       Mark Jordan, SR/WA

2002       Larry Seabaugh, SR/WA

2003       Tom Hewlett, SR/WA

2004       Alicia Sanford, SR/WA

2005       Sara Hernadez

2006      Ashleigh Robinson, SR/WA

2007       Cynthia Gan, SR/WA

2008       Gerald Johnson

2009       Angela Lawson, SR/WA

2010       Lou Ann Dollar, SR/WA

2011       Matha Parks, SR/WA

2012       Brett Farner, SR/WA

2013       Janice Collier, SR/WA

2014       Mike Collier

2015       Rachel Siegert

2016       Roger Osthoff

2017       Alex Sammet, RWA

2018       Teresa McClure

BY-LAWS OF
GATEWAY CHAPTER NUMBER 37
AS AMENDED IN WHOLE
August 30, 2010
INTERNATIONAL RIGHT-OF-WAY ASSOCIATION

ARTICLE I           GENERAL
 

ARTICLE II          MEMBERSHIP
 

ARTICLE III         MEETINGS
 

ARTICLE IV         OFFICERS
 

ARTICLE V          EXECUTIVE BOARD & COMMITTEES
 

ARTICLE VI         DUES
 

ARTICLE VII        RULES OF ORDER
 

ARTICLE VIII       AMENDMENTS

ARTICLE I – GENERAL
 

Section 1. The name of this Chapter shall be GATEWAY CHAPTER 37, International Right
of Way Association.

 

Section 2. This Chapter is a Chapter of the International Right of Way Association, a
Corporation formed under the laws of the State of California and all of its rights
and powers are subject to the laws of said State, the Articles of Incorporation of
said Association, and the Bylaws, Rules and Regulations of said Association,
including the requirement that all Chapter bylaws and amendments thereto are not
effective until their approval by the International Executive Committee of said
International Right of Way Association.

 

Section 3. Each member of this Chapter must conduct himself or herself in such a manner as
to reflect honesty and the integrity of the International Right of Way Association
and each is bound by the Code of Ethics and Rules of Professional Conduct of
said Association. A member may be suspended or expelled from this Chapter and
from said Association on such grounds and in the same manner provided for in
the International Bylaws.

 

Section 4. This Association being non-political, non-partisan and non-sectarian, no member
shall present himself or herself as a representative of the Association without
proper authorization from the Association. In any presentation wherein a member
is in anyway identified as a member of the Association, said member shall
specifically indicate that the opinions expressed represent only private opinions
and are not intended to reflect policy positions of the Association or this Chapter.

 

Section 5. The administrative year of this Chapter shall be from July 1st to June 30th.
 

 

ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP
 

Section 1. The classes of membership in this Chapter and the requirements for such
membership shall be those established in the International Bylaws of the
International Right of Way Association.

 

 

ARTICLE III – MEETINGS
 

Section 1. Regular meetings of this Chapter shall be held at the time and place designated by
the President. Regular meetings shall be held at least four (4) times each calendar
year at intervals not less than 28 days apart. A scheduled regular meeting, except
the annual meeting, may be postponed by the President with the concurrence of a
majority of the Chapter Executive Board.

 

Section 2. An annual meeting of the members of this Chapter shall be held prior to the
fifteenth day of the second to the last month of each administrative year. Annual
reports of all officers and committees will be presented at that time. Chapter
officers, including International Directors for the coming year shall be elected at
said meeting and such other business as may be presented may be conducted.

 

Section 3. Special meetings may be called at any time by the President and shall be called
upon receipt of a written or electronically transmitted request of four (4) members
of the Chapter Executive Board or ten (10) active members of the Chapter.

 

Section 4. Notice of all meetings shall be given to the active members in writing or via
electronically transmitted communications as least five (5) days prior to such
meetings or by telephone prior to such meeting.

 

Section 5. Seven (7) active members or ten percent (10%) of the active membership of the
Chapter, whichever is larger, shall constitute a quorum.

 

 

ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS
 

Section 1. The officers of this Chapter shall be a President, President Elect, First Vice
President, Second Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, together with such
other officers as may be appointed by the President with the concurrence of the
Executive Board.
In addition to the officers listed above, there shall be elected each year from the
active membership of the Chapter, a member to serve as a member of the
International Board of Directors of the International Right of Way Association.
Said International Director shall be elected for a two-year term so as to comply
with the International Bylaws providing for two (2) directors from each Chapter.
The initial election of this Chapter’s two Directors shall be held in accordance
with the International Bylaws.

 

Section 2. Except for the President, who succeeds to the office from the elected position of
President Elect, and officers appointed by the President as provided in Section 1
of this Article, all officers shall be elected by majority vote from the active
membership of this Chapter; the officers so elected and appointed shall serve for
one year beginning at the start of the administrative year or until their successors
are duly elected or appointed and installed.

 

Section 3. If the office of International Director shall be vacant, the Chapter shall, at an
election scheduled for and held at the next regular or special meeting of the
Chapter following the date the vacancy occurs, elect a Director to hold the office
during the unexpired term. If the Chapter fails to elect a new Director and to
certify such election to the International Secretary prior to the next meeting of the
International Board of Directors, the Board, by a majority vote of those member
in attendance, shall elect a Director from the membership of the Chapter present
at the International Board of Directors meeting who shall hold office for the
unexpired term.
If the office of the President shall become vacant, the President Elect shall
immediately succeed to the duties and office of President. If the office of
President Elect becomes vacant, the First Vice President shall immediately
succeed to the duties and office of President Elect. If the office of the First Vice
President becomes vacant, the Second Vice President shall immediately succeed
to the duties and office of the First Vice President. In the event of a vacancy in
any other office, said office shall be filled by the President from the active
members of the Chapter with the concurrence from the Chapter Executive Board.

 

Section 4. No officer may be re-elected to the same office until two years have elapsed
following the end of term to which elected, provided however, that this limitation
shall not apply to the office of Secretary, Treasurer or International Director.

 

Section 5. The officers of this organization shall perform duties as herein set forth:
 

A.    International Directors. The International Directors shall act as liaison between
       the International and Chapter structures of the Association working in close
       cooperation with the Regional Chairperson and Vice Chairperson. They shall
       inform the Chapter Executive Board of all actions and activities occurring at
       meetings of the International Board of Directors and of such other matters as may
       come to their attention.

 

B.    President. The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Chapter and
        ex-officio member of all committees and shall, subject to the control of the
        Executive Board, have general supervision, direction and control of the business
        and officers of the Chapter. The President shall preside at all meetings of the
        Chapter and of the Executive Board, and shall have the general powers and duties
        usually vested in the Office of President and such other powers and duties as may
        be prescribed by the Bylaws of the Association, this Chapter or the Chapter
        Executive Board.

 

C.    President Elect. The President Elect shall have the general powers and duties of
        President Elect; shall act as President in the case of the absence or disability of the
        President; shall be responsible for the effective operations of the office of
        Secretary and Treasurer; shall advise and assist the President when called on to do
        so; and shall perform such other duties as may be required by the Executive
        Board. In the event the office of President becomes vacant, the President Elect
        shall immediately become President. Should such succession to the Office of
        President take place, the President Elect shall be eligible for re-election to a full
        term as President.
D.    First Vice President. The First Vice President shall have the general powers and
        duties of a First Vice President; shall act as President in the case of the absence or
        disability of the President Elect and President; and shall be responsible for the
        effective operations of the standing committees established in the International
        Bylaws of the International Right of Way Association. In the event the office of
        President and President Elect become vacant, the First Vice President shall
        immediately become President.

 

E.     Second Vice President. The Second Vice President shall have the general powers
         and duties of a Second Vice President; shall act as President in the case of the
         absence or disability of the First Vice President, President Elect and President;
         shall assist the First Vice President with the responsibility for the effective
         operations of the standing committees established in the International Bylaws of
         the International Right of Way Association; and shall assist the President Elect
         with the responsibility for the effective operations of the Office of Secretary and
         Treasurer. In the event the office of President, President Elect, and First Vice
         President become vacant, the Second Vice President shall immediately become
         President.

 

F.      Secretary. The Secretary shall keep a book of minutes of all of the meetings of
         the Chapter and the Executive Board; shall provide a report of the preceding
          meeting minutes to the Chapter members at the regular Chapter meetings; shall
          carry on all correspondence of the Chapter; shall be responsible for the
          maintenance and updating the Chapter’s web-site in a timely manner; and shall
          perform such duties as may be required by the Executive Board.

 

G.       Treasurer. The Treasurer shall receive all funds of the Chapter and keep a proper
           record thereof; shall deposit them in a convenient responsible bank, and shall
           disburse them only upon receipt of proper authority from the Chapter Executive
           Board. The Treasurer shall provide a financial report to the Chapter members at
           the regular Chapter meetings; shall provide financial reports as required by the
           IRWA Headquarters in a timely fashion; and shall perform such other duties as
           are delegated to that officer by the Chapter’s Executive Board.

 

 

ARTICLE V – EXECUTIVE BOARD AND COMMITTEES
 

Section 1. Executive Board - The elected Chapter Officers, immediate Past President, and
the Committee Chairpersons shall constitute the Executive Board of this Chapter.
The Executive Board shall have the power and duty to conduct and direct all the
business and affairs of the Chapter.

 

Section 2. There shall be in this Chapter, certain standing committees as provided in the
International Bylaws of the International Right of Way Association. Unless
specifically provided otherwise herein, the Chairperson and members of each
standing committee shall be appointed by the President immediately after taking
office. They shall be appointed from the active members of the Chapter to serve
at the pleasure of the President. The President, or in the case of the disability or
absence of the President, the President Elect, shall be an ex-officio member of
each standing committee.

 

Section 3. Education Committee - There shall be in this Chapter an Education Committee
consisting of three (3) or more members, each to be appointed by the President for
a three year term; provided, however, that at the time of the initial appointment of
the membership of said committee, that one-third of said members shall be
appointed for a one (1) year term, one third for a two (2) year term, and remaining
one third for a full three (3) year term.

 

Section 4. Membership Committee - There shall be in this Chapter a Membership
Committee consisting of three (3) members, each to be appointed by the President
for a one (1) year term.

 

Section 5. Committee on Nominations and Elections - A committee on Nominations and
Elections shall be appointed by the President not later than May of each
administrative year and shall consist of a Chairperson and at least three (3)
members. This committee shall recommend and present a slate of officers for the
Chapters standing committees to the Executive Board via electronic transmission
or at the Executive Board meeting prior to the fifteenth day of the second to the
last month of each administrative year. The Committee on Nominations and
Elections shall present to the members, for their consideration, their
recommendation of officers for each of the Chapter’s standing committees at the
annual meeting of the members of this Chapter to be held prior to the fifteenth
day of the second to the last month of each administrative year.

 

Section 6. Professional Development Committee - There shall be in this Chapter a
Professional Development Committee. The Chairperson of the Professional
Development Committee (PDC) must have attained the designation of Senior
Member – International Right of Way Association. Other members of the PDC, if
not designated as a Senior Member, should be an SR/WA Candidate or possess an
IRWA Discipline Certification, whenever possible.

 

Section 7. There may be such other standing committees as the Executive Board shall from
time to time determine to be necessary, provided, however, that there shall be
established in this Chapter, committees corresponding to those certain
International Committees designated for Chapter counterparts by the International
Board of Directors or the International Executive Committee.

 

 

ARTICLE VI - DUES
 

Section 1. Annual dues of active members of this Chapter shall be such sum as provided by
the International Bylaws of this Association and for the annual per capita
assessment plus the sum for Chapter dues which may from time to time be
established at any regular meeting of the Chapter by an affirmative majority vote
of the active members present after the same has been submitted in writing by
mail or electronic transmission to the active members of the Chapter at least ten
(10) days prior to the meeting.

 

Section 2. In addition to the dues required herein, all applications for new active
membership shall be accompanied by an application fee which may be established
by the International Executive Committee.

 

Section 3. Annual dues of Retired Members, with magazine, of this Chapter, shall be an
amount which may be established at any regular meeting of the Chapter by an
affirmative majority vote of the active members present after the same has been
submitted in writing by mail or electronic transmission to the active members of
the Chapter at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting.

 

Section 4. Annual dues of Retired Members, without a magazine subscription, of this
Chapter, shall be an amount which may be established at any regular meeting of
the Chapter by an affirmative majority vote of the active members present after
the same has been submitted in writing by mail or electronic transmission to the
active members of the Chapter at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting.

 

ARTICLE VII – RULES OF ORDER
 

Except as otherwise specifically provided in these Bylaws, Roberts Rules of
Order are hereby adopted as the rules for the procedure and conduct of all
meetings of this Chapter and of its Executive Board and Committees.

 

 

ARTICLE VIII – AMENDMENTS
 

These Bylaws may be repealed, amended or altered in whole or part and adopted
at any regular meeting of the Chapter by an affirmative two-thirds vote of the
active members present after the same has been sent by mail or via electronic
transmission to active members of the Chapter at least ten (10) days prior to the
meeting. Said action by the Chapter shall not become effective until approved by
the International Executive Committee or the International General Counsel.

 

 

ATTEST: APPROVED:
Lou Ann Dollar, SR/WA, Eric R. Finn
Gateway Chapter 37 President - 2010 International General Council

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