Executive Vice President and CEO
Bill Cherrier was named Central Iowa Power Cooperative’s Executive Vice President and CEO
in October, 2017. He joined the organization with 35 years of experience in the utility industry, most recently serving as Chief Planning and Finance Officer for Colorado Springs Utilities. Prior positions include Manager of Finance and Development at Alliant Energy Generation, and General Manager, Generation Business Operations, at IES Industries, both located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
While at Colorado Springs Utilities, Bill lead the acquisition of a 480MW combined-cycle gas power plant, leading to the only rate decrease for CSU’s roughly 227,000 electric customers in recent history. He was an integral part of the executive team driving a $1 billion water supply project. He also created the Office of Economic Development, leading all regional economic development efforts for CSU.
Throughout his career, Bill has been actively engaged in the communities in which he has lived and worked. Some of these roles include as the Board Chairman of the YMCA for the Pikes Peak Region, and the Board of Directors for Care and Share Food Bank, both in Colorado Springs. Additionally, he served on the Board of Directors for Cedar Rapids Metropolitan YMCA and was a board member for Hillcrest Family Services in Cedar Rapids. Both these positions earned him Volunteer of the Year awards respectively.
Bill earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and he is a certified public accountant. He has three grown children: Sarah (Isaac) in Indianapolis; Christy (Kristian) in Seattle; and Nick in Cedar Rapids, and one grandson, Mason. In his free time, Bill enjoys running, cycling, building and racing bikes. He currently lives in West Des Moines with Mary, his wife of 25 years.
Vice President Utility Operations
It was a smooth transition for Gary Slaby to Vice President of Utility Operations. Gary had assumed the role of Assistant Vice President of Utility Operations in early 2015. His leadership within utility operations has provided a well-rounded experience in all aspects of the division.
As Vice President of Utility Operations, Gary is responsible for managing CIPCO’s fleet of owned and co-owned generation assets with a combined capacity of 408 megawatts and 1,912 miles of transmission line along with segmental ownership of railroad and pipeline assets. He will supervise negotiations of labor issues, facilities agreements and regulatory compliance matters. His experience and flexibility to change give him a clear vision of the electric utility industry challenges and horizons into the future.
Gary began his utility industry career in 1981 with Eastern Iowa Light and Power at the Fair Station facility. He continued his service with CIPCO at Fair Station until 2000. After a brief stint at MidAmerican Energy, Gary returned to CIPCO as the Plant Superintendent at Summit Lake in August 2003. In 2009, he moved to the Cedar Rapids office as Production Resource Supervisor and was then promoted to Manager of Generation Assets in 2012.
Gary holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from St. Ambrose University in Davenport.
Vice President Human Capital
As Vice President Human Capital, Janel Cerwick provides vision, leadership and direction for the human capital activities of CIPCO. This includes human capital strategy development; culture and change management; talent management/succession planning; organization design; employee recruitment, engagement and retention; performance management; employee total rewards strategy (wage, salary and benefit programs); and organization development.
She is also responsible for leadership and employee training and development; employee relations; policy development; employee/labor relations; federal, and state and local employment law compliance.
Since joining the organization, Janel and her team have focused their efforts on transforming CIPCO’s Human Capital policies and programs to ready the organization for a significant generational-driven workforce shift.
Janel has an extensive 30-year career in Human Resources. Prior to joining CIPCO in 2012, Janel held leadership roles at Aviva Investors North America and Wells Fargo Home and Consumer Finance Group. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and Master of Science Degree in Industrial Relations, both from Iowa State University.
Vice President Planning & Growth Strategies
As Vice President, Dusky Terry leads a team responsible for CIPCO’s resource adequacy and planning, wholesale ratemaking, business development, energy efficiency and member services. He’s accountable for maintaining a balanced and diverse power supply mix that manages risk and meets the evolving needs of member cooperatives. He is also charged with growing the business by positioning member territories to be competitive in attracting residential and commercial growth. Dusky oversees the cooperative’s integrated resource planning and recently played a key role in the deployment of CIPCO’s utility-scale solar project. He also serves as Vice President of CMA Ventures, a private investment firm wholly-owned by CIPCO.
Dusky joined CIPCO in 2008 specializing in communications and public relations. His responsibilities at the time included research on emerging economic and energy issues and maintaining regular communication with policymakers, regulators, media, and cooperative members. He was promoted to Vice President in 2013.
He currently serves as president of the Better Business Bureau of Iowa Board and previously served on the Madison County Development Group Board, Greater Madison County Community Foundation Board, and as Mayor of Earlham.
Prior to joining CIPCO, Dusky spent ten years working in the public policy arena, including seven years in the Iowa Governor’s Office. Dusky earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of Northern Iowa. He is a graduate of Leadership Iowa (2009) and the NRECA Management Internship Program (2011).
Vice President Information Technology
Paul Hofman began his career with CIPCO in 2012 as Vice President Information Technology. As leader of the IT team, he oversees and executes the development, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of new technology; security and business policies for the Information Technology structure; and ensures compliance with all laws and regulations. This safeguards the IT integrity and effectiveness for individual departments and CIPCO, keeping in alignment with CIPCO’s strategic plan, enabling the cooperative to successfully meet its short and longer term goals.
He has 25 years’ experience in the IT field focused on IT partnering with the business to meet business needs across several industries: manufacturing, insurance, financial services, investments, and now utilities. Prior to joining CIPCO, Paul was at Aviva.
Paul graduated with high honors from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Computer Science.
Andrew St. John
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Andrew St. John joined the CIPCO Leadership Team in 2016. As Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, he is responsible for overseeing the accounting and finance operations of CIPCO, financial risk mitigation, and investment strategy and portfolio oversight. In addition, Andrew oversees the financial activities of subsidiary organizations and serves as Vice President and Manager of CMA Ventures, Inc., a private investment firm wholly-owned by CIPCO with a mission to make profitable and strategic growth capital investments in the Midwest, with a preference for Iowa-based companies.
Prior to joining CIPCO, Andrew was an Audit Manager with Deloitte & Touche, LLP. He brings a wealth of experience in the Power and Utilities industry, with an emphasis on complex investments, regulatory and compliance reporting, renewable energy, intricate power purchase agreements, and mergers and acquisitions. Andrew’s past experience also includes managing financial forecasting and reporting operations for a fast-growing technology company.
Andrew is an Iowa licensed CPA and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Central Iowa.
Andrew earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa.
Vice President Corporate Communications
As Vice President of Corporate Communications, Dawn Sly-Terpstra leads a team responsible for the strategic direction, development, and management of communications programs and services for CIPCO. This includes focusing on customer experience research for internal and external communication programs, targeted product and service messaging, brand management for CIPCO and with member systems, upon request, plus working with statewide affiliates, and regional and national representatives. In addition, she and her staff support media, public relations, public policy, events, paid media, and communications programing for the cooperative and its member systems. They also provide support for community outreach and for activities supporting corporate citizenship and industry relations.
Prior to joining CIPCO in 2018, Dawn was Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Customer Experience at Grinnell Mutual. She helped steer the company’s top-to-bottom rebranding project, the first in several decades. She also built a digital content marketing program, including a comprehensive social media presence, and created a customer experience team. During her career she has served in marketing and communications roles for an agricultural cooperative, political campaigns, and the media.
She currently serves as a mentor with the Global Insurance Accelerator and the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator.
She graduated with honors from Iowa State University with Master of Science and Master of Arts degrees.