ISU Extension and Outreach in Polk County elects county extension officers

Altoona, Iowa (January 23, 2024) – Four officers were elected during the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Polk County extension council organizational meeting held Jan. 8. The nine-member county extension council annually elects officers to comply with Iowa law. 

Kasey Peters, West Des Moines, has been elected chairperson. Peters will preside at all meetings of the county extension council, have authority to call special meetings and perform duties as performed and exercised by a chairperson of a board of directors of a corporation. Dennis Goering, Polk City, was elected vice chairperson.  

Denise Veldhuizen, Runnells, was elected secretary and has the responsibility of keeping the minutes of all county extension council meetings and signing required papers for the council.

The council elected Rich Degner, Ankeny, to the treasurer position. The treasurer has charge of all funds of the county extension council; receives, deposits, pays and disburses. The treasurer ensures an accurate record of receipts and disbursements and submits reports to the county extension council.

In partnership with ISU Extension and Outreach, the Polk County Extension Council supports educational opportunities that bring university resources to meet the needs of the county and region. Recent and upcoming local Polk County extension programs include 4-H and Youth Development programs, Polk County Master Gardeners, Master Conservationists, ¡Salir Adelante! Pathways for our Future, Our Bookshelf, Healthy Baby Showers and many other programs that target all residents regardless of age, ability, or background.

ISU Extension and Outreach is part of the federal Cooperative Extension Service — a network of more than 100 land-grant institutions, including Iowa State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture serving communities and counties across the United States. Every county in Iowa has an elected extension council that decides how to support ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs at the county level. 

The Polk County extension office is located at 1625 Adventureland Drive in Altoona. To learn more about ISU Extension and Outreach in Polk County, visit


About Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Polk County 
Since 1916 ISU Extension and Outreach Polk County has served its residents by connecting them to research and resources developed by Iowa State University. Knowledge and programs offered through the ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County office have been specifically tailored to represent, enhance, and meet the needs of Polk County residents and community. For 2024 ISU Extension and Outreach in Polk County will focus on local issues including: K-12 youth outreach, well-being, nutrition, and community development. ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County is a part of a 99-county campus backed by research to serve all Iowans to create a strong Iowa.