Sievert is new VP of Customer & Corporate Relations at Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative


Jennifer Sievert has joined Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative as the new Vice President of Customer and Corporate Relations.

As vice president of customer and corporate relations, Sievert will lead a team of over 10 dedicated employees. Sievert’s leadership responsibilities are robust and are a vital part of the cooperative’s service to their member-owners, encompassing marketing, member services, economic development, communications, billing and customer service.

Sievert will succeed Tresa Hussong in the role. After 22 years of dedication to the Cooperative, Hussong plans to retire on Aug. 27, 2021.

Sievert will also succeed Hussong as the President of Iowa Lakes Development Corporation, which is a wholly-owned economic development subsidiary of Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, assisting rural communities in joint financing of projects.

“I’m excited to join such a reputable team at Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative and I look forward to this new opportunity,” Sievert said.

Prior to joining the Cooperative, Sievert was employed with Forest Ridge Youth Services. Sievert brings over 34 years of leadership and management experience, including 22 years as the Executive Director.

“I believe Jen will be a great addition and asset to the Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative employee team,” said Rick Olesen, president and CEO. “She brings strong leadership, demonstrated over many years at Forest Ridge and in the Estherville community. We are very excited to have her bring her skillset and commitment to Iowa Lakes in support of our mission to serve our member-owners.”

Sievert holds a degree in Psychology/Human Services from Buena Vista University.

Sievert resides in Estherville, Iowa, with her husband, Jeff. Jeff and Jen have three grown children, Dylan (Taylar), Allie and Casey (Blaze) and one granddaughter, Emery.

Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Estherville, Iowa. ILEC serves approximately 12,900 member-owner accounts and maintains 4,900 miles of distribution line in Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, Palo Alto and Pocahontas counties. Additionally, the Cooperative owns and operates two separate 10.5 MW wind generation facilities which are comprised of 14 1.5 MW GE SLE turbines. Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative is dedicated to leadership, growth and environmental responsibility by providing reliable, competitively priced energy while offering valuable services to benefit their member-owners and the communities they serve.


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