Changes are coming to the Farmers Mutual Insurance Company board of directors

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At Farmers Mutual’s annual meeting on February 17 in Ellinwood, some changes were made to the board of directors. IMF has had a very active nominating committee over the past year. One director was replaced due to retirement from the board, and seats were added to the board for known future needs.

Former Board Secretary/Treasurer Ron Rugan has asked for another to fill the position as he plans his future retirement from the Board. Rugan will continue to serve as Assistant Secretary/Treasurer for the time being. Mindy Cure will replace him as Secretary/Treasurer of the Board. Cure has served on the IMF board as a trustee for the past two years and plans to continue serving.

Ed Schloctermeier retired from the Board at the annual meeting. He began his service on the Board of Directors in February 2004 and served steadily until its last meeting in February 2022, totaling 18 years of service to the company on behalf of policyholders.

He helped steer the company through some of the most crucial periods in its history. In recognition of this dedication, a gracious donation was made to an entity of his choice, St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Ellinwood.

Two directors renewed their terms of office which were about to expire; they were Ruth Teichman and Mark Rondeau.

Newly elected directors joining the board are Cari Ringwald, Curtis Wolf and Troy Moore. The IGF welcomes the experience and expertise that these three individuals bring from their own professions and organizational involvement. Their addition brings a greater diversity of knowledge and background to the board.

• Mindy Cure is the Director and one of two insurance agents at Hanston Insurance Agency Inc., Hanston. She started in the agency in 2005, obtained her title of “Advisor in certified insurance” in 2010 as well as her title of “Representative certified in insurance services”.

• Cari Ringwald is from Marysville and attended Kansas State University where she earned a BS in Marketing and International Business, with a minor in Economics. She then completed an MLS in Leadership Studies from Fort Has State University. She worked as Director of Marketing for Barton Community College and Learning Coordinator for Adams Brown CPAs before moving into full-time maternity and part-time work at family businesses, TriAg, RMACs Truck and Equipment and Moeder Oil.

• Curtis Wolf is the director of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center in Cheyenne Bottoms, seven miles northwest of Ellinwood. He joined KWEC in July 2009 after teaching biology at Barton Community College for four years.

The center is operated as a branch of Fort Hays State University and offers a visitor museum and hundreds of environmental education programs. Wolf earned a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and an MS in Biology at FHSU, studying freshwater mussels.

• Troy Moore is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Ellinwood District Hospital. He joined EDH in 2021 after practicing, developing and operating private practices in Great Bend and Wichita. He has been a physical therapist since 2006. Prior to practicing as a physical therapist, he was a certified athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist specializing in sports injuries and rehabilitation. He graduated in 1996 from Belle Plaine High School, then earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Emporia State University while playing basketball. He received a master’s degree in physical therapy from Wichita State University in 2006 and a doctorate in physical therapy from Regis University in 2008.

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