Staff & Commissioners

Deanna Akeson

Administrator/County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO)
Deanna L. Akeson

Deanna has served as the Administrator since November 1998.  She became nationally-accredited with the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs through the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers in June of 2003 and is required to earn continuing education units (CEUs) annually.  Deanna is cross-accredited with American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart, The Retired Enlisted Association and Vietnam Veterans of America.

left to right:  Wayne Westphalen, Chair, J. Duane Schimmer, Secretary, and Duane Walstrom, Member


Wayne Westphalen, Chair  Hartley, IA – Wayne has served as your Commissioner since 1983.  He retired from US Coast Guard service after 20 years from 1952 – 1972, having served during the Korean and Viet Nam Wars.

J. Duane Schimmer, Secretary  Sutherland, IA – Duane has served as your Commissioner since 2000.  He served in the US Army from 1953 – 1954 with service in Korea.

Duane Wahlstrom, Member  Sheldon, IA – Duane has served as your Commissioner since 2008.  He was a US Navy submariner from 1948 – 1952 with service during the Korean War.

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