Modern Woodmen of America is a fraternal financial services organization based in Rock Island, Illinois. Modern Woodmen has over $10 Billion in assets and more than 765,000 members nationwide, offering life insurance, annuity, investment and banking products, along with fraternal member benefits for families and their communities. Modern Woodmen Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Modern Woodmen.
Modern Woodmen of America members are joined by three common bonds:
- Financial security for families through life insurance, annuity, investment and banking products
- Quality family life through fraternal chapter and youth service club programs for good times and fraternal benefits for times of need
- Community impact through educational programs and volunteer service activities nationwide
Modern Woodmen of America was named in honor of the pioneering woodmen who cleared the forests to build homes and communities and provide security for their families. Its founder, Joseph Cullen Root, formed a society in 1883, harnessing the same spirit to clear away family financial difficulties. While its founding mission has remained unchanged, the financial products and fraternal services have changed to meet the needs of Modern Woodmen families. Today, Modern Woodmen is one of the country's largest fraternal financial services organizations. Ratings from A.M. Best verify its financial strength and security.
Modern Woodmen's directorate is the following individuals:
W. Kenny Massey
W. Kenny Massey is the president and CEO of Modern Woodmen of America and also serves on its board of directors. Massey is also chairman of the board of directors of Modern Woodmen Bank.
Massey began his career with Modern Woodmen of America in 1982. Massey has served the society as a financial representative, managing partner, regional director and director of agencies before being appointed to the role as president and CEO in 2005. Massey has been a member of the Modern Woodmen of America Board of Directors since 2002.
Massey graduated in 1982 from Mississippi State University with a business degree, majoring in insurance. He has achieved numerous professional designations and achievements throughout his career including his LLIF from Babson College in Boston, Mass., and NASD Securities 6 & 26 licenses.
Massey served as a member of LL Global’s International Board of Directors and the LIMRA Executive Development Committee. He also served as past president and board member for the Fraternal Field Managers’ Association. He earned the National Security and Strategy Certificate of Leadership Development from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Kenny is currently serving on the Board of Directors for CASI (Center for Active Seniors), the Regional Opportunities Committee, and is past President of the Quad Cities Contributor’s Council. He is a member of the QC Air Service Committee and serves on the Deacon’s Board at his church.
Jerry J. Lyphout
Jerry J. Lyphout, East Moline, Illinois, is national secretary at Modern Woodmen of America. In this position he has direct responsibility for 12 operational departments and provides administrative support for all other departments at Modern Woodmen's home office. Jerry was appointed to Modern Woodmen's Board of Directors in March 2014.
Jerry joined Modern Woodmen in 1983 in the Issue Department ans was promoted to systems supervisor in the departement in 1985. He was named manger or the Qualified Plans Department (now Advanced Sales Department) in 1997. He became president of MWA Financial Services in 2013. In 2015, Jerry was named National Secretary.
Jerry holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in business administration from St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa. He has earned the following insurance industry designations: Fellow, Life Management Institute; Chartered Life Underwriter; Chartered Financial Consultant; and Fraternal Insurance Counsellor, Fellow. He also holds the Series 6, 7, 24, 26 and 63 licenses from the Financial Industry Regulator Association.
He is a member of the board of directors for Just Kids Childcare Inc., and has served on various Modern Woodmen Committees.
Jerry and his wife, Judy, have a son and two daughters.
William D. Keltner
William D. Keltner, Jackson, Tenn., began his Modern Woodmen career in 1984. He was named regional director in western Kentucky in 1989. He has served as director of Modern Woodmen’s western Tennessee and northern Mississippi region since 2003. He was appointed to Modern Woodmen’s Board of Directors in October 2009.
Keltner studied at the University of Tennessee and is a graduate of the Purdue University Professional Management Institute. He has earned his Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Leadership Fellow, Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow and Fraternal Insurance Counsellor designations.
His achievements at Modern Woodmen range from President’s Club, Managing Partner Inner Circle to Regional Director Inner Circle. His region is active fraternally and has won numerous awards.
He is the past president of the National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counsellors and a current board member. He is a member of the Exchange Club, General Agents and Managers Association and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.
Keltner and his wife, Bonita, have two children.
Robert C. Pollex
Robert C. Pollex joined the Board of Directors of Modern Woodmen of America on February 1, 2005, and has served in the national office of Escort for the society since its 1994 National Convention.
Mr. Pollex was elected in 1985 to the bench as Juvenile and Probate Judge of the Wood County Court of Common Pleas, General Division, in Bowling Green, Ohio. Judge Pollex, in his 14 years in this position, handles adult felony criminal cases and major civil cases of all types in the top trial court level in the Ohio court system.
His undergraduate studies were at the University of Toledo with a concentration in physics and mathematics. He earned his law degree from the University Of Toledo College Of Law in 1973.
Darcy G. Callas
Darcy G. Callas is the general counsel for Modern Woodmen of America and is on its Board of Directors. She is also the general counsel for Modern Woodmen Bank.
Mrs. Callas began her Modern Woodmen of America Career in 1983 as assistant counsel and then became assistant general counsel in 1994. She became general counsel and a member of Modern Woodmen of America Board of Directors in 2006.
A graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, Mrs. Callas earned the Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI) and the Associate, Life and Health Claims (ALHC) designations. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois.
David B. Emrick
David B. Emrick, Davenport, Iowa, is a retired office managing partner for Deloitte and Touche Accounting. He has served on Modern Woodmen’s Board of Directors since October 2009.
A graduate of Ball State University, Emrick earned his Certified Public Accountant certificate in 1973.
Emrick has served on the boards of the Putnam Museum and Genesis Health Services Foundation. He is the past president of the Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants, Western Chapter. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
He and his wife, Linda, have three children.
Gary L. Medd
Gary L. Medd, Davenport, Iowa, was appointed to Modern Woodmen's Board of Directors in October 2013. He retired in 2012 as vice president of Internal Audit for Deere & Company, where he was responsible for leading the worldwide audit function. Medd has 45 years of finance-related experience.
A graduate of Drake University and an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
Medd is a past Board Member of Two Rivers YMCA, Moline and past Alumni Trustee for Drake University Board of Trustees. He currently serves as Trustee for the Quad City Cultural Trust, Board Member for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, and Vice President, Congregation Council at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport.
Medd and his wife, Jean, have two children.
Lori A. Newberg
Lori A. Newberg, Lenexa, Kansas, is principal, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Miller & Newberg, Inc., an actuarial consulting firm based in Overland Park, Kansas. She joined Modern Woodmen of America's Board of Directors in June 2015.
Newberg is a graduate of the University of Kansas and past president of the Kansas City Actuaries Club.
A member of the Society of Actuaries and American Academy of Actuaries, Newberg brings more than 30 years of actuarial experience and knowledge of the life insurance industry to her position on the board. She has worked with numerous fraternal life insurance societies, gaining understanding of this segment of the industry.
Joseph A. Sztapka
Joseph A. Sztapka, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, began his career with Modern Woodmen of America in 1985 as a field representative in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In February 1991, he became a managing partner and built a successful team of representatives. He was named regional director in eastern South Dakota in March 2003 and was appointed to the Modern Woodmen Board of Directors in January 2017.
Joe has earned his Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Leadership Fellow, Chartered Financial Consultant, Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow, Fraternal Insurance Counsellor Fellow and Retirement Income Certified Professional designations. He has also earned numerous career awards, including Managing Partner Inner Circle and Regional Director Inner Circle membership.
Joe is an active member of Holy Spirit Parish in Sioux Falls, where he has served as chairman of the men’s group. He is also a member of the Children’s Home Foundation board, the NDSU business school board, and the STI business school advisory board.
Additionally, he is a member of numerous professional organizations in the industry, including GAMA International, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, the National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counsellors, the Society of Financial Services Professionals and the Sioux Falls Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Joe has served on the boards of many of these groups.
Joe and his wife, Diane, have twin sons, Nick and Ryan. He enjoys spending time with Diane and his sons, traveling and golfing.