President, Interstate Power and Light Company

Terry Kouba serves dual roles at Alliant Energy as Senior Vice President of Utility Operations and President of the Iowa energy company.

Terry’s 38 years of experience at Alliant Energy have provided a strong and varied background that prepared him for his leadership role. He previously held the positions of Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Generation, as well as Director of Generation, Sourcing and Supply Chain, Customer Service Operation and Electrical Engineering. His work in Customer Service shaped his views on the importance of meeting customer needs, as well as the Alliant Energy employees who serve them every day. 

Since 2014, Terry has been responsible for utility operations functions including Energy Delivery Operations, Generation Operations, Customer Service, Community and Economic Development. Also, as President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company. Terry works with 2,300 Iowa-based employees to execute the company’s long-term strategic plan while ensuring safe, reliable and affordable energy to customers.

In 1981, Terry joined Interstate Power Company, which is now part of Alliant Energy. Terry lives in Dubuque, Iowa, and holds a B.S. from North Dakota State University in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He and his wife, Julie, have four daughters and seven grandchildren. Terry is a member of the boards of the Iowa Utilities Association, the Greater Dubuque Development Corp. and the University of Iowa College of Engineering Advisory Board.


Vice president, Black Hills Energy

Shirley Welte is the vice president for Black Hills Energy in Iowa. Shirley has more than 24 years of experience in strategic leadership, operations management and working in the utility industry. She joined Black Hills Energy in 2012 as the supervisor of operations in eastern Iowa, and later relocated to Wyoming where she was promoted to vice president of Wyoming utilities. Prior to joining Black Hills Energy, Shirley began her career in Illinois in the banking field followed by the energy industry where she worked for Nicor Gas holding progressive leadership roles. Shirley is committed to serving the community. She has fulfilled a variety of leadership roles for city initiatives, is a graduate of Leadership Wyoming and is a past board member of the Longs Peak Boy Scout Council. Shirley holds a master of science degree in organizational management and a bachelor of arts degree in communication. Shirley is married to Duane and together they have two sons, and two grandchildren.

Kelcey Brown

President and CEO, MidAmerican Energy Company

Kelcey Brown serves as MidAmerican Energy's president and CEO. MidAmerican provides electric and natural gas service to nearly 1.6 million customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. The company owns and operates a diverse and growing portfolio of power generating assets, as well as an expanding transmission and distribution infrastructure. Brown began her employment with the Berkshire Hathaway Energy family of businesses in 2011 when she joined PacifiCorp in Portland, Oregon. From 2011 to 2020, Brown served in various regulatory, commercial and operational roles, most recently as the vice president of energy supply management, where she was responsible for the energy imbalance market analytics, policy research, contract administration and short-term load forecasting. Prior to joining PacifiCorp, Brown was a senior economist at the Oregon Public Utility Commission and an economist at Blackfoot Telecommunications. On January 26, 2021, she assumed the role of president and CEO at MidAmerican. Brown graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in regulatory economics, and she served in the U.S. Navy for five years, with most of her enlistment on board the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier.

Dusky Terry

President of ITC Midwest and vice president, ITC Holdings Corp.

Dusky Terry is president of ITC Midwest and vice president, ITC Holdings Corp. In this role, Mr. Terry serves as the business unit head, providing leadership and strategic direction for ITC Midwest. 

A lifelong Iowan, Mr. Terry spent the first half of his career in the public policy arena before joining Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO), an electric generation and transmission cooperative, in 2008, as public affairs strategist. He was promoted to vice president in 2013 and led a team responsible for CIPCO’s business development, wholesale ratemaking, and marketing/energy efficiency programs. More recently, his responsibilities expanded to include long-term resource planning where he played a key role in the deployment of CIPCO’s recent utility-scale solar projects.

Prior to his tenure with CIPCO, he served in Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack’s office as an adviser working to advance the Governor’s policy agenda specializing in agriculture, economic development, energy, transportation, and natural resource policy.

An active community volunteer, Mr. Terry previously served two terms as mayor of Earlham, Iowa. He also held leadership positions on the Better Business Bureau of Iowa Board, Madison County Development Group Board, and Greater Madison County Community Foundation Board.

Mr. Terry is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in public administration.