2021 Board of Directors Candidates

Posted on May 28 2021 in Decatur County REMC

DISTRICT 5 (Incumbent)

Brian Scheidler and his wife, Linzi, live on County Road 60 East in Westport. A lifelong Decatur County resident, he graduated from South Decatur High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural systems management from Purdue University. 

Scheidler is the precision ag specialist for Kova Fertilizer in Westport where he has been employed for 13 years. He is a member of St. Mary’s Church. Scheidler has served as a DCREMC director for three years and has completed several director education courses. He says he loves how involved the cooperative is in the community and how we give back through Operation Round Up.  


Andy Schwering and his wife, Beth, live on 1000 S. in Westport. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Indianapolis. Schwering worked in industrial maintenance for 19 years before becoming a service engineer for a precision machine builder. He has served on the St. Denis/Immaculate Conception Church Finance Council. 

He and his family enjoy being active members of the Whitewater Valley Railroad in Connersville. A member of DCREMC for over 11 years, Schwering says his favorite thing about the REMC is the reliable service he receives.

DISTRICT 6 (Incumbent)

Dale Wernke and his wife, Jo Ann, live on County Road 150 North in North Vernon. Wernke graduated from Marian College with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. 

His 37-year career in accounting has spanned various disciplines including public accounting, manufacturing, healthcare, and construction. He is currently employed by Force Construction Company Inc. in Columbus as a project accountant. A member of St. Ann’s Catholic church, Wernke serves on the finance committee and is also a member of the Tri-Parish Pastoral Council of Jennings County. 

In his three years as director at Decatur County REMC, Wernke has attended trainings and completed coursework earning his Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) certification. Wernke has been a DCREMC member for 23 years and says his favorite thing about the co-op is the friendly, courteous staff that displays knowledge and passion in serving the members.


Jerry St. John and his wife, Janet, live on County Road 150 West in North Vernon. He is a graduate of Jennings County High School. St. John and his wife owned and operated St. John Trucking Inc. for over 40 years and are now enjoying retirement. 

St. John served as the Jennings County Soil and Water Conservation District supervisor for 30 years and has also served on the Jennings County Sheriff Department Merit Board. He is an active member of the North Vernon Masonic Lodge #59, the Rolling Hills Shrine Club and Murat Shrine, and is a life member of NRA, Quail Unlimited, Southern Indiana Rifle and Pistol Club, Indiana State Rifle and Pistol Club and Fish Creek Long Rifles. 

St. John has been a DCREMC member for 48 years and says his favorite thing about being a member is the economical and quality service provided by the REMC.

DISTRICT 8 (Incumbent) 

Michael Brelage and his wife, Gloria, live on County Road 1200 North in Batesville. He received a Bachelor or Science degree in math education from Purdue University and taught high school math for several years before staying home with their growing family of seven children. He also farms with his father on the family farm. 

Brelage is a member of St. Louis church, That Man is You, the St. Louis bingo committee, and the Knights of Columbus. He has served as DCREMC director for three years and has obtained his Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) certification through training and coursework. 

Brelage has been a long-time co-op member and values the cooperative business model and loves the customer service and quality product that DCREMC provides.


Clay Nuhring and his wife, Rose live on North Base Road in Batesville. He is a 1992 graduate of Batesville High School and attended Purdue University, studying agriculture. Nuhring is co-owner and vice president of Grazing Systems Supply, Inc. (GSS) and co-owner and president of B&C Tool Rental in Greensburg. He has been with GSS since 1999. 

He is one of the club leaders for the Country Kids 4-H club in Ripley County and a member of the Indiana Forage Council. Nuhring has been a DCREMC member since 1995.