Our Board

Northern Kentucky Water District

Joseph J. Koester

Chair

The Kenton County Judge-Executive appointed Joe Koester to the NKWD Board of Commissioners for the first time in September 1999. He was most recently appointed to an additional four-year term running from June 23, 2020, through July 31, 2024.

The Board voted in January 2022 for Mr. Koester to serve as Chair for a one-year term. Mr. Koester has served five previous one-year terms as Chair, four one-year terms as Secretary, three one-year terms as Treasurer, and two one-year terms as Vice-Chair.

Joe Koester is retired president of Herzog Jewelers in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. He is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and the Gemological Institute of America.

In addition to providing top-quality jewelry and service, Koester also is very involved in the Northern Kentucky community. His current involvement includes:

  • Member of the Foundation Executive Board and Trustee of
    St. Elizabeth Medical Center
  • Kentucky Employers Mutual Insurance
  • Board of Retail Jewelers Organization

Koester also has served previous terms as:

  • President of Kentucky Retail Jewelers
Northern Kentucky Water District

Fred A. Macke, Jr.

Vice-Chair

The Campbell County Judge-Executive appointed Fred A. Macke, Jr. to the NKWD Board of Commissioners for the first time in September 2004. He was most recently appointed to an additional four-year term running from June 17, 2020, through August 26, 2024.

The Board voted in January 2022 for Mr. Macke to serve as Vice-Chair for a one-year term. Mr. Macke has served two previous one-year terms as Vice-Chair, four one-year terms as Chair, six one-year terms as Secretary, and one term as Treasurer.

Fred Macke was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. He is a Brokerage Senior Vice President with Colliers International. As Brokerage Senior Vice President, he is responsible for the leasing and sale of office and office/warehouse buildings throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Because of his vast experience, Fred is often consulted by local media representatives on issues relating to the local commercial real estate market.

Mr. Macke is very active in the Northern Kentucky Community. Some of his community involvement includes:

  • Northern Kentucky University Foundation
  • St. Elizabeth Hospital, Board of Directors, Retired
  • Campbell County Economic Progress Authority, Chairman
  • CBank, Board of Directors
  • Campbell Leadership Action Group, Board Member
Northern Kentucky Water District

Jody R. Lange, CPA, CGMA

Secretary

The Kenton County Judge-Executive appointed Jody R. Lange to the NKWD Board of Commissioners on September 10, 2019, to a four-year term running through August 28, 2023.

The Board voted in January 2022 for Ms. Lange to serve as Secretary for a one-year term. Ms. Lange previously served two one-year terms as Treasurer.

Jody Lange is Accounting Manager for Used-Car-Parts.com, Inc. in Fort Wright, Kentucky. She is a graduate of Thomas More College, holding bachelor's degrees in Accountancy and International Studies, as well as an Associate degree in Spanish.

In addition, Ms. Lange has the following licenses and affiliations:

  • Certified Public Accountant, Kentucky
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant
  • Member AICPA and Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Co-treasurer of Special Olympics of Northern Kentucky
  • Board member for The Giving Fund nonprofit
  • Owner of JRL Financial, LLC a small accounting and tax preparation firm
Northern Kentucky Water District

Douglas C. Wagner, CDT

Treasurer

The Campbell County Judge-Executive appointed Douglas C. Wagner to the NKWD Board of Commissioners for the first time in July 2002. He was most recently appointed for an additional four-year term running July 21, 2021, through August 26, 2025.

The Board voted in January 2022 for Mr. Wagner to serve as Treasurer for a one-year term. Mr. Wagner has served six one-year terms as Chair, four one-year terms as Vice-Chair, four one-year terms as Treasurer, and one term as Secretary.

Doug Wagner was born and raised in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. He is the owner and operator of Weber Dental Laboratory, Inc. in Fort Thomas, a company he has owned for over 40 years. Wagner received National Certification in Dental Technology in 1979.

Wagner is very active in his community. His involvement includes:

  • Member of numerous committees and boards and St. Therese Parish in Southgate
  • Secretary of the Kentucky State Dental Laboratory Association for six years and Treasurer for two years.
  • Member of the Mid America Dental Technology Symposium committee (major regional continuing education seminar)
  • Member of the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL)
  • Chairman of the Cliffview Neighborhood Association in Newport for ten years
  • Member of the Newport Transit Center T.A.N.K. Advisory Committee
  • Member of the Newport Water Advisory Board
Northern Kentucky Water District

Clyde Cunningham

Commissioner

The Kenton County Judge-Executive appointed Clyde Cunningham to the NKWD Board of Commissioners for the first time on August 28, 2011. He was most recently reappointed for an additional four-year term running August 27, 2019, through August 28, 2023.

Mr. Cunningham has served two previous one-year terms as Chair, two previous one-year terms as Treasurer, two one-year terms as Secretary, and two one-year terms as Vice-Chair.

Clyde Cunningham has been with the Kenton County Farm Bureau Insurance Company for over 40 years and currently serves as Agency Manager of the Independence Branch. Early in his career, Mr. Cunningham served as Chairman of a newly formed water commission board in Monroe County, Kentucky that was instrumental in the development of rural water service.

Mr. Cunningham is very active within the Northern Kentucky Community. He served with the Kenton County Extension Council for many years, was past President of the Council, and was on the building committee when the Taylor Mill Road facility was under construction. He is married to his wife Donna, and they have 4 children and 8 grandchildren, all residing in Northern Kentucky.

A native of Cookeville, TN, Mr. Cunningham obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee Tech University.

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Nicholas E. Winnike

Commissioner

The Kenton County Judge-Executive appointed Nicholas E. Winnike to the NKWD Board of Commissioners on September 28, 2021, to a four-year term running through August 28, 2025.

Mr. Winnike retired in December 2019, as a vice president of Jacobs Engineering after a 40-year career, including 38 years with CH2M HILL, followed by 2 years with Jacobs Engineering, which acquired CH2M HILL in 2017. He was a licensed Professional Engineer in Kentucky and several other states, and his area of practice was municipal water, wastewater, and stormwater systems. Winnike has served as project manager on challenging assignments across the Tri-State region including leadership of designs at each of the three Northern Kentucky Water District treatment plants.

He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering and from the University of California, Davis where he received an M.S. Degree in Environmental Engineering.

In addition, Mr. Winnike is active in his community and has the following affiliations:

  • Member of American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Member of American Water Works Association
  • Member of Serra Club for Vocations
  • 2011 Hero Award from Cincinnati-based STEM organization, M2SE (Minorities in Math, Science, and Engineering)
  • Regularly volunteers at Rose Garden Home Mission in Covington as well as his church