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Board of Directors

Plains Land Bank’s Board of Directors are elected to represent our cooperative and they serve the organization with your voice in mind. As a supervisory board, members attend board meetings and make decisions that influence the way we run our association. Elections are held annually, though, several of our directors have served on the board for many years. Meet our leadership:

  • danny krienke

    Daniel L. Krienke

    Chairman

    Daniel Krienke has served as an elected member of the Plains Land Bank Board of Directors since 1999. Residing in Perryton, Texas, Mr. Krienke is an expert in dryland and irrigated farming. He is also a director of the Texas Grain Sorghum Association and National Sorghum Check-off. Mr. Krienke additionally works on water conservation efforts as a member of the Region A State Water Planning Committee.

  • lyle miller

    Lyle Miller

    Vice Chairman

    Lyle Miller was elected to the Plains Land Bank Board of Directors in 2015. He’s a partner in Four M Brothers and Miller Farms Texas in Floydada, Texas. As a service to the community, Mr. Miller is also president of the Floydada School Board of Trustees.

  • Denny Babcock

    Dennis "Denny" Babcock

    Director
    Dennis Babcock has served on the Plains Land Bank Board of Directors since 1998. Mr. Babcock was born and raised in the Groom, Texas, area and graduated from Groom High School before attending West Texas A&M University where he earned his degree in agricultural business and economics. Mr. Babcock farms full-time with his two sons, growing wheat, corn, and sorghum. 
  • rusty henson

    Walter "Rusty" Henson

    Director, Audit Committee Chairman
    Walter “Rusty” Henson joined the board in 2000 and serves as chairman on the Audit Committee. A resident of Quitaque, Texas, he’s farmed in Briscoe County for 40 years and is also a director of the Caprock Soil & Water Conservation District. Mr. Henson earned a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness from West Texas State University. 
  • randy darnell

    Randy Darnell

    Director

    Randy Darnell was elected to the Plains Land Bank Board of Directors in 2002. He’s a farmer and stockman in Deaf Smith and Randall Counties as well as a member and past president of the Canyon Independent School District board. Mr. Darnell graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Ag Economics.

  • steve rader

    Steve Rader

    Director

    Steve Rader has been a member of the Plains Land Bank Board of Directors since 2002. He manages a cow-calf operation in the Texas counties of Lipscomb, Canadian and Hemphill. Mr. Rader also has an operation in Ellis County, Oklahoma, and is a partner in RNR Seeding – a company that specializes in reclaiming oil fields and pipelines. He has a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University.

  • don james

    Don R. James

    Director

    Don James was elected to the bank’s board in 2004. He farms in Hale County and is a past board member of United Farm Industries. Mr. James is also a past board member of Llano Estacado Regional Planning Group. He studied at both Wayland Baptist University and Texas Tech University where he gained knowledge as an ag producer.

  • perry kirkland

    Perry Kirkland

    Director, Compensation Committee Chairman

    Perry Kirkland was elected to the board in 2012 and serves as the Compensation Committee chair. He owns and manages Kirkland Feedyard, Inc., a 20,000-head custom-feeding operation, in Vega, Texas. 

  • lea stukey

    Lea Stukey, CPA

    Outside Director, Audit Committee Vice Chairwoman

    Lea Stukey was appointed to the board as an outside director in 2016 and is vice chair of the Audit Committee. She’s an owner of Lewis, Kaufman, Reid, Stukey, Gattis & Co., a CPA firm in Plainview, Texas and specializes in tax planning, preparation, payroll services and business consultation. Ms. Stukey holds a Business Administration degree from West Texas A&M University.

  • Mallory Vestal

    Mallory Vestal, Ph.D.

    Outside Director

    Mallory Vestal, Ph.D., was appointed to the board as an outside director in 2016. She’s an associate professor of Agricultural Business and Economics at West Texas A&M University and is also an educational consultant to the National Reining Horse Association. Dr. Vestal earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness/Equine Industry and Business from West Texas A&M University.

  • jerrell key

    Jerrell K. Key

    Director, Compensation Committee Vice Chairman

    Our borrower-members elected Jerrell Key to the board in 2019. In addition to serving as the vice chair of the Compensation Committee, he’s the general manager of Adobe Walls Gin, LP. Mr. Key grows cotton, corn and wheat in Hansford County and is a member of the Hansford County FSA Committee. The board has welcomed Mr. Key and his experience as he holds a degree in Agricultural Economics from Texas Tech University. 

See yourself as a member of our board of directors? Consider running for a position during the annual election. Contact us for more information.