Birth: October 14, 1960, Fort Dodge. Education: Graduate of Fort Dodge High School. Attended the University of Iowa. Received B.A. in Public Administration, Drake University. Graduate of University of North Carolina Basic Economic Development Course. Spouse: Laurie Lynch Kersten. Activities: President of Professional Financial Advisers, Inc. Former assistant to Governor Branstad. Former marketing/regional manager, Iowa Department of Economic Development. Member: Fort Dodge Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Association of Life Underwriters, Rotary, Elks, Iowa Association of Business and Industry, National Federation of Independent Business, American Association of Individual Investors, National Association of Securities Dealers, International Association of Financial Planners, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Fort Dodge. Former member: Iowa Professional Developers and Iowa Farm Bureau. Term: First.