MME Team




Ryland Utlaut - President

Ryland Utlaut is a founding member of the Mid-Missouri Energy Board of Directors and has served as President from 2002 to present. Since graduating from the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Agriculture Business, he has operated farms in Saline and Lafayette Counties along with his brother. Mr. Utlaut has served as President and Chairman of the Board for the National Corn Growers Association. In addition, he has served on the European-U.S. Consultative Forum, USDA Agriculture Policy Advisory Committee and for Missouri Corn Growers as Vice-President of the Board and as Chairman of the Corn Merchandising Council. Mr. Utlaut is currently a director of Wood & Huston Bank of Marshall, MO, Renewable Products Marketing Group, and president of Missouri Renewable Fuels Association. He and his wife, Joey, reside in Alma, Missouri.

Chris Wilson - General Manager
Telephone Ext. 12   E-mail

Chris is a graduate of Truman State University at Kirksville, MO with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Chemistry minor. He has served many roles in the ethanol industry, including construction site and start-up supervision prior to joining the MME team as Plant Manager in 2004.


Tyler Edmundson - Plant Manager
Telephone Ext. 25   E-mail

Tyler is a 1997 graduate of Brunswick High School and a 2001 graduate of Missouri Valley College where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.   After graduating from MVC, Tyler began working in a seed crop production facility as an operator and quality control technician.   In 2003 he moved to another seed facility filling numerous roles in production, shipping and receiving and quality control until joining Mid-Missouri Energy. Tyler began his career with Mid-Missouri Energy in 2004 as a process technician, working up to night shift supervisor, then production coordinator and now the current plant manager.

Kathy Austin - CFO
Telephone Ext. 16 E-mail
Kathy joined MME as our Chief Financial Officer.  She recently served as the Director of Accounting for Red Cross Pharmacy for 8 years, and in addition brings experience from her Saline County Auditor and Treasurer tenure.  Kathy has family roots in the Malta Bend area, and currently resides in rural Saline County with her husband.

Brian Koss - Production Manager
Telephone Ext. 33   E-mail

Ben Dohrman - Commodities Manager
Telephone Ext. 19   E-mail






John Goodman - Maintenance Manager
Telephone Ext. 20  E-mail

John was born in Marshall, MO on February 13th, 1966. He graduated from Malta Bend R-V High School in Malta Bend, MO in May 1984. After graduating High School John then attended the Nashville Auto Diesel College where he studied to become an Auto Diesel Technician and graduated in August 1985. After graduating from the Nashville Auto Diesel College, John returned to Malta Bend where he worked for Malta Bend R-V School as custodian, maintenance man, and mechanic.In July 1988, John decided to serve his country and enlisted as a Private in the Army. John spent more than 20 years as a linguist in the Army speaking Russian, Arabic, and the Serbo-Croatian languages and retired as a Sergeant First Class. During his tenure with the Army John was assigned to a wide variety of positions, including Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Operations Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO), Maintenance NCO, Training NCO, NCO In Charge of Intelligence reporting quality control, Translator in Guantanamo Bay Cuba, and as an advisor to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. John is most proud of his 13 month deployment to Iraq as Platoon Sergeant. John began working at Mid Missouri Energy in November 2011, first as a Process Technician-D&E then later as Process Technician-Utility. In March 2013 John became a Floating Shift Supervisor. As a Floating Shift Supervisor John was given the opportunity to work with personnel from all of the four shifts and with the Management team on various special projects. John is married and lives in Sweet Springs Missouri with his wife Stephanie and two of his teenage children Ali and Zxander.

Shawn Davis - EH&S Manager
Telephone Ext. 26   E-mail

David Stanton - Lab Manager
Telephone Ext. 22  E-mail
Matthew Endicott - Information Manager & Accounting Associate
Telephone Ext. 15   E-mail

Matthew began college at Truman State University Majoring in Chemistry, but later graduated from Missouri Valley College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Business minor with a focus in Accounting. He worked mostly construction prior to his MME hire in 2004 as Accounting/IT clerk.


Office Team
Sarah Lavelock Administrative Assistant & HR Manager Ext. 11


Plant Team Telephone Ext. 21 (unless otherwise noted), Lab - Telephone Ext. 22
Melvin Alspaw Process Technician  
Alan Arnold Process Technician  
Jacob Basnight Process Technician  
Andrew Benner Process Technician  
Roman Bethel Process Technician  
Bryce Breshears Process Technician  
Nathan Cato Process Technician  
Cole Cruse Process Technician  
Joe Eddy Process Technician  
Leland Graves Process Technician  
Michael Harlow EAM & Maintenance Planner Ext. 37
Phillip Henks Lab Technician  
Michael Johnson Scale Operator Ext. 35
William Kahler Process Technician  
Dana Kaiser Shift Supervisor  
Timothy Kranz Shift Supervisor  
Steve Lightfoot Process Technician - Grains  
Brian Mckinney Shift Supervisor  
Brett McLanahan Maintenance Technician  
Open Process Technician - Grains  
Cody Painter Electrician  
Austin Phegley Process Technician  
Thomas Richards Process Technician  
Alex Rudd Grains Clerk Ext. 36
Wes Steffens Maintenance Technician  
Daniel Swift Shift Supervisor  
Brad Tagtmeyer Lab Technician  
Logan Tate Process Technician  
Blayne Vogel Shift Supervisor  
Paul Yung Maintenance Technician