Iowa Ideas 2019

October 3-4, 2019 • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids
The Iowa Ideas Conference is a nonpartisan, statewide gathering designed to explore the key questions and big ideas that will shape the future of Iowa. Created by the Gazette for all Iowa citizens, legislators, community & business leaders, Iowa Ideas is the conference that allows all voices to be hear. Come be a part of the conversation.
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  • 03 October
  • 04 October

Aimee Hospodarsky

Guidance Counselor
Monticello School District

04 October

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Alan Schumacher

Board President
Iowa Recycling Assocation

03 October

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Andrea Seip

Commissioner
Iowa Insurance Division

04 October

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Andre Wright

Founder/CEO
Born Leaders United
Andre’ Wright is the founder/CEO of Born Leaders United, a fashion brand based out of Iowa City, Iowa. He has gotten noticed by the likes of a number of celebrities with his latest fashion collection Humanize My Hoodie. Andre’ has taken his passion and talent to grow his boutique fashion brand, Born Leaders United, into a global brand within the last six years all while building local community awareness and producing the most impactful fashion events Iowa has ever seen. In addition, Andre’ enjoys traveling and has journeyed to over 20 countries of the past 3 years learning about different cultures using his creativity to help build communities worldwide. His experience with traveling the world is reflected in his passion that he puts into his fashion label. Andre’ prides himself as someone that helps youth in marginalized communities and regularly mentors and creates programs to help kids understand their personal brand. Andre’ is more than a fashion designer and is constantly look for ways to inspire, empower and support others.

03 October

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Andy Johnson

Director
Winneshiek Energy District

04 October

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Angela Harrington

Development
Hotel Grinnell

03 October

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Angie Radcliffe

Guidance Counselor
North Mahaska County High School

04 October

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Anne Clinton-Cirocco

Counselor
Kirkwood Community College

Ashley Vanorny

Councilmember
City of Cedar Rapids City Council
Ashley Vanorny is a Councilmember serving in her first term proudly representing District 5 in Cedar Rapids, IA. She became the 2nd youngest person to serve in Iowa’s second biggest city after winning in a December 2017 run-off election. As a lifelong Cedar Rapidian she advocates for those within the city, whether they’re here for a short or long while, making it her mission to be welcoming. In her council duties, she serves on the Public Safety and Youth Services Committee, the Development Committee, and the SET Grant Committee. She also serves on the Education Committee for the Iowa League of Cities, and on the National League of Cities’ Community and Economic Development Committee. She works as a healthcare professional at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, and serves on the University of Iowa’s Staff Council. In addition to her professional work, Ashley is a Master’s candidate studying Healthcare Administration (MHA) from Des Moines University. Many of her philanthropy efforts outside of council center around supporting children in and aging out of foster care. She serves on the board of Directors for the League of Women Voters of Linn County, the Linn County Phoenix Club, and Families Helping Families of Iowa, and is training to join the local Foster Care Review Board. She is a member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders, a 2018 Des Moines Chapter fellow of New Leaders Council, and a member of the Young Elected Officials Network.

03 October

Barry Schreier

Director
University of Iowa Counseling services

04 October

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Ben Rogers

Linn County Supervisor

04 October

Bernard Dutchik

Vice President Corporate Development
ImOn Communications
Bernard Dutchik is the Vice President of Corporate Development at ImOn Communications, LLC helping ImOn to grow its footprint across Eastern Iowa through internally funded expansion efforts and private-public partnerships in order to meet the exponentially growing demand for bandwidth. Bernard grew up in Cedar Rapids and is a proud graduate of CR Jefferson, Kirkwood Community College, and Iowa State University. After his undergrad, he spent time in Florida and Georgia working for Rockwell and Bandag while also earning his MBA from the University of Central Florida and an MMIS from Nova Southeastern. In addition to Rockwell and Bandag, his work experience also includes time with Bridgestone and ACT in a variety of roles across Engineering, Business Analysis, Information Technology, Program Management, Operations, and Strategic Partnerships.

04 October

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Beth Townsend

Director
Iowa Workfroce Development

03 October

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Bill Cherrier

CEO & Executive Vice President
Central Iowa Power Cooperative

04 October

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Bill Menner

Executive Director
Iowa Rural Development Council

04 October

Bob Russell

State Public Health Dental Director
Iowa Department of Public Health

04 October

Brent Willett

President & CEO
Iowa Health Care Association
Brent Willett is President & CEO of the Iowa Health Care Association. IHCA and its divisions, the Iowa Center for Assisted Living, Iowa Center for Home Care and Iowa Center for Post-Acute and Long Term Care serve the long term services and supports profession as a nonprofit trade association. IHCA’s 800+ member organizations span the continuum long term services and supports health care in Iowa. In his role, Willett is responsible to the IHCA Board of Directors for overseeing the strategic vision for IHCA and the Iowa Health Political Action Committee. Brent maintains a proactive role in legislative and government affairs, advocacy, and reimbursement for LTSS. Brent also serves as the association’s liaison to the American Health Care Association. Prior to his role at IHCA, Willett served as President & CEO of Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor, a public-private regional economic development and innovation acceleration organization focused on growing Central Iowa’s agriculture and bioscience sectors via the attraction of investment, jobs and talent to the state. The Corridor has offices in Ames and Des Moines, Iowa. A national long term care leader, Willett currently serves on the American Society of Health Care Executives Board of Directors; the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living [AHCA/NCAL] Regional Multifacility Council; the AHCA/NCAL Reimbursement Committee; American Trust & Savings Bank Advisory Board; and in advisory positions with several organizations. He is a 2017 Development Counsellors International 40 Under 40 honoree; 2015 Des Moines Business Record 40 Under 40 honoree; Past President of the Professional Developers of Iowa; past officer of Leadership Iowa; and past officer of the Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives Board of Directors. Willett is a 2009 Leadership Iowa, 2010 Institute for Organizational Management and 2011 University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute graduate. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business. Willett is native of Davenport, Iowa. His wife Emily, daughter Kate and he live in Ankeny, Iowa.

03 October

Brock Grenis

Transit Administrator/Planner
East Central Iowa Council of Governments
Brock has acted as the Transit Administrator and Planner for the East Central Iowa Council of Governments, and the CorridorRides transit agency since 2010. In recent years CorridorRides has expanded services to meet the needs of a regional commuter base that is quickly growing and changing. Working in partnership with the Iowa Department of Transportation, CorridorRides has focused on the needs of commuters surrounding the Interstate 380 Corridor and the seven county region surrounding Cedar Rapids and Iowa City to offer alternative transportation options.

03 October

Caleb Housh

Vice President
Lockridge Networks
I live in Seymour, IA with my wife Hilary and children Coley and Cain. I also have a son Connor and a daughter in law McKenna. I have served as Mayor of Seymour since 2009. I am employed at Lockridge, Inc which is a family owned chain of lumberyards in southern Iowa. In 2018 we created Lockridge Networks to provide southern, rural Iowa with reliable, high speed internet. In 2018 I was appointed by Gov. Reynolds to serve on the Connect Rural Iowa Task Force. I am also a board member on the Wayne Community Foundation and the Chariton Valley Regional Housing Trust Fund.

04 October

Carmen Heck

Vice President of Mission Services
Goodwill of the Heartland
Carmen Heck is the Vice President of Mission Services at Goodwill of the Heartland. She has 32 years of experience working in the human services field, specifically focused on employment services for people with barriers to independence. Carmen has a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Iowa and is a certified rehabilitation counselor. Carmen’s experience includes grant writing, community needs assessment and program development. She currently serves on the Iowa State Workforce Development Board and is an active member of the Minority Unemployment and the Ex-Offender Reentry subcommittees. She is also an ex-officio member of the Region 10 Workforce Board.

03 October

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Carolann Jensen

Interm Executive Director
Iowa Finance Authority

03 October

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Carole Henning

Urban Leadership & Teacher Academy
Des Moines Public Schools

03 October

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Chandran Lapel

Family Liason
Clear Creek - Amana School District

04 October

Charles Connerly

Director
Universiy of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning

03 October

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Chris Demmer

National Vice President
JCI USA

04 October

Chris Jones

IIHR Research Engineer
University of Iowa
Chris Jones is a Research Engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering at the University of Iowa. He manages the university’s real time water quality sensor network that tracks conditions at 70 Iowa locations. His research focuses on nutrient and sediment transport and water monitoring in agricultural landscapes. He previously worked at Des Moines Water Works and Iowa Soybean Association. He holds a PhD in chemistry from Montana State University.

04 October

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Chris Nosbisch

City Administrator
City of Mount Vernon
I have been in the public sector for 18 years, representing both counties and cities of varying sizes. I have been the City Administrator for the City of Mt. Vernon for the past three years. I am both a certified planner and a credentialed city manager.

03 October

Chris West

Vice President, Operations
Winnebago Industries, Inc.
Chris West serves as Vice President of Operations at Winnebago Industries, leading the way in safety and quality, lean transformation, supply chain performance, and operational strategy spanning the Winnebago, Grand Design, and Chris-Craft portfolio of brands. His professional background includes the positions of Vice President of Global Supply Chain, as well as Vice President of Manufacturing, at Joy Global; Director of Manufacturing at AGCO Corporation; and Director of Operations at The NORDAM Group. Chris holds a master’s degree in Business administration and bachelor’s degree in Industrial Operations Management. He is an avid runner, proud husband and father, and active member of both community and industry organizations.

04 October

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Clark McLeod

Co-Founder
Monarch Research Project

03 October

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Constance Beecher

School of Education
Iowa State University

03 October

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Dale Todd

03 October

Dan Clark

Director
Iowa Prison Industries
Dan Clark is the Director of Iowa Prison Industries (IPI), a work training program for men and women incarcerated within Iowa's nine state prisons.  Every day, more than 900 men and women in the IPI program learn to weld, learn to work as a team, learn to use the tools of lean manufacturing, and learn the skills that will help them obtain good paying jobs upon their release.  IPI work training programs provide Iowa employers with a skilled and motivated workforce, and improve the success rate for re-entering citizens. Prior to joining IPI, Dan spent 30 years in private industry.  He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Buffalo and an M.S. from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.  Dan and his spouse Kristin reside in West Des Moines, Iowa.

03 October

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Danielle Oswald-Thole

Panelist
American Cancer Society

03 October

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Daniel McGehee

Director, National Advanced Driving Simulator/Professor
University of Iowa

04 October

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Daniel Zeno

Policy Director
ACLU of Iowa

04 October

Dan Lutat

Director of Sustainable Energy
Iowa Lakes College

04 October

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Darcie Davis-Gage

Counseling Program
University of Northern Iowa

04 October

Darlene Schmidt

CEO
Community Health Free Clinic
Darlene Schmidt is co-founder and CEO of Community Health Free Clinic (CHFC). Darlene spent over 30 years as an office nurse before becoming the first Executive Director of the Cedar Rapids Free Medical Clinic in 1995. In 2002, in order to seek broader community support for the uninsured, Darlene along with Dr. Galbraith started Community Health Free Clinic. CHFC provides free medical, dental, vision, and prescription services for those without access to or the ability to pay for healthcare in our community. CHFC helped over 5,000 unique patients this last year, providing over 18,000 services to patients who are uninsured or underinsured. Darlene has been a full-time advocate for the uninsured and underinsured since 1995. She has been recognized for her work helping our neighbors in need, receiving the third annual “Who is My Neighbor Award” from St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and Pfizer Pharmaceutical’s “Iowa Quality of Care Award” in 2003. Darlene was awarded the 2004 Appreciation Award for “Service above Self” from the Downtown Cedar Rapids Rotary Club. She was also recognized by Waypoint Services as a Tribute to Women of Achievement as a Pioneer in our community and The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation 2007 Bridge Builder Award. Darlene’s unwavering commitment to the community’s poor is extraordinary. She is tireless in her pursuit of better ways to serve her patients and collaborates with area hospitals and agencies to ensure that patients receive the medical care they need. Darlene is a woman of extraordinary achievement who has had an amazing impact on both her patients and the community.

04 October

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Dave Heiar

Senior Advisor/Community Coach
Jackson County Economic Alliance

04 October

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Dave Hunt

Association Dean of Distance Learning
Kirkwood Community College

03 October

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Dave Mehaffy

Coe College

04 October

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David Ottavianelli

Director, Labor Relations
John Deere

03 October

Dawn Bowlus

Iowa JPEC
University of Iowa

03 October

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Di Findley

Executive Director
Iowa CareGivers
Di Findley is the founder of the Iowa CareGivers (IC) and has served as its director since 1992. Di has served on numerous state and national committees, boards, and councils that focus on policy and practice issues related to the direct care workforce such as Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), Home Care Aides (HCAs), Hospice Aides, and Direct Support Professionals. She is committed to ensuring a workforce that is prepared to serve the needs of Iowans regardless their age, ability or setting in which they receive services. She is a former nurse aide, a graduate of Drake University, and was inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame in 2003 for her work as an advocate for Direct Care Workers.

03 October

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Don Egli

Director of Safety
Iowa Motor Truck Association

03 October

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Doug Ommen

Director
Iowa Insurance Division

03 October

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Drew Klein

Iowa Director
Americans for prosperity

03 October

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Emily Blomme

Chief Executive Officer
Foundation 2 Crisis Services

03 October

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Ethan Hohenadel

Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency

03 October

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Gary Glockhoff

Trustee, Iowa Lions Foundation
Cedar Rapids Noon Lions Club

04 October

Gary Taylor

Professor of Community and Regional Planning
Iowa State University

03 October

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Geoff Bartsh

Sr. Vice President / General Manager, Individual & Family Business
Medica

03 October

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Gilbert Nunez

Manager Customer Solutions and Business Development
Alliant Energy Corporate Services, Inc.

03 October

Grant Menke

State Director
United States Department of Agriculture

03 October

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Hailey Carr

Operation BackPack/Volunteer Coordinator
HACAP Food Reservoir

03 October

Howard Cowen

Director, Geriatric & Special Needs Dentistry
University of Iowa
Dr. Cowen spent 4 years in the U S Navy and then 3 years in private practice in Seattle, WA. He joined the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1982 and received his MS in Public Health Dentistry in 1996. He has been Director, of the Geriatric & Special Needs Program and the Geriatric Mobile Dental Unit in the Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry for over 35 years. He is presently the Director of the Geriatric & Special Needs Program and Director, Geriatric Graduate Certificate Program, as well as Director of Geriatric & Special Needs Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry and has authored/coauthored over 30 publications.

04 October

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Ingrid Anderson

Water Program Director
Iowa Environmental Council

03 October

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Jason Sole

Adjunct Professor
Hamline University

03 October

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Jeff Geerts

Special Projects Manager
Iowa Economic Development Authority

03 October

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Jeff Weld

Executive Director
Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council

04 October

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Jennifer Crall

Director of Public Affairs
Iowa Select Farms

03 October

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Jennifer Donovan

Physician
Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation and Eastern Iowa Health Center

03 October

Jenn Meier

Regional Director
IJAG

03 October

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Jenny Schulz

Executive Director
Kids First Law Center
Jenny is the founder and executive director of Kids First Law Center, a unique children’s nonprofit devoted to giving children a voice in conflict. For the first dozen years, Kids First focused on helping children through conflict in their families by providing educational workshops for kids whose parents are divorcing, legal representation for children in high-conflict divorce cases, and mediation for split parents. Following lethal teen shootings in Cedar Rapids, Jenny and the Kids First team began exploring ways to help children through conflict with their peers. That research led to Kids First’s newest program—restorative justice in the school setting. Through restorative “circles,” Kids First helps resolves conflicts between students and between students and teachers. This process helps kids develop empathy and accountability, which in turn reduces future conflict. Jenny received her law degree from the University of Iowa. In her spare time, she picks up trash in Wellington Heights.

04 October

Jen Winter

Director of Public Works
City of Cedar Rapids
Jen Winter has served as Public Works Director for the City of Cedar Rapids since April 2015. Jen oversees approximately 200 employees within five divisions in the Public Works Department; Engineering, Traffic, Real Estate/Right-of-Way Management, Street Operations, and Sewer Operations. Prior to joining the City, Jen was Regional Director at HR Green, where she had served since 2004. As Regional Director, Jen led the Cedar Rapids engineering firm’s Iowa transportation team, supervised project managers across the organization, and collaborated with municipalities from across the state of Iowa. Jen received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University. In addition to her experience at HR Green, Jen’s previous work experience includes working as a project engineer for Ament Design in Cedar Rapids; for Strand Associates in Madison, Wisconsin; and for Kirkham Michael Consulting Engineers in Omaha, Nebraska. Jen is an active member of APWA and is currently the Region 3 Director for the APWA Iowa Chapter which covers 11 counties. She is also the former chair of the APWA Center for Sustainability which is a national committee focused on delivering resources, education, advocacy, and member engagement for public works professionals to implement environmentally, economically and socially responsible projects and services.

04 October

Jeremy Meyer

Director of Communications
Clickstop, Inc.
Hello! My name is Jeremy Meyer, and I serve as the Director of Communications for Clickstop. During my first two years at Clickstop, I served as the 2nd shift Production Manager, which had been entrusted to me to create and develop. The challenge was to create a team that would aid in the continuous improvement of our Manufacturing Facility while maintaining agreement and alignment with Clickstop’s mission, vision, strategies and values – aka, ensure engagement. It was a great opportunity to learn more about connecting a part-time workforce to a purpose bigger than a supplemental income or temporary stop in journey towards a full-time career. Then, I was presented with the opportunity to serve as the Director of Manufacturing. This meant that I was entrusted with the continuous improvement of the people, processes and capabilities of the manufacturing department. While the workforce is largely comprised of Full-Time employees, the work of connecting people to a bigger purpose than just producing a product was equally exciting. I served in this capacity for an additional two years. Now, I serve as the Director of Communications. This means that I am responsible for clear, concise and accurate internal and external communication of Clickstop’s Mission, Values and Strategies. I now get to work with all teams throughout Clickstop as we work to create a large, successful business that people care about. On the non-business side, I am a husband of 11 years and have 7 children ages 10, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2 & 2. Ask me and I’ll share with you the story how we doubled the size of our household in less than a year! I look forward to having the chance to meet with you and discuss the impact of creating a business that provides employees with more than just a paycheck.

04 October

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Jerry Foxhoven

Director
Iowa Department of Human Services

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Jerry Schnoor

Allen S. Henry Chair Professor in Engineering
University of Iowa CGRER
Jerry Schnoor was born and grew-up in Davenport, Iowa. He attended Iowa State University in Chemical Engineering and the University of Texas for his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering. He is now Allen S. Henry Chair Professor in Engineering at the University of Iowa. Jerry is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (elected in 1999) for his pioneering work using mathematical models in science policy decisions. He testified several times before Congress on environmental protection, including the importance of passing the 1990 Clean Air Act. From 2003-2014, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the leading journal Environmental Science and Technology and was the founding Editor-in-Chief of ES&T Letters in 2013-2014. He chaired the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development from 2000-2004; and served on the EPA Science Advisory Board and the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council for NIEHS (2007-2011). Appointed by Governor Chester Culver, Schnoor served as the Chair of the Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council from 2007-2009. In 2010, he received the Simon W. Freese Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize from the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) for research and leadership in water sustainability and phytoremediation. In 2013, Dr. Schnoor became an Einstein Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and in 2015, he received the Perry L. McCarty AEESP Founders’ Award for sustained and outstanding contributions to environmental engineering education, research, and practice. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) presented to him the 2016 Dixy Lee Ray Award “for outstanding achievement in environmental protection through improvements in technology, science, and policy”, and in 2019, the American Chemical Society bestowed the national Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science. Jerry has published over 200 research articles in peer-review publications and authored/edited/co-edited seven books. His research interests are in water sustainability, climate change, and phytoremediation.

03 October

Jill Janes

Director of Innovative Learning
Boone CSD
Dr. Jill Janes is an educational leader with a passion for high quality, innovative instructional practices. With a background in technology-infused literacy instruction from 9 years in the classroom, she has served as Boone CSD Director of Innovative Learning since 2013. In this role, she has supported teachers, instructional coaches, and other administrators in implementing student-centered, instructional practices that leverage technology for learning. With her leadership, the district has implemented a 1:1 digital learning initiative that spans grades 2-12, expanded K-12 STEM opportunities, and built capacities for 21st century learning through teacher leadership. Dr. Janes has also collaboratively led efforts to expand online and hybrid learning opportunities that allow students personalized, flexible learning. This work has culminated in launching the EDGE (Empowering Desire, Guiding Opportunities) program, a work-based learning model that affords all students the opportunity for high-quality, hands-on, career experience regardless of interests, passions, and talents. EDGE is built on community and business partnerships that provide flexible in-class learning and authentic projects, internships, and apprenticeship experiences for students aligned with community and statewide economic development needs. Each EDGE pathway has been developed with a goal of expanding the model and learning opportunities to communities across Iowa.

03 October

John Myers

Executive Director
Indian Creek Nature Center
John Myers has been executive director of Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa since May 2013. Working with the organization’s board of directors, John leads the strategic planning and growth of the organization ensuring that its vision to create champions of nature is achieved. John believes that Indian Creek Nature Center can and should be a leader in the outdoor field by championing new and innovative initiatives that make substantive change. He currently is championing two projects. The first is a running a 12,000sq ft, NetZero energy and water facility, one of the most sustainable buildings in the United States which is under certification review by the Living Building Challenge. John led the fundraising and construction of this $8,000,000 project. The second is developing a 200 acre farm focused on restorative, organic agriculture. Sugar Grove Farm will set the organization as a leader in restorative agriculture in Iowa. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration and is an Eagle Scout. Prior to joining Indian Creek Nature Center John worked for the Boy Scouts of America, as well as several other nonprofits in the Eastern Iowa area. He is active on the boards of Monarch Research Project, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation’s Nonprofit Network, among others. John is an active member of the Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA). He was selected to receive the 2016 ANCA Outstanding New Leader Award recognizing his leadership and growth of Indian Creek Nature Center. John and his wife, Meridith, reside in Marion, Iowa with their three children, Angela, Ryan, and Jackson.

03 October

John Stineman

Executive Director
Iowa Chamber Alliance

04 October

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John Twardos

President and CEO
Lutheran Services in Iowa

03 October

Jonathan Hladik

Policy Director
Center for Rural Affairs

03 October

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Josh Mandelbaum

Staff Attorney
Environmental Law & Policy Center

03 October

Joyce Flinn

Director
Iowa Department of Homeland Security

03 October

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Julie Zerwic

Kelting Dean and Professor
University of Iowa

03 October

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Kari McCann Boutell

President
Iowa Council of Foundations

03 October

Kate Pine

Business Marketing Specialist
IowaWORKS
Kate Pine is a Business Marketing Specialist at IowaWORKS and has worked for Iowa Workforce Development for 10 years. Her current role as the Registered Apprenticeship strategist for Eastern Iowa is to help business owners and employees match talent to opportunity. Kate served in the US Navy after graduating from Central College and worked in the medical field. After her enlistment, she came back to Iowa and worked as an assembly instruction manual writer at a manufacturing company, a software trainer in the financial sector and owned her own bookstore. She also earned her Masters of Education degree from Drake University. Additionally, Kate serves as the Workforce Readiness Chair for the Eastern Iowa Human Resources Association and sits on the Employers Council of Iowa Board as the assigned staff member for the ICR Iowa area. Kate recently became a member of the Tree Board of Marion as part of the Parks and Recreations department. Her varied background gives her a unique perspective when working with businesses, job seekers and youth

03 October

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Katy Swalwell

Associate Professor
Iowa State University

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Ken Rozemboom

Senator
Iowa Senate

03 October

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Kent Newman

City Energy Advisor
City of Des Moines

03 October

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Kim Becicka

Vice President, Continuing Education & Training Services
Kirkwood Community College

03 October

Kristen Rolfes

HR Specialist
Geonetric

04 October

Kristopher Byam

Principal
Boone Community School District
Kristopher M. Byam, B.A., M.A., has been championing school reform since 2006. He is fully committed to a quality 21st Century Education, where collaboration, positive school climate, creativity and innovation are used for the advancement of knowledge. From his early start as a Business Educator in the Des Moines Public Schools, to becoming the current Principal at Boone High School, Mr. Byam’s vision has been focused on the Design Thinking Model and family engagement that affirms transformational education for all students. He has served as a member of the Core Team on the National Governors Association Policy Academy for Work Based Learning. Through this work, he has brought a new vision of practice and policy to the forefront of K-12 education in Iowa. He has led his team at Boone High School in the development of a Work Based Learning program called the EDGE, a program where all students are afforded the opportunity of a hands-on experience at different careers regardless of interests, passions, and talents. The Boone EDGE (Empowering Desire Guiding Experience) seeks to provide a continuum of support for Work Based Learning, transforming the outcomes for each individual student.

03 October

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Laurie Phelan

iJAG President/CEO
iJAG, Inc.

Laurie Schipper

Executive Director
Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Ms. Schipper has worked within the Anti-Violence Movement for 35 years and is currently the Executive Director of the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV). Ms. Schipper graduated in 1985 with a B.S. in Social Work from Iowa State University. Prior to Ms. Schipper’s work with the Coalition, she worked in a battered women’s shelter and rape crisis center in Ames, Iowa for 10 years. Ms. Schipper provides technical assistance and training to domestic violence advocates and other professionals who interface with battered women and their children. In addition, Ms. Schipper participates in training and curriculum development and consults on public policy as it relates to violence against women.

03 October

Laurie Traetow

Executive Director
Iowa Dental Association
Laurie Traetow joined the Iowa Dental Association (IDA) as Executive Director in 2017. Prior to moving back to Iowa, Laurie served as the Executive Director for a national healthcare association, the Obesity Medicine Association, based in Denver, Colorado. Laurie earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Iowa, and went on to become a CPA. Laurie found her true passion in association management, and earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2011. Laurie has thoroughly enjoyed her two years with the IDA and has led the association through many changes, including the creation and implementation of a new strategic plan for both the IDA and the Iowa Dental Foundation. Laurie appreciates the strong network and great support of IDA’s dentists and is excited about the future of dentistry in Iowa. Along with many IDA members, Laurie finds one of the most rewarding parts of her job is serving at the Iowa Mission of Mercy each Fall.

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Laurie Worden

Director
Workplace Learning Connection/Kirkwood Community College
Laurie Worden’s body of professional work includes sales and project management, training and coaching, banking services, and work-based learning program and service development. As the Director of Workplace Learning Connection (WLC), a department of Kirkwood Community College, she has the pleasure of leading an experienced staff focused on serving area students, educators, business leaders and community members in the common goal of connecting today's students to tomorrow's careers. In delivering innovative career exploration opportunities, her department has been honored and recognized by state and national partners for providing exemplary programming. Connections to their work is found at www.workplace-learning.org. Her credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Applied Business, Mount Mercy University, Master of Organizational Leadership, St. Ambrose University, Gallup Certified Strengths Coach Certification, Gallop Inc., and Job and Transition Coach Certification, Career Planning and Adult Development Network. Laurie serves on the Iowa Intermediary Technical Assistance Center Team, the Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning Advisory Board, the ICRFuture Career Connected Learning Coalition, and the Statewide Intermediary Network Steering Committee. Laurie is a 2019 HER Women of Achievement Award honoree and leads local volunteer efforts as a Cedar Rapids Kiwanis club board member. Her strengths include Activator, Relator, Positivity, Individualization and Connectedness. Noted for her abilities to envision opportunity, Laurie enjoys the challenges of building successful teams focused on positive change making, guiding collaborative work groups and coaching people and connecting resources

03 October

Liesl Seabert

Community Development Manager
Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Arts Council

03 October

Lindsay Miles

School-Family Liaison
Clear Creek Amana School District
I obtained a BS in Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2006 then began working with children and families in a Psychiatric Mental Health Institute for Children by the name of Tanager Place for roughly 6 years thereafter- managing a program of about 12 multidisciplinary staff and 12 clients (ages 5-17 years) on the residential campus for 5 of these years. While working at Tanager Place I obtained a Master's in Social Work from St. Ambrose University- graduating in 2013. I then transitioned to supervising and mentoring diverse groups of 18-24 year olds for the next 5 years as a Unit Leader with a national service program by the name of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. I also began providing immediate face-to-face crisis counseling support (on a part-time, on-call basis) as a Mobile Crisis Outreach Counselor with Foundation 2 in Cedar Rapids about 4 years ago. Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, I fulfilled a new position (School-Family Liaison) with Clear Creek Amana School District. In this role, I support all secondary education students, families, and faculty in regards to emotional and mental health needs. This includes providing individual and family therapy, connecting students and families with community resources, and training district faculty on mental and emotional health.

03 October

Lisa Hein

Senior Director for Conservation Programs
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
Lisa Hein has been with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation since 1988. Her background is in Landscape Architecture with a degree from Iowa State University in 1984. Lisa works with community groups, volunteers, landowners and agencies in multiple aspects of land conservation, river and greenway protection, and trail development including: land acquisition, conservation easements, community organizing, proposal writing and general technical assistance for project implementation. Her project activity has been wide-ranging and has included focus areas along the Iowa River Greenbelt, the establishment of the High Trestle Trail, administration of special grant programs for the Upper Iowa River, Mississippi River Blufflands, Loess Hills, Iowa Great River Road and Loess Hills National Scenic Byway, and a variety of other conservation and planning projects throughout the state. Lisa serves on the Board of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, is a member of the Des Moines Area MPO Bike-Ped Roundtable and the State Bike-Ped Advisory Committee. In addition, Lisa is a Story County Master Gardener volunteer and a figure skating coach with the Ames Figure Skating Club.

04 October

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Lisa Shimkat

State Director
America's SBDC Iowa

03 October

Liz Mathis

Four Oaks

03 October

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Lori Schaefer-Weaton

President
Agri-Industrial Plastics

04 October

Lori Sundberg

President
Kirkwood Community College
Dr. Lori Sundberg is the 5th president of Kirkwood Community College and the first female to serve in that role. Sundberg holds a Doctor of Business Administration in Management from St. Ambrose University (2003) as well as a Master in Business Administration in Marketing from Western Illinois University (1998). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Knox College with a double major in Economics and History (1995). Prior to coming to Kirkwood, Sundberg served for eight years as the President of Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois. Sundberg was the 6th president for Carl Sandburg College and the first graduate and female to lead the institution. She has more than 23 years in community college leadership.

03 October

Mallory Hanson

Regional Tourism & Economic Development Coordinator
Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D)
Mallory Hanson is the Regional Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator for Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D). Hanson graduated from Luther College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2010 and has worked in the economic development and public service field since 2011. Since her time with the RC&D, Hanson has helped secure over $1 Million in local, state, and federal grants and funds for projects impacting the Northeast Iowa region. Hanson currently serves as a Scenic Byway Coordinator and as the Director for the Turkey River Recreational Corridor. In this role, Hanson works with locally driven Boards of Directors to plan and facilitate projects that include development of marketing materials, facilitation of events and fundraisers, and implementation of infrastructure improvement and development projects.

04 October

Marcie Strouse

Government Relations Chair
Iowa Health Underwriters Association

04 October

Mark Reinig

Economic Development Program Manager
Iowa State University/CIRAS
Mark Reinig joined the College of Engineering as the Economic Development Program Manager in 2003. He has a B.S. in Business from Iowa State University. Mark received the designation of Certified Economic Developer from the International Economic Development Council in 2005. Mark develops strategies to strengthen ties between industry in Iowa and the CIRAS. He is involved with promoting and connecting CIRAS statewide to economic development organizations and decision makers. Mark also assists the Economic Development Administration’s University Center for Iowa and the Manufacturer’s Extension Partnership for Iowa, both of which are centered at CIRAS. In 2018 Mark was appointed to the Empower Rural Iowa Initiative Task Force by Governor Reynolds. Mark sits on the Iowa Entrepreneurial Roundtable, the Iowa Innovation Gateway Board of Directors, and the Iowa Rural Development Council. He is a member of the Professional Developers of Iowa and the International Economic Development Council. Prior to his appointment at Iowa State University, Mark served as the Economic Development Program Director for the City of Ames. Prior to his employment at the City of Ames, Mark was the Director of Franchise Development at Breadeaux Pisa, a Midwest pizza restaurant operation with over 300 locations.

03 October

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Mary Bontrager

Executive Vice President of Talent Development
Greater Des Moines Partnership

03 October

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Mary Janssen

Children and Family Services Director
EPI/Child Care Resource and Referral

03 October

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Mary Neubauer

Board Member and Family Advocate
State State Children's Mental Health System Board