Food & Fitness Staff and Leaders

Food & Fitness Staff and Leaders

Ann Mansfield - Project Coordinator


Luther College - (563) 382-2949 - mansan01(at)
Ann Mansfield has 30 years experience in health care and facilitation utilizing process improvement, multidisciplinary teams and systems thinking to achieve desired outcomes. Her degrees include BA-Nursing from Luther College and MSN from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Teresa Wiemerslage - NE Iowa Food & Farm Coalition


Iowa State University Extension - (563) 794-0599 - wiemer(at)
Teresa Wiemerslage is the Program & Communications Coordinator for Iowa State University Extension in northeast Iowa.  Half of her time is spent coordinating the work of the Northeast Iowa Food & Farm Coalition (NIFF). BS degree in Biology and Microbiology from SDSU and a Masters in Plant Pathology from Iowa State University.  She has a strong background in plant science including horticulture and agronomy.  She lives on a fourth generation cow-calf operation along the Minnesota border where they finish 180 head of beef annually.

Emily Neal - School Outreach Coordinator


Luther College - (563) 387-2138 - nealem01(at)
Emily Neal is the  Director of School Outreach for Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She has a Masters in Science Education and an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science, both from the University of Iowa. Neal has over 18 years of experience teaching people of all ages about integrating concepts of wellness, sustainability and stewardship into their lives. Neal is responsible for supervising FoodCorps and AmeriCorps members that serve in over 18 districts throughout Northeast Iowa. Together, they help districts foster healthy environments for students, staff and the communities they serve.

Laura Liechty - Youth Engagement Coordinator


Iowa State University Extension - lliechty(at) - (563) 382-2949
Laura Liechty is the Regional Youth and Nutrition Coordinator for ISU Extension and Outreach in Region 4.  She has BS degrees in Dietetics and Global Resource Systems. Previously, she worked for the Duluth Public Schools, Head Start and the WIC program as a Registered Dietitian. She coordinates the youth engagement of the Initiative by supporting school-based 4-H youth teams.  4-H is community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 

Haleisa Johnson - Early Childhood Program Coordinator


NE Iowa Community College - - (563) 880-2874
Haleisa has 30 years of experience in healthcare and healthy lifestyle education and has served as co-leader of the Community Health work within FFI since 2006.  She holds degrees from Winona State University in Communications and Sociology.  She looks forward to working with parents and providers of young children to encourage a healthy environment for them now and in the future.

Ashley Christensen - Safe Routes to School Liaison


Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission - achristensen(at) - 563-382-6171, ext. 201
Ashley serves as the Regional Safe Routes to School Liaison and is dedicated to increasing physical activity levels among youth by enabling and encouraging students to safely walk and bicycle to and from school. She is a Northwest Illinois native with degrees in Kinesiology and Health and Animal Science from Iowa State University. Ashley's passions include exercising, cleaning and cats.

Elin Amundson, School Wellness Assistant


School Wellness Assistant, Luther College

Elin is from Blue Earth, MN. She graduated in 2011 from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with degrees in U.S. History and History of Science. Elin has spent time working on farms, in restaurants, and in schools, and is grateful to have found a way to combine many of her passions by promoting health, wellness, equity, and farming in northeast Iowa. She's happy to return to her beloved Midwest after serving two years with FoodCorps in Iowa and North Carolina.

Andrew Blair, Food Corps


Resource contact for Allamakee Community School District

Andrew is from Madison, WI. He is a 2010 graduate of Lawrence University where he majored in Russian Studies. After college, Andrew spent time working with students in Chicago Public Schools. He also developed his passions for local food, cooking and wellness while working in restaurants, volunteering on an organic farm on Italy, and growing gardens of his own. Andrew is very excited to be able to share his love of good food with the community in Allamakee County.

Lauren Allbritton, Food Corps


Resource contact for Oelwein Community School District

Lauren grew up in a rural area in Central Arkansas. She attended the University of Central Arkansas where she studied Nutrition. She's had different experiences in both foodservice and the clinical setting. Her top priority for her profession that she makes sure communities have equal access to both nutritious and affordable meals.

Tess Bergman, AmeriCorps


Resource contact for Central Community School District

I'm Tess Bergman, from Eagan, Minnesota. This past May I graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Food Science and a minor in Business. I've spent the last two years working in the food industry in quality, research and development, and product development positions. I'm looking forward to teaching students about the power of a healthy diet and lifestyle. I'm also really excited to learn new things myself!

Shelby Henkelman, AmeriCorps


Resource contact for the New Hampton and St. Joseph Schools

My name is Shelby Henkelman and I am a recent Luther graduate with a degree in Social Work. I am originally from La Crosse, WI. Over the past four years I lived in Decorah, I have fallen in love with Northeast Iowa. I love taking my two dogs for walks, going on hikes, and especially cleaning and organizing!

Kate Lower, Food Corps


Outreach to Early Childhood environments

I'm Kate Lower, from Volga, Iowa! I graduated from Central Community Schools in Elkader and then attended Luther College to earn a degree in health and wellness. I also ran cross-country and track for Luther College. I have been a part of the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative since I was in high school. I am looking forward to working in early childhood settings across the region as a Food Corps member.

Rey Mucia, AmeriCorps


Resource Contact for Postville Community Schools

Rey graduated from Postville High School, where he was active in many sports and groups including the High School Food & Fitness team. He is currently still attending college and plans to graduate with degrees in graphic design and personal training. Fitness and healthy eating have played a huge role in his life, which is what moved him to join Food & Fitness again to inspire the younger generation.

Brandi Crozier, AmeriCorps


Resource contact for MFL MarMac Community School District

As an active member of the MFL MarMac community, Brandi is passionate about health and wellness education and activities, especially when they can be used as a tool to reach out to those with socio-economic barriers that may not have access to knowledge and/or resources through other means.  Brandi looks forward to working with students and staff in the district to build a healthy community.

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