The purpose of the Regional Council is to assure a regional, integrated approach to the work achieves the highest quality results for children and families in Northeast Iowa. The Regional Team meets quarterly.
Luther College - (563) 382-2949 - mansan01(at)luther.edu
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.
Iowa State University Extension - (563) 794-0599 - wiemer(at)iastate.edu
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.
Luther College - (563) 387-2138 - nealem01(at)luther.edu
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.
Iowa State University Extension - lmanders(at)iastate.edu - (641) 330-5653
Lynette Houser is the Regional Youth Coordinator for ISU Extension and Outreach in Region 4. She has a degree in Education from Northeast Iowa Community College and was the county youth and 4-H coordinator in Howard County for thirteen years. 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.
NE Iowa Community College - firstname.lastname@example.org - (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.
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (563) 382-6071 ext. 211 - korganist(at)uerpc.org
Karla is the program manager for Community Transportation and Planning at Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission.
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission - achristensen(at)uerpc.org - 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.
Luther College - dresas01(at)luther.edu - (317) 626-1560
Resource contact for Postville, New Hampton and St. Joe's.
Ashley is from Carmel, Indiana. She studied at Indiana University, graduating in 2008 with a B. A. in journalism. She has taught English as a second language in South Korea as well as serving as a teacher collaborator and community outreach Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. Her most recent experience was working as an apprentice for a non-profit in Indianapolis called Growing Places Indy, where she urban farmed and learned about community wellness.
Luther College - geisja01(at)luther.edu - (920) 660-6754
Resource contact for N. Fayette-Valley, Riceville, Starmont and West Central.
Jake is from DePere, WI, and is a 2013 luther graduate of Environmental Studies and Biology. He loves working with and educating kids and has spent the last 3 summers working in outdoor ministry. He is excited to gain experience with curriculum programming and management, while leading kids in fun and energized activities to learn about staying fit!
Luther College - pintfe01(at)luther.edu - (508) 525-3898
Resource contact for MFL MarMac, Clayton Ridge schools.
Felicia comes from a very small town called Freetown, Massachusetts. She is a recent graduate from Framingham State University where she studied Food and Nutrition. Prior to being accepted to AmeriCorp she volunteered for a few different companies were she taught others how to shop, eat, and cook healthy.
Luther College - turkas01(at)luther.edu - (224) 795-9061
Resource contact for Allamakee and Oelwein schools.
Ashley Turk was born and raised in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and attended the University of Illinois, majoring in Psychology. After graduating she spent time working in an urban school in Kansas City, MO. Her experiences in the school cafeteria led her to believe that all children deserve access to wholesome, real food.
Luther College - wettpa01(at)luther.edu - (563) 419-3865
Resource contact for Turkey Valley, Howard-Winn, Central.
A native of Decorah, Paige received her BA from Luther College in Communication Studies in May 2012. Her father is the track coach at Luther and her family has always been very active. In high school and college, she spent my summers working at the local swimming pool lifeguarding and teaching swimming lessons to young children. She also spent time in her mom's second grade classroom during the past year volunteering with the kids.
Luther College - woodme01(at)luther.edu - (262) 751-1899
Resource contact for Decorah, South Winneshiek and N. Winn Schools.
Megan is from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin and has a degree in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. During her time spent at UW-L, she developed a passion for issues pertaining to social justice, human rights, and feminism, but couldn't find a way to merge all of these interests until she started working at Old Oak Family Farm in Bangor, WI. She worked on the farm for two seasons and found that the local food movement is where everything she is passionate about comes together.
Luther College - stumma01(at)luther.edu - (563) 387-1722
Resource contact for school gardens and institutional food buyers.
Maren Stumme-Diers works with the Food and Fitness Initiative and Luther College as a Sustainable Foods Educator. At Luther Maren works on edible landscaping, campus gardens, community gardens and the facilitation of education opportunities related to food. On behalf of Food and Fitness provides support to school gardens and food service directors throughout the region as they work to incorporate more local food into the menu. Maren graduated from Luther College with degrees in Environmental Studies and Spanish.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach — email@example.com — (563) 382-2949
Nick McCann joined Iowa State University Extension and Outreach as a regional Food System Value Chain Coordinator. McCann will help farmers develop new products, lead discussions on product aggregation and distribution, and identify new partners and urban markets for those products in the Driftless Region. McCann was previously a Sustainable Agriculture Business Specialist at the Des Moines office for the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). McCann has master's degrees in business administration and sustainable agriculture from ISU where he focused on efficiencies at small meat plants in Iowa.