Food & Fitness Staff and Leaders

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Food & Fitness Staff and Leaders


Ann Mansfield - Project Coordinator

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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.

Haleisa Johnson - Early Childhood Program Coordinator

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NE Iowa Community College - johnsonha@nicc.edu - (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.

Teresa Wiemerslage

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Iowa State University Extension - (563) 794-0599 - wiemer(at)iastate.edu
Teresa Wiemerslage a food system coordinator for the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Local Food Team. She specializes in Farm to School, Farm to Institution, food hubs and on-farm food safety.

Ashley Christensen - Safe Routes to School Coordinator

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Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission - achristensen(at)uerpc.org - 563-382-6171, ext. 201
As Regional Safe Routes to School Coordinator for Northeast Iowa, Christensen partners with schools and communities to encourage active school travel and safe community routes. She works for Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, the region's council of governments. Christensen holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from Iowa State University in Kinesiology and Health and Animal Science. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time at home with her five cats.

Emily Neal - School Outreach

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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 experience teaching people of all ages about integrating concepts of wellness, sustainability and stewardship into their lives. Together, they help districts foster healthy environments for students, staff and the communities they serve.

April Bril - Safe Routes to School Associate

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As Regional Safe Routes to School Associate for Northeast Iowa, Bril works with schools, parents, and local businesses in Northeast Iowa to encourage active families and communities. She works for Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, the region's council of governments. Bril holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Loras College. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time being active outdoors with her family.

Claire Anderson, FoodCorps

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Serving Postville Community School District
Claire is the FoodCorps service member in Postville. She is from Chagrin Falls, Ohio and her bachelor's degrees in Graphic Design and Cultural Anthropology from Miami University of Ohio. As an undergraduate, whe on an organic vegetable farm. Through this experience, she became aware of a broader food community of Southwestern Ohio—one that deals with challenges relating to food access, food security, health and nutrition.

Elizabeth Happ, AmeriCorps

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Serving Allamakee Community School District
Liz grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and completed her Bachelor's degree in Dietetics at Iowa State University in May 2017. As an undergraduate, she worked with ISU Outdoor Recreation Program where she developed an appreciation for the environment and wild spaces. While living in the Iowa heartland, she was struck that food insecurity could exist in the midst of an abundance of farmland. She is interested in improving the food system by connecting Iowans to their growers and producers and working to develop a more sustainable food chain with a low environmental impact.

Alesha Roll, FoodCorps

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Serving Oelwein Community School District

Kate Lower, FoodCorps

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Outreach to Early Childhood environments
kate.lower(at)foodcorps.org

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 FoodCorps member.

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