The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council

In July of 2011, Governor Terry Branstad signed Executive Order 74 creating the Iowa Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council and Executive Order 81 to strengthen and expand the STEM Council. The STEM Council is Iowa's edu-nomic development initiative to invigorate the PreK-12 talent pipeline toward STEM careers.

Governor Kim Reynolds and Accumold President and CEO Roger Hargens lead the STEM Council and is made up of leaders in higher education, business, Pre-K through 12 educators, as well as state and local government officials. A total of 62 members comprise the STEM Council from across the state of Iowa, including 17 Executive Committee members, collaborating to boost STEM education and innovation. The STEM Council conceives of STEM-specific programs, STEM events, and STEM resources to Iowans.

Greatness STEMs from the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council

“These professionals come from a broad spectrum of the state’s education, business and civic sectors and will work together to lead the way toward a strong future for our state in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This group was created to advise our office on ways to improve STEM education and innovation, and economic development.”
- Governor Reynolds

Co-chair – Governor Kim Reynolds, State of Iowa, Des Moines, IA
Co-chair – Roger Hargens, President and CEO of Accumold, Ankeny, IA
Executive Director – Dr. Jeff Weld, Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council, Cedar Falls, IA

STEM Council Executive Committee

  • Ms. Kacia Cain, Science Educator, Winterset, IA
  • Dr. Robert Denson, President, Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, IA
  • Ms. Deborah Durham, Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority, Des Moines, IA
  • General Shawn Ford, Brigadier General, Iowa National Guard, West Des Moines, IA
  • Dr. J. Bruce Harreld, President, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Ms. Kathryn Kunert, Vice President for Business and Community Development, MidAmerican Energy, Des Moines, IA
  • Dr. Mark Nook, President, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
  • Dr. Mark Putnam, President, Central College, Pella, IA
  • Ms. Beth Townsend, Director, Iowa Workforce Development, Des Moines, IA
  • Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, President, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • Dr. Ann Lebo, Director, Iowa Department of Education, Des Moines, IA

STEM Council Members

  • Ms. Emily Abbas, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Bankers Trust, Des Moines, IA
  • Ms. Julie Adair, Vice President of Homecare and Sector Support, Iowa Healthcare Association, Madrid, IA
  • Ms. Lisa Atchison-Charleston, Human Capital Manager, Barilla, Cedar Falls, IA
  • Mr. Patrick Barnes, Program Director, Global STEM, John Deere Moline Technology Innovation Center, Moline, IL
  • Ms. Wendy Batchelder, Senior Director and Head of Enterprise Data Management, Vmware, Cumming, IA
  • Ms. Jane Bradley, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, IA
  • Mrs. Desmi Chandrasena, U.S. Agricultural Biotechnology Stewardship Technical Committee, Clive, IA
  • General Ben Corell, Adjutant General, Iowa National Guard, Johnston, IA
  • Senator Chris Cournoyer, State of Iowa Senate, LeClaire, IA
  • Mr. Robert J. Cramer, President and Chief Administrative Officer, Cramer and Associates, Inc., Grimes, IA
  • Ms. Denise Crawford, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Technology Learning and Teaching, Iowa State University School of Education, Gilbert, IA
  • Dr. Barbara Crittenden, President, Southwestern Community College, Creston, IA
  • Ms. Cindy Dietz, Associate Director of State Government Relations, Raytheon Technologies, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Ms. Emily Fuerst, Director of Research and Development for Crop Technologies, Kemin Industries, Inc., Des Moines, IA
  • Ms. Rene Gadelha, Vice President of Curriculum Development, VictoryXR, Marion, IA
  • Mr. Dan Greteman, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Ruan Transportation Management Systems, West Des Moines, IA
  • Mr. Jason Huffman, Partner and Mechanical Engineer, Huffman Welding, Fort Madison, IA
  • Ms. Jessica Hyland, Executive Director, Iowa Biotechnology Association, Des Moines, IA
  • Mr. Craig Johnson, Executive Director, Iowa Academy of Science, Cedar Falls, IA
  • Mr. Don Kearney, Associate Director and Systems Architect, Collins Aerospace, Marion, IA
  • Ms. Chris Kramer, Director, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Clive, IA
  • Ms. Stephanie Laird, Instructional Coach, Mitchellville Elementary School, Altoona, IA
  • Senator Liz Mathis, State of Iowa Senate, Hiawatha, IA
  • Ms. Mary Meisterling, Business Development and Support Manager, Alliant Energy, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Mr. Louis Moreno, Student, Drake University, Des Moines, IA
  • Ms. Valerie Newhouse, President, Iowa Lakes Community College, Estherville, IA
  • Ms. Laurie Phelan, President and CEO, Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates, Des Moines, IA
  • Ms. Joyce Pingel, CEO and Founder, Epiphany, LLC, Urbandale, IA
  • Mr. Jeremy Puck, General Manager, Puck Enterprises, Manning, IA
  • Ms. Sharon Rosenboom, Director of The Academic Enrichment Center, Dordt College, Orange City, IA
  • Mr. Christopher L. Russell, Data Center Operations Manager, Google, Council Bluffs, IA
  • Dr. Dan Ryan, President, Dowling Catholic High School, West Des Moines, IA
  • Mr. Tod Santel, Senior Director of Engineering, Collins Aerospace, Robins, IA
  • Ms. Barb Schwamman, Superintendent, Osage and Riceville Schools, Osage, IA
  • Mr. Curt Simmons, President and CEO, Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines, IA
  • Mrs. Tamara Trinder, Nurse Practitioner, Mercy Clinics, Des Moines, IA
  • Mr. Steven Triplett, Clinical Instructor and Program Coordinator, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Ms. Kelsey Tyrrell, Director of Global Education Programs, The World Food Prize Foundation, Des Moines, IA
  • Ms. Georgia Van Gundy, Senior Vice President, Hy-Vee, West Des Moines, IA
  • Ms. Teri Vos, Director, Work-Based Learning Program, Pella, IA
  • Dr. Jonathan Wickert, Senior Vice President and Provost, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • Representative Dave Williams, State of Iowa House of Representatives, Cedar Falls, IA
  • Ms. Emily Wilkerson, Student, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • Dr. Michael Young, Associate Mathematics Professor and Department Director of Diversity, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

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