Iowa STEM Council Welcomes New Members

Gov. Kim Reynolds recently appointed six new members to the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.
Gov. Kim Reynolds recently appointed six new members to the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. The photo above was taken at the last STEM Council meeting in January 2020.
Six Iowa leaders recently joined the STEM Advisory Council, appointed by Gov. Kim Reynolds. The STEM Council is comprised of representatives from all over the state, including leaders in higher education and business, Pre-K through 12 formal and informal educators, nonprofit leaders, as well as state and local government officials.
“The STEM Council brings together individuals with diverse backgrounds to collaborate on strategies to provide STEM programs, events and resources for all Iowans,” said Gov. Reynolds, STEM Council co-chair. “STEM education is a critical component for a 21st Century education, and we appreciate the investment and collaboration from our new Council members as we continue to expand these opportunities to Iowans.”
The new STEM Council appointees are:
  • Calvin Carter, postdoctoral fellow and researcher, The University of Iowa
  • Gabe Glynn, CEO and co-founder, MākuSafe
  • Dan Harbeke, public policy and government affairs manager, Google
  • Kathleen Kay, senior vice president, Principal Financial 
  • Somchai Rice, assistant scientist, Midwest Grape and Wine Industry
  • Brian Waller, president, Technology Association of Iowa
Additionally, seven current members are reappointed to the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council:
  • Emily Abbas, senior vice president and chief consumer banking and marketing officer, Bankers Trust
  • Patrick Barnes, senior global program officer, Education and Equity, John Deere Citizenship and Foundation Group
  • Emily Fuerst, director of research and development, Crop Technologies, Kemin Industries, Inc.
  • Jessica Hyland, executive director, Iowa Biotechnology Association
  • Laurie Phelan, president and CEO, Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates (iJAG)
  • Joyce Pingel, CEO and founder, Epiphany, LLC and SVP/CIO/Head of Digital Strategy, HOLTCAT
  • Tod Santel, senior director of engineering, Avionics Products Engineering, Commercial Systems, Collins Aerospace
For more information on the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, visit
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