Southwest Iowa STEM Region

Iowa STEM Map - Southwest Iowa STEM Region

The Southwest Iowa STEM Region is a collaborative effort with Southwestern Community College–Red Oak Center. The Southwest Region is able to use the strengths from the institution to help expand STEM into the communities served in Southwest Iowa.

Southwestern Community College–Red Oak Center

2300 North 4th Street
Red Oak, Iowa 51566
Office Telephone Number: (712) 623-2541
Southwest Iowa STEM Regional website:

The Regional Manager, Joni Ehm, Southwestern Community College–Red Oak Center and Southwest Iowa’s Advisory Board collaborate to identify, grow and create STEM programs that strengthen the Southwest STEM region.

Southwest Iowa’s Advisory Board Members:

  • Jane Chaillie, Leon
  • Misty Gray
  • Denise Hoag
  • Nadine Jessen, Exira
  • Larry Johnson, Lamoni
  • Stephanie Lane, Creston
  • Janell Leinen, Panama
  • Heidi Lowthorp, Sidney
  • Renee Riedel, Clarinda
  • Kristin Sheffield
  • Katherine Somers
  • Deb Sprecker, Woodbine
  • Terry Thorneten, Harlan
Joni Ehm, Southwest Regional STEM Manager

About Joni Ehm, M.A.

Joni Ehm is the Southwest Regional STEM Manager for the Governor's STEM Advisory Council and located at Southwestern Community College. Joni earned a Bachelor of Science in Spanish & Public Administration from Iowa State University and a Master's Degree in Education from Kaplan University. In her educational career, she worked for twelve years as a secondary Spanish teacher and instructional coach at a rural school district. She then worked as an educational consultant for the AEA system, with a focus on instructional best practices in technology integration and authentic learning and STEM learning opportunities.