Northwest Iowa Advisory Board

Northwest Iowa Advisory Board

Pursuant to the passage of SF 2331, Section 12, oversight for each of Iowa’s six (6) STEM Regions will be provided by a Regional Advisory Board. Members of the six advisory boards shall be appointed by the Governor. If interested in serving as a board member, you may file an application through the Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions. Board members must be registered voters in Iowa, and reside or work within the region. Appointees serve up to three (3) years in staggered terms.

Northwest Iowa Advisory Board members are vital to the success of STEM within the Northwest Region.  Board members assist the Regional STEM Manager in awarding STEM Scale-up Programs, selecting the I.O.W.A STEM Teacher Award recipients, hosting and planning STEM festivals throughout the region and much more! Board members convene on a monthly basis at sites throughout the region and meetings are accessible via technology. Look for announcements on upcoming meetings.

Board Members
Tina Benton
Tina Benton
Career and Industry Specialist | Western Iowa Technical Community College
Category: Community College | Term End: June 30, 2023
Benjamin Bouza
Benjamin Bouza
Athletic Director/MSHS Library | West Sioux CSD
Category: K-12 Student/Parent | Term End: June 30, 2023
Derek Brower
Derek Brower
Asst. Professor of Education | Northwestern College
Category: Private College/University | Term End: June 20, 2021
Beth Bunkers
Beth Bunkers
Youth Program Educator/Community Development | ISU Extension and Outreach/O’Brien County
Category: County Extension and Outreach | Term End: June 30, 2022
Tyler Hahn
Tyler Hahn
Youth and Special Services Librarian | Cherokee Public Library
Category: Library | Term end: June 30, 2022
Kiana Johnson
Kiana Johnson
Executive Director | O’Brien County Economic Development
Category: Economic Development/Chamber of Commerce | Term End: June 30, 2022
Faith Miller
Faith Miller
Operations Manager | Iowa Workforce Development
Category: Regional Workforce Development | Term End: June 30, 2023
Nancy McDowell
Nancy McDowell
County Supervisor | O’Brien County
Category: Local Government | Term End: June 30, 2023
Jordan Menning
Jordan Menning
Science Consultant | Northwest AEA
Category: Area Education Agency | Term End: June 30, 2022
Teresa Putnam
Teresa Putnam
Science/TAG Teacher | Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn
Category: STEM Teacher | Term End: June 30, 2023
Andrew Roelfs
Andrew Roelfs
Development and Training Manager | Interstates
Category: Business/Industry | Term end: June 30, 2021
Mary Skopec
Mary Skopec
Executive Director | Iowa Lakeside Laboratory
Category: Public University | Term End: June 30, 2023
Brenda Welch
Brenda Welch
Youth Program Specialist | ISU Extension and Outreach, Woodbury County
Category: Public University | Term End: June 30, 2023
Mark Zabawa
Mark Zabawa
Associate Professor | Iowa Lakes Community College
Category: Hub Institution Rep | Term End: June 30, 2022
Board Minutes

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Financial Statements

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