EXECUTIVE STAFF

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Jordan DeGree
Executive Director

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Amanda Steines
Brand Experience Director

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Eric Dregne
Innovation Lab Program Director

 
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Allie Grainger
Discovery Lab Program Director

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Mia Nottrott
Art Lab Program Director

 

Community Volunteers

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, our work is guided by the following groups of forward-thinking community volunteers.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

This group provides governance oversight and ensures the organization fulfills it’s charitable purpose.

 

Kristin Dietzel
Board President
VP of Workforce Development
Greater Dubuque Development Corporation

Bob Woodward
Board Vice President
VP of Strategic Planning
Woodward Communications, Inc.

Andrew Mozena
Board Treasurer
SVP of Retail Banking
Premier Bank

Cori Burbach
Board Secretary
Assistant City Manager
City of Dubuque

Wendy Knight
Board Past President
VP of Institutional Effectiveness & Advancement
Northeast Iowa Community College

Susan Chapman
Marketing Director 
Statera

Julie Florez
Retail Banking Manager, SVP
Dubuque Bank & Trust

Eric Lucy
Independent Consultant

Christina Rader
Founder/Owner
Re-think Marketing

Beth Rowe
Marketing Director
Dubuque Bank & Trust

Stella Runde
Budget Director
Dubuque County

 

Community Advisory Boards

We engage a diverse group of community stakeholders to help us think about how to evolve our programs and meet our community’s needs. Each advisory board focuses on one of our core program areas and meets twice per year.

At each semi-annual meeting (which we call innovation sessions) we lead advisory board members through our signature IDEAdash innovation process, which is a fun, hands-on opportunity for advisory board members to unleash their innovation and help us develop new opportunities, solve challenges, and create impact. Each innovation session is 3 hours and includes fun prizes and free lunch. The next round of community advisory board innovation sessions will take place in fall 2019.

 

Innovation Lab Advisory Board

This group helps us think about opportunities to help entrepreneurs, businesses, and organizations generate and launch new ideas.

 

Julie Bauer
Executive Director
Alliant Energy Foundation

Colleen Callahan
General Manager
PBS Systems

Chad Chandlee
President
Kendall Hunt Publishing

Mark Dickson
Manager
John Deere Dubuque Works

Michael Fullen
Director of Information & Experience
Hodge

Amy Green
Director of Program Sales
Northeast Iowa Community College

Nathan Greiner
Co-founder & CTO
DMI

Lance Hummel
Director Operational Growth
Higley Industries

Kathleen Logan
Office Manager
Terracon

Gordon Miller
Director Construction Engineering
John Deere

Leah Rodenberg
Senior Community Affairs Program Manager
Alliant Energy Foundation

Jake Schneider
Owner
Jake Schneider Consulting

Justin Stinson
VP, General Manager Dubuque Market
ImOn Communications

Kathleen Vondran
Vice President
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Discovery Lab Advisory Board (NOW FORMING)

This group helps us think about opportunities to foster creativity and innovation through fun play-based experiences.

 

Lauren Boyd
Community Stakeholder

Taylor Cummings
Director of Marketing
Travel Dubuque

Heather Fransen
Manager, Cloud & Managed Services
RSM US LLP

Jon Fueger
Community Stakeholder

Ali Fuller
Senior Associate Partner
Bellwether Education Partners

Shirley Horstman
Executive Director of Student Services
Dubuque Community Schools

Jill Paisley
Owner/Creative Directory
Luckythirteen Design

 

Art Lab Advisory Board (NOW FORMING)

This group helps us think about opportunities to foster creativity and innovation through hands-on art classes.

 

Gail Chavenelle
Owner
Chavenelle Studio Metalworks

Louise Kames
Chair & Professor of Art
Clarke University

Celeste Mancini
Director of Consulting Services (Retired)
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Jessie Rebik
Associate Professor of Art
Clarke University

 

Mobile Lab Advisory Board (NOW FORMING)

This group helps us think about opportunities to foster creativity and innovation by taking signature learning experiences throughout the community.

Rebecca Mueller
Director of Enrollment
Holy Family Catholic Schools