Executive STAFF

The executive staff is responsible for the day-to-day operations of our organization.

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Jordan DeGree - Executive Director

Jordan founded Creative Adventure Lab in 2008, to empower creative thinkers and innovators. He believes creativity is humanity's best tool for making the world a better place.

Jordan was born in Dubuque and thinks it's the best community in the world. He loves seeing his home town continue to improve and grow. Jordan is perpetually inspired by the amazing people in this community who dream big, take action, create solutions, lead change, and work tirelessly to make the world a better place.


Amanda Steines - BRAND EXPERIENCE Director

Amanda Steines joined Creative Adventure Lab in 2016.  Growing up in Bellevue, she used her skills in the arts to understand other subjects in school.  Amanda believes creative thinking is a valuable skill that improves all aspects of our lives. 

Amanda loves being a part of Creative Adventure Lab and helping the organization bring arts and sciences together to increase the creative capacity in our community. 


Eric Dregne - Innovation Lab Director

Eric is a social entrepreneur and idea maker who believes in the power of communities to create and innovate.

Eric brings 20 years of experience leading teams in business and more than a decade working with communities and leading initiatives to the Innovation Lab.  Eric lives in Galena with his wife Carolyn and his sons Jake and Jack.

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Danielle Lensen - Communications Lead

Danielle is a big believer in the power and momentum of a community of creative thinkers. Using a wide variety of storytelling tools, Danielle enjoys sharing how Creative Adventure Lab advances creative thinking and innovation to improve our community. She feels lucky to be part of an organization that believes in the power and potential of creativity.

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Kelsie VonHollen - Program Lead

Kelsie has a passion for fostering creative thinking and new ideas in many different medians. With a background in Art Education, she loves working with all age groups and is very excited to be apart of our vision.

She is a native of Dubuque and happy to be back in her hometown.  She is very excited to be apart of the growing creative culture in our community.


The board of directors is responsible for advising the executive team and contributing to the strategic direction of the organization.

Executive Committee

Kristin Dietzel - President
Vice President of Workforce Development
Greater Dubuque Development Corporation

Bob Woodward - Vice President
Vice President of Strategic Planning
Woodward Communications, Inc.

Andrew Mozena - Treasurer & Finance Chair
Senior Vice President of Retail Banking
Premier Bank

Wendy Knight - Past President
Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness & Advancement
Northeast Iowa Community College

Board Members


Michael Budde
Founder & CEO (retired)
Advanced Data-Com

Cori Burbach
Assistant City Manager
City of Dubuque

Susan Chapman
Marketing Director (retired) 
Unitypoint Health Finley

Julie Florez
Branch Manager
Dubuque Bank & Trust


Eric Lucy
Independent Consultant

Christina Rader
Re-think Marketing

Beth Rowe
Marketing Director
Dubuque Bank & Trust

Stella Runde
Budget Director
Dubuque County