Gerry Schnepf | Executive Directorgschnepf@keepiowabeautiful.com
Gerry Schnepf has served as executive director of Keep Iowa Beautiful since early 2000. After receiving a B.S. from ISU and MS from the Univ. of Minn., Gerry served as chief of planning for 10 years with the Provincial Parks system in Manitoba, Canada. Gerry initiated and is the founding President of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. He has played significant leadership roles in statewide trail development, river corridor efforts, vintage automobile tours and events, pre-retirement services, Silos and Smokestacks, Iowa Parks Foundation, French Icarian Colony Foundation, Blood Run National Historic Landmark, Red Flag Motor Tour out of Mt. Pleasant and numerous other projects around the state.
Bill Jackson | Associate Directorbjackson@keepiowabeautiful.com
Bill Jackson has served as Associate Director of Keep Iowa Beautiful since 2000. Bill earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Drake University in Des Moines. He was administrative assistant to former Governor Robert D. Ray for more than nine years, and was Program Director and Station Manager of television station WHO in Des Moines. In 1986, Bill was named by Governor Terry E. Branstad to direct the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, one of the 23 newly reorganized state agencies. Its divisions included the Iowa Arts Council, which he also served as Executive Director, and the State Historical Society of Iowa. Bill is a member of the Des Moines Symphony Board of Directors, Arts Midwest Board, Des Moines Rotary Club and the Gold Star Museum. He is past president of the Salvation Army Board of Directors, treasurer of the Chinese Cultural Center of America and member of the Iowa Sister State Committee, the Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, the Des Moines United Way Campaign Committee and the Iowa Broadcasters Association.
Francis O. Boggus | Clinton County Community Coachfrancis@francisboggus.com
Francis Boggus is a planning professional with more than 12 years as a board-based community specialist at the local, state, and national level. He has experience in community development and engagement; grant writing and management; board development and training; community visioning, fundraising, project implementation; and heritage tourism development.
Jeff Davidson | Jasper County Community Coachjeff.firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Davidson has served as both an assistant director and director of planning and community development, as well as the economic development administrator for Iowa City. Additionally, he also served as the director of Johnson County Council of Governments.
He joins six other Hometown Pride community coaches as Keep Iowa Beautiful expands the program into more Iowa communities.
Lorin Ditzler | Warren County Community Coachlorin@warrencountyhometown.com
Lorin brings over a decade of experience in community development and a passion for small-town Iowa to her role as the Warren County Hometown Pride Community Coach. She previously worked as a city planning consultant for communities throughout the Midwest, and supported small businesses working and volunteering for multiple Chambers of Commerce. She holds an MS in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa and a BA in English from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. She is an AICP certified city planner and a trained facilitator. Lorin lives in Des Moines where she volunteers as a board member for the American Planning Association – Iowa Chapter, the Downtown Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, and the City Sounds public piano project. She is also a musician and a freelance writer.
Doug Elam | Louisa County Community Coachdcelam@yahoo.com
Douglas Elam serves as Louisa County’s Community Coach. “I am looking forward to working with the citizens of Louisa County. The Hometown Pride program will provide long-term technical and support assistance to the county and it’s communities,” said Elam. “The results will be improved quality of life, increased cultural and economic vitality resulting in more community pride.” Doug was a superintendent for a solid waste district outside of Washington, D.C., prior to moving to Iowa, garnishing three state awards for his innovative programs. Most recently he has been providing management support as a volunteer to a literacy council in North Carolina and a Salvation Army outpost in Alaska. He recently was a Roadside Enhancement Coach in eastern Iowa for KIB. Doug lives in the Cedar Rapids area.
Kathy Evert | Sac County Community Coachkjesolutions@gmail.com
Kathy Evert is a native of Nebraska but now resides in Des Moines. She serves as Sac County Hometown Pride Coach. Her experience in both community and economic development at the regional, state and local level for more than 30 years in Iowa and Nebraska lend well to this role with Keep Iowa Beautiful. She earned a B.A. in Business Administration from St. Ambrose University.
She currently serves as Chair of Community Housing Initiatives (CHI), an Iowa non-profit, affordable housing developer. She also serves as a board member and chair of the company compensation committee for Ranco Fertiservice in Sioux Rapids, Iowa. She is a past president of the Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) and of the Mid-America Economic Development Council, a 10-state regional economic development association; a former board member of the Historic Arnolds Park, Inc. and the Iowa DOT’s Freight Advisory Council (2012-14). Kathy is a member of Women Entrepreneurs in Okoboji, Leadership Iowa Alumni, and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Douglas A. Friedli | Fremont County Community Coachdougfriedli@gmail.com
Doug has a passion for working to enhance the quality of life for residents of rural communities and to create sustainability for organizations and programs. He is experienced in working for and with non-profit and for-profit organizations, and understanding the nuances of both. As a community coach for Fremont County, Doug is results-oriented, hands-on professional, with accomplishments as a community development director, community banker and fundraiser.
David Heiar | GWMRR Community Coachheiar@thejcea.org
David Heiar, a Jackson County native, was selected to serve as the Community Coach for the GWMRR counties. He has over 35-years of experience in city government in three Eastern Iowa cities of Bellevue, Manchester, and Dubuque. He joined the Jackson County Economic Alliance in July of 2013. His background includes downtown redevelopment, community development, rural, and urban economic development including workforce development, existing industry services, business attraction, and new business development.
Beth Hicks | Capitol Neighborhoods Community Coachbeth@urbancommunityconcepts.com
Beth is an environmental consultant with over 20 years experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. As owner of Urban Community Concepts, she provides project management and grant writing focused on sustainability, community development and urban agriculture. Previously, Beth was a Program Manager at Rebuilding Together Greater Des Moines and the Director of Advancement Services for Keep Iowa Beautiful. She has also worked in project and health/safety management positions for an environmental engineering firm; managed “Buy Recycled” and industrial waste audit programs for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources; and served as board president and employee for a Wisconsin recycling nonprofit. Beth is a co-founder of Center on Sustainable Communities (COSC) and serves on its board of directors. She also serves on the board of Community Housing Initiatives. Beth resides with her family in Des Moines.
Margo Underwood | Special Advisor / Pocahontas County Community Coachmlunderwood@cltel.net
Margo Underwood is president of Underwood Consulting, a business that provides resource management and public relations services to communities, businesses and non-profit organizations. Margo has 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors working with communities to help them develop solid waste plans in Iowa and Minnesota. Margo serves as chair of the Iowa Natural Resource Commission and is a past president and current board member of Trees Forever. Margo grew up on an Iowa Century Farm in Scott County, received her B.S. and M.S. Degrees from ISU, and serves as the KIB Hometown Pride Community Coach in nine communities in Pocahontas County.
Martha McCormick | Education Consultant Teachers Going Greennextstepadventure@mac.com
Martha McCormick grew up in California, moved to Iowa in 1968, and earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education. She developed health, literacy, art and science programs for Iowa State University until 2006 when she founded Next Step to help organizations increase their impact through creativity, partnership, and fun. McCormick writes a blog, facilitates training, assesses outcomes and develops programs in areas of social justice, culture and health.