Miriam Erickson Brown | Board Chairmiriamb@aedairy.com
After earning a B.A. from Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Illinois, Miriam Erickson Brown worked for a small publishing house in the suburbs of Chicago, before joining Anderson Erickson Dairy in 1985. She began her career in the marketing department at AE Dairy, the company her grandfather founded, and held various positions over a 21-year period. In 2006 she was named President and Chief Executive Officer.
Miriam invested much of her career representing independently owned dairies, such as AE Dairy, through leadership on dairy industry boards. In 1994 she was selected by the Secretary of Agriculture to join the MilkPEP (Milk Processor Education Program) Board. Miriam also served as Chair of the International Dairy Foods Association and the Milk Industry Foundation Boards. She is a board member and officer of The Innovation Center for US Dairy. She was the 2007 recipient of the International Dairy Foods Association’s Soaring Eagle Award for extraordinary service in the dairy industry.
Miriam’s commitment to her local community is evident by her service on many local boards including, Susan G. Komen Iowa, Des Moines Civic Center, Keep Iowa Beautiful, and Youth Homes of Mid-America. She is a member of Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress (IPEP). Miriam’s concern to treat our earth well, and especially to leave Iowa a cleaner and more beautiful state for generations to come, made her involvement in the Governor’s Comprehensive Recycling Planning Task Force a welcome challenge. She supports and encourages environmental stewardship throughout AE Dairy and in our community.
Kevin Techau | Board Vice-Chair
Kevin W. Techau is an attorney with the Scheldrup Blades Law Firm with offices in Cedar Rapids & Des Moines, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska. He is chair of the firm’s Government Compliance, Internal Investigations/Municipal Defense practice. He previously served as the presidentially appointed United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa 2014-2017. As chief federal law enforcement official for the District, he organized and led the Eastern Iowa Opioid Initiative. Kevin’s 30-year public/private career includes service as Commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety and Director of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals in Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack’s cabinet and seven years as Associate General Counsel at American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company. He retired as a Colonel with 27 years of total military service including seven years on active duty with the United States Air Force as a Judge Advocate, and 20 years of service with the Iowa Air National Guard, upon retirement he was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal. A graduate of the University of Iowa College of Business and College of Law, Kevin’s community service currently incudes Boards of Keep Iowa Beautiful and America’s Job Honor Award. Past service includes Boards of the Des Moines Public Library (Past President), Keep Iowa Beautiful (Past President), Des Moines Area Religious Council, Iowa National Guard Credit Union and Iowa National Guard Officer’s Association (Past President). He received the Iowa Public Health Heroes Award, University of Iowa, College of Public Health, 2016; Safe Kids Iowa Leadership Award, Blank Children’s Hospital, 2007; Government Leadership Award, Greater Des Moines Partnership, 2006.
Donald F. Lamberti | Co-Founder, Keep Iowa Beautiful
A clean neighborhood, city and State makes a positive statement to the many visitors who come to Iowa on business, vacations or just passing through. The person we impress may be a C.E.O. looking for a new business opportunity. A clean State is more than an environmental statement it is a economical statement. Keep Iowa Clean and growing.
Donald F. Lamberti is chairman emeritus of Casey’s General Store, Inc. a Midwest company that operates more than 1800 convenience stores. The firm’s headquarters is in Ankeny, Iowa.
A native Iowan, Lamberti started the business in 1968. The first Casey’s store opened in Boone, Iowa in 1969 in a remodeled three-bay gasoline station. Since then the company has grown to encompass a Fourteen-state market area with annual sales of more than seven billion dollars. The company employs 30,000 people.
A past director of Wells Fargo Bank Iowa, N.A., and National By-Products, Inc., Lamberti also is a past director of the Greater Des Moines Foundation. He is past Chair of the Buena Vista University board of trustees.
He is a founding member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Keep Iowa Beautiful, he is a past board member of Mid-Iowa council of the Boy Scouts of America and On With Life, Inc. He is active in the St. Vincent DePaul Society.
Lamberti has been inducted into the Conveniences Store Industry Hall of Fame, and he received the Small Business Administration Iowa’s Entrepreneurial Success Award. In 1998 he was recognized with the Distinguished Iowa Citizen award from the Boy Scouts Council. He is a founding member of Bridges of Iowa, Inc., a faith-based prison release, drug treatment and after care program for non-violent offenders.
Don and Charlene Lamberti reside in Ankeny, Iowa and have been married for 54 years. They have four children, two sons and two daughters, 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Governor Robert D. Ray (Retired) | Co-Founder, Keep Iowa Beautiful
Few names in Iowa history are as instantly recognizable as the one belonging to Robert D. Ray. A respected and successful Iowa trial lawyer he was elected Governor of Iowa to an unprecedented consecutive five terms in 1968. During his time in office he was chairman of the National Governors’ Association, the Republican Governors’ Association, the Midwest Governors’ Conference, the Education Commission of the States and president of the Council of State Governments. In 1979 he was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Special United Nations Conference of Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland. Ray served as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations in 1983.
In the late 1970’s Governor Ray became a worldwide leader in the humanitarian re-settlement of refugees from Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam and helping them relocate, find jobs and start new lives in Iowa.
Following his 14 years as Governor, Ray became President of Chief Executive Officer of Life Investor, Inc, now known as AEGON, Inc. Following that President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa, nka Wellmark. He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees and then became President of Drake University. He also filled a term as Mayor of Des Moines. Ray has been actively involved in national health care issues, serving as co-chair of the National Leadership Coalition on Health Care. He continues as Chairman of the Institute of Character Development, an organization Ray formed that focuses on civility and character development in Iowa.
In 2005, Ray became the only governor or former governor to have received Iowa’s highest civilian honor, the Iowa Award. Among his many awards, he holds the Order of Coif distinction from Drake University and is the recipient of honorary degrees from nineteen colleges and universities.
Neal Coleman | Board SecretaryNAColeman@nyemaster.com
West Des Moines
Neal Coleman is an associate with the firm’s Business, Finance, and Real Estate Department. He graduated with highest distinction from the University of Iowa with a B.B.A. in Accounting, and received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas at Austin. Since joining the firm, Neal practices primarily in the areas of business and commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions; commercial real estate finance transactions; insurance law and regulations; banking, lending and secured transactions; and general representation of business organizations in all phases of an entity’s life cycle.
Neal is intent on seeing the State of Iowa continue to grow and develop. He believes that Keep Iowa Beautiful’s focus on environmental beautification and environmentally-responsible decision-making are key components of the state’s ongoing vitality and success.
Doug Shull | Board Treasurerdougs@co.warren.ia.us
Former State Senator, Doug Shull is a CPA and currently serves as chair to the Warren County Board of Supervisors. Now retired, he served as CFO to Casey’s General Stores. Along with Keep Iowa Beautiful, Doug serves on local boards including Bankers Trust.
Jeff Badger | Board Memberjwbadge@yahoo.com
I am a life-long resident of the State of Iowa, and can’t see myself calling any other state home! A statistic that I would like to share is that Iowa is ranked #8 in the country for the BEST, Cleanest States of 2014 American State Litter Scorecard. How does that happen? It happens because of residents such as those in our state and organizations like Keep Iowa Beautiful that keep us educated and provide us excellent resources. I am proud to be a board member and to support Keep Iowa Beautiful’s mission statement, “Empower Iowans to make Iowa the cleanest and most attractive state in the nation.” Together we can make Iowa #1!
Michael Chilton | Board Membermbchilton@gmail.com
Iowa is a land of incredible natural beauty. From the Loess Hills to the Drifless Region, the views can be stunning. As Iowans fortunate to call this home, it is our responsibility to be good stewards of our resources. As an avid fisherman, I’m particularly interested in cleaning our waterways. Keep Iowa Beautiful is making Iowa the cleanest and most attractive state in the nation through their research, community assistance, grants, and education programs.
Anthony J. Colosimo | Board Memberacolosimo@phx-rr.com
Tony started in the waste business in 1993 with a few trucks and a desire to become a leader in the industry. Since then Tony, along with his brother who joined him two years later, has grown his companies exponentially. Tony’s foresight has allowed him to expand into recycling and landfill diverting operations. He is an active local leader that champions environmental sustainability through meaningful landfill diversion. Tony also sits on many boards and committees nationwide and is considered a pioneer in the waste industry. Tony is Iowa State alum with a degree in Business and Public Relations.
Steve Falck | Board Membersfalck@elpc.org
Steve Falck is employed with the Chicago-based, Environmental Law & Policy Center working in the Des Moines satellite location since 2010. ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. Steve works with policy makers at the state and federal level on clean energy programs, clean water initiatives, smart transportation options, and clean air policy including the Iowa Climate Solutions Campaign. Formerly, he worked as Director of State Government Relations for Renewable Energy Group, a bio-diesel manufacturer based in Ames, Iowa. Prior to that role, Steve served in the Governor’s Office as a Policy Advisor and Legislative Liaison for Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack and Lt. Governor Sally Pederson for five years. Steve served as an Iowa State Representative for three terms representing Iowa House District 28 in Northeast Iowa. He also managed his 350-acre family farm in Stanley, Iowa for many years.
Tom Hanafan | Board Memberthanafan@cox.net
Tom Hanafan served 22 years as the Mayor of Council Bluffs and was the past president of the Iowa League of Cities. He graduated in 1965 from Thomas Jefferson High School, Council Bluffs, and attended the University of South Dakota where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Government in 1969. Hanafan was elected as the full time Mayor of Council Bluffs in January 1988. Previously he was elected to the City Council in January 1982 and served Council Bluffs in that role through 1985 when he was first elected to serve the city as Mayor.
With a long history of civic activities and community service, Tom has served board of director and leadership roles for the United Way of the Midlands, Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, Iowa West Racing Association, Rotary Club, Service League, Economic Development Corporation, Educational Development Committee, YMCA and others. Tom has been recognized for several awards over the years including Community Leader Award, Human Services Advisory council, (1989) Community Achievement Award, Toastmaster’s International, (1989) the Heritage Award, the Jason Award, Children’s Square USA, (1990).
He is also included in the Omaha Softball Association Hall of Fame, (1993), the League of Iowa Municipalities Hall of Fame, (1999) the TJ Hall of Fame and the Omaha Old Timer’s Baseball Hall of Fame.
Megan Jones | Board MemberMegan.Jones@legis.iowa.gov
Megan Jones is a Republican State Representative of District 2. She is an attorney with Hemphill Law Office, PLC. Megan received degrees in LPS and business from Drake University and her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law. She is a member of the Spencer Daybreakers Kiwanis. She said she hopes her work with the Keep Iowa Beautiful board will preserve Iowa’s beauty, bring more of the state’s treasures to the forefront and help market those hometown qualities in a way that attracts people and businesses to this state, keeping it beautiful for generations to come.
Reo Menning | Board MemberReo@PMCofIowa.com
Executive Vice President of the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa (PMCI) and RINAlliance, Inc®. For PMCI, she oversees legislative and regulatory strategy, as well as marketing and communications. For RINAlliance, she manages the strategic and business operations of the organization.
Prior to joining PMCI and RINAlliance, Reo led the largest solid waste agency in Iowa, where she launched and grew new business and community services, drove public affairs and communications strategies, and improved the financial position of the organization through restructuring and operational efficiencies. She’s also a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with 14 years of association experience focused on federal and state regulatory advocacy, issue management and policy development for the chemical industry.
Reo holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry-Marketing from the University of Northern Iowa, a master’s degree in Environmental Science from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the University of Iowa. She’s been a member of the KIB board since 2009.
Brandon Neilson | Board Member
Brandon Neilson earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2003. During his time in college, Brandon served as the Interim Director of Keep America Beautiful’s New Hanover County Chapter. As Interim Director he coordinated and executed in-class educational programs, community outreach programs, and county-wide cleanup programs. After graduating, Brandon migrated back to Illinois, where he had grown up, and began his career within the Environmental Industry. In 2007, he moved to Iowa to continue his environmental career and began to specialize in Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Projects. These brownfield projects included grant writing and environmental assessments for properties ranging from former dry-cleaning or service station sites to large abandoned industrial facilities.
In 2011, Brandon and several other like-minded individuals started Impact7G, Inc., a professional services firm specializing in the Environmental Industry. As community redevelopment is one of the cultural principles of Impact7G and having had experience with Keep America Beautiful in college, Brandon reached out to Keep Iowa Beautiful. Since then, he has initiated the Adopt-A-Highway program within the company and has volunteered throughout the past three years, and plans on working with Keep Iowa Beautiful for the foreseeable future.
Noreen Otto | Board Member
Noreen Otto is the Vice President of Government Relations for Hy-Vee, Inc. In this role she coordinates Hy-Vee’s outreach and advocacy efforts through the company’s eight state territory and on the federal level. Her efforts cover issues from transportation and sustainability to pharmacy concerns. She previously worked in the Iowa Legislature and served a four-year-term on the Newton Iowa, City Council. She is active with the Jasper Community Foundation, the Geisler Penquite Foundation, and was included in the 2015 class as a Des Moines Business Record “Forty Under 40.”
Mike Richardson | Board Member
Michael graduated from Madison Memorial High School in Madison, WI. In 1974. He began his career Swift Premium Meats working there from 1974-1978. In 1978 Mike joined Casey’s General Stores Inc. as a field operations supervisor. He has continued on with Casey’s to the present time serving as a store supervisor, District manager, Advertising Director and currently as Vice President of Marketing and Advertising.
Mike’s activities outside of work have included working in various capacities with the cities and charities where has lived. From 2008 to 2010 Mike served on the Pleasant Hill Parks and Recreation Committee, was voted Citizen of the Year in 2009 by the Pleasant Hill Iowa Chamber of Commerce and was elected Mayor of Pleasant Hill, IA in 2011 where he served until 2014. Mike and his wife Patty continue to enjoy living in Pleasant Hill and have three wonderful children and five grandchildren and plans to continue to stay involved with the community.
Loretta Sieman | Board MemberLorettaSieman@gmail.com
Loretta is very involved across the metro. She is the former Vice President of Community Relations at the Business Publications Corporation. She has served on various committees, organization boards and task forces. Most notable is her service with the West Des Moines City Council, Polk County Health Board, Bras for the Cause Founding Board, West Des Moines Hospital Cabinet, MPO Board and Chair, Junior Achievement, the Iowa Medical Society Auxiliary Board, AEA Educational Advisory Board, Broadlawns’ Legislative Task Force, Variety Club Board and Chair, Capital Campaign Co-Chair Blank Park Zoo, Capital Campaign Coordinator for Baker House and Knapp House of Hope for Mainstream Living.
She is currently serving on the board of directors for these organizations: Keep Iowa Beautiful, Eyerly Ball Foundation, Drake University Alumni Board, Clive Community Foundation, West Des Moines Community School Foundation, Iowa Sister States Board, Prairie Meadows Grants Committee, Father Council for American Diabetes, American Heart Go Red Crimson, Blank Park Zoo Emeritus Board, Progress Industries Board, Mainstream Living Consultant, United Way Women’s Leadership Team, Animal Rescue League Advisory Board, & the Iowa Asian Alliance Event co-chair.
Scott Smith | Board Member
Iowa has a unique beauty all its own. From rolling hills to river valleys to flat plains, Iowa provides us with a vast array of vistas to enjoy. Keep Iowa Beautiful, its partners/affiliates and members are at the forefront of ensuring that Iowa’s beauty is protected and passed on to future generations. Our organization provides a wealth of opportunities for people to get involved and make a positive difference. I personally invite you to join us!
Marcia Wanamaker | Board Membermarcia.firstname.lastname@example.org
Marcia Wanamaker is an Iowa Realty real estate agent serving the greater Des Moines area. She was recognized as a two-time top sales agent with Iowa Realty. In 2001, she was awarded Associate of the Year, As a dual selling team with her husband, Rick Wanamaker, the two have sold over $225 Million since 1988. Marcia serves a vital role on the Keep Iowa Beautiful board.
Inky Westfall | Board Memberinkyungw@yahoo.com
Since 2004, Inky Westfall has served as Executive Assistant to the City of Council Bluffs’ Mayor. She is committed to Iowa, advocating on behalf of Keep Iowa Beautiful for litter prevention programs, beautification and education programs. She is a member of the Keep Iowa Beautiful Marketing Committee that works to promote the great work of the organization.