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Meet Our Directors

Daryle Vegge – advisory board chair

Daryle and his wife, Joyce, have lived in Ames for 38 years.  They have two grown sons, married and each with two children.   Daryle recently resigned from Danfoss after working there for 38 years.  He is currently a member of the United Way of Story County board of directors, an active member and past president of Ames Morning Rotary, and active in committees at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church.

Daryle served a four year term on Ames City Council.  The experience opened his eyes to what makes this community tick and made him aware of needs to be filled in order to make Ames and Story County a better place to live and work. The committee positions attached to the Council were also very enlightening.  Daryle is a graduate of Leadership Ames (year 14) and enjoys being active in the community.


Audrey Kennis – advisory board secretary

Audrey and her husband, Matthew, live in Ames and have three incredible boys.

She holds a B.A degree in Elementary Education and Philosophy and an M.Ed in Education. Audrey is the Multicultural Liaison Officer with the College of Design at Iowa State University.  Previously she worked at Hawkeye Community College as an Admissions Counselor for Underrepresented Populations.   Audrey also formerly served Iowa State University as Senior Transfer Admissions Counselor.

Audrey volunteers with the Ames NAACP, the Planning Committee for I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa, and briefly served on the Northeast Iowa Community Foundation before moving to Ames.  She is a member of Friendship Baptist Church and has a passion for community outreach and civic engagement.


Ann Kurtenbach – advisory board treasurer

Ann and her husband, Jim, have lived in Nevada since 1991.  They have two grown sons.

Ann holds bachelor’s degrees in Industrial Administration and Accounting from Iowa State University.  She is licensed as a CPA in Iowa and is employed by Paragon International in Nevada in the role of Controller. 

She is active in the Nevada community and in the following organizations:  Nevada Community School Foundation,  PEO Chapter NE, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 48.


Steve Kovarik – advisory board at large member

Steven and his wife, Karen, have lived in Cambridge since 1993. They have two grown sons.

Steven holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University. He has worked for Iowa State University for 19 years and is currently an Information Technology Manager for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University

He is active in the Cambridge and Huxley communities as a City Council Member and on the Corporate Board of Huxley Communications, respectively.


Jaclyn Anderzhon

Jaclyn is currently the Finance Director for United Way of Story County (UWSC), and has been in the position since 2015.  Prior to working at UWSC, she worked for ten years with the City of Ames in the Public Works department.

Jaclyn was born and raised in Ames, and is a graduate of Ames High School.  She earned both her Bachelors and MBA degree from Iowa State University. 

Jaclyn lives in Story City with her husband Brian and two dogs, where they spend much of their time restoring their 1890 Victorian home.  In addition to restoration and repurposing projects (she co-founded Dakota Junktion with her father), she enjoys traveling, sports (both playing and watching), and time with family and friends. 


Jeremy Arends

Jeremy and his wife, Kamber are residents of Huxley.  Jeremy was an Associate Pastor at Slater Baptist Church in Slater serving this church for 12 years. He has also been in the banking industry for 15 years and recently made the transition to the Insurance side of the Financial Industry.  Jeremy currently works as a Relations Manager with Fortress Insurance Services in Ames. Jeremy has served on the Parks & Rec Board and currently serves as the Treasurer for the City of Huxley.  He is a graduate of the Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny.

The Arends have two young sons, Judd and Jace. They enjoy the simple things of life; going to the park, spending time in the backyard, pizza movie night, and just being together as a family.


Patti Cotter

A graduate of the University of Virginia (BA) and Iowa State (MBA), Patti has lived in Ames for 36 years with her husband, Peter Orazem. They have two grown children.

Patti’s professional and volunteer experience has emphasized communicating with donors, program managers and the community.

Retired from a career in fundraising, performing arts and event planning, Patti is a member of St. Thomas Aquinas church and worked on their recent capital campaign. She is a graduate of Leadership Ames and was on the City of Ames Public Art Commission, Ames High Arts Boosters and Ames Noon Rotary Club.


Jennifer Dieter

Jennifer and her husband, Brian, live in Ames and have two college aged daughters.

She holds a B.S. degree in Elementary Education.  Jennifer taught full time for 7 years and then as a substitute teacher from 2003-2015.

As a volunteer Jennifer has been active as a Fellows elementary parent volunteer, Collegiate Presbyterian Church Youth Worship program volunteer, Ames High School parent volunteer as sports rep and Band Boosters, and Raising Readers in Story County.  She has helped with 2nd grade tours of Mary Greeley Medical Center and with delivering meals for United Way Women With Initiative program.  Jennifer is currently the Board Chair for Raising Readers in Story County.


Laurie Henry

Laurie is the CFO of LongView Farms and a State Bank and Trust director.  She is an Ames High School and Iowa State University graduate.   Laurie is the former assistant director for Ames Chamber of Commerce / Economic Development Commission.

Laurie is currently active with Nevada Food at First, Nevada Schools as a mentor, and the Cornerstone Church.  Her previous volunteer experience includes:  Co-chair Nevada Auditorium Project; Nevada SCORE project volunteer; Story County Planning & Zoning board member; Center for Agriculture Development (CAD) at Iowa State University board member, and Leadership Ames graduate.

Along with her husband, Steve, Laurie lives in rural Nevada.  They have three grown sons.


Alan L. Hermanson

Al is a lifetime resident of Story County. He and his wife have two grown sons.

Al is a graduate of Iowa State University and currently employed by Woodland Farms serving as Vice-President. He is the President of WTG, Inc. serves on the Advisory Board of US Bank in Ames, is a past president of Ames Morning Rotary, served on the Story County Planning and Zoning and Condemnation Boards, served as President of St. Petri Lutheran Church in Story City, and is currently serving on the Deacon’s Board at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Story City.


Dustin Ingram

Dustin is the Director of Community & Economic Development outreach at the Ames Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Commission.  Dustin and his fiancé, Jennie, moved to Ames in 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and religion from Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, and attended the community and regional planning graduate program at Iowa State University. Formerly, he served as the economic development director in Ackley, Iowa. Ingram is a member of the Professional Developers of Iowa and the Ballard Kiwanis Club. He enjoys working with Story County organizations, city leaders, and residents to improve the local economy and quality of life. 

Mike Phillips

Mike is a Business Loan Officer with the Greater Iowa Credit Union and has been in the banking industry for over 15 years. He and his wife, Cori, and their two children moved to Ames in 2011. They soon realized that Ames and Story County are special places and they are committed to raising their family here. Mike has served his community as a volunteer firefighter and through many organizations, including Lions Club, Rotary Club, Warren County Habitat for Humanity, YSS, United Way, the Volunteer Center of Story County, and more.

Becky Senti

Becky Senti received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and her master’s in TAG education from Iowa State University. She has taught in Iowa City; Washingtonville, NY; Story City and Ames and is retired from teaching.

Becky has served on the Ames International Orchestra Festival Association Guild Board and the Central Iowa Symphony Board in Ames. In Story City she has served on the Roland Story School Foundation and was a founding member of the Roland Story schools’ fine arts booster organization.  At present she is most active in the Story City Historical Society where she helped write two successful proposals for grants from SCCF. She and her husband Sam have been long-time volunteers at the Story City Antique Carousel.

Becky and her husband live in Story City and have two adult daughters and three grandchildren.  She works part time at the Pumpkin Patch in Ames.  


Connie Tjelmeland

Connie has been involved with agriculture most of her life. She grew up on a dairy farm in Franklin County and later studied botany and agronomy at Iowa State University. Connie and her husband, Mark, have been married for over thirty years and jointly run a family farm operation. One of her deepest passions is Iowa’s native prairie, and she loves to wander through prairie remnants, imagine the landscape 200 years ago, and tend a five-acre reconstructed prairie on their property. Connie is very active on the Bethany Lutheran Daycare Board, which is committed to improving the facility, developing programming, and promoting the daycare center. She has also served on the Zearing Public Library Board and the Colo-NESCO Education Foundation Board, and is an active member of her church.

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