2021 Iowa AEYC Governing Board Election

It is that time of year again. Late winter/early spring each year we ask for nominations, share the slate, and then hold the election for open officer positions that start their terms at the Annual Membership Meeting that is held during the Early Learning Fall Institute.

Elections will take place between March 15 and April 15. Active members will receive an email on March 15 or shortly before with their member ID number, a link to a SurveyMonkey ballot, and simple directions.

This year we will be filling new terms for President-Elect and Vice President.

Click here to read about each of the candidates


The Iowa Association for the Education of Young children is governed by a 21 member board.

2020-2021 Board Membership

Position Name
President Miranda Niemi
Past-President Mary Lukas
Vice President Whitney Fink
Treasurer/Finance Chair Brian Kingrey
Secretary Brandy Smith
High Performing Inclusive Organization (HPIO) Chair Donna Kennebeck
Early Childhood Workforce Advisory Committee Chair Tracy Ehlert
Family Engagement Chair Crystal Abbe
Membership Recruitment and Support Chair Catherine Bergman
Public Policy Chair Leslie Stonehocker
Play Committee Chair Dianne Casto
East Central Chapter Representative Sara Schwerin
Family Child Care Chapter Representative Tiffany Skaggs
Green Valley Chapter Representative TBD
Mid-Iowa Chapter Representative Rebecca Ausman
Mississippi Rock Chapter Representative TBD
North Central Chapter Representative Catherine Bergman
Northeast Chapter Representative Angela Schrodt
North Iowa Chapter Representative Dianne Casto
Prairie Rivers Chapter Representative Allison Pattee
Rolling Prairie Chapter Representative Vickie Parker
Siouxland Chapter Representative TBD
Southeast Chapter Representative Gladys Movall
Southwest Chapter Representative Mike Stiehl
West Central Chapter Representative Angela Lensch
Western Plains Chapter Representative Kristy Liechti


2020-2021 Board Meetings/Events

October 2 Annual Membership Meeting
October 10
Executive Committee Meeting: Officers and Executive Director
October 12 Governing Board RSVPs and Report Forms DUE
October 24 Governing Board Meeting
January 8 Governing Board RSVPs and Report Forms DUE
January 9 Executive Committee
January 23 Governing Board Meeting
April 8 Governing Board RSVPs and Report Forms DUE
Apri 17 Executive Committee Meeting: Officers and Executive Director
April 24 Governing Board Meeting
July 9 Executive Committee Meeting: Officers and Executive Director
July 8 Governing Board RSVPs and Report Forms DUE
July 23-24 Governing Board Retreat
October 1 Annual Iowa AEYC Membership Meeting
October 7 Governinb Board RSVP's and Report Forms DUE
October 9 Executive Committee Meeting: Officers and Executive Director (tentative)
October 23 Governing Board Meeting (tentative)

Important Links:

Iowa AEYC Strategic Plan 2022

NAEYC'S Statement of Commitment as a High-Performing, Inclusive Organization

NAEYC Guidance for the Affiliate/Chapter Relationship

NAEYC/IAAEYC Charter Agreement