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Executive Leadership

Wendy Mihm-Herold

Dr. Wendy Mihm-Herold

President & CEO
Our fearless, passionate leader who has nearly 35 years of exemplary expertise working across public and private nonprofit sectors in industries that make up the cornerstones of iJAG. 
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Anne Dirkx

Chief Operating Officer
Our all-teams leader works cross-functionally across the organization to deliver superior guidance that supports the way in which we work together, serve our students and uphold meaningful relationships with stakeholders.
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Allyson Vukovich

Allyson Vukovich

Vice President of Programs & Employer Engagement 
Her speciality is our speciality! School programming and employer engagement are two of our key cornerstones, so we entrust Allyson’s leadership and innovative thinking will continue to bring immediate and long-term success to our stakeholders.
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Ondrea Mysak

Ondrea Mysak

Executive Business Partner 
As the “glue” of our organization, Ondrea provides reliable support on a wide range of internal and external initiatives through superior organization, management and communication.
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Leadership

Cami Cochran

Cami Cochran

Grants & Special Projects Coordinator
Cami is responsible for maintaining systems and processes related to grant deadlines and activities. She also supports the execution and planning of iJAG special events and projects.
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Carly Harper

Director of Development
Carly cultivates robust relationships with funders across the state, securing essential support for iJAG programs to create a lasting impact.
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Ashley Ross

Regional Program Manager
Ashley leads iJAG programs in North Central Iowa and is a certified trainer for trauma-informed care level 1.
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Angela De La Riva

Development Officer
Angela works to build strong connections with grant makers across the state to secure vital funding for iJAG.
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Marcus Lunning

Marcus Lunning

Director of Growth & Partnerships
Marcus leads iJAG's strategic program development across the state working with school district administration to align program growth and impact for students and communities.
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Lela Scott

Program Director
Lela is responsible for the continual improvement of program operations through coaching Program team members, in-depth knowledge of the iJAG model, and relationships with partners.
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Tiffany Fitzpatrick

Controller
Tiffany takes the lead in upholding the organization’s financial integrity, continuously refining and strengthening fiscal control systems to ensure the precise and impactful delivery of resources to drive the iJAG mission forward.
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Natalie Lynch

Natalie Lynch

Career Pathways Coordinator
Natalie works to build meaningful connections between employers and students statewide, spearheading the development of successful apprenticeship and internship programs while actively engaging with new and existing community partners.
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Garrett Gobble

Civic & Community Engagement Coordinator
Garrett coordinates iJAG's efforts to connect students with elected officials and supports middle school programs to develop employer partnerships.
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Jill Padgett

Jill Padgett

Director of Program Strategy & Performance
Jill works to establish robust partnerships that benefit both employers and students, while also spearheading our data collection efforts to ensure accurate and comprehensive information for driving our initiatives forward.
EMAIL JILL

National Training Faculty

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) relies on a select group of highly experienced and knowledgeable career development experts to guide the success of JAG curriculum, programming and development across 39 state affiliates. We are proud that four National Training Faculty members are right here from Iowa. 

Jen Delfs

Jen Delfs

Learning & Development Business Partner
In addition to serving our iJAG staff's development needs, Jen facilitates program curriculum for JAG members across 39 state affiliates to guide skill competency while leveraging best practices from Iowa's classrooms.
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Candice Feldeler

Candice Fedeler

Learning & Development Business Partner
Candice delivers diverse trainings and implements learning strategies to all of iJAG staff as well as facilitating JAG curriculum nationally to elevate program success across 39 state affiliates.
EMAIL CANDICE
Ryan Lootens

Ryan Lootens

Specialist
In addition to serving our iJAG students as a Specialist in the Quad Cities, Ryan specializes in educating Specialists and developing JAG programming for middle schools across the county. 
EMAIL RYAN
Daryle Wright

Daryle Wright

Program Supervisor
In addition to serving our iJAG students as a Program Manager, Daryle helps support content development, facilitates training sessions and more, both in-person and virtually for small and large groups nationally, statewide and locally. 
EMAIL DARYLE

Program Supervisors

Miranda Durham

Miranda Durham

Eastern Iowa
Miranda leads iJAG programs in Eastern Iowa. She previously served as the iJAG Specialist at Muscatine High School for 4 years.
EMAIL MIRANDA
Cory Jenkins

Cory Jenkins

Des Moines Metro
Cory leads iJAG programs in the Des Moines metro. He previously served as the iJAG Specialist at Des Moines North High School for 8 years.
EMAIL CORY
Caitlin Snodgrass

Caitlin Snodgrass

Des Moines Metro
Caitlin leads iJAG programs in the Des Moines Metro. While in her previous role as an iJAG Specialist at Waukee High School, her team won first place at the 2022 National Career Development Conference.
EMAIL CAITLIN
Stephanie Flink

Stephanie Flink

East Central
Stephanie leads iJAG programs in East Central Iowa and leads the planning of the Career Development Conference.
EMAIL STEPHANIE
Dani McPherson Palmer

Dani McPherson-Palmer

Southwest Iowa
Dani leads iJAG programs in Southwest Iowa. She previously served as the iJAG Specialist at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs for 6 years.
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Colleen Theis

Colleen Theis

South Central Iowa
Colleen leads iJAG programs in South Central Iowa. Her mission is to ensure specialists and their students are equipped with the tools they need to make lasting positive changes in their lives and communities.
EMAIL COLLEEN
Yolanda Harden

Yolanda Harden

North Central Iowa
Yolanda leads iJAG programs in North Central Iowa. What she enjoys most about her role is the opportunity to serve her community and impact future leaders.
EMAIL YOLANDA
Emily Nelson

Emily Nelson

Central & West Central
Emily leads iJAG programs in Central and West Central Iowa. She previously served as the iJAG Specialist at Boone High School for 3 years.
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Rebecca Vasquez

Rebecca Vasquez

Iowa City - Cedar Rapids Metro
Rebecca leads the iJAG programs in the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Metro and is proudly an iJAG alum from Dubuque Hempstead High School.
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Nichole Hummell

Nichole Hummell

Southeast Iowa
Nichole leads the iJAG programs in Southeast Iowa. What she enjoys most about her role is the opportunity to serve her hometown community and inspire future leaders.
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Casey Smith

Casey Smith

Eastern Iowa
Casey leads iJAG programs in Eastern Iowa, and what she loves most about her role is the opportunity to serve her hometown and impact future leaders.
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Daryle Wright

Daryle Wright

Central & North Central
In addition to serving our iJAG students as a Program Manager, Daryle helps support content development, facilitates training sessions and more, both in-person and virtually for small and large groups nationally, statewide and locally. 
EMAIL DARYLE

Staff Directory

Angela De La Riva: Development Officer – Email Angela

Jillian Deines: Payroll & Accounts Payable – Email Jillian

Makensie Dimmitt: Administrative Assistant Email Makensie

Jen Delfs: Learning & Development Business Partner, National Training Faculty – Email Jen

Anne Dirkx: Chief Operating Officer – Email Anne

Candice Fedeler: Learning & Development Business Partner, National Training Faculty – Email Candice

Tiffany Fitzpatrick: Controller – Email Tiffany 

Garrett Gobble: Civic & Community Engagement Coordinator – Email Garrett

Carly Harper: Director of Development – Email Carly

Ryan Lootens: Specialist, National Training Faculty – Email Ryan

Marcus Lunning: Director of Growth & Partnerships – Email Marcus

Natalie Lynch: Career Pathways Coordinator – Email Natalie

Ondrea Mysak: Executive Business Partner – Email Ondrea

Dr. Wendy Mihm-Herold: President & CEO – Email Wendy

Jill Padgett: Director of Program Strategy & Performance – Email Jill

Lela Scott: Program Director – Email Lela

Allyson Vukovich: Vice President of Programs & Employer Engagement – Email Allyson

Daryle Wright: Program Supervisor, National Training Faculty – Email Daryle

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For a full list of our Program Supervisors, see our program map.