Board Members - The Ames Foundation

Board Members

Lynne Carey, President

Lynne recently retired from a rewarding 36 year long career at the Ames Public Library. At APL, Lynne developed a strong passion for community building through collaboration. In retirement, she is enjoying serving on several boards, volunteering, traveling, going to the gym in the daytime, and keeping up with reading for multiple book clubs.


Lynne received a BS from ISU in psychology and women’s studies. She is one of the rare Story County natives who stayed put.  She and her spouse, Navid Emami, live in Nevada in Lynne’s childhood home, and appreciate the small town living that Iowa offers.



Randi Peters

Jason Crawford

Jason is an Ames native and has spent all but four years of his life as a resident. Jason graduated from Iowa State in 2009 with a degree in Marketing. During that time he enlisted as an infantryman with the Marine Corps and deployed twice to Iraq (2004-05, 2007-08). Currently Jason is a Program Manager with Workiva, where he has been since 2011. 

Jason and his wife Jess were married in 2001 and have five children: Caedmon (10), Easton (9), Reagan (7), and Josephine (3). Jason enjoys spending time with family, bodybuilding, and watching the Cubs. 

In addition to the Ames Foundation Jason is active in Cornerstone Church where he teaches second grade Sunday School, and helps lead a middle school group. 


Anne Nelson, Secretary

Anne is an Ames native who, after living in Chicago and West Des Moines for 9 years, returned in 2008 when her husband Chris bought in to the family business, Nelson Electric, a company that has been in Ames since 1908.  Anne is a 1990 graduate of Ames High School.  She has degrees from Iowa State University (B.S. Biochemistry, 1994) and University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.S. Food Science, 1996).   Anne works for Vanguard Sciences, a food testing lab based in South Dakota.  Her current community involvement includes work with Family Ambassadors/Ames Community School District, Raising Readers of Story County, Fellows Elementary School, Cub Scouts Pack 196, First United Methodist Church, and the Iowa State women’s Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity.  Anne and Chris have three children, Erik, Ian, and Evan.  Her husband Chris currently serves on the Ames City Council.  


Justin Dodge

Justin Dodge 

Immediate Past President

Justin became a third generation Iowa Stater (finance '01) when he moved to Ames in 1998, when he also met his wife, Andrea Hammes Dodge.  Currently Justin coordinates new residential subdivisions and commercial property for Hunziker Development.

Justin serves on the City of Ames Electric Utilities board, Treasurer for the Greek Alumni Alliance, 2nd Vice President for the Ames Homebuilders Association, State Director for the Homebuilders Association of Iowa and is on the Iowa State - Delta Tau Delta House Corporation board.


Jeff Iles

Jeff Iles
Past President

Jeff relocated to central Iowa in 1987 to attend graduate school at Iowa State and now can’t imagine living anywhere else. Currently he serves as professor and chair of the Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University. He teaches, conducts applied research, and provides Extension programming in the areas of landscape plant establishment and maintenance, woody plant evaluation, and nursery and garden center management. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in horticulture from Michigan State, Penn State, and Iowa State, respectively. Between degrees, Jeff worked in the retail garden center segment of the green industry, first in suburban Detroit, Michigan, and later in Littleton, Colorado.

Jeff is a member of the Rotary Club of Ames and serves on the board of directors for the Brenton Arboretum (Dallas Center, IA) and the Iowa Arboretum (Madrid, IA). In his spare time he is an ice hockey referee and an avid cyclist. 


Jill Klindt

Jill Klindt, Treasurer

Jill is a Lake View, Iowa native but has lived in Ames since attending Iowa State University. She graduated in 1998 with a major in accounting. Jill and her husband Todd married in 2002 and have three children: Lily, Penny and Owen.

Jill loves living in Ames. Even when working for many years in Des Moines, moving was never a consideration. Jill is now vice president and chief accounting officer for Workiva Inc. and has been with the company since 2008. She also serves on the Ames Economic Development Commission Board.


Sheila Lundt

Sheila Lundt,

Past President

A Gladbrook, Iowa native, Sheila Lundt attended Iowa State University, graduating in 1978 with a double major in political science and international studies. After considering law school, Sheila chose to remain at Iowa State and earned a master's in political science (public administration curriculum) in 1982.

Sheila began her professional career in the Webster City city manager’s office in early 1980 and worked there for four-and-a-half years. From there, she returned to Ames as the city’s budget officer, and in 1987, joined the city manager’s office. She retired from her position as assistant city manager in April 2012. Now as a volunteer, Sheila serves on the Story County Mental Health/Criminal Justice Task Force and the Central Iowa Emergency Services Chaplaincy advisory board.

Sheila’s brother and his family live in Knoxville, Tennessee.  She is an committed fan of Iowa State athletics as well as an avid gardener.


Lisa Frerichs

Amanda Moorman

Amanda moved to Ames in 2014 when her husband, Justin, started working at Moorman Clothiers in downtown Ames. Amanda currently works at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Des Moines. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, she worked as a Financial Analyst for John Deere in Kansas City, Moline, IL, and Johnston, IA.

Justin and Amanda were married in 2009 and have a son, Jackson and a daughter, Allison. They are excited to be raising their family in such a wonderful city!

Amanda received a Finance degree from Wartburg College in 2009 and an MBA in Economics and Strategic Management from the University of Chicago: Booth School of Business in 2014. She current serves on Wartburg’s Leadership National Advisory Board, the Young Professionals of Ames Board, and on the Stewardship committee for Ames Ascension Lutheran Church.


Austin Woodin

Melissa Rowan 

Melissa Rowan is the Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at the ISU Foundation. In this role she staffs the Foundation's volunteer board and governors, heads up the strategic planning initiative, and serves as the public information officer. Before her time at Iowa State Melissa spent ten years at the Florida State University Foundation in Tallahassee, FL in various capacities.

Melissa received her BA in history from Iowa State, where she worked at the Foundation as a student, in 1998. She completed her masters in public administration from Florida State in 2009. Her active involvement in the Ames community has included the Mary Greeley Medical Center Auxiliary, the United Way Young Leaders Society, and the Ames Parks and Rec Commission to name a few. She and her husband Pat live in the south campus neighborhood and enjoy all that living so close to Iowa State University has to offer

Ryan Haaland

Ryan is an attorney at Davis Brown Law Firm. He lived in Ames from 2011-2015 and has lived in Huxley since then with his wife Jamie, son James, and daughter Sadie. He enjoys reading, camping, and being outdoors. He is on the Story County Bar Association. His favorite thing about Ames/Story County is the small community and Iowa State University.

Kyle Woiwood

Kyle is a Tax Manager at LWBJ. He has lived in Ames since 2015, previously living in Minneapolis working at PwC in the Financial Services Tax Department. He graduated from UNI with a degree in Accounting and passed the CPA exam in 2011. He and his wife, Chelsea, have 2 dogs, a wirehaired mix Zoey and a dashshund Dobby. He enjoys visiting family and friends, golfing, and trying new craft breweries. He is the current Treasurer of the Volunteer Center of Story County, graduated member of Leadership Ames Class XXX, and a member of the Iowa Society of CPAs- Tax Committee. His favorite thing about Ames/Story County is how active the community is, both physically and professionally. There are so many opportunities to get involved in various groups and organizations in the community.

Tanner Winterhof

Tanner is a VP and Commercial Banker at Vision Bank. He has lived in Huxley since 2014 with his wife, Allie and 2 daughters Gabby and Cami. He enjoys playing golf, helping their families farm, and volunteering. He is on the Ames Chamber Membership Committee and the VCSC Board President. His favorite thing about Ames/Story County is the number of times he has witnessed the community come together

Nick Johnson

Nick moved to Ames in 2012 and is the General Manager and an owner of Ames Ford Lincoln.  He grew up in the Midwest and really enjoys the character of the city and the wonderful people of this community.  Nick and his wife Jordan were married in 2016 and are looking forward to starting a family.

Currently Nick serves on the Story County Medical Center Board of Trustees, Co-Chairs the United Way’s YLS Board, and serves as a guest lecturer at Iowa State University.  He previously served as the Vice President of the African American Museum of Iowa state board.  In his spare time Nick enjoys playing golf and spending time with family and friends.

Nate Rippke

As an Ames native, Nate Rippke has a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from Iowa State University. Nate has been co-owner of Rippke Design since 2010. Nate is married to Ashley (the other half of Rippke Design), with two children (Elsa and Nase), and two dachshunds (Izzy and Bean). When not developing websites, he enjoys coffee,

Joshua Shields

Josh grew up in Southern Iowa near the town of Grand River and  first moved to Ames in 1997 to attend Iowa State University where he received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 2002.  After graduating from ISU, he spent 18 months working for the Philadelphia Support Office of the National Park Service before returning to Ames to pursue a career as a professional landscape architect.  Josh is currently a  Project Landscape Architect in Bolton & Menk’s Ames Office and assists the firm with numerous municipal and planning projects.


Josh is finishing his term as President of the Iowa Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects; currently in the capacity of Past-President.  He graduated from Leadership Ames Class XXVI and served as a Co-Chair for Classes XXVII and XXVIII (all the best classes ever!).  He is thankful to be able to assist neighbors and members of a large family (2 sisters and 5 brothers) with home improvement projects, relishes time outdoors with his dog Bear, enjoys running and cross-country skiing on area trails and tending his extensive vegetable garden during warmer weather.  Above all, Josh is cardinal and gold, through and through, and enjoys attending numerous ISU sporting events.

Jan Williams President-Elect


Jan Williams, a Mason City, IA native, has lived in Ames for over two decades. Jan graduated from Iowa State University with a Psychology degree and Sociology Minor and after living and working in Des Moines for seven years, returned to Cyclone County! She works at First National Bank as a Vice President & Private Banker. Her current community involvement includes Co-Chair of the Iowa Special Olympics Summer Games, Heartland Senior Services of Story County, Ames Morning Rotary, American Heart Association, Habitat for Humanity, and Mary Greeley Medical Center’s Hope Gala. Jan’s family includes her husband Scott, and kids Hannah and Mason, all avid Cyclones! And Labradoodle Dharma!

Spare time includes attending Cyclones events, walks around Ada Hayden Park and baking, hence the walking!


Sydney Dighton

Ames Chamber of Commerce Staff Liaison 

Sydney grew up in Central Iowa near the town of State Center and first moved to Ames in 2014 to attend Iowa State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with additional majors in Criminal Justice and Sociology in 2017. After graduating from Iowa State University, she spent 15 months with Mainstream Living before joining the Ames Chamber of Commerce staff. Sydney is currently a Project Coordinator for Ames Economic Development Commission and assists with various project proposals and coordinating events. Sydney also serves as the Ames Chamber of Commerce Staff Liaison to The Ames Foundation. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys exploring the various parks and walking/hiking paths with her dog (Muskie) and partner (Nick).


Cathy Brown

Cathy Brown

Ex-Officio Member

Cathy and her husband Leroy have been residents of Ames since 1980 and raised two sons, DJ and Casey, while making Ames their home. Cathy serves as an assistant director of campus and physical planning in the Facilities Planning and Management Department at Iowa State University.

As a member of The Ames Foundation's board of directors, Cathy has served several terms over the past 15 years. She has been active on a number of committees for special events in the community including RAGBRAI, Special Olympics National Games, Odyssey of the Mind, and the NCAA Midwest Regional Basketball Tournament Site Committee. Cathy has also served on community committees including Ames Area MPO Technical  and Policy Committees, Ames University Impacted Area Advisory, Story County Zoning and Subdivision Code Review and Ames Area Long-range Transportation Plan.



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