Board Members - The Ames Foundation

Board Members

Lynne Carey,  Past  Chair

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.

Jan Williams, Executive Team Chair

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 the Ames Chamber of Commerce as Vice President, Member Relations & Sponsorships. Jan’s family includes her husband Scott, and has two adult children, Hannah and Mason; all of us are avid Cyclones! Plus a Labradoodle Dharma!

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

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.  

Sheila Lundt

Sheila Lundt

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.

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

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, Treasurer

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, Vice Chair

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 for a cause, project, or event just as a small town would.

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, spending time with family, and hunting for mid-century furniture.

Tammy Stegman, 2nd Vice Chair

Tammy is an Ames native with some brief excursions to Cedar Falls and the Chicago area. Her and her husband, Phil, returned to Ames in 1997 and have been here ever since. Tammy worked at Iowa State University in Career Services 2007-2021. She is now at Mary Greeley Medical Center managing the student experience for 500+ students that come to MGMC to learn and grow. She considers herself lucky to prepare students professionally and connect them with employers for internships and post-graduation positions. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master's of Education from Iowa State University.

Tammy's family includes her husband and two daughters (Josie and Jenna). Between the four of them, they've attended all 3 regent universities in Iowa. In her spare time, she likes to try all things new, hang out with her family (and cats), visit local coffee shops, collect coffee mugs, and read!

Chris Anderson

Chris moved to Ames in 1994 to attend graduate school at Iowa State University. He graduated with master and doctoral degrees in Agricultural Meteorology and worked in weather and climate change science until 2016. He is employed with Renewable Energy Group where he is on the Philanthropy and Wellness committees. His community involvement has included being a coach for softball and T-ball, a pack leader for Cub Scout Pack 196, a board member for Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance, and contributing as a volunteer to support efforts at Food at First, Collegiate United Methodist Church, annual fall benefit concert for Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance, Ames Cyclone and Aquatic Club, and Ames tree planting.

Chris and Stephanie Hamilton were married in Ames in 2000. They love the friendliness of the Ames community and the impact, activities, and beauty of Iowa State University. Chris and Stephanie have volunteered at Ames schools and have supported initiatives to improve Ames Community School District. Spare time activities include walks in any of Ames beautiful parks, biking on crushed rock rural roads, other outdoor activities, traveling, and reading.

Barb Vincent

Barb grew up in Wellsburg, a small rural town in central Iowa. She studied for 2 years at Dordt University and then 2 years at DMACC in Ankeny. She moved to Ames after getting married in 1999 and has been a resident ever since. She and her husband live north of Ames now and their 2 boys attend Gilbert while the 2 dogs keep watch over the house while everyone is gone.

Barb works at Ames Christian School as the Development Director, planning events and fundraising. She has been part of the school for 11 years, as a parent first and now as an employee.

Spare time activities include, “bus” driver, short order cook, dog trainer, cleaning lady, laundromat attendant, referee and scorekeeper for intense basketball games at home.

She has been a Chamber Ambassador for 4 years and loves being involved in the community meeting new people and seeing how Ames has grown in the last 20 years!

Reneé Klaus

Reneé Klaus is an Ames native who graduated from Ames High & then went on to Iowa State University and earned a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. In 2020 she decided to venture into a new profession; receiving a real estate license becoming a REALTOR.

Reneé has two daughters who live in Ames, Abigayle and Olivia; along with her parents John and Carolyn. Reneé is looking forward to being a second generation family member to serve on The Ames Foundation; Carolyn, her mother served successfully for several years. Renee really enjoys our community and all it has to offer. She will bring her unique spirit and high energy level to the board.


Amy Howard

Ames Chamber of Commerce Staff Liaison 

Amy is an Iowa native. Born in Sioux City and now lives in Jewell, Iowa with her husband Brian. Together they have four adult children and four grand dogs!
Amy attend Des Moines Area Community College prior to beginning her career at Oakland Corporation in Story City, Iowa. As the Office Coordinator, Amy managed all aspects of day to day operations and was front line customer service, troubleshooting all client concerns and issues prior to moving them to customer support. Her career moved to the Ames, Iowa market taking a shared position with the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Ames Chamber of Commerce. A full time Economic Development Coordinator position opened with the Ames Chamber of Commerce and Amy transitioned to that position which began her 15-year tenure. The Director of Finance and Administration position was the next shift in Amy’s career field. This position has evolved to a Vice President position. In this role, she manages the day to day operations of all facilities, equipment, and finances of the Ames Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate organizations as well as The Ames Chamber of Commerce Foundation and serves as the staff liaison to The Ames Foundation.

Cathy Brown

Sarah Lawrence

Ex-Officio Member

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas, and a Masters in Sociology from Southern Illinois University. In 2018, she relocated to Ames from Carbondale, IL where she gained valuable experience working as an instructor for the School of Architecture at Southern Illinois University, and eventually joined the City of Carbondale staff as a City Planner.  The combination of university and city experience is serving her well in her new role as a Campus Planner at Iowa State University where she also participates in the International Town and Gown Association, and in community associations such as the Ames Area MPO Technical Committee. Sarah is excited to continue to learn about, and engage with the Ames community.

Joshua Shields, Ex-Oficio Member

Josh grew up in southern Iowa near the town of Grand River and moved to Ames to attend Iowa State University where he graduated with a degree in Landscape Architecture in 2002.  He is currently a Senior Project Landscape Architect with Bolton & Menk, Inc.  Josh is currently in his 3rd year as an Ames Foundation board member and has enjoyed donating time and talents to many of the organization’s community betterment programs; including tree planting, signage design, airport beautification and assistance with the Miracle Park and Inclusive Playground. 



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