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Members of the Board

Chad JanzenChad Janzen, Chair 
Sergeant Bluff-Luton CSD, Superintendent

Chad Janzen is the superintendent of the Sergeant Bluff-Luton Community School District, where he has served since July 2022.  Previously he served as the superintendent in Rock Valley, IA.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Augustana University in 1997.  He began his teaching career at Los Angeles Lutheran Jr/Sr High School where he taught social studies for three years and served as principal for three years.  During this time, he earned his master’s degree in school administration from California State University, Northridge.  He continued his teaching degree in Baltic, South Dakota for three years upon returning to the Midwest.  In 2006 he returned to administration serving as the principal and superintendent in Canistota, South Dakota.  While in Canistota, he earned his education specialist degree at the University of Sioux Falls. Chad and his wife, Lou Ann, a registered nurse, live in Rock Valley.  They have two sons.


Kathy BehrensKathy Behrens, Vice Chair 
Carroll, Kuemper Catholic Schools, Teacher

Kathy Behrens appointed to the board in 2015 is a 4/5 Resource teacher at Kuemper Catholic Schools in Carroll. She completed her graduate and post-graduate work at Buena Vista University. At Kuemper Catholic Schools, Kathy has served in several leadership roles. One as a member of the Building Assistance Team and another as a member of the Building Leadership Team. She has also served on the Heartland AEA Advisory Team and the Heartland Accreditation Team. Kathy has endorsements in Reading, Early Childhood and Coaching. Kathy and her husband, Mark, live on a farm south of Carroll where they raise corn, soybeans and wine grapes. They have three grown children, Katie, Kora and Kyle and a granddaughter, Kaycee. In her spare time Kathy loves running, walking, biking, Cyclone athletics and spending time with her granddaughter.


Pam BleamPam Bleam 
Manson Northwest Webster CSD, Elementary Counselor

Pam Bleam grew up on a turkey farm near Manson, Iowa.  She attended BVU in Storm Lake with a BA in Elementary Education and later earned her MA from Morningside College in school counseling.  She has her administrative license from Prairie Lakes Leadership Academy in Pocahontas.  She currently is in her 35th year at Manson Northwest Webster Elementary School in Barnum, Iowa.  She is married to Brad Bleam the music teacher at MNW who also farms near Manson. They have 3 children: Maison, Canon & Riley, and Tyson & Fairon.  She loves spending time with her 4 grandchildren, biking, kayaking, sewing, and reading.  Pam has been in education for 35 years and has loved every minute of it.  She is currently serving as the elementary school counselor for MNW.  Her most important leadership role is the successful implementation of the PBIS framework at her Preschool- 6th grade MNW Elementary School.


Tim BowerTim Bower 
Fairfield, Public Member

Tim Bower was appointed to the Board of Educational Examiners in December of 2019. Mr. Bower has held a number of senior level positions in global corporations and has been the President of the Nelson Company in Fairfield Iowa since May 2018. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University in 1984 and his Executive MBA from the University of Iowa in 1995. Tim was elected to the Muscatine CSD School Board in September of 2009 and was on the board until September of 2018 when he resigned to relocate to Fairfield of which he is a graduate of Fairfield High School. He was elected to the Fairfield CSD School Board in November 2019. Tim held a Director position for district 9 for the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) until September 2018, was a member of IASB’s Legislative Resolutions Committee, Legal Service Fund Committee and other panels. Tim was appointed to the Governor’s Southeast Iowa STEM Advisory Board for six years. Tim and his wife Karen live in Fairfield and have three adult children, one of which is an educator and one grandchild. Tim and his wife are active members of their church, having held leadership roles. Karen and Tim have completed training as Stephen Ministers and Leaders. In their spare time, they visit family and attend Iowa State University events.


Dr Davis EidahlDr. Davis Eidahl 
Solon CSD, Superintendent

Dr. Davis Eidahl is the superintendent of the Solon Community School District, where he has served since 2015. He earned his BA from Coe College and Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Drake University in 2011. Prior to his work with Solon Schools, Dr. Eidahl has served as a teacher or administrator in Williamsburg, Davis County and Ottumwa. He also served as the Southeast Iowa site Director of Reading Recovery, providing multiple districts with Reading Recovery training and support, and has been a regular instructor for the Iowa Superintendents Finance and Leadership Consortium (ISFLC) in the area of employment law. Dr. Eidahl lives in Solon with his wife, Jodie, and enjoys spending time with his two sons and daughter.


Rhonda McRinaRhonda McRina 
Waterloo, Public Member

Rhonda McRina, employed at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo for 18 years, is currently Director of Diversity and Inclusion. She has worked as a mental health and educational counselor with youth and adults for over 25 years. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Rhonda received her B.A. in English and M.Ed. in counseling and guidance from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. She recently served as a Waterloo Community School District Board of Education member where she was also district delegate for the Iowa Urban Education Network. Rhonda chaired the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights for several years and presently volunteers on several community task forces and advisory boards such as Waterloo Schools Foundation and Grow Cedar Valley Economic Inclusion Initiative. Proud parent to adult son James-Daniel, Rhonda is presently an ABD/doctoral candidate in Higher Education Administration/Community College Leadership at Iowa State University.


Dr. Kristen RickeyDr. Kristen Rickey 
West Delaware County CSD, Superintendent and Director of Special Education

Dr. Kristen Rickey is the superintendent and Director of Special Education in the West Delaware County Community School District, where she has served since 2010. She earned her BS in Psychology and MA in Special Education at the University of Iowa. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at the University of Iowa in 2005. Prior to her work with West Delaware Schools, Dr. Rickey has served as a teacher or administrator in Marion, Cedar Rapids, and Tripoli School Districts. She also founded a professional development consulting firm to provide guidance to districts across the country in effective strategies for working toward more inclusive education practices. She has served in an advisory role to the field of education in various capacities, including the Iowa Virtual Clearinghouse for Work Based Learning, School Administrators of Iowa Professional Standards Committee, Northeast Iowa Regional Planning Partnership, and Executive Leaders Steering Committee. Dr. Rickey lives in Manchester with her husband, Glen. They enjoy spending time with their two daughters and sons-in-law and one granddaughter.


Eric St ClairEric St Clair 
Iowa Dept. of Education, Administrative Consultant, Policy and Finance

Eric St Clair is the legislative liaison for the Iowa Department of Education. He has experience and expertise in a range of fields including concurrent enrollment, career and technical education, and various higher education areas including community college accreditation, finance. and policy. Originally from southeast Wisconsin, he attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2010. He subsequently earned a Masters in Public Policy degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 2013. Eric and his wife, Molly, live in Ankeny and have three boys - Isaac, Sam, and Theo.