The Way Up

Developing Women Leaders to Enhance Iowa Higher Education

The Way Up Planning Council Members

Planning Council Chairs

Doreen Hayek, University of Northern Iowa
Rhonda Pennings, Northwest Iowa Community College

Regents Institutions

Kerry Dixon, Iowa State University
Doreen Hayek, University of Northern Iowa
Kim Heffernan-Moss, University of Iowa
Lori Jarmon, Iowa State University
Emily Kleinmeyer, University of Iowa
Seda McKilligan, Iowa State University
Lori Seawel, University of Northern Iowa
Jennifer Timmons, University of Iowa

Private Institutions

Micki Behounek, Grinnell College
Rachelle Karstens, Briar Cliff University
Lori Berglund, Buena Vista University
Mary Gill, Buena Vista University
Theresa Smith, Mercy (Des Moines)
Erin Lee Schneider, Drake University
Laura Todd, Buena Vista University

Community College Institutions

Jane Bradley, Hawkeye Community College (HCC)
Jennifer Bradley, Kirkwood Community College (KCC)
Nikki Buzzell-Garnica, Scott  Community College (SCC)
Jessica Chickering,  Indian Hills Community College (IHCC)
Jennifer Cunningham, Kirkwood Community College (KCC)
Marilyn Jerome, Des Moines Community College (DMACC)
Rhonda Pennings, Northwest Iowa Community College (NWICC)
Darlas Shockley, Indian Hills Community College (IHCC)
Kathleen VanSteenhuyse, Emeritus, Kirkwood Community College (KCC)

Proprietary Colleges/ For Profit / Non Profit / Online Institutions /Other

Kacy Webster, ACT

Representative, Board of Regents

Rachel Boon, Board of Regents, State of Iowa 

Representative, Iowa Association of Independent Colleges &Universities (IAICU)

Gary Steinke, President, IAICU (Ex-Officio member)
Maribeth Wright, Iowa Higher Education Loan Authority

Representative, Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT)

MJ Dolan, Executive Director, IACCT (Ex-Officio member)
Joan Webster-Vore, Hawkeye Community College
   (alternate - Kathy Rieger, Iowa Western Community College )

Representative, Iowa Department of Education

Jeanette Thomas, Department of Education, State of Iowa

Representative, Iowa Commission On the Status of Women

Kristen Corey, Iowa Department of Human Rights, (Ex-Offico member)

Representative, Iowa Network for Women in Higher Education

Rhonda Pennings, Northwest Iowa Community College (NWICC)


Beverly Bunker, (retired) Department of Education, State of Iowa
Patricia Geadelmann, (retired) University of Northern Iowa