Members of the Board

Dr. Larry D. Hill, Chair
Thompson, Administrator

Dr. Larry D. Hill is the former Superintendent of Schools for the North Iowa Community School District, serving in that role from 1997-2009. He was born in Iowa, graduated from Forest City Community Schools, and attended Waldorf College and Mankato State University majoring in social studies/physical education/driver education. Hill did his graduate work at Drake University earning his doctorate in Educational Leadership. Hill has taught students ranging from Kindergarten through college seniors. Starting his teaching and coaching career at Baxter Community Schools and Thompson Community Schools, he has also been a driver education instructor at numerous school districts in central and northern Iowa. Dr. Hill's experiences include being an elementary principal, curriculum coordinator, middle school principal, school improvement consultant for AEA 2 and Superintendent. He has served as an adjunct professor for William Penn University and Waldorf College. As an active leader statewide, Hill has served on the DE Early Childhood Advisory Committee, character education committees, Educational Leadership Preparation Program Review Committee, as well as presenting for School Administrators of Iowa, Iowa Association of School Boards, AEAs, Department of Education, and several national character education conferences and conventions. Hill was selected Iowa's Superintendent of the Year in 2005 and traveled from Puerto Rico to Virginia to California presenting and visiting schools. He has served locally as a church leader, Lions Club officer, Early Childhood Iowa president, Winnebago Foundation board, local ambulance volunteer, and the Thompson city council. Dr. Hill and his wife have established the Midwest Institute for Ethical Leadership.

Mary K. Overholtzer, Vice Chair
East Union CSD, At-Risk Teacher and Instructional Coach

Mary K. Overholtzer, appointed to the board in 2012, is the 7-12 At-Risk Educator and Instructional Coach with the East Union Community School District. She was raised on a farm near Wheatland, Iowa. After graduating from Iowa State University in elementary education, she received her graduate degree from Drake University in the Models of Effective Teaching and Administration. She has served in the Wheatland, Creston, Keokuk, Grand Valley, Mount Ayr, and Winterset Community School Districts. Mary K. and her husband, John, enjoy supporting Christian and Christiana within their careers and keeping busy with farming, school, and community activities near Tingley, Iowa.

Kathy Behrens
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.

Dr. Lawrence R. Bice
Iowa Department of Education

Lawrence R. Bice, Ed.D currently serves as the administrative consultant for practitioner preparation in the Iowa Department of Education. He is responsible for oversight of all Iowa educator preparation programs in meeting Iowa program standards and requirements. Prior to accepting this position in 2012, he was Associate Professor and Chair of the Education Department at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. Bice has been licensed as a secondary science teacher in Kansas, Arizona, and Iowa. He taught high school science in Kansas and Arizona. As a Kansas native, Bice earned his BA degree in biology and in secondary education from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. He earned a MS in science education and an Ed.D in science education from Montana State University. He was awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship in his doctoral work. Lawrence and his wife, Vici, reside in Pleasant Hill, IA.

Dan Dutcher
Waukee, Public Member

Dan Dutcher was appointed to the Board of Educational Examiners in March, 2013 and currently works at Knapp Properties in West Des Moines, IA as a consultant. Mr. Dutcher started his real estate career at the then Bankers Life Company (now Principal Financial Group) in 1977 and has held a number of senior management positions at several Des Moines real estate firms and has been actively involved in a number of well known real estate projects in the Des Moines metro area. Mr. Dutcher has been actively involved in his community being past member of the Waukee Planning and Zoning Commission and the Waukee City Council. Mr. Dutcher and his wife Mary have four adult children-three of which are involved in education.

Dr. Jay B. Prescott
Des Moines, V.P. for Student Affairs, Grand View University

Jay Prescott, appointed to the Board in 2013, is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Grand View University.  He was born and raised in Northwest Iowa and has spent the last 25 years in education in the Des Moines area. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Westmar College, a Master of Science in Education from Drake University, and his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Drake University. Jay also attended the Harvard Institute for Educational Management (IEM), Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Institute for Graduate Education in Cambridge, MA. Jay spent ten years as a high school teacher, guidance counselor and coach in Clarion, Urbandale and West Des Moines. He was also an associate principal at Valley Southwoods High School, West Des Moines for eight years before going to Grand View. Jay has spent the last eight years as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Grand View University. Jay currently resides in Urbandale with his wife Tami and their three children.

David M. Schipper
Sioux City CSD, Assistant Principal

David Schipper, a Moville Iowa native, has worked in the Sioux City Community School District for 10 years. He attended Morningside College where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education and completed graduate work at Iowa State University, earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. David served as a Special Education Teacher for 9 years, serving on the Building Leadership Team as well as acting as Faculty Chair of the Special Education Department at East. He served as the High School Special Education Coach for a year and is now the Assistant Principal at Liberty Elementary. David coached baseball at East for 10 years and boys and girls golf for 6 years. He is also the officials assigner for the Sioux City Metro Area high schools.  
David’s wife of 7 years, Amy, is a Radiographer at Tri-State Specialists. The two have a dog named Gizmo, and hope to have children soon.

Katherine E. Schmidt
Norwalk, Public Member

Katherine Schmidt was appointed to the Board in July 2016 to fill a vacancy with a term ending in 2019. Katherine served on the Norwalk School Board from 2002 to 2015. Ten of those years she served as President of the Norwalk School Board. During her time on the school board, Katherine was active in the Iowa Association of School Boards, serving on the legislative resolutions committee and on various panels. Katherine is an attorney who graduated Order of the Coif with a Juris Doctorate degree with Honors from Drake University School of Law in 1985. She received a BA with a double major in Accounting and Business Administration from Simpson College and passed the CPA exam in 1980. She graduated from Davis County Community High School in Bloomfield, Iowa. Prior to retirement, Katherine held professional positions as: assistant general counsel at Nationwide Advantage Mortgage Company; associate corporate counsel at ALLIED Group, Inc.; associate attorney with the Davis, Hockenberg, Wine, Brown & Koehn Law Firm; internal auditor at Younkers, Inc.; and, spent a summer auditing schools and cities for the Iowa State Auditor. Katherine and her husband John are high school sweethearts who live on an acreage south of Norwalk and have 2 adult sons.


Erin Schoening
Council Bluffs CSD, Reading Interventionist and IB Program Coordinator

Erin Schoening has taught in the Council Bluffs Community School District for 14 years. She attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in K-8 reading education. Her past teaching experiences include kindergarten teacher, first grade teacher, literacy strategist and Reading Recovery teacher. She currently serves as a reading interventionist and as the International Baccalaureate Program Coordinator at College View Elementary. As part of the new Teacher Leadership and Compensation program in Iowa, Erin was selected as a Program Leader for the work she does as the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program Coordinator.  Erin also teaches reading methods courses for pre-service teachers at Buena Vista University’s Council Bluffs office.  

Erin’s husband, Devin, is a K-12 Instructional Technology Coach for Council Bluffs Community Schools. They have two daughters who attend College View Elementary.

Dr. Anthony D. Voss
Hudson CSD, Superintendent

Dr. Anthony D. Voss is the superintendent of the Hudson Community School District, where he has been since 2010. He earned his BA from Clarke University and his MA at Loras College. He continued his graduate work at the University of Northern Iowa where he received his doctorate in 2015. Prior to his arrival at Hudson, he served as a teacher and principal in the parochial system. Tony currently works with the Institute for Educational Leadership at the University of Northern Iowa where he serves as a ‘critical friend’ for aspiring superintendents. He is also a regular instructor and contributor for the Iowa Superintendents Finance and Leadership Consortium (ISFLC) where his areas of expertise include finance (budget preparation and presentation), teacher leadership, and collective bargaining.
Dr. Voss lives in Hudson with his wife, Ann. They are the proud parents of two and have six grandchildren.

Ryan Williamson
Des Moines Public Schools, Professional School Counselor

Ryan Williamson, appointed to the board in December 2018, is a professional school counselor with Des Moines Public Schools.  Ryan graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Masters of Science in Education, Advance Studies Certificate in Education Leadership/Administration, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership.  Ryan is in his 17th year as a school counselor.  He has served on various school improvement and leadership positions, enjoyed many coaching opportunities, and provided support to several student activity groups.  In 2013, Ryan was named High School Counselor of the Year by the Iowa Association of College Admissions Counselor.  Ryan has also served on various admissions advisory boards including the University of Northern Iowa, University of Iowa, and Grand View just to name a few.  Ryan is also a proud member of the all teacher band, “Faculty Lounge”.   Ryan and his wife Kristin enjoy watching their three kids participate in their various sporting activities.

Sara Yedlik
Cedar Rapids CSD, PACT Resource Specialist

Sara J. Yedlik, appointed to the board in 2014, is a 2nd-5th grade PACT (Program for Academic and Creative Talent) Resource Specialist for the Cedar Rapids Community School District. She was raised on a farm near Vinton, Iowa. After graduating from Luther College in music education, she received her graduate degree from Drake University in Educational Leadership. She taught music education for 12 years and has been with the PACT department (talented and gifted) for 4 years. Sara has served as a teacher leader for her district and the Iowa State Education Association. She also served as a member of the Teacher Leadership Initiative with the National Education Association.