Members of the Board
Mary K. Overholtzer, 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 also 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.
Sara Yedlik, Vice Chair
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.
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.
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.
David A. Harper
Sigourney CSD, Superintendent
David A. Harper is the superintendent of the Sigourney Community School District since 2014 and shared superintendent with Pekin Community School District since 2016. He earned his BA from Buena Vista University and his MA from Drake University and his Superintendent Certification from University of Northern Iowa. He entered into the profession as a special education teacher in 1998 at Pekin CSD. He left Pekin as the secondary principal in 2010 to serve two years with the Iowa National Guard from 2010 to 2012. He returned to education as the principal at Evans Middle School from 2012 to 2014. He served 24 years in the Iowa National Guard and retired in 2013. Dave lives in Linby with his wife, Crista and their daughter Jade.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.