Members of the Board
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 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.
Ames Christian School, Administrator
Floyd Athay is currently the administrator of Ames Christian School where he has served since the summer of 2016. Also, he has been an assistant baseball coach at Ames High School since 2017. He grew up in Council Bluffs where he attended Thomas Jefferson High School. Floyd earned his BA from Buena Vista University in elementary education and elementary physical education and his MA at the University of Northern Iowa. He began his teaching and coaching career in Fonda. Before coming to Ames, Floyd spent 28 years in the Le Mars Community School District where he taught 5th grade and coached high school baseball for 17 years. He served as activities director in Le Mars from 2005-2010 and then became an elementary principal from 2010-2016. In 2016, one of his elementary buildings in Le Mars was named a National Blue Ribbon School. He has been a member of Professional Educators of Iowa since 1992 and served on its Board of Directors from 2000-2002. Floyd and his wife, Janine, reside in Ames and have two adult children (Steven and Kacee) both of Ames and one granddaughter (Alma).
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.
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.
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.
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.