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2019 Board of Directors

 

Alisa Frandsen, President

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Elected to Board 2015, Alisa Frandsen is an Ames resident since 1999. Currently a stay-at-home mother, Frandsen is the former Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Greek Affairs at Iowa State University. Frandsen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, Secondary Education Certificate (1997) and a Master of Higher Education degree (2001) from Iowa State University. She and her husband Matt have four children: Ali, Meredith, Joey and Grant.

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Dr. Allen Bierbaum, Vice President

Bierbaum has lived in Ames since 1994, and is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Priority 5. He received his Masters and PhD in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University and has remained engaged in the community through a variety of groups. He currently serves as the vice-chair of the Ames Parks and Recreation Commission, and has been a member of Iowa Innovation Council, and Leadership Ames Class 29. Allen and his wife Lora have three children in the Ames school system.

Committees: Audit and Budget Oversight, Insurance, Policy, and Technology.

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Dr. Monic Behnken, Director 

Elected to the Board in 2017, Monic Behnken has been an Ames resident since 2009. Dr. Behnken completed a joint J.D./Ph.D. program in Psychology and the Law in 2008.  Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the director of the Leadership Studies Program at Iowa State University. Dr. Behnken teaches upper division courses in the Criminal Justice Studies Program. Her  area of research focuses on mentally disordered offenders, alternative adjudication programs, and designing interventions that address various disproportionalities within complex systems. Monic happily lives in west Ames with her husband, Brian, and their two children.

Committees:Equity, and Policy.

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Jamet Colton, Director

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Elected to Board 2017, Jamet Colton is an Ames resident since 2000. Jamet has served as an Educational Assistant for the Ames Community School District since 2012 and a Spanish-English language interpreter since 2014. Prior to this she spent 10 years as a licensed insurance office manager. She was honored in 2017 to receive the Ames Humanitarian Award. Volunteer work includes Chair of the Outreach Committee for the Ames Progressive Alliance. Born in Santiago, Chile, Jamet became a U.S. Citizen in 2014. She has attended Kirkwood and Des Moines Community College. She and her husband, Chase, have one son, Tiago, and a dog named Shanti .

Committees: Equity, Teaching & Learning, and Ames Education Foundation.

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Michelle Lenkaitis, Director 

Elected to the Board 2019. 

Committees: TBA 

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Gina Perez, Director

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Elected to the Board 2017, Gina Perez has been a resident of Ames for 16 years.  Perez graduated Summa Cum Laude from William Penn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 2015. She is currently the Director of I.T. at Atlantic Coca Cola Bottling Company and was previously an I.T. Specialist with the Iowa D.O.T. She and her husband, Jose, have two children: Sebastian and Gabriel.

Committees: County Conference Board, Teaching and Learning, and Technology.

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Sabrina Shields-Cook, Director

Elected to the Board in 2019, Sabrina Shields-Cook has lived in Ames since 1989 and is a 1996 graduate of Ames High School. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Iowa and M.A. in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from Iowa State University. Sabrina is currently an Academic Adviser at Iowa State and previously worked in communications for a research institute on campus. She and her husband Nathan have four children in the Ames Community School District. 

Committees:TBA

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