After nearly 15 years in non-profit management with Habitat for Humanity, Jeff Capps took over in January 2019 as executive director of The Iowa Children's Museum (The ICM) in Coralville. He holds a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and spent the first several years of his career as a fine arts teacher in Germantown, Tenn. It was this experience that instilled in Jeff a true appreciation for active learning and the need for young people to have a range of educational experiences outside the classroom. Jeff lives in Iowa City with his wife, Amber, and two elementary school-aged daughters, who had some of their best early childhood experiences at The ICM! When not playing at the museum, Jeff can be found at home writing songs and performing them for audiences throughout the Eastern Iowa Corridor.
Johnston Schools and the Iowa School Age Care Alliance
Steve has dedicated his life to children and youth in the out-of-school time world since 1988. Currently, as Youth Services Coordinator with Johnson Schools, Steve coordinates all aspects of programming, staffing, and management of the schools’ full-service child care program. Before going to Johnston Schools, Steve was a full time leader at the Kids West Child Care Program with West Des Moines Schools. Steve did his student teaching in Altoona and Indianola. Steve currently services as Post President of the Iowa School Age Care Alliance, is a member of the National AfterSchool Association (NAA), and services as the Iowa representative at the NAA Convention.
Chad works for Volunteer Iowa as a Program Officer. He has been with Volunteer Iowa since 2012 providing support, training & technical assistance, and program development to National Service programs and mentoring programs across the state of Iowa along with supporting National Service efforts during times of disaster. Before joining the Commission, he was an AmeriCorps Program Director and is a proud AmenCorps Alum, both with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Davenport, IA. Chad has been involved in local and national AmeriCorps Alums activities since he served as a member. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Psychology from St Ambrose University in 2008.
Iowa State University Extension/4H Youth Development
Nicole Hanson is the Iowa 4-H Clover Kids (K-3) Specialist. In this position, Nicole provides leadership to the statewide Clover Kids program including in partnership development, educational product development, and professional development for staff and volunteers implementing K-3 curricula. In addition, Nicole provides support and leadership to Iowa 4-H Afterschool Programs. Nicole joined the Iowa 4-H Program with over 10 years of experience coordinating before and after school programs. She believes in out-of-school time programs because they provide youth experiential learning opportunities that inspire them to explore their passions and develop skills that empower them to reach their full potential.
Joe is the owner of Preferred Visions, a Des Moines-based management consulting and training firm helping organizations solve problems and create solutions for organizations and individuals. He is the former director of Community Education, 21st CCLC before & afterschool program, and Service-Learning with the Iowa Department of Education and has over 34 years’ experience at the Department as an education administrator. His current work focuses on conducting strategic planning, working to solve community problems, organizational transformation, and creating networking opportunities in education and business, as well as with community-based, faith-based, private and public non-profit organizations. Joe is a published author, lecturer, trainer, grant writer, producer, coach/mentor and is listed in three Who’s Who in this country as well as two Governor Certificates of Appreciation. He is a founding board member of the Iowa Afterschool Alliance and a current Board of Director member of InnerVisions HealthCare Organization in Des Moines.
Iowa Department of Education
Vic Jaras is a Community Education and Service-Learning Consultant at the Iowa Department of Education. He heads the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) federal grant program in the state for before and after school programming that targets students in need. 21CCLC funding provides about six million dollars in funding for afterschool in Iowa. These centers provide a safe environment for children to overcome achievement gaps and become engaged in learning. Prior to his work at the Iowa Department of Education, Vic developed innovative afterschool and tutoring programs in Michigan, created a technology curriculum that was used by the Michigan Department of Education for state technology standards, and taught courses for Delta College, Great Lakes College, Davenport University, Saginaw Valley State University, and Miller College.
Siouxland Human Investment Partnership
Matt Ohman is the Executive Director of Siouxland Human Investment Partnership (SHIP), a nonprofit organization in Sioux City that administers the Beyond the Bell program. Beyond the Bell provides before, afterschool and summer programming at 23 sites in the tri-state Siouxland area. Matt is a lifelong Sioux City resident, and has been working at SHIP since 2006. He has been serving on the Iowa Afterschool Alliance Strategic Leadership Team since 2017.
Iowa Department of Human Services
Ryan Page is the Child Care Regulatory Program Manager and Team Lead of the Child Care Bureau with the Department of Human Services. One of her main duties is to assess and implement Federal and State policy requirements for licensed child care providers throughout the State. Ryan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Iowa State University and a Masters of Criminal Justice from St. Ambrose University. Ryan completed the Certified Public Manager Program at Drake University in 2018. Ryan has over 15 years of experience in the social services field and has worked for the Department for 12 years in child welfare and child care services. Ryan is a member of the Early Childhood Governance, Planning, and Administration Committee, the Early Childhood Iowa Steering Committee, State Child Care Advisory Committee, and the Iowa Afterschool Alliance's Strategic Leadership Team.
“Out of school time opportunities are extremely important to me. Access to quality out of school time for our youth encourages safe environments when parents are not available, raises student achievement, encourages physical activity, provides nutritious snacks, reduces crime during peak hours, and reduces summer learning loss. All of these things help build a strong foundation in today’s communities and for our future.”
Retired Principal and Afterschool Advocate, Cedar Falls
David Welter recently retired from the Cedar Falls Community School District after serving a 40-year career in education. During that time, he taught social studies and was involved with baseball at the high school, college and professional levels while also serving as a Jr. High principal for 16 yrs.
Coaching and educating young people have formed the core of Welter’s life over the years. He established an After School program in 2000 with the help of a 21st Century Grant and that program has been self-sustaining for the past 18 years. He has been a passionate advocate for After School and Out of School Time programming having witnessed the positive impact it has had on student achievement and engagement over those years.
Since retiring, Welter continues to scout for the Atlanta Braves, works as an education consultant, is involved in a number of community organizations, farms and enjoys precious time with his granddaughters. Welter has been inducted into the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame as well as being named Iowa’s Middle Level Principal of the Year.