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About us

The Iowa Afterschool Alliance and its work to improve access to high quality out-of-school time programming is supported by passionate staff, a dedicated leadership team, and generous partners.


Kimberly Wayne

Jewels Academy 

Dr. Kimberly Wayne is the founder and executive director of Jewels Academy. She has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master’s of Business Administration from Iowa State University. She completed her doctoral studies at Drake through the Educational Leadership Program.  Her research: Keeping Them in the STEM Pipeline: A Phenomenology Exploring the Experiences of Young Women and Underrepresented Minorities in a Long-Term STEM Enrichment Program, serves as the origin of Jewels Academy.  


She served on the Iowa State Board of Education for three years appointed by the Governor of Iowa. She has an extensive background in manufacturing engineering, technology, and supply chain management.  Currently, she is a consultant in technology for a fortune top 50 company. Kimberly started serving in her community at an early age with the notable chair of the Youth Advisory Council in Gary, Indiana.  She has a personal mission to empower youth through education and self-development.

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Kamryn Ryan

Volunteer Iowa

Kamryn Ryan is the AmeriCorps Seniors & Capacity Building Officer with Volunteer Iowa. In this position, Kamryn works with schools, nonprofits, and afterschool programs to develop service-learning projects and youth volunteer experiences. She is a strong advocate for youth voice and leadership. In addition, she works with youth-serving organizations to place volunteers 55+ with assigned children to support their academic and social emotional learning.


Prior to Volunteer Iowa, Kamryn served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member which sparked her interest in community and youth development. She believes that out-of-school time is key to helping young people discover their passions and find their place within their community, which benefits everyone.

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Crystal Hall

Tanager Place

Crystal Hall is the Director of Community Based and Prevention Services at Tanager Place in Cedar Rapids. She joined the team in February of 2022 and oversees the BHIS (Behavioral Health Intervention Services), PIH (Pediatric Integrated Health) program, Autism and Social Skills Programs, and Freedom Schools. Hall has over 25 years' experience working with children and families and a strong background in out-of-school time programs. Hall believes that programming before school, after school, and in the summer is a vital component to a healthy community. 

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Jeff Capps

The Iowa Children's Museum

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.

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Nicole Hanson

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.  

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Vic Jaras

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.

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Diane Martens

Scott County Kids Early Childhood Iowa

Diane Martens is the Early Childhood Iowa Coordinator with Scott County Kids, where she has worked since 2008. In this position, Diane works with the local Scott County Kids Early Childhood Iowa Board to determine community needs. She also contracts with community agencies to provide identified services and help create an early care and education system for Scott County. Prior to Scott County Kids, Diane was the Decat and Early Childhood Iowa Coordinator for Clinton and Jackson Counties. She originally started in this field with Child Care Resource and Referral. Diane has a degree in elementary education.

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Matt Ohman

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.

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Ryan Page

Iowa Department of Health and Human Services

Ryan Page is the Child Care Regulatory Program Manager and Team Lead of the Child Care Bureau with the Department of Health and 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 and is enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration Program. Ryan has worked for the Department for 15 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 and recently completed the White-Riley-Petersen Fellowship through Furman University. 


“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."

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Lindsey Ritter

Child Care Resource & Referral

Lindsey was born and raised in the Des Moines area.  She attended Grand View University where she received her BA in Elementary Education.  During college, Lindsey worked at a Before and After School program, which is when her passion for OST programming really ignited.  She realized how important it was for OST programming to reinforce what children had been learning in school, by giving children opportunities to practice what they learned through play. Lindsey decided to use her degree towards creating quality OST and summer programming.  She worked at the before and after school program for 14 years before becoming a Child Care Consultant with CCR&R (Child Care Resource & Referral) for the past 2 years. 

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Tony Timm 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa 

Anthony (Tony) Timm boasts over two decades of experience in the non-profit sector. Currently, he serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa since February 1, 2021. Prior to this role, Timm was the Executive Director at Children & Family Urban Movement (CFUM), where he stabilized finances and prioritized literacy at Moulton Elementary from 2018 to 2021. Before CFUM, he played a key role in the startup of managed care in Iowa at AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa in 2015. Additionally, Timm served on the Windsor Heights City Council from 2013 to 2017, facilitating the creation of the Central Iowa Shelter & Services Opportunity Center. As CEO of the largest shelter facility in Iowa, he ensured smooth operations while meeting board goals. Timm earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Iowa Wesleyan University. He resides in Windsor Heights with his wife, Channon, and their children, Charlie and Sophia, enjoying family time, traveling, and socializing with friends.

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