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.

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Andy Ball

Oakridge Neighborhood Services

Andy Ball joined Oakridge Neighborhood Services in 2021 as the Vice President of Finance and Administration. He previously held positions at Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, St. Augustin Parish, and in private enterprise. Raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Andy attended Drake University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree. While at Drake, Andy began working for Microware Systems Corporation, a computer software startup where he rose to Executive Vice President, International Operations. After an IPO, Andy left Microware and pursued an MBA at the University of Iowa which he received with honors in 2004. Andy was drawn to the mission of non-profit organizations after working in the private sector. He believes that there is no greater goal than helping at-risk youth become productive members of our 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.


Steve Conlan

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.

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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 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 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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Stephanie Shavers

Operation Threshold

Stephanie Shavers has a long history of involvement with families and children. Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan as the daughter of a school teacher and a human rights director, service and serving others was inbred in her at an early age. Stephanie is currently the Program and Coalition Coordinator for Cedar Valley Readers which is part of the National Grade Level Reading Community and she is housed at Operation Threshold in Black Hawk County. Her duties include coalition-building between nonprofit and community agencies; educating community stakeholders, families and parents on the importance of family engagement; hosting family engagement events; and providing community partners, families, and school district staff with education on the importance of literacy and literacy proficiency. One accomplishment that Stephanie touts is the collaboration with Waterloo Community School District to host a very successful We Believe Summer Academy Summer Program as well as the We Believe Afterschool Program. To date, over 2,000 children have been served. Stephanie graduated with a family services bachelor’s degree from University of Northern Iowa, a criminal justice degree from Upper Iowa, and a children and family development graduate degree from Arizona State University. 

Stephanie also sits on several other Boards including the ECI Equity Committee for the State of Iowa Inclusion Team, Policy Council Committee for Tri County Head Start in Black Hawk, the MIECHV (Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visitation) state team, Cedar Valley’s Promise Early Childhood Committee, and the Getting Ahead Anti-Poverty Board which provides programming to teach individuals how to look at poverty in a different way and how to ultimately overcome it.

Stephanie’s motto is be the change you want to see in others. 

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David Welter

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.


Dawn Oliver Wiand

Iowa Women's Foundation

Dawn Oliver Wiand is originally from Des Moines and is a graduate of the University of Iowa. She returned to Iowa City after 30 years in Kansas City where she served as the Executive Director for the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City. She joined the Iowa Women’s Foundation as Executive Director in February 2013.


She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and has worked in the nonprofit field for more than 34 years as a volunteer and professional. She spent the first 15 years in the public housing field, providing direct services, and then moved into nonprofit management, focusing on fundraising and ultimately providing vision, leadership and management to two women's funds. 


In 2013, the Corridor Business Journal named Dawn as one of the area’s Movers & Shakers. She was recognized by HER Magazine, a publication of The Gazette, as a 2018 HER Women of Achievement Award honoree. She truly believes that "improving the lives of women and girls is a must, not only for our families but our communities and, ultimately, our country!"