Campus 4-H Staff


Administrative Team

John-Paul Chaisson-Cárdenas


4-H Youth Development Program Leader
     for ISU Extension and Outreach
(515) 294-6772

John-Paul has been recognized at the local, state and national level for his work with youth for underserved and underrepresented communitiesJohn-Paul has held several public offices including State Director of Equity and Civil Rights at the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (WA State Department of Education), four terms as Iowa Latino Affairs Commissioner before being appointed by then Governor to lead the Division of Latino Affairs.   In previous roles he has served as the Executive Director at the Latino Community Fund, and was the Public Policy Lead and Product Development Manager at the Northwest Area Foundation in St. Paul, MN, where he oversaw an eight-state multimillion-dollar portfolio designed to build assets, reduce poverty and improve the lives of rural youth, families and communities.  Previous academic appointment include National Training and Technical Assistance Director at the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice, the Executive Director of the Institute for the Support of Latino/a Families and Communities, and a co-founder of the Disproportionate Minority Confinement/contact Research Center, all at the University of Iowa.   John-Paul has thought graduate courses in areas such as Discrimination, Diversity and Oppression, Latino Immigration to the United States, multicultural education and family/community development at the University of Iowa, the Iowa Highway Patrol Academy, the National Academy of Sciences, etc.  John-Paul has a B.A. in Sociology/International Relations/Multiculturalism from Saint Mary University, a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa, and completed his course work towards a doctorate in cultural competence education and training at the same institution.  As young adult, he worked in meatpacking in Kansas to put himself through school, and it was there he began his work in the United States as an advocate, community organizer and educator for youth. 

LuAnn Johansen

LuAnn Johansen

Assistant Director                                   
Field Operations Manager
(641) 648-4850

Luann serves on the 4-H Youth Development Administrative Team and provides leadership for field youth program specialists.  Program and staff development.

Jay Staker

Stakeholder and Partnership Development Manager.                                                          Interim Director, Iowa Space Grant Consortium

Jay assists in preparing Iowa's youth for the careers of tomorrow by supporting and providing information on resources in science, technology, engineering and mathematics(STEM) youth programming; offering exciting hands-on professional development opportunities in SET programming for educators and youth professionals; and consulting in development of STEM youth programs for both schools, informal, and nonformal learning environments.

Marybeth Foster

Organizational Accountability Manager                                  
(515) 294-0688

Marybeth is responsible for overseeing financial, data management, and program evaluation for the Iowa 4-H program. As part of the 4-H Management Team, Marybeth engages in planning, strategizing and positioning 4-H to respond and adapt to changing conditions. Marybeth ensures credible, reliable and accurate impact messages go out across the Iowa 4-H program.



State Program Specialists 

Brenda S. Allen

4-H Youth Program Specialist
(515) 294-1567

Brenda provides leadership, training and support for youth in governance, youth engagement, citizenship and leadership curriculum for the state and represents Iowa on those national 4-H curriculum teams.  She also coordinates professional development for 4-H staff statewide.  Additional  responsibilities that support citizenship and leadership areas include leadership for State 4-H Council, Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, Collegiate 4-H, and Pioneer Community Grant programs.  She is also the state contact for International youth programs.  Brenda works with the Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools grant (IS3) in partnership with the Iowa Department of Education as well.

Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson

4-H Youth Program Specialist
(515) 294-8617

As a part of STEM leadership, Mike provides support for the animal science program across the state.  He partners with ISU and the College of Ag and Life Sciences (CALS) faculty and staff to further develop curriculum and programming for youth.  Mike is instrumental in the on-going improvement of the Food Safety & Quality Assurance (FSQA) program as well as managing the state fair livestock shows and other statewide 4-H livestock events and activities.  He also provides support for the 4hOnline livestock identification process.

Megan Bagley

ISUEO K-12 Youth Outreach Advancement Specialist
(515) 294-7586

Megan has a joint position with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Organizational Advancement and 4-H.  She directs 4-H marketing, branding, and communications efforts across the state and provides advancement leadership for priority Extension and Outreach 4-H youth programs.

Lynne Campbell

Lynne Campbell

Professional Development Specialist for K-12 Youth Development Outreach Programs            (515) 294-1521

Lynne leads professional development efforts for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach K-12 Youth Outreach Program that includes the 4H programming, the North Central STEM Hub Region, the NASA Space Consortium Grant, associated working groups and future partnerships with K-12 school and other partners.

Paul Gibbins

North Central Iowa STEM Hub Manager for the Governor's STEM Advisory Council                   

Paul serves as the manager for the North Central Iowa STEM Hub.  The Hub serves the North Central Iowa region in service to the Governor's STEM Advisory Council and the ISU Land Grant Mission.  Paul works in partnership with the region's STEM Education Stakeholders in preparing Iowa's youth for the careers of tomorrow.  The Hub serves stakeholders by  providing information and resources in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and offering exciting opportunities in STEM programs through hands-on Scale Up programs with supporting professional development.   Paul also provides leadership in the region for STEM Festivals, local celebrations that engage families in STEM.

Tillie Bell Good

Volunteer Development Specialist
(515) 294-1557

Tillie provides leadership in volunteer development and management of volunteers working to support Iowa's 4-H youth development programs. This includes volunteer training, recruitment, and partnership development.

Nicole Hanson

4-H Clover Kids Specialist
(515) 294-1611



Phil Heckman

Phil Heckman

Iowa 4-H Data Manager
(515) 294-9785

Phil manages the Iowa 4HOnline Database and Support.  He also provides support for Program Evaluation and Data Collection and Analysis.  Phil is a campus liaison to the East Field Team.


Susan Hollenkamp

Susan Hollenkamp

Program Director
(515) 294-9722

Susan is the Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach  Program Director.  She is responsible for managing the AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach grant and supporting AmeriCorps members serving in host communities throughout the state. Susan is responsible for host site supervisor and member training including developing curriculum in specific subject areas and making it available to members via the learning management system.

Mitchell Hoyer

4-H Youth Program Specialist
(515) 294-1531

Mitch provides operational support for 4-H program policy implementation with emphasis on 4-H clubs and risk management issues. He assists with the Volunteer and Partnership Development work team and the Communications and Arts program area.  He also serves as superintendent for the Iowa State Fair 4-H Exhibit Building and Communication Events programs.


Shelly Ramus

Volunteer Specialist
(515) 294-1982


Theresa Samson

Theresa Samson

(515) 294-2078

Contact Theresa for questions related to 4-H Program Accounting.


Cayla Taylor

Cayla Taylor

4-H Youth Program Coordinator
(515) 294-1877

Cayla provides programmatic support to the Citizenship and Leadership, Healthy Living and Communication and the Arts Iowa 4-H priority topic areas. She is responsible for the State 4-H Council, state and national 4-H recognition opportunities as well as providing curriculum, training and support for the Connecting Learning and Living program. Cayla is also responsible for coordinating Iowa State Fair events including the Awardrobe Clothing Event, 4-H Film Festival, and Cook This! special events.

Jacki Luckstead

4-H Camping and Shooting Sports Specialist


Support Staff

Mary Kay Litzel

Secretary II
(515) 294-1519

Mary Kay is the office receptionist for 4-H and provides support for all 4-H campus and county staff. Program support includes: Recognition Opportunities; Static Exhibit Judges; 4‑H FOCUS (Staff Only) and 4‑H Weekly News (public) email/online weekly newsletters; Awardrobe Clothing Event; County Leader/Volunteer Awards; DuPont Pioneer Community Service Grants program; the annual fall total state 4‑H Youth Staff meeting; the AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach program, 4-H staff only web pages on MyExtension; many public 4‑H webpages; and various livestock events throughout the year.
Vicki Speake

Vicki Speake

(515) 294-5738

Vicki provides support for the E-SET program, the livestock program, and the State Science & Technology Fair of Iowa.

Carol Tierney

Carol Tierney

Program Assistant

Carol is the Program Assistant for the NC STEM Hub.  Duties include assisting with budget, preparing newsletters, developing databases and website.

Patty Gibler

Administrative Assistant

Lexa Janes

Lexa Janes

(515) 294-1017


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