Campus 4-H Staff




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


Luann Johansen

Luann Johansen

Assistant Director
4-H Youth Development Program
(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.

Brenda Allen

Brenda 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

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.

Bill Beckley

Youth Program Specialist, Camping
515/290-9595 or
ill provides leadership and support for 4-H Camping programs statewide, as well as those conducted at the Iowa 4-H Center.  He also provides educational leadership and coordination for statewide environmental science and outdoor education events and is the State Coordinator for 4-H Safety and Education in Shooting Sports.

Lynne Campbell

North Central Region STEM Manager
Lynne gives leadership to increasing opportunities for student achievement in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and creating a stronger STEM workforce through the hub network of public-private partnerships.



Sandy Foltz

Sandy Foltz

Office Coordinator
(515) 294-1018
Sandy is the office coordinator and assists the program director,  two assistant program directors as well as the program staff.  Other duties include hourly payroll, travel arrangements and reimbursements, vacation/sick leave entries, various accounting forms, conference room scheduling, and orientation. She also supervises the Merit employees.

Carmen Fuchs

Secretary III
(515) 294-3106

Carmen manages the statewide NASA Iowa Space Grant Consortium and Iowa NASA EPSCoR grants.  She reports to a director, and two associate directors located at Iowa, Drake and Iowa State.  Duties include national and regional meeting attendance, reconciliation of NASA and Match funding at four universities and outreach affiliates, financial reporting and processes, interaction with accounting offices at Drake, Iowa State, Iowa, and Northern Iowa, and website maintenance.

Chris Gleason


Chris Gleason

4-H Youth Program Specialist (515) 294-1557

Chris provides leadership for 4-H's volunteer delivery system that includes volunteer management and volunteer development.


Susan Hollenkamp

Assistant Program Director
(515) 294-9722

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

Mitch Hoyer

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.

 Mary Kay Litzel

Mary Kay Litzel

(515) 294-1519

Mary Kay is the receptionist for 4-H, provides support for Scholarships; Recognition; Leader/Youth Awards; Judges Training; FOCUS e-newsletter; Pioneer grants programs; and the Iowa State Fair 4-H Exhibits Building.


Judy McCarthy

Project Coordinator
(515) 294-1611

Judy is the Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach Program Director.  She is responsible for managing the AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach grant and supporting Host Sites and the AmeriCorps members serving in the host communities throughout the state.

Tracie Miller

STEM Project Coordinator
Phone - TBD
Tracie is responsible for supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programming, promoting STEM related events, and working with stakeholders to advance STEM efforts.

Phyllis Mondt

(515) 294-1017

Phyllis is the departmental telephone receptionist and provides support for the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, State Council, Shooting Sports, and Child Protection. She schedules display and banner checkouts and helps maintain and update library and central file holdings.




Donise Petersen

SESS Assistant State Coordinator
(515) 205-8709

Theresa Samson

Theresa Samson

(515) 294-2078

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



Vicki Speake

(515) 294-5738

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


Jay Staker

Jay Staker

Director, Extension Science Engineering and Technology Youth Initiative (E-SET) and
4-H Youth Program Specialist and Associate Director of Education of the 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.


Keli Tallman

4-H Youth Development Specialist
(515) 294-0688

Keli provides foundational support to the Iowa 4-H Program via curriculum development leadership.  In this role, she is responsible for ensuring that the Iowa 4-H Program’s vision and mission are aligned with all aspects of program and staff development.  Keli coordinates the Iowa 4-H Program’s statewide evaluation, research, and reporting frameworks.  She is the state liaison for National 4-H Afterschool and the Iowa 4-H Program’s Clover Kids Program.  Keli represents the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program as an active member of state level youth development councils and boards.  Keli also secures and directs grants and contracts that align with the Iowa 4-H Program’s vision and mission. Additionally, Keli trains a variety of volunteers, state level partners, and ISU faculty regarding positive youth development principles and practices.


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 4-H Youth Conference, 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.

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.





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