Staff

County Program Manager

Jason Neises


County Program Manager
jneises@iastate.edu
(563) 583-6496 x16

Paul Mariman


Regional Extension Education Director
pmariman@iastate.edu
563-583-6496

Coordinates programs and partnerships in Region 11 (Delaware, Dubuque and Jackson counties)

Heather Roesch


County Youth Coordinator
hroesch@iastate.edu
563-583-6496

Works with youth, volunteers, and other Extension staff to provide day-to-day planning and management of the Dubuque County 4-H program, including all activities related to the Dubuque County Fair.

4-H Youth Program Specialist

Katie Peterson


4-H Youth Program Specialist
katiejp@iastate.edu
(563) 583-6496

4-H, urban extension

CIRAS

Rudy Pruszko


CIRAS
rpruszko@iastate.edu
(563) 557-8271

Feasibility studies, management techniques, quality methods, theory of constraints, e-business strategy, lean manufacturing, chemical processes, manufacturing technology, and value-added agriculture products.

Carolyn Scherf


Local Foods Coordinator
563-583-6496

Carolyn works to maximize the potential for community-based, economically sustainable, and environmentally and socially responsible food enterprises by facilitating partnerships in Dubuque, Delaware, and Jackson counties.  Groups involved with the project include Limestone Bluffs RC&D, Buy Fresh, Buy Local-Riverbend, and Dubuque Eats Well RFSWG.

Family Finance Specialist (Region 11) Family Life Specialist - Dubuque

Susan Taylor


Family Finance Specialist (Region 11) and Family Life Specialist - Dubuque County
taylorse@iastate.edu
(563) 583-6496

Financial Management for individuals and families including spending plans, budgeting for your needs, consumer decision-making, dealing with credit and debt, and planning for your future - savings, insurance, and retirement.

Family LIfe - Parenting Education, Stress Management, Adult and Child Development, Aging, Family Communications

Dairy Field Specialist

Dr. Larry F. Tranel


Dairy Field Specialist
tranel@iastate.edu
(563) 583-6496, Extension 14

Dairy Production, Economics and Dairy Business Development; Familes and Youth

Laura Klatt


Office Manager
lklatt@iastate.edu
563-583-6496

Connecting our clients with the information they need, including pesticide trainings, Master Gardener inquiries, farm management information, and more.

Nutrition & Health Field Specialist

Cindy Baumgartner


Nutrition & Health Field Specialist
cbaum@iastate.edu
(563) 927-4201
Family Life Field Specialist

Kristi Cooper


Family Life Field Specialist
kcoop@iastate.edu
(319) 377-9839

Parenting Education, Fatherhood, Stress Management, Adult and Child Development, Aging, Relationship Education, Family Communications

Account Manager - CIRAS

Sean Galleger


Account Manager - CIRAS
galleger@iastate.edu
515-290-0181
Field Specialists - Farm Management

Jim Jensen


Field Specialists - Farm Management
jensenjh@iastate.edu
(319)385-8126

Business Planning, Decision Tools, Risk Management, Value Added Alternatives, Farm Leasing

Crops Field Specialist

Brian Lang


Crops Field Specialist
bjlang@iastate.edu
(563) 382-2949

Develop and conduct educational programs in row crop, forage, and pasture management with emphasis on integrated crop management and controlled intensive grazing. Specific areas of expertise include: corn, soybean, small grain, hay, silage, and grazing management; soil testing and nutrient recommendations; manure management; pesticide management; conventional, ridge-till, and no-till production; with emphasis on net profit, sustainability, and environmental concerns. Advise and assist with multi-agency water quality projects in Northeast Iowa. Arrange multi-disciplined programs with local and state extension agricultural specialists, agricultural providers, and conservation agencies. Provide timely media releases on critical crop management related issues

Organizational Advancement Specialist

Karen K Lathrop


Organizational Advancement Specialist
klathrop@iastate.edu
(319) 930-9744

Serving Eastern Iowa as an ISU Extension and Outreach Organizational Advancement Specialist, Karen strives to advance the mission, vision and values of this historic land-grant university.  At the heart of Organizational Advancement are initiatives that advance our organization by garnering support, aggregating and sharing our collective impact, strengthening our brand, communicating our value and executing our strategic plan.

Horticulture Field Specialist

Patrick O'Malley


Horticulture Field Specialist
omall@iastate.edu
(319) 337-2145

Primary areas of expertise: commercial fruits and vegetables. Secondary areas of expertise: ornamental horticulture including greenhouse and nursery crops, and turfgrass

Field Agronomist

Virgil Schmitt


Field Agronomist
vschmitt@iastate.edu
(563)-263-5701 or 1-800-992-0894

Corn, Soybean, Small Grains, Forages, Soils

Farm and Ag. Business Management Specialist

Kristen Schulte


Farm and Ag. Business Management Specialist
kschulte@iastate.edu
563-547-3001

Denise Schwab


Field Specialist- Beef
dschwab@iastate.edu
(319) 472-4739

Production information related to nutrition, facilities, health, record analysis, and pasture and forage management for beef and sheep producers.

Swine Field Specialist

Mark Storlie


Swine Field Specialist
mstorlie@iastate.edu
(563) 425-3331

Swine production management – production pig flow, breeding and farrowing schedules, principles and application of PQA; initiating and utilizing production and financial records for management – marketing, cost control; analysis of nutritional feeding programs; alternative housing options – hoop buildings; mortality composting; contracting considerations – production & marketing; development & communication with employees – production handbooks; development of computer templates for management control or awareness; support of value-added production and marketing systems – organic, sustainable production, direct marketing.

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