Staff

Danielle Day


County Program Director
daday@iastate.edu
(563) 583-6496 x16

Danielle works with partners and organizations in Dubuque County to promote ISU Extension and Outreach and connect citizens with programs that can improve their lives. Supports the specialists and program coordinators who work in the Dubuque County Office to provide the resources they need to serve our wide range of audiences.
Based in the Dubuque County Extension Office.

Paul Mariman


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

Coordinates programs and partnerships in Region 11 (Delaware, Dubuque and Jackson counties)
Based in the Dubuque County Extension Office.

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.
Based in the Dubuque County Extension Office.

Deb Pic-Deutmeyer


Administrative Assistant
debpicd@iastate.edu
563-583-6496

Provides administrative support to all program areas.
Based in the Dubuque County Extension Office.

Brittany Demezier


Food Systems Program Coordinator
demezier@iastate.edu
563-583-6496

Brittany has a wide array of experience and education to bring to this role. She has an undergraduate degree in Ag Education from University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a Master's of Science degree in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College. Brittany will provide leadership to the Dubuque Eats Well Coalition and focus on advancing the Dubuque County Food System. She has also worked with her own horticulture enterprise, as a Horticulturalist at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and Greenhouse Specialist at FarmTek. 
Based in the Dubuque County Extension office.

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Ray Kruse


Food Systems Program Coordinator
rakruse@iastate.edu
563-583-6496

Ray focuses on advancing the Dubuque County food system through Lawn & Garden/Horticulture education and as the Master Gardener Coordinator for Dubuque County Master Gardeners.
Based in the Dubuque County Extension Office.

Sarah Ludwig


County Youth Coordinator
sludwig@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.
Based in the Dubuque County Extension Office.

Abby Spiegel


Buy. Eat. Live Healthy Program Coordinator
spiegel@iastate.edu
563-583-6496

Offering FREE Nutrition Classes to those that meet income guidelines and have a child in the home. For more information about the program contact Abby.
Based in the Dubuque County Extension Office.

Vacant Vacant


Lifespan Education Coordinator
563-583-6496

Provides educational programming with a focus on topics across the lifespan. Topics include parenting skills, family life, healthy relationships, aging, healthy living and caregiving.
Based in the Dubuque County Extension office.

Leah Imoehl


K-12 Education Coordinator
lechtenb@iastate.edu
563-583-6496

Leah works with youth, volunteers, and professionals to plan, implement, and evaluate a progressive series of educational programs and experiences that work toward multiple life skill outcomes (leadership, citizenship, communications, personal life management and knowledge). Our priorities include extraordinary learning experiences and capacity building for positive youth development while focusing on connecting young people with caring adults.
Based in the Dubuque County Extension office.  

4-H Youth Program Specialist

Katie Peterson


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

4-H, K-12 Education Extension Programs.
Based in the Dubuque County Extension Office.

Family Finance Specialist

Susan Taylor


Family Finance Specialist
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.
Based in the Dubuque County Extension Office.

Dairy Field Specialist

Dr. Larry F. Tranel


Dairy Field Specialist
tranel@iastate.edu
(563) 583-6496, Extension 114

Dairy Production, Economics and Dairy Business Development; Familes and Youth
Based in the Dubuque County Extension Office.

Agricultural Engineering Specialist

Brian Dougherty


Agricultural Engineering Specialist
brian1@iastate.edu
563-583-6496 Ext. 125

Dairy facilities, manure handling, water quality, biochar production and use, regenerative agriculture and soil health.
Based in the Dubuque County Extension Office.

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.
Based in the Dubuque County Extension Office.

Kristi Cooper


Family Life Field Specialist
kcoop@iastate.edu
319.377.9839 Ext. 315

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
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

Kelsey Salow


Human Sciences Specialist, Nutrition and Wellness
ksalow@iastate.edu
(563) 927-4201

Provides leadership for educational programming focused on healthy eating, food safety, workforce well-being, food preservation, and building local foods infrastructure.

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.

Melissa O'Rourke


Farm and Ag Business Management Specialist
morourke@iastate.edu
563-382-2949

Farm Transition & Estate Planning; Human Resource Management; Farmland Leasing & Land Values; Farm Business Planning

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