Extension Council

The elected Extension Council is the grass roots governing body for the Cooperative Extension System. As part of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Franklin County council works in partnership with local citizens, Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to carry the land-grant mission beyond the campus in Ames. The Franklin County Extension Council are elected by the voters of Franklin County and serve four year terms.

The duties of a council member include hiring county staff, managing the county extension budget and helping select programming.

What is the role of a County Extension Council Member?

• They represent their county – they bring an understanding of local issues to important decisions about educational opportunities.
• They bring significant programs to their county and region that help people solve critical issues affecting their lives.
• They represent Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and act on our behalf locally.
• They have the responsibility to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars.
• They provide mentoring and leadership for county paid staff.
• They agree to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, including regularly attending council meeting.

Franklin County Extension Council Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month and open to the public. Franklin County residents are invited to attend and allowed to make comments at the start of the meeting.

Iowa Extension Council Association

Council Members

(Number) is the year the term expires

  • Kari Subbert
    (2025)
    Chair
    Hampton, IA
  • Joe DeVries
    (2024)
    Vice Chair
    Sheffield, IA
  • Rachel Heilskov
    (2024)
    Secretary
    Hampton, IA
  • Jeromy Keehn
    (2024)
    Treasurer
    Hampton, IA
  • Tom Birdsell
    (2024)
    Hampton, IA
  • Jeff Burkley
    (2026)
    Geneva, IA
  • Barb Ristau
    (2026)
    Hampton, IA
  • Maria Siems
    (2024)
    Hampton, IA
  • Liliana Velasco
    (2026)
    Coulter, IA