Iowa Valley RC&D’s staff share a vision. An Iowa food system characterized by a vibrant ecosystem of farms, businesses, and the natural environment where thriving rural and urban communities are interconnected and sustained and all individuals are nourished.

Jason Grimm

Executive Director

Giselle Bruskewitz

Senior Program Director

Claire Zabel

Program Director

Julia DeSpain

Creative Director

Lisa Stark

Education and Outreach Coordinator

Kaci Ginn

Operations Director

Sophie Churchill

Value Chain Coordinator

Teresa Kurtz

Grants + Finance Manager

Marianna Cota

Communications Project Manager VISTA

Dusty Sanor

Farm Manager

Sarah Nelson

Farm Coordinator

Board of Directors

Geoff Mouming

President

Vice President
Impact 7G, Project Manager

Coralville, Iowa

Geoff worked for over 30 years in commercial landscape management for a large lawn and landscape maintenance firm in eastern Iowa. In this role, he oversaw prairie and pollinator installation, establishment and maintenance on corporate and institutional properties, and worked with area service clubs and municipalities in multiple Earth Day/Arbor Day tree planting projects. He is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist, past president of the Rotary Club of Coralville/North Corridor, and is  Project Manager at Impact 7G in their Natural and Cultural Resources division.

Brandi Janssen

Vice President

Clinical Associate Professor
UI College of Public Health

Iowa City, Iowa

Brandi has been involved in Eastern Iowa’s local food scene as a researcher and advocate since 2007. She is currently faculty in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health in the UI College of Public Health and director of Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH), a statewide coalition devoted to reducing occupational injuries and illnesses in agriculture. She has served on the boards of Field to Family, Local Foods Connection, and currently sits on the board of the Iowa Rural Health Association. She is author of the book, Making Local Food Work: The Challenges and Opportunities of Today’s Small Farmers, released by the University of Iowa press in 2017.

Nick Benson

Board Member

Executive Director
Office of Community Engagement, University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

Nick serves as the Executive Director of the Office of Community Engagement at the University of Iowa. He provides leadership at the university for community-engaged teaching, learning and research and building community partnerships. He has worked for ten years in various community engagement roles at the University of Iowa, including as Director of the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities and Director of Community Development and Outreach. Before his time at UI, Nick worked for the City of Iowa City in community and economic development and at Leff Law Firm. Nick is passionate about building partnerships that advance sustainable organizations and communities and has served on a variety of boards and committees, including with Summer of the Arts and Iowa/Minnesota Campus Compact.

Andrew Hall

Treasurer

Accounting Manager
Brava Roof Tile

Washington, Iowa

Andrew got involved with Iowa Valley RC&D through Board President Geoff Wilming. The two worked together at Quality Care and Andrew now works as the Accounting Manager at Brava Roof Tile. Brava prides itself on the use of recycled materials in their products. Brava’s roofing products are fully recyclable; keeping used building materials out of landfills. This is Andrew’s first time serving as a board member. He is a firm believer in supporting and uplifting local communities and organizations. Andrew loves participating in area events with his wife Kady, and daughters Vayda and Pearl.

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