Early Childhood Iowa State Board

The ECI State Board consists of the department directors or their appointed designee for six state agencies, four legislators, and 16 citizen members. Citizen members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Iowa Senate.

The Board's role includes providing oversight of state and local efforts. Responsibilities include strategic planning, funding identification, guidance, tracking, and reporting the data on the ECI Results and Indicators; advocacy; and public awareness of the importance of early childhood.

Interested candidates must complete a gubernatorial appointment resume in addition to seeking a letter of recommendation from their local Early Childhood Iowa Area board. The gubernatorial appointment resume can be found at http://openup.iowa.gov/boards/.

David Arens

David Arens, Citizen, Des Moines



Dave Arens has been in the financial services industry for more than 27 years. He joined Wells Fargo in 2004 and is currently a Wealth Advisor with The Private Bank. Dave focuses on helping business executives, entrepreneurs and medical professionals build, manage, preserve and transition their wealth. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Dave worked at two other major financial firms for nearly 20 years. Dave has been a part of many professional affiliations. Prior to joining the ECI State Board, he was an active ECI board member in Polk County.

Alice Atkinson

Alice Atkinson


Alice Atkinson of Iowa City was appointed to the Board in 2010. She is a graduate of both The University of Iowa (PhD) and Iowa State University (BS in Child Development). Before retiring, Ms. Atkinson taught Family Development and Early Child Education courses at The University of Iowa. She served on the Johnson County ECI Area Board for 6 years, and currently serves on a local ECI committee, the Johnson County Conservation Board and the State Iowa AEYC Board.


Brad Buck - Director, Department of Education

Mary Delagardelle

Mary Delagardelle - Designee, Department of Education


Dr. Mary L. Delagardelle was chosen as the Director’s designee in 2012 representing the Department of Education.  She is currently the Associate Division Director for the Division of Learning and Results.  Dr. Delagardelle has been involved in education for nearly 40 years as a teacher, a principal, a central office administrator, and a school board member/president.  She has a BA degree in elementary education, an MA degree in special education, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.  She has led many local, statewide and national educational initiatives (including the landmark Lighthouse Research Project) focused on improving teaching and learning, and has published works related to school boards, parent involvement, mathematics reform, and programming for students with special needs. 

Michael Bunde

Michael Bunde


Michael Bunde of Denison was appointed to the Board in 2012.  He served 19 years as a classroom teacher and 16 years as a PreK-12 school principal, and Special Education coordinator.  Mr. Bunde has served on the Monona, Harrison, and Shelby County Early Childhood Iowa area board for six years.

James Christensen

James Christensen


Jim Christensen of Waterloo joined the Early Childhood Iowa State Board in 2011. He is co-owner of Single Source Architects and Master Builders and is the Director of Sales and Marketing and Chief Financial Officer.  Christensen was a member of the Waterloo Community School District Board of Education for six years and has served on many of its committees, including the strategic planning committee and the district advisory board.   He was also a long time board member and past president of the Boys/Girls Club of Black Hawk County. He is very active in the community and served on numerous other boards and task forces including the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, Metro Marketing Task Force, Waterloo Industrial Development Association and the First Presbyterian Church of Waterloo.  He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Administrative Management and Marketing from the University of Iowa.


Gerd Claubaugh, Department of Public Health

Richard Clewell

Richard Clewell, Citizen, Davenport


Rich Clewell of Davenport was appointed to the Iowa Early Childhood Board in 2013. After graduating from Iowa State University in 1978, Clewell retired from the Department of Defense in 2007 after 33 years as a civilian wildlife biologist. Rich is currently a member of the Davenport Community School Board and also serves on community arts, education, and immigrant empowerment boards.


Debi Durham - Director, Economic Development Authority

Chad Driscoll

Chad Driscoll - Designee, Economic Development Authority


Chad Driscoll was chosen as the Director’s designee in 2012 representing the Iowa Economic Development Authority.  He is the Program Officer for Education and Youth Development for the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service.  Before joining the Commission, Chad was an AmeriCorps Program Director and former AmeriCorps member with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Davenport, IA from 2006-2012.  He has been actively involved in local and national AmeriCorps Alums chapters since he served as a member.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Psychology from St. Ambrose University in 2008.

Tracy Erlandson

Tracy Erlandson, Citizen, Onawa


Tracy Erlandson of Onawa was appointed to the ECI Board in 2013.
Erlandson graduated from Briar Cliff University with a bachelors degree in marketing and a
masters degree in business leadership. She is marketing director for the Sioux City Symphony
Orchestra, adjunct business professor at Western Iowa Tech Community College and was
recently appointed General Manager of Rush Werks in Sioux City, Iowa.

Tracy grew up in the Siouxland area and has two children. She has served on area boards and
has been a member of several area volunteer groups for a number of years.

Leone Junck

Leone Junck


Leone Junck of Ogden, was appointed to the board in March of 2012.  During her teaching career of twenty-eight years she presented at many state and national conferences. Currently she serves on the YSS Board of Boone County, volunteering at many of the events they sponsor. She also volunteers on a local preschool board, helping with their activities.

Sigrid Joanne Lane

Sigrid Joanne Lane - Chair


Joanne Lane of Waterloo joined the Iowa Early Childhood Board in 2012.   A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Joanne’s professional career was spent in education during which she served in leadership roles on local, state, regional and national boards.  Currently retired, Joanne is an active community volunteer serving in a variety of roles that range from serving as a board member of local human service, educational and arts agencies to delivering meals to home bound seniors.

Robert Ockerman

Robert Ockerman


Bob Ockerman of Adel was appointed to the State Board in 2012.  He retired from MidAmerican Energy in 2007 after forty one years. He has served on the Adel City Council for twenty two years and four years on the Dallas County Board of Supervisors.  Currently, Mr. Ockerman serve as Chairman of 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa (Adair, Dallas, Madison and Warren Counties).

Charles Palmer

Charles Palmer - Director, Department of Human Services


Charles (Chuck) M. Palmer was appointed as Director of the Iowa Department of Human Services in January of 2011.  He had previously served in this position from 1989-1999.  Palmer has decades of experience in state and local government.  He has been very active in professional associations and has served on several national human services boards.  He has also worked for the Casey Foundation and the Milbank Memorial Fund in the areas of child welfare, asset development, workforce and health care.


Wendy Rickman - Designee, Department of Human Services


Brook Rosenberg

Mr. Rosenberg was appointed to the ECI State Board in 2012.  He  started in the insurance business in 1973 as a fourth generation insurance broker.  Mr. Rosenberg specialize in employee benefits with a main focus on the implementation, education and communication of benefits both to the employer and the employees and their families. They have clients all over Iowa and in an additional 15 states.  Mr. Rosenberg holds a BS from the University of Northern Colorado and has served on multiple boards and associations. 

Jean Stadtlander

Jean Stadtlander


Jean Stadtlander of Manning was appointed to the Board in 2011 by Governor Terry Branstad. She brought to the ECI State board seven years of serving on the local Partnerships 4 Families ECI Board. Her service to church, community, and school involve a variety of roles with youth. She volunteers as a CASA Volunteer, Kids Hope Mentor, UMC Youth Group leader, Volleyball official (16 state tournaments) and has organized and coached youth sports programs for over 23 years. Jean also is a past school board member and has served on many boards in the community, county and state organizations and has spearheaded many alumni events and school and community fundraisers. Jean and her husband, Todd are parents of two daughters and are long time owners of Manning Insurance & Real Estate.


San Wong - Director, Department of Human Rights


Tim Fitzpatrick - Designee, Department of Human Rights


Tim Fitzpatrick is the Director designee for the Iowa Department of Human Rights.  He is a Program Manager for the Family Development and Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS) Program, in the Division of Community Action Agencies.  Mr. Fitzpatrick has over 25 years of experience in the human services field.  This includes 13 years in working with vulnerable populations including persons with chronic mental health and developmental disabilities.  Mr. Fitzpatrick has a Master Degree in Public Administration from Drake University. Tim is a member of Early Childhood Iowa Stakeholders.  He is also a member of the Results and Accountability Component group and the Iowa Family Support Leadership Group.  Tim is co-chair of the Family Support Professional Development Work Group and represents Family Support on the ECI Professional Development Steering Committee.

Betty Zan

Betty Zan

Dr. Betty Zan is the Director of the Regents’ Center for Early Developmental Education and the Center for Early Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at the University of Northern Iowa. She is Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and teaches courses in early childhood education.  In addition to research and teaching at UNI, Dr. Zan has extensive experience conducting professional development for preschool and early primary teachers, and has presented both nationally and internationally. IN addition to the Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) State Board, she also serves on the ECI Professional Development Executive Committee, and is chair of the Child Development Coordinating Council that advices the Iowa Department of Education concerning Iowa’s Shared Visions programs.

Mary Mascher

Mary Mascher - Representative, Iowa House


Representative Mary Mascher, Additional Information

Beth Townsend, Director Iowa Workforce Development


Beth Townsend is a graduate of Kearney State College, Kearney Nebraska and the University of Nebraska Law School. She is a member of the Nebraska and Iowa state bar. Prior to being named as the Director of the Iowa Workforce Development, she was the Director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, appointed by Governor Terry Branstad. Prior to that, Ms. Townsend was in private practice in West Des Moines, Iowa, where she represented individuals before federal and state jurisdictions, including the United States Supreme Court, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Iowa Supreme Court, in the area of civil rights and employment law.

As a member of the United States Air Force, Ms. Townsend served as a member of the Judge Advocate General where she prosecuted and defended airmen and most recently served as a military judge in her last reserve tour. She retired from the Air Force Reserve in August, 2010 as a Lieutenant Colonel after 21 years of active and reserve duty. Beth is the mother of one son and is a proud member of the Choctaw Nation.

Dave Heaton

Dave Heaton - Representative, Iowa House


Representative David Heaton, Additional Information