Meet our Board of Directors

Julie Hitchins is an Senior Cost Analyst for Fisher Controls, LLC. which is a division of Emerson. She attended the University of Iowa where she received a BBA and MA in accounting. Julie has over twenty years of experience with various aspects of accounting including non–profit, for–profit, telecom and banking. Julie is currently secretary of the Early American Glass Club, Board Member of Live on Stage and Committee Member for Night of Stars. Julie and her husband Kevin reside in Marshalltown.

Sarah Erikson is a Human Resource Manager for Emerson in Marshalltown and has been with the company since 2013. She attended the University of Northern Iowa where she received her BA in Human Resource Management in 2004. Prior to joining Emerson, Sarah worked at Holmes Murphy & Associates in West Des Moines were she held various Human Resource roles. She is member of the Assistance League of Marshalltown and serves on the Marshall County 4–H Youth Development committee. Sarah and her husband live in Marshalltown with their two children..

John Fink is an Accountant for Lennox Industries Inc. John has been with the company since 1976. He received his BA in Accounting and Business Administration from Wartburg College. John is the Treasurer for the Senior Citizen’s Center in Marshalltown. John is a member of the Rotary Club of Marshalltown serving as President for the 2009–2010 year. He is active in his church and is on the Finance Committee and was one of the Co–Chairs with his wife for the St. Francis Catholic School Building addition campaign. John is a graduate of the Iowa Valley Leadership class of 1992. John is involved with Worldwide Marriage Encounter serving with his wife as Financial Couple for the Iowa ⁄ La Crosse Area and Section 7 which includes Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri. John and his wife reside in Marshalltown and have three sons and a daughter, and recently added a daughter–in–law to his family.

Roxane Shanks ils a home study coordinator for America World Adoption Association and has worked in the field of international adoptions for twelve years. She also teaches preschool part time for Sonshine Preschool. She is a retired school social worker after 32 years of service with AEA267 and 23 years with Center Associates as a therapist for children. She has a BA degree in human relations from Judson University in Elgin, Illinois and a Masters in Social Work from George Williams College in Downers Grove, Illinois. Roxane is an active member of First Baptist Church, having held many positions of leadership over the past 35 years, including chairperson of the Christian Education Board, Deaconess Board and other committees. Roxane and her husband, Brice, reside in Marshalltown. They have two grown children, a daughter and a son who is married and one granddaughter.

Dave Espersen is a Senior Engineer in Generation Engineering at Alliant Energy. He has been working in power plants on the generation side of the electric utility industry for 30+ years. During that time he has held various positions in engineering, plant operations & maintenance supervision, plant management and special projects. Prior to working for Alliant Energy (and Interstate Power Company – a predecessor company) he also worked for John Deere at the Dubuque Product Engineering Center as a test engineer. Dave graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with BS Mechanical Engineering Technology and AAS Fluid Power Engineering Technology degrees. Dave is a member of the Marshalltown Evening Lions Club and is currently serving as a board member there. He has been a Lions Club member for the past 30 years and has had the opportunity to hold the offices of secretary, treasurer, vice president and president numerous times with that organization. He currently serves as the Finance Committee Chairman for Hope United Methodist Church and does volunteer work in various capacities at the House of Compassion. Dave and his wife Helen reside in rural Marshalltown. They have three married children (two daughters ⁄ one son) and seven grandchildren.

Susan Krough has worked in the retail business for over 30 years. Currently, she is the Marketing Coordinator at Marshalltown Mall where she is involved with marketing events and helping with leasing the mall. Prior to this position, she was Sales Manager at Younkers for 18 years. Susan enjoys being active in the community and has been involved in the Assistance League for 8 years. Currently she is very active as co-chair for Night of Stars and serves on the Arts & Alliance Board. Susan attends New Hope Christian Church, values her family and enjoys walking. Susan and her husband, Jeff have three daughters and six grandchildren.

Joel Phillips has been employed with Marshall County since 2002 and is currently a Chief with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to being promoted to Chief Jail Administrator, he had been assigned to the Patrol Division, Detective Division, and Field Office Unit Supervisor for the Mid Iowa Drug Task Force. He also serves in a number of roles for the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office including firearms instructor, chemical munitions instructor, armorer, and reserve peace officer instructor. Joel has held the ranks of Sergeant, Detective/Sergeant and currently appointed Chief Jail Administrator to serve as the agency’s third–in–command. Joel also assisted in establishing the annual Iowa State Reserve Law Enforcement Officer Association training conference in Marshall County, served as a representative for Marshall county Sheriff’s Office on the Drug Endangered Children multi–disciplinary team, and is enrolled in the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy’s 5 Start Leadership program. Joel has been the recipient of the Robert Klaas Award from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and Outstanding Achievement Award from HIDTA, Office of National Drug Control Policy. Prior to law enforcement, he served in the United States Marine Corps before being honorable discharged as a Non–Commissioned Officer serving overseas during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Joel then moved back to Marshall County where he owrked on his family farm. During this time Joel began volunteering in public service as a volunteer firefighter and first responder where received Firefighter I and EMT–A certifications. Joel and his wife live in rural Marshall county where both attended local schools. They have two children, 1 attending the University of Iowa and 1 attending the University of Northern Iowa.

Matt Cretsinger is the the Director of Special Services for the Marshalltown Community School District. As the director, Matt is responsible for leading programs and services in special education, “504 services”, Extended Learning Program, Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS), Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), Medicaid, Preschool programming for students with disabilities, and alternative education programs. Matt has been an education since 2004, with over 10 years of experience in leadership roles. Prior to joining Marshalltown Schools, Matt served students and families in a variety of other professional roles, including team leader of behavioral supports, program assistant for special education, professional learning and leadership consultant, and school psychologist. Other experiences include adjunct college instructor, a clinician for a mental health center, program director for a psychiatric medical institute for children (PMIC), and a counselor for a residential treatment setting. Currently, Matt is professionally involved with the Council for Exceptional Children, School Administrators of Iowa, the Council of Administrators of Special Education, and Upper Iowa University-Teacher Education Advisory Committee. Matt and his wife Keisha are the proud parents of 2 beautiful children.

Kathy McCune is a retired Speech-Language Pathologist and Autism Consultant; she received her Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Kathy worked for 30 years at AEA 267 providing Birth to 3 Speech & Language in-home services and Autism consultation and training in the schools, she also served on many local and state level committees during that time. She is currently active in a variety of community organizations: Unity Pointy Health Foundation Board, Mid-Iowa Workshop Board and Meals On Wheels Board, serves on the ELCA Hunger Ministries Team & Community Forum on Hunger, United Way Power of the Purse and Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon Committees, and is a member Assistance League of Marshalltown, Hawthorne Club and Maderia Book Club. Kathy and her husband Mike live in Marshalltown, they have 8 grown children and 6 grandchildren.

Deb Wollam is the Executive Director of the Marshalltown Operations for McFarland Clinic which is Central Iowa’s largest physician-owned multi-specialty medical clinic. She attended Marshalltown Medical School of Nursing, Buena Vista College, and Graceland University. She has worked for the medical practice for 32 years as a staff nurse, Nursing Supervisor, Department Manager, Patient Services Informatics Manager during the implementation of McFarland’s electronic health record and now the Executive Director for Marshalltown. Deb is a member of the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program Advisory Panel and a board member for Child Abuse Prevention Services and the Chamber of Commerce in Marshalltown. She is also a participant in the following committees: Marshalltown Business Education Alliance (MBEA), Project Lead the Way, Healthcare Sector Committee through IVCCD, and 100 Women Who Care. Deb is also a member of New Hope Christian Church where she teaches the 1 year old class. Deb and her husband Jeff reside in Marshalltown where they have made their home since being married in 1985. They have two children. A daughter, Aly who is married to son in law Brian. Aly and Brian have two daughters who bring great fun and joy to the family. Aly is a cosmetologist and owns her own business in Boone, Iowa. Their son Ben is a graduate of Grand View University with majors in Business Administration and Sports Management and is currently pursuing a career in professional golf.

Brandon Ruopp is a partner in the law firm of Moore, McKibben, Goodman & Lorenz, LLP.  He received his BA from Simpson College and his law degree from the University of Iowa.  He is also a veteran of the US Army, having been stationed in Ft. Polk, Louisiana and Korea.  Brandon is an active member of the Freemasons, and is currently serving as Worshipful Master of Marshall Lodge #108, A.F. & A.M.  He and his wife Jeana reside in Marshalltown with their two children.