Nominations Open for Robert D. Ray ISS Service Award
Monty and his wife Lori are from Indianola, Iowa. They have 2 grown daughters, 2 sons-in law, and 3 granddaughters.
He retired from teaching in 2016 after 39 years. Monty is very active in his community. He has been a local 4H club leader, County Senior 4H leader, and a member of the County 4H youth committee and is now on the Warren County 4H Foundation Board. And he spends his summers at the Annett Nature Center conducting day camps for ages 4 to 13. Monty also volunteers at the nature center for public programs and has been on the Friends of Warren County Conservation Board since it was formed.
Monty has been involved with Iowa Sister States since 2001. He was involved in a three-year high school student exchange program with Cherkasy, Ukraine. He fell in love with the country and its people and has been the chairperson of the Ukraine committee since. Monty also served on the Planning and Action Committee of ISS, and the annual fund-raising committee in 2011. He has held the Board positions of Secretary, Vice President and President.
He has decided to resign from the Board and become the Interim Executive Director until the Board selects a permanent Director. He is passionate about citizen diplomacy and the work of Iowa Sister States and very excited about this new challenge.
Kassi holds a BS in Anthropology from Iowa State University with a secondary major in International Studies and a minor in both Spanish and Math. Some of her previous work experience includes managing a team of AmeriCorps members, survey and database work for neighborhood revitalization initiatives, organizing large scale events, and programs. Kassi first became interested in traveling and other cultures through her experience in a youth exchange with her hometown's (Winterset) sister city Minami-Alps, Japan. This led to a lifelong passion for traveling, making connections, and learning more about other cultures. Kassi has been with Iowa Sister States since March 2015.