Meet Our

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Board
of
Directors

The ISS Board of Directors oversees our international programs and maintains the ethical and fiduciary responsibility of our organization to financial supporters, state government and Iowa's citizenry.

The Board is led by the Executive Committee, which is comprised of the President, President-Elect, Treasurer and Secretary. This committee meets prior to all Board meetings (and other times as necessary) and acts with the authority of the Board between meetings.

Current & Past Boards

Current 2020  2019  2018  2017  2016 2015  2014  2013  2012  2011  2010 2009   2008   2007   2006  2005   2003

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Teresa Parmenter

President

Teresa joined the ISS Board in 2014 but has been a citizen diplomat for over three decades.  Teresa has played an integral part in the Yamanashi/Iowa Baseball Exchange and has been active in Iowa as the Athletic Director of Holy Trinity School and Governor of the Iowa Amateur Athletic Union for 16 years.

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Roger Nowadzky

Vice President / President Elect

Roger has been involved with ISS for over 21 years. Currently, he also sits on the ISS Board of Directors and has since 2014. Roger is an adjunct member of the Grand View University faculty. In the past, he has served as Legal Counsel for the Iowa Legislature, Deputy Executive Director and Counsel for the Iowa League of Cities, and City Attorney of Marshalltown.

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Todd Jacobus

Treasurer

Todd has volunteered with ISS for the past few years and recently has stepped up to become the chair of the Kosovo Committee. You can really tell the passion that Todd has for the Iowa- Kosovo relationship that began during his time with the Iowa National Guard. He is always willing to help wherever possible to make the Iowa-Kosovo relationship a success.

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Monty Freeman
Secretary

Monty Freeman has been involved with Iowa Sister States since 2001. He previously served as the ISS Board of Directors President, and most recently as Interim Director for Iowa Sister States. For many years, Monty taught Biology at Urbandale High School. He is active in his community as a local 4-H club leader, and as a volunteer at the Annett Nature Center, where he conducts summer camps for youth.

Current Board of Directors

 
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Paolo Bartesaghi

 

Paolo joined ISS in 1998. His term on our Board of Directors began in 2004 and since then he has been President and Treasurer.  He currently serves as Chair of the Iowa-Veneto partnership. Paolo was born in Lecco, Italy, and worked extensively in the fashion industry for many years. He moved to Des Moines in 1997 and was the owner of the retail stores A Touch of Italy and Accenti. He is now a travel consultant for his company Traveling Treasures. Paolo has served on numerous boards and committees including Drake Fine Arts, the Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa.

Luca Berrone

Luca has been involved with ISS since the very beginning! He assisted in its formation in 1983 and has serve in various capacities since then, and has been on the Board of Directors since 2006. Luca was born and raised in Torino, Italy and built his ties to Iowa as a foreign exchange student at Hoover High School and then as an international student at Iowa State University. Luca is the President of SACMI, USA Ltd., a subsidiary of an Italian manufacturing company.

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Dr. Rachelle Karstens

Prakash Kopparapu

Dr. Karstens is a compassionate and proven leader with a background in higher education, law and fundraising. She is the 11th President of Briar Cliff University, also serving as Interim President, Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President. She received her Ph.D in Education from Drake University. Her dissertation research explored the experiences of college and university presidents as fundraisers while leading private, nonprofit institutions of higher education..

Prakash practices Citizen Diplomacy by advocating for common causes between Iowa and nations such as India and China. He has worked with leaders and organizations such as the Iowa Asian Alliance. Prakash played a key role in various Presidential campaigns during 2019 in the areas of US Foreign Policy, US Immigration Policy, US Healthcare (Autism & Mental Health) Policy and US Education investment. He was the Marketplace Outreach Chair for Diverse Abilities Team Member Network

Grant Kimberley

Grant joined the ISS Board in 2014. He is the Director of Market Development for the Iowa Soybean Association, and has participated in overseas trade missions all around the world. Grant is a sixth-generation family farmer, and in February 2012, he and his family hosted then-Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping for a highly-publicized farm visit. Grant also met with Xi in Beijing the following month as a part of the Iowa Lt. Governor's trade delegation.

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Thomas Rial

Tom Rial has made community service a priority in his personal life. He has served as President of Iowa Sister States, Chairman of the Iowa Lottery Board Authority, and President of the Wallace House Foundation. In 2002 he was selected to participate in the European Union Visitor’s Program and awarded a 2003 Freeman Fellowship for Young American Leaders by the Asia Foundation. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Northern Iowa, and earned two Master’s Degrees in International Affairs from Marquette University and Political Science with a focus on international political economy from The George Washington University.

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Kenn Yu

Kenn Yu is a Lead Management Specialist – Operational Risk Management with Transamerica Corporation based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Prior to joining Transamerica, Yu spent seven years with Principal.  He played a key role while working for Principal, supporting the 30th anniversary of sister state relationship between Iowa and Hebei. He has volunteered multiple times for the ISS as interpreter for official delegation visits from China. He is originally from Suzhou, China and proudly calls Iowa his second home.   

Dr. Will Zhang

Will has been volunteering for ISS since 1998. He has also served as Chair of the Iowa-Hebei partnership since 2000. Will is our immediate past president, and has helped coordinate many exchange projects in Hebei and in its neighboring cities Tianjin and Beijing. Will teaches English and global study courses at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC).

Past ISS Boards of Directors

2020

Paolo Bartesaghi

Luca Berrone

Rob Denson

Monty Freeman

Grant Kimberley

Roger Nowadzky

Teresa Parmenter        

Tom Rial 

Phyllis Van Gilst 

Will Zhang  

2019

Paolo Bartesaghi

Luca Berrone

Rob Denson

Monty Freeman

Grant Kimberley

Kyle Munson

Roger Nowadzky

Teresa Parmenter        

Tom Rial 

Phyllis Van Gilst 

Will Zhang  

2018

Paolo Bartesaghi         Luca Berrone

Rob Denson

Monty Freeman             Grant Kimberley           Albert Liu

Barb Lykins  

Kyle Munson

Roger Nowadzky         Teresa Parmenter         Jane Pate      

Tom   Rial

Terri Smith   

Phyllis Van Gilst            

Dr. Will Zhang  

2017

Paolo Bartesaghi         

Luca Berrone

Monty Freeman            

EJ Giovannetti

Grant Kimberley

Albert Liu

Kyle Munson 

Roger Nowadzky         

Teresa Parmenter        

Jane Pate     

Tom Rial       

Terri Smith   

Phyllis. Van Gilst            

Will Zhang  

2016

Paolo Bartesaghi         

Adrienne Baughman     Luca Berrone             

Monty Freeman            

EJ Giovannetti       

Grant Kimberley          

Albert Liu        

Kyle Munson             

Roger Nowadzky         

Teresa Parmenter        

Tom Rial       

Loretta Sieman

Terri Smith   

Phyllis Van Gilst            

Will Zhang  

2015

Paolo Bartesaghi         

Adrienne Baughman        

Luca Berrone             

Monty Freeman            

EJ Giovannetti       

Grant Kimberley          

Albert Liu        

Kyle Munson             

Roger Nowadzky         

Teresa Parmenter        

Tom Rial       

Loretta Sieman

Terri Smith   

Phyllis Van Gilst            

Will Zhang  

2014

Paolo Bartesaghi         

Adrienne Baughman        

Luca Berrone             

Monty Freeman            

EJ Giovannetti       

Grant Kimberley          

Albert Liu        

Kyle Munson             

Roger Nowadzky         

Teresa Parmenter        

Tom Rial       

Loretta Sieman

Terri Smith   

Phyllis Van Gilst            

Will Zhang  

2013

Bill Angrick

Paolo Bartesaghi         

Luca Berrone             

Monty Freeman            

Albert Liu        

Kyle Munson             

Tom Rial       

Terri Smith   

Will Zhang  

2012

Bill Angrick

Paolo Bartesaghi         

Luca Berrone             

Bill Brock   

Sorrel Brown 

Penny Dickey  

Monty Freeman            

Ann Geiger  

Beverly Iverson

Christopher James  

Steve Judge   

John Liepa    

Tom Rial       

Terri Smith   

Will Zhang  

2011

Paolo Bartesaghi         

Luca Berrone             

Bill Brock   

Sorrel Brown 

Penny Dickey  

Monty Freeman            

Ann Geiger  

Beverly Iverson

Christopher James  

Steve Judge   

John Liepa    

Tom Rial       

Terri Smith   

Phyllis Van Gilst            

Will Zhang  

2010

Paolo Bartesaghi         

Luca Berrone             

Terri Bonar  

Bill Brock   

Sorrel Brown 

Penny Dickey  

Monty Freeman            

Ann Geiger  

Beverly Iverson

Christopher James  

Steve Judge   

John Liepa    

Tom Rial       

Phyllis Van Gilst            

Will Zhang  

 

2009

Paolo Bartesaghi         

Luca Berrone             

Terri Bonar  

Bill Brock   

Sorrel Brown 

Penny Dickey  

Monty Freeman            

Ann Geiger  

Beverly Iverson

Christopher James  

Steve Judge   

John Liepa    

Thomas Rial       

Phyllis Van Gilst            

Will Zhang  

 

2008

Luca Berrone             

Terri Bonar  

Sorrel Brown 

Ken Chouquette

Penny Dickey  

Ann Geiger  

John Liepa    

Charles Safris

Sharon Simmons

Beverly Trost

Frank Trumpy      

Phyllis Van Gilst            

2007

Paolo Bartesaghi         

Luca Berrone             

Terri Bonar  

Sorrel Brown 

Ken Chouquette

Penny Dickey  

Bernard Duis

Monty Freeman            

Ann Geiger  

Janet Heinecke

John Liepa    

Thomas Rial  

Chuck Safris

Sharon Simmons

Beverly Trost

Frank Trumpy   

Phyllis Van Gilst  

Jeffery Wilson          

Will Zhang  

 

2006

Bill Aossey

Paolo Bartesaghi         

Luca Berrone             

Terri Bonar  

Jeanette Borich

Sorrel Brown 

Cyndi Chen

Ken Chouquette

Pat Civitate

Diana Davies

Lori Day

Penny Dickey

Steven Dickinson  

Bernard Duis

Monty Freeman            

Ann Geiger  

Janet Heinecke

John Liepa    

Thomas Rial  

Chuck Safris

Janet Schadle

Sharon Simmons

Karen Sol

Beverly Trost

Frank Trumpy   

Phyllis Van Gilst  

Will Zhang  

 

2005

Bill Aossey

Paolo Bartesaghi      

Terri Bonar  

Jeanette Borich

Sorrel Brown 

Cyndi Chen

Ken Chouquette

Pat Civitate

Diana Davies

Lori Day

Penny Dickey

Steven Dickinson  

Bernard Duis

Monty Freeman

Marty Gross   

Janet Heinicke            

Allan Hoffman            

John Liepa    

Roger Nowadzky         

Chuck Safris

Janet Schadle

Sharon Simmons

David Skidmore           

Karen Sol

Beverly Trost

Frank Trumpy   

Phyllis Van Gilst  

Eleanor Verwers             

Bob White

Will Zhang  

 

2003

Bill Aossey

Paolo Bartesaghi      

Terri Bonar  

Sorrel Brown 

Davies  Diana

Diana Davies

Lori Day

Penny Dickey

Mary Dotson

Monty Freeman            

Jeanine Gazzo  

Sandy Haines 

Janet Heinicke            

Allan Hoffman            

John Liepa  

Doris Montgomery    

Roger Nowadzky         

Chuck Safris

Janet Schadle

Sharon Simmons

David Skidmore      

Beverly Trost    

Robert Utter    

2000

Dan Brown 

Sorrel Brown 

Peggy Gaines 

Jeanine Gazzo  

John Halder 

Janet Heinicke            

Elizabeth Hoak    

Irv Jensen 

Jean Lloyd-Jones       

Ron Noah    

Ron Prescott             

Marvin Shawver            

Martha Shepard             

Kumsan Song     

Franklin Trumpy

Robert Utter    

Eleanor Verwers             

David Vikturek             

Wade  Wagner

Bob White  

Jeffrey WIlson 

Will Zhang  

1999

Gary Aitchison           

Gordon Canfield             

Charles Ertzinger            

Beverly Everett

Carol Kenealy

Diane Kutzko 

Deborah LaKamp

Richard Landis  

Helen Lee       

Doug Lewis   

Lowell Lines    

Mary Linney  

Ken Miller   

Sue Mullins

Sachiko Murphy

Patricia Rourke

Kumsan Song     

Yoshiko Swift    

Kathryn Thompson        

Jeanne Trachta

Franklin Trumpy

Dhirendra Vajpeyi

Dick Vohns  

Jeff Walters

GlennYtzen   

EleanorZeff      

1997

Nocolas Abou-Asaly       

Gary Aitchison           

Christine Anders

Linda Becker 

Sorrel Brown 

Gordon Canfield             

Anne Christensen      

Dorcas Dorow 

Mike Doyle   

Sandy Haines 

Janet Heinicke            

Cinda Holst    

Harold Hommes           

Kenneth Miller   

Ron Noah    

Steve Poole   

Sarah Richardson       

 Jim Riordan

Mary Sula Linney        

Eric Woolson           

Glenn Ytzen   

1996

Gary Aitchison           

Gordon Canfield             

Charles Ertzinger            

Beverly Everett

Carol Kenealy

Diane Kutzko 

Deborah LaKamp

Richard Landis  

Helen Lee       

Doug Lewis   

Lowell Lines    

Mary Linney  

Ken Miller   

Sue Mullins

Sachiko Murphy

Patricia Rourke

Kumsan Song     

Yoshiko Swift    

Kathryn Thompson        

Jeanne Trachta

Franklin Trumpy

Dhirendra Vajpeyi

Dick Vohns  

Jeff Walters

Glenn Ytzen   

Eleanor Zeff      

1995

Jeff Johnson            

Diane Kutzko 

Robert Leestamper      

Sue Mullins

Julie Murphy

Jean Negley 

Brian Tingleff

Richard Vohs    

Jo Wetherell          

Eleanor Zeff      

 

1994

Gary Aitchison           

Eric Busch   

Michael Doyle   

Beverly Everett

Steve Ferguson           

Janet Heinicke            

William Jackson

Doris Montgomery    

Sue Mullins

Mary Beth Schroeder-

   Fracek          

Kit Spangler            

Mary Sula Linney        

Brian Tingleff

Richard Vohs    

Jeffrey Walters

John Wetherell          

1993

Gary Aitchison           

David Archie  

Carol Brown 

Eric Busch   

Dale Cochran             

Michael Doyle   

Betty Emrich 

Beverly Everett

Barbara Gitenstein         

Mary Louse Hattery

Ron Hintz    

William Jackson

Robert Leestamper      

Karen Molgaard          

Julie Murphy

Jean Negley 

Gary Owens 

Mary Beth Schroeder-

   Fracek          

Mary Sula Linney        

Bob Utter    

Richard Vohs    

Keith Whigham          

Amy Worthen           

Glenn Ytzen   

1991

George Hegarty

John Lewis   

Gary Lipshutz             

Mary Jean Montgomery    

Sue Mullins

David Oman  

Farnsley Peters  

Brian Tingleff

Bob Utter    

Kathleen Wood  

1990

William Brown 

George Hegarty

Bill Jackson

Douglas Lewis   

Gary Lipshutz             

Jean Lloyd-Jones       

Tom Miller   

Farnsley Peters  

Jack Rife      

Rudolph Schulz  

Tom Swatz   

Dick Vohs    

Keith Wigham             

1988

Pat Boddy  

William Brown 

George Christensen      

Peters Farnsley             

George Hegarty

Douglas  Lewis   

Jean Lloyd-Jones       

Rudolph Schult  

Richard Vohs    

1987

Ken Choquette         

Baxter Freese 

Pat Hayes  

Sarah Lande  

John Lewis   

Doug Lewis   

Dave Oman  

John Pervich

Bill Roach  

Dave Swanson           

Kathy Watts   

Jim Wise    

1986

Bill Brown

Norman Erbe     

Jean Gazzo  

Charles Johnson             

SarahLande  

John Lewis   

Doug Lewis   

Sue Mitschke           

Dave Oman  

Robert D. Ray       

Dave Swanson           

Jim Wise