Governing Board

Open Governing Board Positions

Getting involved in our Governing Board is the perfect opportunity to develop your leadership skills and to make a further impact in the early childhood field.

Each of the following positions are part of the Governing Board and are expected to attend Governing Board meetings, which are quarterly: July, September, January, and March. Meetings are generally held on Saturdays, and all meetings are in-person, with the exception of the January meetings, which are held virtually. The deadline to apply for these positions is June 19, 2024. The selected candidate will be asked to attend the Board retreat July 19-20, if possible.

Higher Education Chair

This position helps us stay in tune with current trends in two- and four-year colleges, as well as promoting innovative ways for us to support early childhood licensure and non-licensure programs across Iowa.

Membership & Innovation Recruitment and Support Co-Chair

This position works to promote membership recruitment and development activities, in addition to supporting efforts to remain an inclusive organization.

At-Large Member

This position helps elevate Iowa AEYC and assists the Board in serving the early care and education profession.

2023-2024 Board Membership

Iowa AEYC is governed by a 12-member board.

Brandy Smith

Vice President
Crystal Abbe *

Treasurer/Finance Chair
Brian Kingrey

Brenda Loop

High-Performing Inclusive Organization (HPIO) Chair
Renee Hardman

* NAEYC Advisory Council Member

Early Childhood Workforce Advisory Committee Chair
Tracy Ehlert

Public Policy Chair
Linda Fitzgerald

Membership & Innovation Recruitment and Support Co-Chairs
Kelsey Andersen and Kristin Rourk

At-Large Members
Tiffany Skaggs and Marc Elcock

Amy McGinn *

2023-2024 Board Meetings & Events

July 1, 2024
Executive Committee Meeting

July 19-20, 2024
Governing Board Retreat

2024-2025 Board Meetings & Events

September 7, 2024
Executive Committee Meeting

September 21, 2024
Governing Board Meeting

January 11, 2025
Executive Committee Meeting (Virtual)

January 25, 2025
Governing Board Meeting (Virtual)

March 8, 2025
Executive Committee Meeting

March 29, 2025
Governing Board Meeting

June 13, 2025
Executive Committee Meeting

July 12 (or 11-12), 2025
Governing Board Retreat

Governing Board Meeting Minutes

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