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Hometown Pride Coaches
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Jackson County Community Coach
Amanda is a Grant Writer/Inspector with East Central Intergovernmental Association, a regional council of governments that serves communities in five eastern Iowa counties. Amanda has worked in community outreach and clients in a variety of areas including transit, homelessness, and workforce training. She graduated in 2009 from the University of Dubuque with degrees in Psychology and Sociology. Amanda lives in Sherrill and leads the agency in teambuilding and diversity.
Francis O. Boggus
Clinton County Community Coach
Francis Boggus is a planning professional with more than 12 years as a board-based community specialist at the local, state, and national level. He has experience in community development and engagement; grant writing and management; board development and training; community visioning, fundraising, project implementation; and heritage tourism development.
Stanwood and West Branch Community Coach
Dawn Danielson is a Development Coordinator and Brownfields Project Manager at East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA). She provides technical and financial assistance to communities throughout a seven county region to identify abandoned, vacant and/or underutilized properties, providing funding for environmental assessments and cleanups; and assisting with reuse planning activities for brownfields sites. She is also a CDBG administrator, grant writer and has over thirty years of experience in various lending roles including processor, underwriter, administrator and loan officer. She manages ECIA’s Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund program funded by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Brownfields program and Keep Iowa Beautiful share a common goal of collaborating with communities to strives towards keeping Iowa beautiful. Dawn grew up in rural Menominee, Illinois and after graduating from college moved home to Iowa where she was born. She is a graduate of Loras College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and of Clarke University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She also completed the Graduate School of Banking program at University of Wisconsin, Madison and obtained a Certificate of Executive Leadership from University of Wisconsin School of Business in Madison, Wisconsin.
Dan is a Senior Planner with East Central Intergovernmental Association, a regional council of governments that serves communities in five eastern Iowa counties. Dan has over ten years of experience working with communities on projects in variety of areas including land use, transportation, and housing. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in Geography and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Dan lives in Dubuque and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Walker, Springville, Shellsburg, Center Point & Hills Community Coach
Jessica is a Community Development Specialist at the East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG), a regional council of governments that serves communities in six eastern Iowa counties. Jessica has 15+ years of community development experience, including economic development, strategic planning, community visioning, tourism development, project implementation, fundraising and grant writing. She graduated from Mount Mercy University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing. Jessica lives in Cedar Rapids where she volunteers as a Czech Village/NewBohemia Main Street District executive board member, 100+ Who Care – Cedar Rapids Metro board chair, Leadership for Five Seasons Arts & Culture Day Committee member and United Way of East Central Iowa – Women United Steering Committee member.
Delaware County Community Coach
Dan is Project Manager for East Central Intergovernmental Agency, the Council of Governments covering five Northeast Iowa counties. In addition to Keep Iowa Beautiful, he works on CDBG, Lead Paint Remediation and Grant Writing at ECIA. Dan joined the CoG in May, and comes with over 23 years of experience in downtown development, including the management of Dubuque’s Cultural District. Dan has degrees in Public Relations, Marketing and Journalism from the University of Northern Iowa; and if you drift back to the beginning of his career, Dan was recreation coordinator in two national parks, so the mission of Keep Iowa Beautiful is deeply imbedded in Dan’s values and experience.
Dubuque County Community Coach
Dylan is the Program and Technology Support Specialist at the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA), a regional council of governments that serves communities in five eastern Iowa counties. Dylan has over 8 years of experience working with communities on various projects including transportation, hazard mitigation, Brownfields, housing, and transit. He graduated from the University of Dubuque with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems with minor degrees in Business Administration, Marketing, and Computer Graphics & Interactive Media. Dylan lives in Dubuque and is a member of the Greater Dubuque Development Future Leadership Committee.
Cedar County and Delaware County Community Coach
Marla Quinn is the Grants and Municipal Coordinator at the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) and has been with the agency for 19 years. In her current position, Marla writes and researches grants for communities and organizations in ECIA’s five-county region of Cedar, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, and Jackson counties, for projects related to equipment, construction, programming, rehabilitation, community development, recreation, and other special projects. She prepares grants for local, regional, State and Federal funding sources as well as private foundations. When her head is not wrapped around a grant, she works closely with communities on updating city codes, writing ordinances, and answering technical questions. Marla also develops the ECIA Annual Report, and other agency marketing materials.
Marla is a graduate of Loras College in Dubuque with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Writing. She is married to Tony and they have two children, Wil and Lucy.
Delaware, Earlville and Masonville Community Coach
Katie is the Economic Development and Community Outreach Coordinator for East Central Intergovernmental Agency, a Council of Governments covering 5 counties in Northeast Iowa. Katie works with Economic Developers for Prosperity Eastern Iowa, a regional group that works collaboratively to enhance the region. She also coordinates intake for several community grants including the Lead Paint and Healthy Homes program. With a background in communication from Clarke University and a Masters from the University of Dubuque, she has taught adjunct, collaborates for regional projects and helps secure grant funding. A native Iowan, Katie, her husband and young son also farm in rural Iowa and understand the value of Keeping Iowa Beautiful.
Special Advisor / Pocahontas County Community Coach
Margo Underwood is president of Underwood Consulting, a business that provides resource management and public relations services to communities, businesses and non-profit organizations. Margo has 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors working with communities to help them develop solid waste plans in Iowa and Minnesota. Margo serves as chair of the Iowa Natural Resource Commission and is a past president and current board member of Trees Forever. Margo grew up on an Iowa Century Farm in Scott County, received her B.S. and M.S. Degrees from ISU, and serves as the KIB Hometown Pride Community Coach in nine communities in Pocahontas County.
Cedar County and Delaware County Community Coach
Jennifer Walker is the Director of Special Programs with East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) and has been with the agency for 15 years. Jennifer is an Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) certified Master Trainer and worked as a fundraising consultant for colleges and universities. Since joining ECIA, she has consulted on numerous capital campaigns, led strategic planning sessions, and created fundraising plans for grass-roots nonprofits. She has also worked with municipalities and nonprofits throughout the ECIA region on successful federal, state, and local grants and designations. At ECIA, Jennifer also manages the EPA Brownfield program and the nonprofit subsidiary, Community Solutions of Eastern Iowa. After graduating from Clarke University with a BA in Art History and Psychology, she received her MA from Arizona State University in Art History. Jennifer’s career includes time at the Phoenix Art Museum, traveling the world with a now defunct airline, and teaching at colleges and universities in Arizona and Iowa.
Dubuque County & City of Maquoketa Community Coach
Tricia is a Grant Writer and Program Development Coordinator with East Central Intergovernmental Association, a regional council of governments that serves communities in five eastern Iowa counties. Tricia has over five years of experience working with communities on projects in a variety of areas including transit, public facilities, and economic development. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor degree in Journalism & Mass Communication.