Meet the Board

The Iowa APSE executive team is comprised of the President, President-elect, Vice President, Past President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Board meetings are held in person every other month. The Board invites all members and associates to volunteer their time in supporting our mission. If you would like to volunteer for membership development or training events, please contact us.

Our email is

President 2021-2023

Nicole Ericson, CESP
Exceptional Persons, Inc.


Mistie Johnson
Disability Rights Iowa


Eva Castillo, CESP
Hope Haven Area Development Center

Jen Daniel, CESP
New Hope
Public Policy Liaison


Kelly Kratz
NIVC Services, Inc.

Past President

Kari Tietjen, M.ED., CESP
CESP Certification Director, National APSE

Kari smiling.

General Board Members

Tammie Amsbaugh, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Bronna Crase, Central Iowa Center for Independent Living
Catlin Curry, Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority
Jen Daniel, New Hope.
Rodney Davis, Exceptional Opportunities, Inc.
Brian Dennis, Des Moines Area Community College
Page Eastin, Iowa Department of Human Rights
Steven Gilroy, Candeo
Kelly Hinds, One Vision
Kara Huss, Hills & Dales
Jess Kreho, Griffin Hammis Associates
Ashlea Lantz, Griffin Hammis Associates
Vienna Hoang, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Toni Tewes, Hope Haven My Choice Employment
Katie Woodward, 2nd Life DSM Agency

Regional Delegate

Jan Dougherty 
County of Summit Board of Developmental Disabilities 

Policy & Advocacy

Public Policy Liaison
Jen Daniel,

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