Who We Are

About the Northeast Iowa Regional Art and Cultural Council

The Northeast Iowa Regional Art and Cultural Council was launched in 2013, under the auspices of Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D).  Northeast Iowa RC&D and the Council are working with partners from across the state to assist in creating, supporting and sustaining an effort to unite the vast array of cultural assets in multi-county regions of Iowa.  A state-wide planning consortium of Iowa’s RC&D’s, the University of Iowa, and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs was developed to bring support and assistance to Iowa’s rural communities. This effort is bringing historical societies and sites, artists, cultural groups, and other diverse interests together to examine the potential for the region and develop and implement a plan to build the capacity of and enhance history, art, and culture regionally.  The Council’s vision is to encourage, support, and strengthen history, art, and culture in Northeast Iowa by providing a platform that enables community members, interested citizens, and even those living outside the Northeast Iowa area to support the sites, organizations, and resources of the region.

 

Please excuse our mess while this page is under development.  Check back soon for full biographies and contact information for each of the Council Members.  

 

Council Members

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Eden Ehm

Project Coordinator, Northeast Iowa RC&D

Eden joined Northeast Iowa RC&D in 2015, and is excited to be leading the efforts of the Northeast Iowa Regional History, Art, and Culture Council.  She graduated from St. Olaf College with dual degrees in mathematics and biology, with an emphasis on applied math for computational biology and finance.  Eden is also a professional violinist, performing regionally in several professional orchestras, chamber groups, and as concertmaster of Northeast Iowa’s own Oneota Valley Community Orchestra.  Eden also plays the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, which is similar to a violin and the national folk instrument of Norway.  A native of Northeast Iowa, she is excited to be back in the region to help promote history, art, and culture.

Phone:  563-864-7112

Email:  eden@northeastiowarcd.org

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Brad Crawford

Project Coordinator, Northeast Iowa RC&D

Brad has been part of the Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development team since 2009.  He is a 2008 Graduate of Luther College, where he studied Computer Science and the liberal arts.  Residing in Decorah, he enjoys working with others to build community and facilitate natural resource based projects in Northeast Iowa.

Phone:  563-864-7112

Email:  brad@northeastiowarcd.org

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Lora Friest

Executive Director, Northeast Iowa RC&D

Iowa native Lora Friest is Executive Director for Northeast Iowa RC&D.  Together with her talented staff and dedicated board, she works to make the Northeast Iowa region a vibrant, place-based model for the nation.  Lora facilitates partnerships at the local, state, and regional level and executes dozens of successful grants and projects each year.  She connects people and communities to resources that help them achieve project success and ultimately help strengthen the area’s natural resources, economic diversity, and community vibrancy.  Before the RC&D, Lora built her experience in a variety of positions that helped her understand the dynamic interface of community and natural resources.  She is passionate about art, culture, history, native ecosystems, local foods, small businesses, and the ways in which people interact with each other to create healthy communities.

Phone:  563-864-7112

Email:  lora@northeastiowarcd.org

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Eric and Jenni Petersen-Brant

Co-Directors and Instructors at Art Haus

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Phone:  563-382-5440

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Steve and Peggy Kittelson 

Local Artists

Peggy and Steve have been creating fine handcrafted kaleidoscopes since 1986.  They are active members of the Brewster Kaleidoscope Society, have received numerous awards, and have had their work included in various museum exhibits in the United States and internationally.  Residing in Clermont, IA, they serve as active educators, frequently opening their studio and giving demonstrations on the beauty, magic, and science of kaleidoscopes to students of all ages.

Phone:  563-423-7336

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Jason Speltz

Executive Director, New Horizons Chamber

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Phone:  641-394-2021

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Lee Johnston

Chairman, Guttenberg Historic Preservation Commission

Lee has a degree in Marketing and Communications, including consumer and business products, and has spent the majority of her career in that area, holding titles including advertising manager, marketing manager, and president.  Her focus was in developing and promoting products.  She currently works as a Marketing Consultant to the American Dental Association Business Resources.  Lee has had a lifelong passion for antiques and historic architecture.  In 2008, she and her husband moved from the Milwaukee area to Guttenberg and bought a 160-year-old home listed on the National Register of Historic Places.   They spent several years carefully restoring and renovating the historic home.   Lee is a traveller of the United States and the world, spending the winter in Florida, visiting a son in Wisconsin, visiting her daughter and family in Germany, and traveling the world to see additional countries.

Phone:  414-793-7525

Email:  ljohnston2053@yahoo.com

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Spiff Slifka

Development Coordinator, Howard County Business and Tourism

Director, Howard County Tourism

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Phone:  563-547-3434

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Leanne Harrison

Buchanan County Historical Society

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Craig White

Executive Director, Main Street Lansing

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Phone:  563-538-9229

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Cindy Lantow

City Administrator, City of Fredericksburg

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Phone:  563-237-5725

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Marcia McKelvey

Director of Administration, Vesterheim Museum

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Phone:  563-382-9682 x 108

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