Agency Leadership

Northwest AEA employs approximately 270 employees who provide services to schools and families throughout Northwest Iowa. This passionate staff is led by:

Dr. Dan Cox

Chief Administrator

Katy Evenson

Executive Director of Educational Services, Media, & Technology (ESMT)

Seth Piro

Executive Director of Special Education

Jodi Ryan

Executive Director of Finance

Jerome Schaefer

Executive Director of HR & Engagement

Sue Moran

Director of Early Childhood Services

Dr. Jill Brown

Director of Instructional Coaching

Cathy Heizelman

Director, East Region

Dana Oas

Director, North Region

Shari Blake

Director, West Region (rural LEAs)

Kelly Hoak

Director, West Region (Sioux City 6-12 and special programs)

Cindy (Munn) Zenor

Director, West Region (Sioux City K-5 and non-publics)

Ann Derochie

Circulation Coordinator

Liz Determan

Communications Coordinator

Faye Holsing (Van Roekel)

Iowa IDEA Coordinator

Patti Bryan

Creative Services Supervisor

Ron Derochie

Maintenance Supervisor

Molly Holtz

Sign Language Interpreter Supervisor

Jeff Sypersma

Technology Supervisor

Crystal McHugh

Professional Learning Specialist

Sherri Wing

Administrative Assistant to the Chief and HR & Engagement

Debbie Gibson

President, Associate Professional Staff Association (APSA)

Beth Tisher

President, Professional Staff Association (PSA)