Two careers to emulate and inspire

During the Sept. 19, 2016, Northwest AEA board meeting, it struck me as to what a remarkable job two Northwest AEA employees have done for our agency. For Wayne Hess, CFO, it was his last board meeting at the AEA, ending a 39-year career. At that same meeting, the board accepted a retirement request from Jon Wibbels, director of media and technology, who spent 43 years in education, of which, 25 were at Northwest AEA. Both of these gentlemen have dedicated their lives to improving the educational system for students, teachers and administrators.

Wayne is known throughout the state to be one of the best school business officials around because of his common sense approach and ability to tackle complex financial information and make it understandable for everyone. His expertise in the Affordable Care Act, negotiations and budgeting is second-to-none.

Jon has been a leader in our state by promoting collaborations for media and technology. He currently leads a statewide collaborative effort to share media services across the state of Iowa. He also worked on the statewide Purchasing Committee for many years and is always pursuing a systems approach to attain better resources for teachers and students.

It is rare to see this dedication and long-time service to one career or organization. Wayne and Jon are two people to emulate and they inspire me, as they should also inspire you to continue to serve teachers, students and families.

I want to personally thank both men for their professionalism and friendship over the years. They have been leaders in our agency, and I have learned much from both of them. They will be missed at Northwest AEA.

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Educationally yours,

Dr. Tim Grieves
Chief Administrator