Heartland AEA is led by a team of professionals who have extensive experience in the education field. They are led by the Agency's chief administrator, Jon Sheldahl, Ed.D.
Dr. Jon Sheldahl serves as Heartland AEA's chief administrator. In this role, he serves as the Agency's chief executive officer with responsibility for overseeing the Agency's day-to-day operation and strategic planning in conjunction with the Board of Directors. He became the Agency's chief administrator in July 2017.
Prior to joining Heartland AEA, Dr. Sheldahl was the chief administrator at Great Prairie AEA, serving the students and educators of southeastern Iowa for six years. Prior to this position, he served the Ottumwa Schools for five years as superintendent as well as associate superintendent. His career also includes experience as superintendent of the Stuart-Menlo Schools and West Central Valley Schools in Stuart and principal at Oak Street Middle School in Burlington.
Dr. Sheldahl earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and his master’s and doctorate degrees from Northern Arizona University.