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Educators Brennan & Kinley Elected to Agency Board

October 14, 2015

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Elizabeth Brennan
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John Kinley

Elizabeth Brennan
Elizabeth (Liz) Brennan of West Des Moines and John Kinley of Ames have been elected to the Heartland Area Education Agency (AEA) Board of Directors and were sworn into office following their election at a director district convention on Sept. 29, 2015. They began their service at the Board’s Oct. 13, 2015 meeting.

Brennan was elected to fill the Director District 9 position previously held by Jane Bell, who retired from the Board after 19 years of service. Brennan will represent the Des Moines, Martensdale-St. Marys, Norwalk and West Des Moines school districts on the Heartland AEA board.

Brennan is a current member of the West Des Moines Schools’ Board of Education and has served in many volunteer positions throughout the West Des Moines district. She serves on the Iowa Association of School Boards’ Legislative Resolution Committee and is also a board member of BANK, a community bank based in eastern Iowa. Brennan graduated from St. Olaf College (Northfield, Minn.) with a bachelor of arts degree in French and later earned her teaching degree, with an ESL endorsement, from the University of Iowa. She also earned her international diploma in early childhood teaching from Montessori Centre International (London, England). Brennan is currently a teacher at Montessori Children’s House in West Des Moines.  

“I’m looking forward to my service on the Heartland AEA board,” Brennan said. “As a teacher, I know of some of the services Heartland AEA offers, but through my service on the Board, I hope to learn more about the many great services that Heartland AEA has for students, families and teachers in central Iowa.”  

John Kinley
Kinley was elected to fill the Director District 5 position previously held by Cal Halliburton, who retired from the Board after six years of service. Kinley will represent the Ames, Ballard, Colo-Nesco, Gilbert, Nevada, Roland-Story and United school districts on the Heartland AEA board. Both were elected to four-year terms.

Kinley has been an educator for 40 years, beginning as a high school social studies teacher and then spending 15 years as a middle school principal. He rounded out his career by serving as superintendent at South Hamilton, Hubbard-Radcliffe and Gilbert for a combined 11 years. Since retirement he has served an interim co-principal at St. Cecilia School is Ames and he is currently the director of the Story County Consortium, a partnership of Story County Schools to provide learning opportunities for Story County high school students in Career/Technical Education. He has also been a lecturer in the Iowa State University (ISU) School of Education and served on other community boards. He is a Cyclone through and through, holding a superintendent certification, a master of science degree in education administration and a bachelor of science degree in distributed studies, all from ISU.

"I am looking forward to serving on the Board, as I think it will provide an interesting opportunity to learn more about Heartland AEA and how it works from a different perspective,” Kinley said. “I have had the opportunity to learn, understand and benefit from the services provided by the Agency as a former school district administrator within the Heartland AEA area. I want to develop a better understanding of the funding mechanisms that support the budget, how the available resources are allocated and how we can advocate for increased support for the services provided by AEA staff.”

“We’re delighted to have Liz and John join our board,” Paula Vincent, Heartland AEA Chief Administrator, said. “We are excited to have Liz and John collaborate with us and are confident their experience in the classroom, at the leadership table and with other community organizations will be a great benefit to our work.”

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