Regional Directors

Heartland AEA’s regional directors serve as administrative partners to local districts/schools within a defined geographical area. They work closely with districts/schools to understand their needs through a comprehensive planning process. Regional directors help align, deploy and ensure the delivery of quality agency services and supervise and evaluate AEA staff working directly with local districts/schools.

Important Contacts

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Susie Bentley

Susie Bentley

  • Regional Director

Districts: I-35, Indianola, Martensdale-St. Marys, Norwalk, SE Warren

Misty Christensen

Misty Christensen

  • Regional Director

Districts: Adel-DeSoto-Minburn, Dallas Center-Grimes, Perry, Woodward-Granger

Non-public schools: St. Patrick's

Rachelle Dawson

Rachelle Dawson

  • Regional Director

Districts: Johnston

Jerry Gruba

Jerry Gruba

  • Regional Director

Districts: West Des Moines

Non-public schools: Dowling, Sacred Heart

Martin Ikeda

Marty Ikeda

  • Regional Director

Districts: Van Meter, Waukee

Non-public schools: St. Francis of Assisi

T.J. Jumper

T.J. Jumper

  • Regional Director

Districts: Boone, Collins-Maxwell, Madrid, Nevada, Ogden, United

Non-public schools: Sacred Heart, Trinity Lutheran

JoAnn Klocke

JoAnn Klocke

  • Regional Director

Districts: Audubon, Carroll, Coon Rapids-Bayard, Exira-EHK, Glidden-Ralston

Non-public schools: Kuemper

Carlene Lodermeier

Carlene Lodermeier

  • Regional Director

Districts: Des Moines

Non-public schools: Bergman Academy, Diocese of Des Moines, Mt. Olive Lutheran, Sterling West

Chris Pierson

Chris Pierson

  • Regional Director

Districts: Baxter, Colfax-Mingo, Lynnville-Sully, Newton, PCM

Non-public schools: Newton Christian, Sully Christian

Erin Rush

Erin Rush

  • Regional Director

Districts: Ankeny

Non-public schools: Ankeny Christian Academy, St. Luke the Evangelist

Keri Steele

Keri Steele

  • Regional Director

Districts: Saydel, Urbandale

Non-public schools: Des Moines Christian, Grand View Christian, St. Pius X

Kristin Orton

Kristin Orton

  • Regional Director

Districts: Ames, Ballard, Colo-NESCO, Gilbert, Roland-Story

Non-public schools: Ames Christian, St. Cecilia

Tinna Walberg

Tinna Walberg

  • Regional Director

Districts: Adair-Casey, Earlham, Guthrie Center, Panorama, West Central Valley, Winterset

Stacy Volmer

Stacy Volmer

  • Regional Director

Districts: Bondurant-Farrar, North Polk, Southeast Polk

Dave Wood

Dave Wood

  • Regional Director

Districts: Carlisle, Knoxville, Melcher-Dallas, Pella, Pleasantville, Twin Cedars

Non-public schools: Pella Christian Grade School, Pella Christian High School, Peoria Christian