Sheri BensonDistrict 1

Sheri Benson

Resides in Newton
(641) 417-0226

School Districts Represented: Baxter, Bondurant-Farrar, Carlisle, Colfax-Mingo, Collins-Maxwell, Lynnville-Sully, Newton, PCM, Southeast Polk
Member Since: 2014
Term Expires: 2023

Sheri Benson is an active community volunteer serving in a number of volunteer roles in the Newton community. She is a past member of the Newton Community Schools’ Board of Education, and she has also served on the United Way Board, SCORE, the Newton Transformation Council, Pastoral Council of Sacred Heart Parish, OPEN Sister City and Jasper County Wellness Coalition. Broader volunteer activities include the Catholic Conference Board and the Board of Education for the Diocese of Davenport. Sheri holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and a master’s degree in organizational leadership, both from the University of Oklahoma. 

Steve RoseDistrict 2

Steve Rose

Resides in Indianola
(515) 979-2351

School Districts Represented: Earlham, Indianola, Interstate 35, Knoxville, Melcher-Dallas, Pella, Pleasantville, Southeast Warren, Twin Cedars, Van Meter, West Central Valley, Winterset
Member Since: 1996
Term Expires: 2023

Steve Rose is a retired professor of education at Simpson College, where he coordinated the secondary education program, including teaching in the master of arts in teaching program. He was a member of the Simpson faculty for over 20 years. Prior to his time at Simpson, Steve was an education faculty member at Sterling College in Sterling, Kans., and he worked in the Lexington (Nebr.) Public Schools for 10 years. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in English, education and sociology and a master’s degree in education, both from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He earned his Ed.D. degree in administration, curriculum and instruction from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Steve is currently coordinating spoken word events in Central Iowa. 

Margie SchwenkDistrict 3

Margie Schwenk

Resides in Coon Rapids
(712) 830-3893

School Districts Represented: Adair-Casey, Adel-DeSoto-Minburn, Audubon, Carroll, Coon Rapids-Bayard, Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton, Glidden-Ralston, Guthrie Center, Panorama, Perry, Waukee
Member Since: 2018
Term Expires: 2021

Margie Schwenk is retired from a 41-year career in education. During four decades of service, she was a middle school teacher, gifted and talented teacher/program director and director of curriculum and professional learning, all for the Coon Rapids-Bayard Community School District. Margie earned her master’s degree in educational leadership from Drake University, a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy and science from the College of St. Mary in Omaha and a bachelor’s degree in education and philosophy from Iowa State University. On a statewide basis, she served as an evaluator for the Regents Alternative Pathway to Iowa Licensure program and as a gifted and talented consultant and curriculum specialist. 

Bruce ChristensenDistrict 4

Bruce Christensen

Resides in Urbandale
(515) 276-2238

School Districts Represented: Boone, Dallas Center-Grimes, Johnston, Madrid, Ogden, Urbandale, Woodward-Granger
Member Since: 2007
Term Expires: 2021

Bruce Christensen is a retired elementary principal, last serving the Urbandale Community School District. He served as a principal at four different elementary schools from 1974-2006. Bruce also served as a teacher in a Lutheran school and as a director of Christian education. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Concordia University in Seward, Nebr., and a specialist in education degree from Drake University. While he was a principal, Bruce was elected to the Board of Directors of the Iowa North Central Association and the district presidency of the Iowa Association of Elementary Principals.

District 5John Kinley

John Kinley

Resides in Ames
(515) 689-7904

School Districts Represented: Ames, Ballard, Colo-Nesco, Gilbert, Nevada, Roland-Story, United
Member Since: 2015
Term Expires: 2023

John Kinley has been an educator for 45 years, beginning as a high school social studies teacher, then spending 15 years as a middle school principal. He rounded out his career by serving as the superintendent at the South Hamilton, Hubbard-Radcliffe and Gilbert school districts for a combined 10 years. Since retirement, he served a one-year position as an interim co-principal at St. Cecilia School in Ames, and he is currently the director of the Story County Consortium, a partnership of Story County Schools to provide learning opportunities for the county’s high school students in career/technical education. He has also been a lecturer in the Iowa State University School of Education for over 20 years and has served on other community boards.

John holds a bachelor’s degree in distributed studies, a master’s degree in education administration and a superintendent certification, all from Iowa State University.

Pete EvansDistrict 6

Pete Evans

Resides in Ankeny
(515) 965-8985

School Districts Represented: Ankeny, Des Moines, North Polk, Saydel
Member Since: 2013
Term Expires: 2021

Pete Evans is a lecturer at Iowa State University in the Department of Architecture, a position he has had since August 2009. He teaches studio, courses in architecture design and additional design and communication courses in the College of Design including a hybrid digital design and communication course based on advanced tools for thinking and making and a course integrating virtual prototyping with augmented and virtual reality.

Pete is also the owner of spatialP, a consulting business that specializes in architecture, design/fabrication, digital content creation and design tools and technology. He has been a practicing architect in central Iowa since 2001. Since 2007 Pete has volunteered his time to assist the national American Institute of Architects’ Technology in Architectural Practice program. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Iowa State University in 1995.

Earl BridgewaterDistrict 7

Earl Bridgewater

Resides in Des Moines
(515) 285-5258

School Districts Represented: Des Moines
Member Since: 1998
Term Expires: 2021

Earl Bridgewater is a retired high school principal and associate superintendent with the Des Moines Public Schools. He is also a former instructor in Iowa for Viterbo University. Earl earned a  bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University, a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University.

Margaret BorgenDistrict 8

Margaret Borgen

Resides in Des Moines
(515) 243-2400

School Districts Represented: Des Moines
Member Since: 2007
Term Expires: 2023

Margaret Borgen is a former middle school and high school teacher and director of an alternative high school. She also served on the Des Moines Public Schools’ Board of Education for nine years, and she is a past member of the Iowa Association of School Boards’ Board of Directors, having also served as the Board’s president. In previous years, she was the president of the Des Moines Council of PTAs and the Iowa PTA and was vice president of the National PTA. Margaret received her bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University.

District 9Liz Brennan

Elizabeth Brennan

Resides in West Des Moines
(515) 222-6920

School Districts Represented: Des Moines, Martensdale-St. Marys, Norwalk, West Des Moines
Member Since: 2015
Term Expires: 2023

Elizabeth (Liz) 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 Board of Directors as the president-elect and is also a board member of BANK, a community bank based in eastern Iowa. Brennan graduated from St. Olaf College 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. Liz is currently a preschool teacher at Montessori Children’s House in West Des Moines.

Board Officers

  •    President: Sheri Benson
  •    Vice President: Pete Evans
  •    Chief Administrative Officer: Jon Sheldahl
  •    Secretary: Jenny Ugolini
  •    Treasurer: Kurt Subra