2019 Cohort Announcement

August 15, 2019


With the successful kick-off of the Cardinal Women* Program on August 14 th , we would like to announce 72 individuals who have been selected to participate in this personal and professional leadership development program specifically for women* who are faculty and staff at Iowa State University.


These 72 individuals along with 8 small group leaders will engage in five two hour face-to-face sessions this fall, participate in large and small group discussions, and continue the conversation between sessions via Canvas. Program topics include identifying and silencing the inner critic, discovering and utilizing your inner mentor, communication style strategies, approaches to negotiation, and how to support and affirm others in our community.


This program is being offered at no cost to participants and these individuals were selected from the 146 applications received for the program. Cardinal Women* was developed and is being led by Tera Lawson, School of Education, and Dr. Denise Williams-Klotz, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

2019 Iowa State University Cardinal Women*


  • Joli Coil, ITS 
  • Jennifer Johnson, ITS 
  • Jana Staudt, ISU Foundation 



  • Lynette Edsall, Graduate College 
  • Laura Good, University Honors Program 

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

  • Amanda Chung, NREM  
  • Joan Cunnick, Microbiology, Animal Science/ Interdepartmental Microbiology  
  • Erin Hodgson, Entomology 
  • Sayali Kukday, Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology  
  • Karla Long, Center for Crops Utilization  

Ivy College of Business

  • Shannon Grundmeier, Ivy College of Business Undergraduate Programs Office  
  • Ke Huang (Karen), Ivy College of Business Undergraduate Programs Office 
  • Brooke Long, Ivy College of Business Career Services  
  • Jamie Sass, Ivy College of Business Communications Center 

College of Design

  • Patience Lueth, Architecture  
  • Heather Sauer, Design Administration 

College of Engineering

  • Kristine Bond, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering  
  • Tessa Brow, Mechanical Engineering  
  • Ericka C. Eregbu, CIRAS  
  • Breehan Gerleman, College of Engineering  
  • Brandi Moormann, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering 
  • Ashley Morton, Engineering Student Services  
  • Gabriella Ramos, Aerospace Engineering  
  • Stacey Ross, Electrical and Computer Engineering  

College of Human Sciences

  • Nuria Cristina Acevedo, Food Science and Human Nutrition ** 
  • Mridul Datta, Food Science and Human Nutrition** 
  • Rachel J. Eike, Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management 
  • Libby Franke, Kinesiology  
  • Laura L Kilbride, College of Human Sciences Student Services 
  • Elizabeth McNeill, Food Science and Human Nutrition ** 
  • Lisa Phillips, Kinesiology 
  • Jennifer Van Ryswyk, Human Development and Family Studies - Child Development Laboratory School 

**Also College of Agriculture and Life Sciences  

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Abigail Andrews, Computer Science 
  • Ruthellen Cunnally, English  
  • Claire Kruesel, English  
  • Amy Murphy, English 
  • Jessica Severe, Statistics  
  • Alissa Stoehr, Sociology/Women and Gender Studies 
  • Kristin Towers, Psychology  
  • Jayme Wilken, English 

College of Veterinary Medicine

  • Amanda Kreuder, VMPM
  • Jessica Ward, Veterinary Clinical Sciences


  • Rachael Acheson, Special Collections and University Archives 
  • Laura Sullivan, University Library 


  • Kerry Agnitsch, Office for Responsible Research 
  • Valyn Bodensteiner, NIAMRRE 
  • Kristen Obbink, Office of the Vice President for Research 
  • Brooke Langlitz, Office of Research Integrity 

Extension and Outreach

  • Lina Rodriguez Salamanca, Extension Plant Pathologist and Diagnostician, Plant Pathology 
  • Kristi Elmore, Extension IT 

Ames Laboratory, DOE

  • Molly Seaboch, Ames Laboratory 
  • Molly Granseth, Ames Laboratory 
  • Sofia Ingersoll, Ames Laboratory 



  • Jennifer Hansen, Office of the Registrar 
  • Rachel Haynes, Thielen Student Health  
  • Laura Knowles, Thielen Student Health  
  • Abby McCollom, Sorority and Fraternity Engagement  
  • Sarah Merrill, New Student Programs 
  • Jenny Pollard, Office of the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs  
  • Michelle Roling, Student Counseling Services 
  • Jennifer Schroeder, Financial Aid/Loan Education  
  • Linda Svenson, Department of Residence  
  • Kristi Swedean, Office of the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs  
  • Bonnie Whalen, Office of the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs  
  • Jennifer Whalen, Office of the Registrar 



  • Bellinda Assemien, Division of Finance
  • Jayna Grauerholz, Procurement Services 
  • Linda Irlmeier, Facilities, Planning, and Management 
  • Susie Johnson, Risk Management 
  • Kristine Loes, Controllers Department  
  • Ali Machedon, Facilities Planning and Management  
  • Becky Rogers, Controllers Department 



  • Karen Couves, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching 
  • Carrie Giese, Student Wellness 
  • Kate Goudy, Child Welfare Research and Training Project 
  • Jennifer Johnson, Admissions
  • Jessie Liebenguth, Reiman Gardens 
  • Rachel McKenny, English 
  • Kara Nady, Liberal Arts and Sciences 
  • Megan O’Donnell, Library 

Thank you to the Offices of the Senior Vice President and Provost, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, and Vice President for Research, for financially supporting the Cardinal Women* program. We are greatly appreciative.


*This group is comprised of faculty and staff who identify as women who are cisgender, trans, of trans experience, etc.