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Cheryl Langston, Co-Chair

Cheryl is a retired, formerly working at Iowa State University as the Director of Customer Services in Information Technology Services. She is currently a co-chair of Healthiest Ames as well as a DMACC Trustee. Cheryl is also a board member of the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees as well as a community volunteer.

Andrea Cardenas, Co-Chair

Andrea is a Health Education Specialist with a background in community public health. She previously worked as the worksite health promotion coordinator at the City of Ames, at Athens Regional Medical Center in Community Health Education, and at Georgia Southern University in the college of public health.  Prior to working with Healthiest Ames, Andrea served in community health partnerships in Statesboro and Athens, Georgia. She has been a Healthiest Ames Executive Committee Member from 2014 through the present.

Susan Gwiasda, Secretary

Susan is the Public Information Officer for the City of Ames where she focuses on sharing City of Ames programs, services, and news with citizens using a variety of communication tools. Previously, Susan worked as the Public Information Officer for the City of Dubuque, Iowa, and before that spent five years as a health reporter for the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald.

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Bonnie Beer, Former Board Member Health Care Representative

Bonnie is currently an obstetrician/gynecologist at McFarland Clinic. She has also been the Chair of Department of Perinatology at Mary Greeley Medical Center as well as a medical missionary Mother/Well Child Clinic in Nigeria West Africa. Additionally, Bonnie is a past board member and officer of ACCESS.

Stephanie Downs, Former Board Member Co-Chair

Stephanie is the ISU WellBeing Coordinator at Iowa State University where she is responsible for creating and leading the employee wellbeing strategies for over 6,500 employees. Stephanie has served in the worksite wellness field for over 25 years, including employment with the City of Ames, Pioneer HiBred Int’l, and the WDM Community Schools. She is a member of Iowa’s Healthiest State Conference planning team and a frequent presenter on worksite wellbeing topics. Recently, she was recognized as one of WELCOA’s Top 25 Health Promotion Professionals for 2016.

Gail Johnston, Former Board Member Ames Schools Representative

Gail is currently a senior lecturer at Iowa State University in the Department of Mathematics. Previously, she served as a board member on the Ames School Board from 2004 to 2009. Gail also is a graduate of the IASB Leadership Academy.

Peter Martin, Former Board Member ISU Representative

Peter is a retired professor of Gerontology and Human Development and Family Studies. He has done research on exceptional longevity and healthy aging, as well as teaching experience related to health and human development. Peter has also done public presentations on healthy longevity and successful aging.

Ann Thompson, Former Board Member Ames Schools Representative

Ann is currently a university professor emerita at Iowa State University. She is the former director for the Center for Technology in Learning. Additionally, Ann was a Department Chair for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, as well as a former professor in the area of instructional technology, all at Iowa State University.

Brian Vanderheyden, Former Board Member ISU Representative

Brian is currently the Tobacco Control Coordinator with the American Lung Association. His background includes work as a Prevention Specialist at Iowa State University and HIV Prevention Intern at Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago. He also has experience working in a variety of settings from health clinics, to schools, to non-profits in public health and prevention. He enjoys getting involved with groups that work towards improving the health and safety of people in the community.

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